Monday, September 30, 2013
A Contrast Between Politics In Germany And The US
They erosion of consensual politics in the US has been made tragically apparent by the GOP's willingness to risk economic disaster in an effort to achieve ideological objectives that are supported by a radical segment of its political base. While its always dangerous for foreigners to interpret events outside of their country, the recent elections in Germany are interpreted as evidence for the strength of consensual politics in Germany. There are ideological differences in Germany that are similar to those in the US, but they do not affect the ability of the elected government to govern as they do in the US. The radicalization of the GOP has produced a level of government dysfunction in the US that is unprecedented in our recent history.