30th May 2021
Some thought it was all over when Joseph Biden won the presidency – Trumpism was defeated and there could be a return to political normality.
But Trumpism is continuing – even without the presidency and indeed even without access to Twitter and social media.
Trump has gone, but Trumpism has not.
This can be seen in the failure of sufficient Republicans to support a commission to report on the attempted insurrection on the 6th January 2021.
The practical reason for this failure appears to be the effect such a commission and its report will have on the American mid-term elections.
This hyper-partisanship and the lack of constitutional self-restraint is not good for the sustainability of the body politic of the United States – just as similar hyper-partisanship and lack of constitutional self-restraint is not good for the United Kingdom and other (hitherto) liberal democracies.
It poisons the well, it pulls the rug, and so on.
The immediate political gains are at the possible expense of longer-term constitutional viability and sustainability.
And although constitutions can be robust and rugged old things – they are not invulnerable – and it is not inevitable that liberal constitutionalism will always win out.