“Don’t blame democracy’s woes on the GOP or ‘tyranny of the minority’”

Jennifer Rubin in the WaPo

Two of the year’s best books on politics present contrasting diagnoses for what ails American democracy.

Liz Cheney’sOath and Honor: A Memoir and a Warning lowers the boom on the mendacious and cowardly Republicans and the now four-times-indicted former president Donald Trump, whom they enabled in nearly destroying our democratic system. “Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point,” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, cites structural protections for the minority that have been exploited to the point that self-government is threatened. Both books have a point, but neither puts the blame squarely where it should be. . . . 

Plainly, we need both structural change and public virtue to repair our democracy. But there is another element the analyses do not fully acknowledge: voters. We get the government we want and deserve.

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