Summer Lee: The Party System Is Just Not Working

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Summer Lee: The Party System Is Just Not Working

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“The party system isn’t working and the elites have completely lost touch with the electorate. They’re stuck in ideologies that are passé, ideologies from 20 years ago that make fools of us, which is the easy thing to do. The easy thing to do is to say, well, if we fire a bunch of politicians who are against these policies they will suddenly work, because we’ll remove them from office, and then it’s not going to happen again and it’s not going to happen the next day. And frankly, it’s just not going to happen again and it’s not going to happen the next day. You need to have a longer-term game.”

— Elisabeth Moss, actress, writer and executive producer of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Washington Examiner associate editor, Los Angeles bureau chief, contributing writer and Friday radio host, Summer Lee joined this week’s broadcast to discuss the show’s critical support of Donald Trump and what totalitarianism could look like in the United States.

Read the full transcript here.

Summer Lee on what totalitarianism could look like in the United States:

In the United States we need to be very careful about ever labeling an entire population in this country to be all bad; that we want to overthrow, overthrow a culture, overthrow a country. I think we should be very careful that we don’t decide to go down that road.

I mean, the Handmaid’s Tale is such a powerful statement because it’s using fiction to show us what it would look like if things really changed because that really is the question that it’s posing. I mean, we know we live in a democracy, but the reality is that it’s very rare when something has to change because we’re living in a system where it would take some pretty significant moves to throw it out altogether, which is not what we want for the future. But it does get to the question, do we want to have a system that changes, or do we want to maintain a system that is just symbolic of, what? It’s certainly not democracy in the United States where there are activists who say that they want to remake the country and to get rid of this language, we are saying that if we just discard the words of freedom, that that isn’t enough.

Summer Lee on whether Trump can help with the movement:

I think when we talk about this, people tend to tend to look at each other and say, is Trump a bad guy or is Trump good?

Trump is certainly causing controversy and moving the country in all kinds of unexpected directions that people might not like, and it is really important to remember that, that he has the executive power as the president and that is very powerful. So even though the power of the individual people might not be as powerful as if the government itself was gone, it is still the potential in which, the power of government is held and I don’t think that’s something we should minimize or forget.

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