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Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens


#1

Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens

Adele M. Stan

In every issue where America has made progress over the course of the last decade, the Trump administration is rolling back those gains with alarming speed. While it’s tempting to think of this regression as a return to an earlier time—a dirtier, more racist, more sexist, less compassionate America—it’s far worse than that. This is what authoritarianism looks like in its nascent stages. And we’re letting it happen.


#2

This IS the 21st century version of Fascism, this is what it looked like in 1920 & 1933 in Europe and this is just the latest version. We have arrived.


#3

As we slide further into fascism , the MSM treats it as an entertainment show.


#4

Let me show the writer what an accurate first sentence would look like. Instead of:

How about:

In every issue where America has made progress over the last two centuries, the Trump administration has followed it’s predecessors, both Democrat and Republican, in systematically rolling back those gains with alarming speed.

See the important difference?


#5

Good damn question. I hope the answer is something more then my expectation.


#6

What some might admit would be just in the future for today’s fascist scum is the fate that Mussolini received and richly deserved…times have changes but the depraved indifference for the lives of others and obscene greed remains in politicians and “leaders” of low or no moral compass…pathological liars, manipulators, and thieves, destroying what they cannot steal outright and subjecting the vast majority to lives of struggle and misery…

"On this day - April 28 - in 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.

The 61-year-old deposed former dictator of Italy was established by his German allies as the figurehead of a puppet government in northern Italy during the German occupation toward the close of the war. As the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula, defeat of the Axis powers all but certain, Mussolini considered his options. Not wanting to fall into the hands of either the British or the Americans, and knowing that the communist partisans, who had been fighting the remnants of roving Italian fascist soldiers and thugs in the north, would try him as a war criminal, he settled on escape to a neutral country.

He and his mistress made it to the Swiss border, only to discover that the guards had crossed over to the partisan side. Knowing they would not let him pass, he disguised himself in a Luftwaffe coat and helmet, hoping to slip into Austria with some German soldiers. His subterfuge proved incompetent, and he and Petacci were discovered by partisans and shot, their bodies then transported by truck to Milan, where they were hung upside down and displayed publicly for revilement by the masses"


#7

The most obvious thing to do about this creeping fascism is to vote for Democrats. Of course, the purists on the left are choosing to stay pure to their values without any compromising and rationalizing somehow that there is no real difference between the parties and it all controlled by the same corporations and so they might wind pure but living under fascism. I don’t particularly like to vote for someone just because they are in a certain party but in this upcoming election it looks like that is the best way to vote. If somehow the Democrats can control Congress at least there will be some real political power to counter the fascists. The Republicans may have lost democracy by allowing Trump to be their nominee. They should not have let him enter the Republican primary and then when they won the primary they should have freed the pledged delegates to vote their conscience. If party leaders were ever needed to prevent an extreme populist movement from gaining power this was it and they failed. So now it is up to those who oppose fascism to get as many Democrats elected as possible. There does not seem to be any other good options.


#8

Read and consider the implications of this paragraph and the one that precedes it in the article. The picture is becoming clear. I must agree with the author!


#9

Although I am setting myself up for a verbal beating, I must say that I agree with you. The slide towards Authoritarianism must be stopped or at least slowed.


#10

I was once politically more active but realized that for me it was a waste of time because everything always became worse with each passing “election”. Burnout syndrome bigtime. At times I go to rightwing sites just to attempt to get ridiculing words across, like mentioning socialism benefits, only to get attacked as a libtard and worse. I get the message your comment is under moderation and will appear in 2 to 3 hours, l check back later and it never goes through, even days later. The divide remains unbroken.


#11

“Authoritarianism isn’t simply something that could happen in the United States. It’s here. Now the question is: What are we going to do about it?”

One of the first things we can do about it is to change “authoritarianism” to “conservatism”, in the war of words.


#12

To me, Trump represents what were underlying thoughts of certain Americans during Reagan’s term. Then it was not possible to say this stuff directly, but as a Californian who was eight when Reagan got is first term in 1966, I grew up watching the Reagan show here and it was apparent there was huge resentment and hate on behalf of much of Reagan’s base.
In the 1980’s I think the United States really began it’s fall. People at large were frozen, and did not stand up to his propaganda machine and his retrograde ideas.
I think I will always connect Trump with Reagan. Of course he’s basically a fascist, Reagan was so stupid he did not even realize that’s what he wanted to preach himself, at least in part. People did not stand up to Reagan on national level, and they are intimidated by Trump even more so. The country had better make decisions sooner rather than later. We are running out time.


#13

Interesting you mentioned Reagan. The CIA/FBI/MI6 Trump " covert " campaign informant ( Stephan Halper ) did the same kind of work inside Carter’s 1980 Re-election Campaign. And, he and his father ( R. Cline ) were both associated and campaigned for Poppy Bush in the early 1980 primaries ( See The Intercept and Greenwald’s article ).
So, why is Trump not going after the DoD and the Bush connections, to who paid who, and why they would hire Halper? And, are there others they hired, too? Why try to charge the Obama Adm. with this crap if rogue agents, inside The Alphabets, are the culprits here? There’s lots of fishy smells around a dock, that’s a given. There’s dozens of docks in The Swamp of Washington, D.C., as well. I live in Oregon and I smell the rotten stench of all this out here.
I despise Trump and Company & His Cronies. But, when do the guys wearing the white hats ride into town, again? Just askin’.


#14

Yes we can really trust the Democrats.
Just like when they were in power, they caved to the Republicans and did not confirm Merrick Garland and instead, with their help, confirmed Neil Gorsuch. Yeah, they really helped us out there.
And only with the Democrats help, we now have (another) war criminal in charge of Torture at the CIA.
And only with the Democrats help, we now have industry hawks at the head of every agency.
And only with the Democrats help, we give billions to Israel’s military to purchase sniper bullets so that they can slaughter Palestinian babies who are obviously a direct threat.
And of course we had the DNC promoting Trump as they sabotaged all of the other Republican candidates because Hillary could so easily beat that monster Trump.
Yeah, those Democrats are doing a great job.
Yeah those Democrats really have our back.
We must vote for more of these Democrats.


#15

Couldn’t have said it better. Of course, you have left out soooo many more examples, but you made the point perfectly. There is no substantive difference between the Dims and the Rethugs. The Rethugs are simply more blatant about their fascism, the Dims are quieter about it, and serve as the Washington Generals to the Rethugs’ Harlem Globetrotters.

Works like a charm.


#16

Yeah, sure. Trump, just like most republicans, is no different than democrats…well, except for a few thousand ways. I’m always surprised how many leftists (or pretend leftists) are simply blind.


#17

If every democrat is not pure enough then democrats are all bad. What truly ridiculous logic.


#18

No, all Democrats are not bad. Just most are beholden to the same donors as the Republicans.

When the Democrats are in power, the Democrats cave to the Republicans because “We have to be fair”.
And when the Republicans are in power, the Democrats cave to the Republicans because “There is nothing we can do”
It is mainly a show for the folks back home as they rake in the donations from the real power brokers.

But there is something that they can do: Grow a spine.


#19

Sometimes democrats do not fight as dirty as republicans. While both you and I are disappointed by that, I am not absolutely certain that it is a terrible plan. At any rate, the more republicans blow up precedents, the easier it will be in the future for democrats to push through legislation over republican opposition. However, republicans will likely have a generational stranglehold on the courts at least. How horrible.


#20

The only difference is he is cruder, and says what he actually thinks. No methinks you are the one who is blind Monkes Tale.

By the way did you notice all those democrats today in the Congress that helped vote away all the Dodd-Frank Wall Street protections???