Controlling bodies in jails, camps, and psychiatric institutions makes strongmen feel powerful
Stephen Miller is evil! He’s, like Karl Rove & Bush, is Trump’s brain!
Where does this leave the judiciary in this nightmare scenario?
Ironic how Miller looks the part! Good article on T's rhetoric in Atlantic (Quotes Ruth) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/11/trump-becoming-frighteningly-clear-about-what-he-wants/676086/
These are truly such scary angst-ridden times. Even if we crush Trump at the polls next November there is still an army of white supremacist deviants waiting in the wings
I fear that by starting to use such strong, hateful language a full year before the election, Trump is ensuring that such language will take root amongst his supporters, and will become normalized to others in the electorate, so that by election time, his egregious speech will be not be considered as anything but the norm.
I have never been so frightened for this country in my life, and I lived through Nixon, Watergate, Vietnam, and the other wars we were lied into. With all of that, our democracy survived. If dump gets in for a 2nd term, the Constitution, our democracy, our norms of civil decency are all out the window.
Believe what Trump is saying, and look at the white males that surround him. He is so angry and out of control that it is very dangerous. Trump must have his way, thinking that he knows what is good for others. Very serious times ahead so VOTE Blue down the ballot. Keep your eyes open!
Register and get ready to VOTE!
Anyone concerned over the existence of The Deep State need look no further than to Project 2025 and Agenda47.
These are terrifying times! What makes it worse for me is that, despite the severe threat we are living under at present, there doesn't appear to be any urgency on the part of Homeland Security or anyone else tasked with protecting the country =/
I wish everyone subscribed to your Substack. You’re telling us the truth as terrible and frightening as it is. I hope we can outvote this nightmare
Each citizen who is now, and those additional citizens who become increasingly aware of
this broadside assault on all things sacred in our Democracy MUST mobilize, organize, donate,
contribute time, effort, knowledge, skills to THWART the multi-pronged continuous, and
relentless PUSH toward an Authoritarian Dictatorship.
Fear and its resulting anxiety are tools deployed by autocrats and their minions as
weapons like intimidation and denigration to splinter, immobilize, confuse and blunt
all those who revere and embrace freedom, liberty, and justice.
I am 75, and in my lifetime, this is the GREATEST THREAT we have ever faced. Be
strong, be resilient, be persistent, but most of all DO MORE than you’ve ever done
before to support, nurture, defend, and bolster our DEMOCRACY.
As Ruth Ben Ghiat and Timothy Snyder warn, it is far easier to defend Democracy BEFORE
it is lost, than fighting to regain it once stripped away.
On this Burnt Sienna Wednesday, I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (such as it is). If our country does not awaken from this bad dream, this time next year there won't be much left to give thanks for.
"He is telling us clearly that he will finish the job he started in his first term: wrecking U.S. democracy"
I would say "wrecking" might be too light a word.
A Trump win would unleash a concerted multifaceted attack on all democratic institutions of society from day one. This includes the Justice department, FBI, CIA, State Department, civil service, and defense department. After corrupting all aspects of the federal government with MAGA loyalists, the Trump attacks and intimidation would then shift immediately to focus on the secular society at large; the media/free press, church/state, LGBTQ, public schools, academic institutions higher ed, dissident professors, public intellectuals, and finally; the sacred free market/ private sector businesses and corporations. All would have to conform and toe the party line or else. Disney was an early example.
The end goal is the widespread destruction of American democracy and replacing it with a one party fascist dictatorship led by a authoritarian demagogue and his cult of personality. This would be a second revolution in American history and we've been seeing it coming since at least 2015.
Keep the lamp light burning bright for our sake, Ruth. As a Boomer, I remember when we studied WWII our consternation at the German people permitting fascism and Hitler to prevail. How could they? We are them now if we don’t stop Trump. Every American is assigned required reading “Strongmen - Mussolini to The Present” from now until Nov. 5, 2024.
The central problem are the people who will vote this regime into power. A reflection of a civil society degraded by cynicism, indifference and the enchantment of spectacles.
One of the great American legends is Paul Revere's ride, mounted on his steed, riding through the streets of Boston, warning good patriots that "the British are coming, the British are coming!!"
Unfortunately, Paul was mistaken - the British were already there. Much like the Fascists today - they aren't coming but are already here. In fact, they have been here for some time.
Until we reconcile ourselves with our past, Fascism will remain an aspect of our society. Absurd distributions for wealth. The next to last country on the planet to abolish slavery. Genocide of indigenous populations. Violence, wars, and bloodshed in the name of imperial dynasticism. Disinformation campaigns spread through national and social media. Gerrymandering at the state level to ensure a minority will maintain in charge. The list goes on and continues.
Marx professed fascism is the final stage of capitalism. I don't think Marx envisioned feudalism would lead to communism which in some cases has led to fascism. Regardless, we have some difficult times ahead. How are we preparing to face these challenges on a daily basis?
As an aside, does anyone think that the photo of Steven Miller resembles Eichmann? Does a similar fate await?