An except from a recent post on the ChartwellWest.com blog, written by Sean Patrick Hughes:
There have been and always will be inappropriate men who inappropriately seek power. There’s even been a few elected to lead our country. There will always be outside powers looking to interfere in our wellbeing as a nation. There’s even been a few who have. But what has made us great, what has delivered 55 peaceful transfers of power and 2 percent per capita growth for 240 years, is the institutions and mechanisms that respond to them. The great risk of our times, is that perhaps now, they can’t or won’t.
We’re about to inaugurate a man who has held no position of government in his life; a man who can scarcely point to a single aspect of service in seventy years; a man who capitalized on an ugly message of exclusion to mobilize a frustrated base of voters. But he’s not the real risk. It’s the Americans standing next to him and the institutions charged to check him that scare me the most.
We’re no doubt in for a very different experience. And perhaps the only person who could drive the needed change is someone like Donald J. Trump. But I’ll ask the question to his supporters, when am I allowed to be concerned? What does he say and what does he do that alarms you? Because you’ve shrugged off quite a bit already. And when the people who supported a man’s rise to power can’t be counted on to eventually tell him he’s gone too far, we’re left with the institutions to do it. When I think of those institutions today, it gives me grave concern. Who in Trump’s inner circle blows the whistle? Who on his cabinet resigns over principle? What Republican stands for no more in Congress. Who in the press will we believe? Who are today’s Elliot Richardson and Archibald Cox?
Our most serious problem probably isn’t Donald J. Trump. It’s that the answers to those questions feels like the same ones throughout history that failed to check the truly dangerous leaders that hurt so many. And that’s new in America.