And for ex-President George W. Bush’s former speechwriter, there isn’t any contest.
Gerson mentioned “the goals of conservatives are at present troubled by ‘wokeness’ and significant race idea” whereas “the nightmares of progressives are at present dominated by the expansion of right-wing authoritarianism and fascism.”
“Each ideologies are finally at warfare with liberal democracy — the pursuit of a standard good, the apply of incremental reform, the cultivation of social belief and the acceptance of democratic outcomes,” he wrote.
However there’s “no query” about “which nightmare is at present most certainly to be carried out.”
“Solely one in every of these nightmares has taken over a significant political get together, which is within the means of purging all dissent. Solely one in every of these delusions is the governing imaginative and prescient of a former president who simply may be president once more. Solely one in every of these developments has turned the backbones of the minority chief of the Home, the minority chief of the Senate and virtually each different Republican chief into gelatinous goo. Solely one in every of these ideologies produced a crowd that sacked the U.S. Capitol and threatened violence in opposition to political leaders. Solely one in every of these actions is working in state legislatures throughout the nation to make electoral methods extra weak to manipulation and mob rule.”
All challenges to democracy “should not equal,” Gerson concluded.
“Proper-wing authoritarianism is the power that might undo the American system. In a contest of nightmares, it’s not even a contest.”
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