Democracy Can Fail

Democracy, like any other form of government, like any other human endeavor, can fail, and, when democracy fails, the result can be devastating.

The worst example in modern history of democracy failing is Germany’s election of 1932, which installed the Nazi party as the largest party in the Reichstag. As a result, Adolf Hitler became Germany’s Chancellor, orchestrated the Second World War, and murdered six million Jews and many millions of others. This spectacular failure of democracy led to Germany’s destruction and the destruction of most of Europe.

The lesson to be learned from democracy’s failures is that we Americans cannot simply assume that our democracy will continue or that our nation will survive any given election. This year, we expect to be presented with a Republican presidential nominee who, like Hitler, preaches nativism, who, like Hitler, promises to make his nation “great” again, who, like Hitler, despises minorities, gays, the disabled, immigrants, who, like Hitler, promises to round up and relocate millions of “undesirables,” who, like Hitler, is a narcissist and boor.

Every vote has a consequence, and it can be for good or for evil. This election, more so than any other in my lifetime, there is a stark choice to be made against evil. Those who say they will vote for the presumptive Republic nominee despite his evil – because, for example, he will “shake things up” – won’t get to take that vote back when his policies cause riots in the streets, a second Great Depression, and a nuclear war. Those who vote for Adolf Trump will sadly get what they deserve if he wins, and it may be our last election for generations. Ask the Germans who voted for the Nazi party in 1932.



About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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2 Responses to Democracy Can Fail

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  2. Sylvia says:

    Thank you, Bruce. No matter what one’s political leanings are in a Democracy (and mine tend toward liberal), taking a zealous position, especially from a perspective of fear and anger (which is also essentially fear) is dangerous and possibly destructive if enough people mob to it. I ask all who are reading Bruce’s posts to urge others to vote and vote mindfully. A lifelong friend of mine is a well-read and thoughtful conservative has already told me that she will not be voting for Mr. Trump if he receives the Republican Presidential nomination. She tells me that she will either write in another individual or vote for the Democratic nominee for President. And if all else fails, we must speak up.

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