Obama and “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a novel that envisioned a political tragedy akin to the Obama presidency. It Can’t Happen Here is the story of Berzelius Windrip, a charming, charismatic demagogue who, in the midst of an economic crisis, is elected president by promising lots of free goodies for everyone. Once in power, he neutralizes Congress, ruins the economy and cracks down on dissent. He makes himself dictator, with assistance from a civilian national security force.
Berzelius Windrip… mmm, mmm, mmm!
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