“The world is looking at the United States now in a way that we never thought would be possible: fretting that the ‘deals’ of its new president will make the world’s first democracy more similar to that of the others. I wish we onlookers could help the Americans in making the most out of their hard-to-change Constitution. We still are thankful for what they gave to the world, and we will be a bit envious if they can stop the fast-spreading plague of national populism.”
I sure hope he’s unduly pessimistic. The United States has a history of being able to reorient back to the center when necessary. Also, we do have a vigorous free press and, at least with respect to our “Article III Courts,” the world’s most independent court system.