“Every nation needs parties of the left and the right, but America’s conservative party has collapsed—and its absence will undermine the recovery of American democracy even when Donald Trump is gone.” “The immediate problem America faces is that it no longer has a center-right party that represents traditional conservatism, or even respects basic constitutional principles such as the rule of law.” “The United States, like any other nation, needs political parties that can represent views on the left and the right. There are areas of disagreement, and every functioning democracy needs parties that can contest these issues within the circumscribed limits of a democratic and rights-respecting constitution. Today’s Republican Party rarely exhibits such commitments to the rule of law, constitutionalism, or democracy itself.” “The current GOP is not so much conservative as it is reactionary: Today’s right-wing voters are a loose movement of various groups, but especially of white men, obsessed with a supposedly better past in which they were not the aggrieved minority they see themselves as today. They reject almost everything in the current social and political order because everything around them is the product of the hated now that has displaced the sacred then.” “America needs an actual conservative party, but it is unlikely to produce one in the near future. The movement around Trump will come to an end because it is primarily a movement of older people. Although the cult will someday dissolve, the authoritarians his movement spawned will still be with us, and they will prevent the formation of a sensible center-right party in the United States.” https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/daily/ Does America’s democracy need a representative conservative voice? And what dangers does our democracy we face without one? America has always been a nation of separate political parties representing defined principles and ideologies, but today we lack a represented conservative voice. As much as Trump and the MAGA militia say they are conservative, they are not, nor do they represent core conservative principles whose presence is necessary for an operating democracy. As the opinion states, the real danger here isn’t Trump, or the MAGA militia, but what follows and the appetite to descend into authoritarianism.