GOP’s Dangerous Attacks On Precedent

One of the greatest failings in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union was the desire to create a capitalist economy as quickly as possible at the expense of creating a robust and empowered judicial system. The fallacy of that approach was that Putin was able to use his largely unrestrained executive powers to create the capitalist kleptocracy that he rules to this day.

In this country, Republicans seem to be taking the same approach as Putin but from the opposite end of the spectrum by eroding the power of our judicial system. Increasingly, and…