The stereotype is that when revolution comes, it does so with tanks in the streets.
It didn't happen that way in Germany in the 1930s. It's not happening that way in today's America.
Nevertheless, it appears Sinclair Lewis' fictional story line in It Can't Happen Here is unfolding in modern America.
The bread and circus crowd hasn't noticed. Besides, they're comfy with free stuff from the government, so I'm not sure if they would care if they did.
But things have moved so far along, hardly a ripple was created when the New York Times, at one time considered the nation's newspaper of record, published a guest column last Sunday calling for abandoning the Constitution:
As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions...
...before abandoning our heritage of self-government, we ought to try extricating ourselves from constitutional bondage so that we can give real freedom a chance.What was printed in the Times reads like a call for something Germans welcomed in suspending their constitution to restore their struggling economy and nation in the early 1930s. But the real legacy of Germany's Enabling Act was that it facilitated the Nazi rise to absolute power.
So now it appears there are efforts underway to quietly woo Americans into dumping our constitutional republic. Maybe we're finally getting some clarification on what Mr. Obama meant by fundamental transformation.
And four years into Obama's reign, at least some progressives are finally bold enough to come right out and say it, what they want to do involves scrapping the Constitution.