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And Now, for the Kill

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One of the more interesting developments in American history is something that actually didn't happen.  But if one wants to gain some appreciation of the degree to which our public sphere has deteriorated over time, it's worth remembering this non-event.

When Dwight Eisenhower came to the presidency in 1953, it was the first time in an entire generation that a Republican had held the office.  Prior to that time, the GOP had led the country into unparalleled economic destruction, refused to do anything about the nightmare they'd created, lost five presidential elections running, and sat on the sidelines while Democratic presidents guided the US through a few slightly consequential events like the Great Depression, World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

The American Constitutional system - with its potential for divided power - isn't so big on the notion of responsible government (as one finds in parliamentary systems), where authority, and thus responsibility for outcomes is clearly assigned to a given actor or political party.  Nevertheless, we got pretty close to it in 1953, with the exhaustion of Democratic governance, the repudiation of Harry Truman, and the Republican Spring led by the grey, seemingly-above-politics new president, General Eisenhower.


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