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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:37 PM

'Democracy Isn't In Peril- It's On Its Deathbed.' Trump Has Shown Us Authoritarianism Normalized'

'Democracy Isn’t in Peril—It’s on Its Deathbed.' Trump has shown us with disturbing deft how authoritarianism doesn’t suddenly march on democracy like a military parade. Instead, it creeps in bit by bit, being normalized at every step. By Kimberly Atkins, Common Dreams, Oct. 7, 2020.



- Despite Trump’s attacks on the election, voters still have the ability to clutch democracy from the jaws of death before it’s too late & begin what will be a long & arduous process of rebuilding it.

If there was any doubt that President Trump values despotism over democracy, it was erased by the spectacle of his return to the White House after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

With cameras rolling for the campaign video that would be cut within minutes, Trump emerged from Marine One, ascended the stairs to the White House South Portico, dramatically removed the mask that shielded others from his infectiousness and stood — labored breathing and all — staring out over the South Lawn in a display that evoked equal parts Benito Mussolini and Eva Peron.

As historian Michael Beschloss aptly noted in a tweet: “In America, our presidents have generally avoided strongman balcony scenes — that’s for other countries with authoritarian systems.”

But for Trump it was right on brand. Less than a week earlier, he attacked democracy brutally at the first presidential debate: falsely claiming mail-in ballots are illegitimate; calling for his supporters to show up at polling places to “watch very carefully”; telling a white supremacist militia, whose members quickly declared him their commander in chief, to “stand by;” ending by declaring the entire election “fraudulent.”

In four years, Trump has shown us with disturbing deft how authoritarianism doesn’t suddenly march on democracy like a military parade, of the kind for which Trump has a fondness. Instead, it creeps in bit by bit, being normalized at every step until citizens belatedly realize that they no longer recognize their own nation.

Democracy in America isn’t just in peril. It’s on its deathbed.

“It’s where we are. This is the endgame,” said Matthew C. MacWilliams, author of “On Fascism: 12 Lessons from American History” and a visiting research associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “This is the most dangerous time in this country since before the Civil War.”

We’ve watched Trump kill democracy, bit by bit, in plain view. Trump inflicted its mortal wounds by a thousand cuts, with acts that seemed to constantly flare up and then quickly fade in the flurry of a nonstop news cycle, constantly muddled by the president’s lies and misrepresentations. But that approach, too — obscuring facts and attacking truth-tellers while propping up propaganda — is how authoritarians operate.

Trump doesn’t simply heap gushing praise on strongman leaders like Vladimir Putin, Mohammed bin Salman, and Kim Jong Un. He leads like them. Let’s count a sample of the ways:...

More, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/07/democracy-isnt-peril-its-its-deathbed

Author Kimberly Atkins,
https://www.bostonglobe.com/about/staff-list/staff/kimberly-atkins/
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- Trump and Covid-19- the Odds, Gwynne Dyer
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/07/trump-and-covid-19-odds

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Reply 'Democracy Isn't In Peril- It's On Its Deathbed.' Trump Has Shown Us Authoritarianism Normalized' (Original post)
appalachiablue Oct 2020 OP
PSPS Oct 2020 #1
Newest Reality Oct 2020 #2
brush Oct 2020 #3
appalachiablue Oct 2020 #6
SheltieLover Oct 2020 #4
Newest Reality Oct 2020 #5
alwaysinasnit Oct 2020 #7
usajumpedtheshark Oct 2020 #8
dalton99a Oct 2020 #9

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:42 PM

1. Normalized by the media. "Incrementalism." Any German who was alive in the 30's knows all about it

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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:42 PM

2. K&R

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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:45 PM

3. And fascist wannabe Utah Senator Lee, a trump ally, who got infected at the RoseGarden covid fest...

just tweeted this this morning.

Mike Lee
@SenMikeLee
Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prosperity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.
2:24 AM · Oct 8, 2020

These repugs are broadcasting their intentions. trump already said he won't commit to a voluntary transfer of power should he lose the election.

These fu_ker are dangerous.

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Response to brush (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 03:13 PM

6. Give me 'rank democracy' any day, creep...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:48 PM

4. K&R!

Vote in person!!!! Too important to entrust to dejoy's nightmare.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 02:56 PM

5. Orwell...

Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past… The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it.


- 1984, George Orwell

2+2= whatever value The Party decrees.

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 04:02 PM

7. +1000

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:41 AM

8. Trump and Republican politicians are killing democracy

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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:01 AM

9. Kick

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