After the Soviet Union fell, Russia implemented a system of limited government (well, limited as regards the Russian experience of government, anyway). Yeltsin — and then Putin — found that the limited government didn’t suit them, and thus the early nineties were marked by this sort of headline, every single month:
Yeltsin Declares Sweeping New Powers
Putin’s Party Votes Him Sweeping New Powers
Well, Putin is now officially a tyrant.
It can’t happen here?
Why can it not happen here? It happens, literally, everywhere else.