There’s always an amusement to reading Robert Reich. The political partisanship can be so naked as he entirely ignores history , events and reality to construct an argument as to why Trump’s a bad’un, capitalism’s terrible and the Republicans want to eat your babies.
The real point of all this being here:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The choice could not be clearer. Democracy is about means. Dictatorship is about ends. Trump uses any means available to achieve his own ends. We can preserve our democracy and force Trump out of office. Or we can continue to struggle against someone who strives to thwart democracy for his own benefit. In the months ahead, that choice will be made, one way or the other. [/perfectpullquote]
Take to the streets and rise up against the Republithugs. The specific reason today is that:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]A president who shuts down government in order to get his way on a controversial issue, such as building a wall along the border with Mexico, offering to reopen it as a concession when his opponents give in, is not protecting the means of democracy. He is treating the government of the United States as a bargaining chip. He is asserting power by any means possible. This is the method of a dictator.[/perfectpullquote]
Previous Presidents who shut down government over the same issue – Congress insisting on paying for something the President didn’t want, or not paying for something he did – include Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton (twice) and Obama. In fact, Reich himself might well have been in the cabinet when Bill did it. If Trump’s a dictator because of this then so are they – and Reich arguably an enabler of at least one of them.
All of which gives us a useful guide to Robert Reich’s pronouncements. As long as we grasp that they’re merely party pris posturing we’ll be fine, it’s only if we regard them as having any connection to logic or reality that we might be fooled.