In separate interviews conducted in separate settings, former President and First Lady Bill and Hillary Clinton both issued dire warnings. If America keeps voting Republican and moving to the right, it will spell the end of Democracy in our nation.
According to Bill Clinton, there is a “fair chance” the United States could “completely lose our constitutional democracy.” In Hillary’s words, we are on the “precipice of losing our democracy.”
When have we heard these kinds of warnings before?
During the days when Bill Clinton was running for president, I saw an ad on TV one night. A house was on fire, burning down to the ground, but there were no firemen in sight. And, clearly implied in the ad, within this house were senior citizens!
This, we were told, is what will happen if the Republicans win the election. Cuts in federal funding will lead to the death of the elderly!
To be sure, this was not identical to warning about the end of Democracy in our nation. But the appeal to fear – stark, terrifying fear – was certainly the same.
It was also in the 1990s that Hillary Clinton first spoke about the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that, in her words, “has