As I’ve written so many times, “read German History between the wars and on into WW-II.” It started small there, but got a demagogue that encouraged it and, like Topsy, “it just growed!” That’s what is happening here.
*In Germany, by the time sane people realized what was happening, the SA was too big to stop and “Seig Heil!” was the order of the day. It took a world war to get rid of it, and now it seems to be reincarnating here, and the growth pattern seems the same.
*Despite what the fascist Right would have you believe, we do have a Constitution with its Bill of Rights. Let’s use it, dammit!