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The problem is clear—substantial government reforms in the face of impotent majority opposition can destabilize a democracy.
KEEP THE FILIBUSTER, THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO REFORM A BROKEN SYSTEMDAVID FRENCHMARCH 23, 2021TIME
All those other parties are small and mostly impotent because the two major parties have been successful at constraining upstarts.
WHAT HAPPENS TO AN ENTRENCHED TWO-PARTY SYSTEM WHEN ONE PARTY UNDERMINES THE SYSTEM?PHILIP BUMPFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
They have watched in impotent fury as the coronavirus pandemic has boosted governing parties such as Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and incumbent leaders such as Giuseppe Conte in Italy, pushing them to the political margins.
IS THE SLIDE OF EUROPEAN POPULISM PERMANENT?CHARU KASTURIOCTOBER 15, 2020OZY
Businesses, if no longer quite oblivious to global warming, seemed impotent to make changes that might slow it.
CAPITALISM IS IN CRISIS. TO SAVE IT, WE NEED TO RETHINK ECONOMIC GROWTH.KATIE MCLEANOCTOBER 14, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Chevy Chase’s bumbling Gerald Ford made America see the accomplished athlete as awkward and impotent.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WILL NOT SAVE YOUEMILY VANDERWERFFOCTOBER 2, 2020VOX
As so much time has elapsed since the orders were given, the persons that ordered them are quite impotent.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
For the third time she watched a coronet slip through her strong determined impotent fingers.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Hamburg writhed impotent at his feet and the "heavy arm of justice fell on the canaille."
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
Dine darted after him to box his ears, words being impotent, and Tessa went into the house.
TESSA WADSWORTH'S DISCIPLINEJENNIE M. DRINKWATER
She clasped her thin hands in a frenzy of impotent rage—with Anne Ashton had lain the real triumph, with herself the sacrifice.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
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