How to Build an Autocracy

Posted by CircuitGuy 2 years, 8 months ago to Government
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This article is worth reading all the way through, skipping the preamble and starting with "In an 1888 lecture"

If you support President Trump, just imagine some other past president or presidential candidate whose policies you oppose.

I heard about it in an interview on the Kathleen Dunn show. It stood out when Frum said in the interview that totalitarian states occasionally add occult stories, e.g. alien abduction, to their propaganda to further the idea that truth really doesn't exist. That way their readers won't reject their stories if a fact is proven clearly untrue.

Here are some excerpts that deal with executive power, which is my biggest concern. https://www.galtsgulchonline.com/post...

"Over the past generation, we have seen ominous indicators of a breakdown of the American political system: the willingness of congressional Republicans to push the United States to the brink of a default on its national obligations in 2013 in order to score a point in budget negotiations; Barack Obama’s assertion of a unilateral executive power to confer legal status upon millions of people illegally present in the United States—despite his own prior acknowledgment that no such power existed."

"Yet the American system is also perforated by vulnerabilities no less dangerous for being so familiar. Supreme among those vulnerabilities is reliance on the personal qualities of the man or woman who wields the awesome powers of the presidency."
SOURCE URL: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/


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  • Posted by freedomforall 2 years, 8 months ago
    Yet you had no concern about executive power when you voted for Obama a second time.
    Heal yourself. Criticizing Trump for actions not taken while approving the great racist in chief shows no ability to reason and no philosophical consistency.

    The Atlantic is a shameful statist-biased sewer of filth that made no mention of such criticism under Obama's traitorous rule.

    Every single imaginary affront and as yet untrue accusation the Atlantic makes in this loathsome article, Obama was guilty of in reality during his administration. Both Clintons have been equally guilty of all these crimes that the Atlantic shamelessly projects upon an as yet innocent Trump, and worse.
    It is my fervent hope that Trump tasks the federal agencies to uncover the disgusting truth of the Clinton's murderous crimes and prosecutes and convicts them and Obama for treason as well as murder.

    The article is complete puerile rubbish.
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    • Posted by  $  Dobrien 2 years, 8 months ago
      So true Freedomforall . With no less than a month and every roadblock thrown in front of Trump example the idiots blocked his education cabinet pick from going to visit a school. It is almost traitorous. I am stunned the shameful behavior and disrespect to a USA President.The lack of respect is a reflection of the hypocrites who claim to be inclusive and open to every freak on the planet and forcing that same conclusion on us.The blatant prejudice shown to those with a different view point . The inventors of Political correctness the media ,the democrats ,the liberal leftist educators. the instant condemnation the name calling they exhibit indicates the frauds they are. From the article however was this sentence "Trump has scant interest in congressional Republicans’ ideas, does not share their ideology, and cares little for their fate." I find this favorable if true.
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      Posted by 2 years, 8 months ago
      "Yet you had no concern about executive power when you voted for Obama a second time."
      https://www.galtsgulchonline.com/post...
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      • Posted by freedomforall 2 years, 8 months ago
        You gave that lying scumbucket O-racist 5 1/2 years of time where he demonstrated consistent traitorous action. As I stated you voted for him a second time after 4 years of proven acts exceeding the powers of the office.

        Now you read that pile of steaming merde from the biased abortion The Atlantic and you are sooooooo concerned. Trump gets 4 weeks during which he is a rational defender of Americans as he promised in his campaign.
        You voted for that disgusting traitor Hitlery. She betrayed America repeatedly, but you still voted for the horrid thieving witch.
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          Posted by 2 years, 8 months ago
          The article and my excerpt mention President Obama's executive overreach. It seems like there was no name-calling in it so you only looked at the illustration, which demonizes President Trump, and then asked how you could fit the drawing into your pre-existing narrative for why you're so angry and miserable.
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          • Posted by freedomforall 2 years, 8 months ago
            The entire article demonized Trump. As usual the writer thinks if he includes a tiny bit of truth the readers will swallow the massive meal of misleading left socialist vomit. Only the brainwashed and naive wallow in that disgusting trough.
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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 years, 8 months ago
    Speaking of a "brink of default" on a national obligation, Oblamer added to the national debt more than any other president after correctly stating that what Bush the Younger did to the national debt was treasonous.
    Reckon if you have a certain skin pigment with a PC D beside your name, a slobbering love affair media let's you get away with saying it was all Bush's fault.
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    • Posted by 2 years, 8 months ago
      "a slobbering love affair media let's you get away with saying it was all Bush's fault. "
      I basically agree with your blaming President Obama since after the recession of '08-09 the deficit broke 12 digits (staggering!), and he resisted plans to cut the deficit and conflated not borrowing with defaulting on the debt.
      Regardless of whose fault it was, I'd like to see the problem addressed immediately: FY2018.
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  • Posted by Lucky 2 years, 8 months ago
    Trump's performance in office is causing some consternation in Australia as he is doing what he said he would do.
    The chardonnay sippers are dismayed -this is without precedent in a democracy,
    The unwashed are gleeful at the chattering classes dismay.
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    • Posted by 2 years, 8 months ago
      "this is without precedent in a democracy,"
      I actually think it's a normal feature of democracy. By "it" I mean gov't becoming intrusive and a large part of the economy, and then various interest groups, e.g chardonnay sippers, unwashed, struggle to pull together a majority group because the gov't, elected by the majority and unrestrained by constitutional framework, is very powerful.

      I am not concerned with which interest groups influence the gov't. My concern is that citizens are dependent on being in a group that's in favor with the gov't. If the federal gov't were 2% of GDP, the limitations in the Bill of Rights were strictly enforced, and government were not allowed to interfere with people's property and mutual trades, then none of this would matter.
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      • Posted by freedomforall 2 years, 8 months ago
        While I agree with much of the second paragraph you wrote above, you consistently act (vote) to destroy any chance of the result you claim to desire. Your words appear to me to be a scolding to "the redneck idiots of the world" (your apparent description of Hitlery's deplorables) who oppose your chosen liberal socialist statist "leaders". Consenting to a so-called "lesser evil" is unacceptable regardless of which evil you choose. Neither side has the moral high ground, although the left has been falsely claiming it since the 19th century.
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        • Posted by 2 years, 8 months ago
          "Your words appear to me to be a scolding to "the redneck idiots of the world" (your apparent description of Hitlery's deplorables) who oppose your chosen liberal socialist statist "leaders"".
          I'm not scolding the deporables of the world. I'm saying most of them supported President Trump. I completely reject the notion that these people oppose liberal socialist statist "leaders". I think socialist statism is part of what they want.
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      • Posted by Lucky 2 years, 8 months ago
        About the doing what he said,
        According to our progressive classes,
        -Trump is just talking tough to get the vote of the unwashed,
        -he will not really do that,
        -he says anything as not a serious candidate,
        -he is just the same as the others.
        They are so dismayed by him, firstly winning,
        then actually doing what he said he would do that they try to cover up being wrong (again) by claiming that politicians never do that, -unprecedented so how could they have predicted that?

        As to whether it is usual or not, politicians are good at justifying diversions from election platforms,
        -extenuating circumstances, -it was not a core-promise, -that is not what we actually said, -
        we did not know at the time the extent of the mess left behind, .. etc.

        Your other point, Yes.
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