What an American One-Party System Would Really Look Like

Observers from the Right have been warning the Democratic Party is trying to establish a “one-party system.” Evidence for this prediction is so overwhelming that I wouldn’t even dispute it. From plans to pack the Supreme Court, to maintain a permanent Democratic-Left majority, to pushing for an open borders policy that would make it possible to enroll loads more Democratic voters, to enfranchising convicted felons, to using a Senate majority to create two new Democratic states—the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico—it should be clear where all this is leading. 

We also find other items on the Democratic wish list that warrant attention, for example, measures taken in Democratic-run states to send out unsolicited ballots, which Democratic vote-harvesters could return, and a national ban on voter identification laws. Such demands may turn elections into meaningless rituals for legitimating a leftist stranglehold on government. 

Riots by what Tucker Carlson aptly characterized as the “Biden voters” did not happen by chance. The Democratic Party and the overwhelmingly Democratic media condoned and even incited these “peaceful protests,” and former Vice President Biden’s staff labored mightily to bail out apprehended perpetrators of violence in order to put them back onto the streets. This is standard operating procedure for political movements trying to seize power. After World War II, the Soviets arranged for mob violence in Hungary, Poland, and other countries they occupied as preparation for the imposition of a Communist dictatorship. This violence, authorities claimed, proved the need for a new order. 

The Nazi Brown Shirts wrought havoc in Weimar Germany that Hitler then insisted only his rule would end. While Brown Shirts battled with real Communists on the streets of German cities, our media have less credible street enemies.  The best they can come up with is the mostly powerless, racially integrated Proud Boys,  policemen who killed or wounded several black men with long criminal records, and President Trump’s indelicate phraseology. Apparently, these troublemakers, not the Democratic-friendly BLM and Antifa, were behind the mayhem and looting during the “Summer of Violence.”

Unfortunately, the party carrying out the coup enjoys a near-majority of voters. The electorate that is going along with the destruction of our constitutional order has responded favorably both to the media and what claims to be our educational system. We are also saddled with racial tensions that add to our political instability. 

And perhaps even more unsettling, we have a mass media and a culture industry that are invested in the coup. 

Please note that when Hitler took power, his party never exceeded 36.8 percent of the popular vote, which it reached in a Reichstag election in July 1932. (By the end of 1932 that total fell to 33.1 percent). Moreover, the German press was far more politically diverse in 1932 than what Trump denounces with some justification as our “lying media.” The action of electronic media giants, which now routinely suppress news that could harm the American Left, confirms the obvious. The media no longer even pretend to observe bourgeois niceties when they cancel the other side, any more than our “institutions of higher learning” hide their intolerance when they root out and shame dissenters. 

Despite these ominous signs, it seems unlikely that the United States will actually become a “one-party system.” This will not happen even if the Left takes over. Instead, the leftist dictatorship that may befall us will try to preserve certain democratic arrangements pro forma

Since democracies are supposed to have opposition parties, the new rulers will create such an opposition. It will look like the permissible political competition in the former German Democratic Republic, where the ruling Communists supposedly headed a “unity coalition.” At least on paper, the German Communists took power by merging with the Social Democrats. They then brought into existence Blockflötenparteien, parties that were invented to offer the appearance of opposition without causing the regime any trouble. 

It is easy to imagine who will perform this function in the United States in a virtual leftist dictatorship. Where shall I begin? Perhaps with the editors and writers of The Dispatch, the funders of the Lincoln Project, and the “Obamacon” Andrew Bacevich, who now wants to “detoxify” the Republican Party by working to defeat Trump. 

An authorized writer on conservative thought, Bacevich endorsed Obama against two weak Republican presidential candidates, before going on to support Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden against the putative populist corrupters of the true Republican faith. Now he is offering to “save the Republican Party from itself.” No doubt Max Boot, Jennifer Rubin, and Bill Kristol could all be persuaded to join our Blockflöte, providing they would be allowed to implement a vigorously interventionist foreign policy. 

We could also lure into this exceedingly friendly opposition James Kirchick, who combines anti-Trump neoconservative politics with vigorous advocacy of LGBT rights. This formal opposition should have no trouble convincing those in charge to embrace Kirchick’s crusade against the “homophobic” Vladimir Putin. The American Left has been pushing Russophobia since it began accusing Trump of “Russian collusion.”   

Although our tolerated opposition would likely acquiesce in whatever measures against “prejudice” the new order introduced, it might also arrange favors for woke capitalist sponsors. After all, isn’t that what a “conservative” opposition is supposed to do?

About Paul Gottfried

Paul Edward Gottfried is the editor of Chronicles. An American paleoconservative philosopher, historian, and columnist, Gottfried is a former Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, as well as a Guggenheim recipient.

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7 responses to “What an American One-Party System Would Really Look Like”

  1. I agree that we are about to have a one-party system, but it will be a Republican one-party system, not a Democrat one-party system. I want to see it happen, but I am uneasy about it.

  2. If Biden wins it will be the last Presidential election for decades. They will simply no longer hold elections in a single party autocracy. There won’t be any need.

  3. It will look more like South Africa with the GOP playing the role of the Democratic Alliance. Sacred, apologetic and devoted to the ANC narrative but with less corruption and a bit more free markets.

  4. Headline: ‘What an American One-Party System Would Really Look Like’.
    Surely few persons need to be told. They have lived in it for quite a long time.
    This is what the USA has had for at least the 24 years 1993-2017 and arguably even also the period 1989-93.
    All decisions have been made by Crony Corporatism ruining the working and middle classes in the interests of Big Money (Wall St, Big Tech, the billionaires, the oligarchs).
    There has been a democratic puppet-show but essentially, as regards the policy-positions adhered to by the Political Class and its conjoined twins the Media, Academe, the choices made have all been of one kind: whatever advantaged the new awful ruling caste in society (elites, ‘meritocrats’ – what a misnomer!) and punished ordinary people.
    There has been one party in Congress with two wings, one called Democratic, the other Republican.
    Only President Trump has given the American people for the first time in 3 decades a real fresh choice.

  5. Why does (((Paul Gottfried))) have to drag Adolf Hitler into this essay? Why is the percentage vote in 1933 important? What was the political situation in 1933? Was there only one party running? (No) After the 1933 election, were there other measures of NSDAP electoral popularity? (Yes, multiple plebecites with massive support for NSDAP policies). Does it matter how many people vote for an party or politician is they rule badly or wisely?

    Adolf Hitler did nothing wrong.

    The US, UK and USSR, on the other hand, have been covering up for their war-crimes for 70 years.

    Also, the US already has a one-party State. Whether you vote ‘R’ or vote ‘D’ you always get ‘J’.

    • “J”? J stands for Jesus! While I commend the sentiment, let’s not bring religion into this, okay?

  6. We’ve had a one party system for a long time now. The DNC and RNC always get together to plot before every election. It’s called controlled opposition. Who is in the white house makes no difference. Things plod along just the same, election after election. The deep state runs it all, and even when a Trump gets in, they put a strangle-hold on them that cannot be broken.