In the 28 years I’ve covered Latin America, I never thought I’d write the sentence I’m about to type. But here goes:
Guatemala is a model for the United States.
You read that right. For the moment, at least, Guatemala — a Central American country whose so-called democracy my colleagues and I have long disparaged as a dark banana-republic farce — is the beacon of the Americas. The exemplar of constitutional rule of law. One of the hemisphere’s separation-of-powers life boats.
And most important to the United States — Guatemala’s reminding us that our institutions are still robust enough to rein in President Trump’s authoritarian impulses if and when they genuinely imperil our democracy or national security someday.
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Yes, I’m talking about Guatemala. I’m not kidding. Here’s why:
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