David Frum, speechwriter for former. President George W. Bush, published an alarming, and insightful, article in The Atlantic: Emphasis Mine. It's a longish (~20 minute) read. But well worth it for the detailed examination of the risks - at one time considered unthinkable - to the United States as an effective multi-party democracy. Frum cites a number of examples, in recent history, of nations that appeared to have free, and open electoral systems that very rapidly transitioned to functional Dictatorships and Kleptocracies that brought their leaders - and favored insiders - huge wealth. Reasonable people may question some of Frum's assessments. I, for one, doubt that the economic benefits of Trump's combination of corporate tax cuts; trade wars; and boondoggle spending will be as tangible to white workers with high-school diplomas as he believes. But the hazards to the existence of a free, independent, and truthful press are very real. So is the accordance - if not outright complicity - of a Republican Congress to Presidential over-reach in our hyper-partisan age.