When Russia faced a constitutional crisis in 1993, President Boris Yeltsin did what any good dictator would do — he had the military surround the White House and had tanks shell the upper floors as a demonstration of force, announcing to the press that “Fascist-communist armed rebellion in Moscow shall be suppressed within the shortest period.”

It’s an efficient way to show who’s boss, and the folks at The New Republic seem like they’re warming up to the idea.


“What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people’s representatives? ” asks Julia Ioffe in a section called “History Lesson.”

And the history lesson is…?

Any other history lessons on tap, TNR? America does need guidance in these challenging times, what with the Tea Party holding the country hostage with bombs strapped to their chests.

Here’s an honest-to-goodness history lesson for the GOP: