By Brandon J. Weichert:
Ever since Donald J. Trump won the presidency in 2016, America’s political elite have been asking themselves, “is the American republic dead?”
To which, I answer: yes!
In fact, the glorious republic Americans created following our victory over the British Empire died long ago. The United States has not had one republic for the last 239 years of its existence. Instead, like France, the United States has experienced a succession of republics, a total of four now. What we are witnessing with the Trump presidency is the birth pangs of America’s fifth republic—and it remains to be seen whether that new republic will survive and thrive or if it will be aborted.
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