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January 14, 2020

Trump’s authoritarian assault on democracy continues: What lies ahead?

Filed under: Criminal, Education, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:58

There is more at the link below.   I did clip some of the answers but not the questions, so please go read the article if the clips interest you.  I found the information spot on about tRump and what may happen in the future rings true to me.    Hugs

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/13/trumps-authoritarian-assault-on-democracy-continues-what-lies-ahead/

Fascism scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat: If Trump wins again, America will be “ready for full-on authoritarian rule”

The Republican Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump’s regime and an expression of his personal will and power. To that end, Trump has promised financial support to the Republican senators who will soon be voting at his trial. It has also been reported that Trump ordered the execution of Iranian Maj. Gen.  Qassem Soleimani in order to ensure that Republican senators would support his acquittal.

In essence, Donald Trump pays political blood money to his supporters. This is more evidence of Trump’s political thuggery and mobster-style behavior that is unbefitting an American president.

Like other dictators, authoritarians, autocrats and political thugs, Donald Trump believes he is above the law. With the support of Attorney General William Barr, this appears increasingly true.

Trump and his allies label Democrats, liberals, progressives and anyone else opposing him as traitors and enemies of the United States. The most recent example: at a rally last Thursday in Toledo, Trump said that Democrats were “vicious horrible people.”

None of this should be surprising. Trump is following the authoritarian’s playbook almost to the letter in his assault on American democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. The question is not whether Donald Trump is an authoritarian and would-be dictator but rather whether anything or anyone is capable of stopping him.

The shoe drops slowly, and it is hard for many people to discern what is really happening. This is especially true when there are multiple things happening at one time. For example, William Barr and his attacks on the rule of law and how he is part of this right-wing Christian counterrevolution in America. Yes, Trump is impeached, and that is a type of pushback against him and his forces. What judges are doing to slow down Trump’s agenda is very important too. It is very important to not give up because that is what authoritarians want the public to do.

Authoritarian leaders want you to believe that resistance is futile and that you should just give up. If we give up and resign ourselves to the conclusion that impeaching Trump is not going to have an effect, then he has won. Impeachment is extremely important because it will be on the record, marked in the history books as opposition to Trump and his agenda.

Donald Trump is an example of someone who comes up in history, and the way forward has been prepared for him, in this instance by the Tea Party and the Republican Party.

The road was already prepared for Trump by eight years of Barack Obama and how that created a type of mass anger and rage and panic among many white people. People like Donald Trump appear in history and their role is to undo social and political progress. Trump is a figure who is trying to undo everything that Barack Obama stood for and accomplished. But of course, historical figures such as Donald Trump add something new. Trump comes in and he has a “movement.” Trump does not have a political party. At first, Trump said that he was above politics. This is another common thread among authoritarians.

It is no accident that during the impeachment process Donald Trump has said that he is going to stay in office for 28 years. Of course, that is not physiologically possible. But what matters is the fantasy, because Trump is terrified right now. Leaders of that type create fortresses around themselves in a million ways. They do this with flatterers, lackeys and family. Authoritarian leaders like Trump do not want to hear any criticism. They also want and need total control over people because that settles the anxiety.

Trump does this in other ways as well. He does not have permanent appointees. This means they do not have to be confirmed by the Senate. Authoritarian leaders are actually terrified and brittle people inside. That is why they retreat inward. Donald Trump will not take any real questions from the news media. The authoritarian leader’s ego will not permit any questions, and the longer they stay in charge the worse it gets for a country because they lose all sense of reality. Leaders like Donald Trump make bad decisions, such as starting wars. One of the things that scares me the most is that Donald Trump is extremely destructive. Authoritarian leaders like Donald Trump delight in being destructive. Sometimes such people are also self-destructive.

The civil service has been purged and ruined under the Trump administration. The civil service makes government work. The State Department is a particularly sad example. Career civil servants have been purged because of ideological tests. This can take the form of leader loyalty — which is an ideology of loyalty. It could mean Trump removing experts who know that climate change is real. Civil rights as well. For example, The Department of Health and Human Services under Trump now has a “civil rights office” devoted to the “rights” of right-wing Christian evangelicals who believe their freedom is violated by doctors who agree to perform abortions. The state has been hollowed out. Expertise is gone and ideology rules. The state, the government bureaucracy and civil service are now just a vehicle for the authoritarian leader’s goals.

This brings up the question of madness versus method. One of the objections that gets leveled at people who offer these types of analyses about Trump and authoritarianism is, “No, Trump’s just impulsive.” He’s not mentally ill. He may have some dementia, but he knows exactly what he’s doing. Trump’s spokespeople have been very clear that Trump wants his own intelligence and security services.

Such goals are part of the counterrevolution that has been slowly chipping away at democratic institutions, norms and laws under Trump and the Republican Party. Trump is going after the country’s trust in the FBI and intelligence services. All the relevant structures of government that could obstruct what Trump wants to do are being chipped away. What Trump has been doing up to this point is not at all an accident in that regard.

It takes a lot of time to prepare the public for such an outcome. It requires information and psychological warfare. Trump is very expert in those areas. Chip away at reality and objectivity, and then the public is ready for full-on authoritarian rule. The Nazis knew this very well. The public must be shaped and prepared. This is what Goebbels excelled at. The Russians excel at it. Once the public is shaped and prepared, the authoritarian regime can do what it wants.

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. While this paints an oh-so-accurate picture, hopefully there will continue to be people like you — and others — who hammer away at THE TRUTH. Yes, he’s a danger to the U.S. and what it stands for, but there are still a core of people who see through his evilness. And it is these people that MUST not give in!

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    Comment by Nan — January 14, 2020 @ 12:59

    • Let me add … I’m reading the actual interview and it’s so on-point that it’s downright scary. One of the things that stood out to me is when she talks about the protests in Hong Kong and how the American people “do not want to inconvenience themselves and disrupt their lives” to protest Trump.

      Also her remark that … There are actually people who are addicted to Donald Trump’s rallies. Not surprising. He knows how to rev up a crowd … and he does it at every one of them. Many people live such hum-drum lives (get up, go to work, come home, sleep, get up, go to work …) that attending his rallies are stimulating … exciting … and help with the boredom of simply doing what’s necessary to survive.

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      Comment by Nan — January 14, 2020 @ 13:25

      • Hello Nan. He is an entertainer, it is what he does. He made a living branding his name by inflating and pretending his own importance. There are people who get a rush from following some groups as you say. It is a shame they have to give up their ideas of right and wrong to have the rush of belonging, but people belonging to religious groups do the same thing. Their whole lives revolve around fellowship of the church even if they don’t really believe.

        Your point of just trying to survive is a good one. It is what led to tRump. For decades the political leadership in congress gave preference to the wealthy donors and the lower incomes, the average people, struggled more and more. History shows what happens next when the wealthy abuse the surfs too much, they revolt. tRump was a revolt about race and economics. A total backlash about the idea of white supremacy being over and a total backlash about life in the country becoming too hard for most of the people. Life has to be about more than a struggle to live. That is why the message of Sanders and Warren are so popular. The people in the US were sold on the idea that they should struggle and fight for every thing in life, the rest of the world look at life the other way, life should be enjoyed and lived. Ron and I grew up in New England. The attitude there was you spent your off time getting read for your work time. Work was your identity. The first question asked when you met new people was “Where do you work” or “What do you do for a living”.
        When we moved to Florida it was a shock to me to see that people here viewed it differently. You worked only enough to provide for your off time. That is how it should be. The human condition should not be in continued suffering. That is a religious idea. Suffering is good for the soul. That needs to go away. Living well and happy is good for humans. Thank you for letting me rant. Hugs

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        Comment by Scottie — January 14, 2020 @ 14:45

    • Hello Nan. Thank you. I do work hard to do post the news I do, and it is very hard for me to do this but I admit I enjoy it. I feel useful doing this. I also get sort of a kind of high learning stuff. Learning new things and hopefully retaining some of it is exciting for me. I really enjoy it. One reason I got into Ark’s blog was reading him and John Z among others talk about history I had never been exposed to. It saddens me greatly the decline in education in general and specifically in programs for those who do not have opportunities for better education programs. Thank you for being a member of the resistance with me. We need more people in this country to join us. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 14, 2020 @ 14:19


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