Authoritarianism

CNN’s David Gergen: The Only Thing That Can Stop Donald Trump From Running in 2024 is a Prison Sentence From the Insurrection, we know that conspiring to commit felonies is also a felony. We know with greater certainty that Trump knew what was going to happen, despite Pence’s resistance and...

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  • October 24, 2021

If U.S. democracy falls this century, it will likely be at the hands of a stubby-fingered sack of extra-piquant donkey farts who likely never bothered to read the Constitution he swore to uphold—and certainly didn’t understand it if he did bother. In other words, we’re at the stage in the...

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  • October 23, 2021

It does seem clear that in the name of “bipartisanship, there may be pro-Trumpists chosen who will attempt to sabotage such a commission, because some will accept the same false premises manufactured in both Trump impeachments. Perhaps the most important thing is that it focuses the scope of the commission on “the...

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  • May 16, 2021

Whenever I feel compelled to freak myself out about the GOP’s seemingly ineluctable march toward cult-of-personality authoritarianism, I have to remind myself that Republicans might not be Hitler boof stormtroopers so much as they’re just lemmings. For the most part, rank-and-file Republicans still love the guy who tried to geld our democracy...

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  • May 8, 2021

Every Republican in the Arizona Senate co-sponsored a resolution demanding the Supervisor of Elections for Arizona’s largest county, Maricopa, to be arrested for declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election and for not complying with their illegal demand to turn over election equipment and mail-in ballots to a Trump-allied firm...

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  • February 28, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) and his organization, Powered By People: Texas is at the center of the constitutional crisis that will play out in our nation’s capital today. The latest lurch towards authoritarianism — Donald Trump trying to shake down Georgia’s...

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  • January 6, 2021

Donald Trump did not start the meteoric lying to the American people. Ali Velshi points out it was modus operandi for the Republican Party. Ali Velshi strikes again x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Ali Velshi struck a hole-in-one once again. I stand corrected. He scored two holes-in-one with...

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  • December 12, 2020

Lack of standing is the reason for SCOTUS dismissing the Ken Paxton suit to overturn the votes of four states. Meritless frivolity remains. x #BREAKING: #SCOTUS throws out Texas's suit attempting to challenge presidential election results in four battleground states, granting Texas leave to file its complaint but summarily dismissing its...

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  • December 11, 2020

Today’s Trump campaign press conference was called by Chris Krebs, late of DHS, the most dangerous piece of television in US history. Jenna Ellis was another lawyer willing to affirm total landscaping loyalty in all four seasons.​ x Trump's legal adviser Jenna Ellis in 2016 called him an 'idiot' and said...

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  • November 20, 2020

Back in 1787, as the Constitutional Convention ended, a woman came up to Ben Franklin and asked him what we got. He replied, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” After this election, it looks like we can’t. It doesn’t matter whether Biden wins (as is looking more likely,...

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  • November 4, 2020

Even at 36 people stricken with COVID so far from contact at the White House, all kinds of people are missing, perhaps quarantined, with a few hospitalized. Perhaps there will be improved contact tracing, despite the attempts to conceal their base incompetence and slavish loyalty to Trump.  x Getty's last...

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  • October 9, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

Did Trump truly believe that he could avoid catching the virus, as so much contact tracing must be done for the several days of exposure to a symptomatic Hope HIcks. “This is deadly stuff, the plague, so easily transmissible..” Aside from Karmic justice, Trump’s inner circle has spread COVID-19. He will...

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  • October 2, 2020

It’s weirder if American polling shows that 7% support QAnon and 18% support authoritarianism, but why isn’t Louisville, Mitch McConnel’s hometown, an anarchist jurisdiction. x it has to stop. We were peacefully protesting and had been for a couple of hours. Then all of a sudden as we were returning...

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  • September 26, 2020

We in big trouble. x You think the Republican war on democracy is bad now? Just imagine what it would be like if Trump won: https://t.co/ogHG88jwDa— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) September 24, 2020 With the Supreme Court soon to have a 6-3 conservative majority even though Republicans have lost the popular...

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  • September 24, 2020

Apparently there is a Trump-Orban-Putin authoritarian alliance as well as coordination and support for the Trump re-election campaign. It did seem more inevitable that Mitt Romney would choose party over country if only to demonstrate a potential leadership position upon the repudiation of Trumpism. Apparently he can vote one way...

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  • September 22, 2020

Trump’s not doing rubble-necking today, although like yesterday, he’s looking for more stand-in owners of destroyed stores for photo-ops. Because high energy speed chess hustling is what Trump’s all about, even if he eats the pieces. Donald J. Zugzwang. x “Did Trump Tweet in 2014 About ‘Riots and Looting’ Due...

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  • September 2, 2020

“Work, work, work, work, work, work, work. (turns to the bosom of a female staffer) Hello boys! Have a good night's rest? I missed you! Gentlemen, affairs of state must take precedent over… affairs of state.” Trump is truly Le Petomane. Trump’s America must remedy the horrible ills of . . . Trump’s America. x “Trump is attempting to win...

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  • August 30, 2020

I was reading another diary and I looked up something that caught my eye.   How sad it is that the people have become this mentally unstable.  People who have been raised at the same table, shared the same holidays, worked along beside each other and many raised by the same...

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  • August 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT): x YouTube Video Below is Bernie's speech from last night's Democratic National Convention. Our great nation is now living in an unprecedented moment. We are facing the worst public health crisis in 100 years and the...

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  • August 18, 2020

So much Tom “Lando” Cotton secession in a three block area of Portland, even smaller than Seattle’s CHAZ/CHOP neighborhood. Defenders of the Portland operation point to the unrest — vandalism and fires targeting the federal courthouse — as evidence of the need for federal intervention. The government has the authority...

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  • July 25, 2020

Ali Velshi recently articulated the state of our current democracy that seems to be transitioning to a form of fascism. It is an important piece to watch. Ali Velshi lays out the path to fascism. x x YouTube Video Watch complete episodes here. “Take a moment. Process this,” Ali Velshi...

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  • July 25, 2020

So the return of the daily presser can be blamed on Lindsey Graham. The pretense will be the coronovirus. Deja vu all over again. However, since Trump might not appear with administration supporters, it more likely will take the same format as previous. The old format was Trump reading some prepared remarks,...

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  • July 21, 2020

Trump's protection squads may deploy drones in Portland, as he aches for another Minneapolis or DC. Feds control airspace over Portland to minimize news coverage and facilitate drones, as street confrontations continue against a background of DHS attempts to make the suburbs scared of manufactured urban conflict. These actions, like the...

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  • July 18, 2020

Billions and billions of odds and dollars are being wasted or stolen because Trump thinks he can BS his way to re-election and set up federal paramilitary forces as ‘protection squads’. x He really believes he can bullshit his way through this. https://t.co/joAVB4g1r3— digby (@digby56) July 18, 2020 x Trump doesn’t...

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  • July 18, 2020

Trump’s incompetence is not simply inaction, it has a theory for his brand of failure, namely “’executive underreach’ as a species of leadership failure that’s as destructive as executive overreach”. Much like sandbagging and the repeated absence of actual policy formulations, Mango Mussolini’s fascism is fiat(s) in a failed state. Underreach is...

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  • July 17, 2020

I used to avoid Jennifer Rubin back in the Obama days, when she could find nothing good to say about the President and nothing bad to say about Romney, as well as the way she insisted that everything conservative was better. Since the Great Orange Slug slithered down the escalator,...

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  • July 13, 2020

Trump’s tweeting more gibberish replete with nonsense and continues to tank the economy built by the previous administration. Ever the opportunist, Trump would have signed off on the recent “Justice and Open Debate letter in Harpers if they’d have put it in front of him. He’s defaulted to the same playbook...

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  • July 12, 2020

So much more than meets the eye, and then there’s stupid fruit of the loins. So much lying and falsehoods in a masque of masks. x Kellyanne Conway: “People are not wearing masks. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the President of the United States is not...

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  • July 3, 2020

Month of disruption are ahead. and Putin possibly egging on Trump in the phone call on the same day as the St John’s photo-op does not bode well for life in the Drumpfbunker as November approaches. If the G-7 summit is held in the U.S. in September, and Russia is...

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  • June 6, 2020

Trump's tear gas photo-op was 'frightening' to authoritarianism experts, who warn that his behavior will only get worse without 'fierce opposition’. One example of the problem for an opposition is that Los Angeles protesters who get arrested will be given a citation with a fine of $1000. x Armed soldiers against...

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  • June 4, 2020

Trump is no Nixon, but like Nixon, he could still win a second term, extending the latest national nightmare. x Going back further, the Kerner Commission reported in 1968 that frustration over racism and policing had been at the center of the riots in Newark and Detroit. President Nixon pivoted...

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  • May 31, 2020
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Michelle Goldberg from The New York Times has a piece out that I recommend sharing to any fellow progressives who still aren’t sold yet on Joe Biden’s campaign to deliver on progressive policy: Lawrence Mishel, a well-known labor economist, has been a critic of centrist Democrats for decades. “My adult...

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  • April 21, 2020

About once every four years I rub the bump on the back of my head after the bludgeoning by the GOP over the issue of States’ Rights. Their mantra of Democratic socialism and the redistribution of wealth is always followed by the fear of consolidation of government. Clinton was going...

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  • April 15, 2020

Which film version of Mutiny on the Bounty does Trump prefer (extra points if a reporter asks this during the COVID presser). The Mel Gibson version? Or is he only doing this to divert attention from the fictional Caine Mutiny. If we assume that the president can read (which, honestly, is a...

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  • April 14, 2020

Strange how yesterday’s presser had Trump repeating “death” quite a number of times, as he parroted a Fox News pundit: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.” Today he is reported to announce that the economy will be back by Easter, in three weeks (Phase Two: Miracle!). Rather...

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  • March 24, 2020

The urgency to end the Trumpian counter-revolution in one term must GOTV with the strongest party unity. Adam Serwer’s article in The Atlantic is worth your time to summarize the issues that lead to the noisy disrespect for one or another side in the waning days of the Democratic primary....

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  • March 18, 2020

Have you ever considered what happens when Donald Trump loses in November? One year ago, his former attorney Michael Cohen testified before Congress that Trump would not accept electoral defeat this upcoming election. Sadly, he’s probably right: If there’s one thing Trump has been consistent about, it’s that he narcissistically refuses to accept...

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  • February 22, 2020

Excellent article in The Atlantic on the current regime. Collars of color go to jail as “Americans aren't practicing democracy anymore” The underlying principle here, from Stone to Iran-Contra, is authoritarian but consistent: Members of the ruling clique are entitled to criticize law enforcement without sanction, and entitled to leniency when they...

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  • February 20, 2020

Some good news for the north coast of Western Australia. A tropical Cyclone promises heavy rain and winds to the parched, tinder dry, NW region of the island continent. “The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said the cyclone’s expected path would take it into WA’s southeast and close to the...

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  • January 7, 2020

The NewYorker’s Susan Glasser finds a single word to describe the Trump era that really isn’t about underpants gnomes, even if it applies to most Trumpian policies, such as they are. There must be one of those long German words for all that soul-sickening worry, right? Some tortured mouthful of...

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  • December 30, 2019

Archives Looking forward to our best year yet, in solidarity with peace on earth. Debra Schrishuhn and Mike Fox for Alan, Janis, Mike H, Donna, Dan, Dr Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team No Justice, No Peace As we reflect on 2019 and prospects of peace at home and...

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  • December 22, 2019

Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote Trump’s Art of the Deal, has a column in today’s WaPo: Why Trump can’t change, no matter what the consequences are This one sentence sums it all up: As Trump himself has said, he is essentially the same person today that he was at age 7....

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  • October 18, 2019

Monday began with an attempt by Individual-1 to draw attention from Ukraine by allowing Turkey to intensify military operations against the Kurds. This is why Trump didn’t play golf Sunday, because of his “great and unmatched wisdom” needed to strategize yet another move against democracy. x The White House's announcement of the...

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  • October 8, 2019

Long before Trump, today’s GOP lost any ability to be constructive on just about anything. If something is good, they reflexively oppose it.  People having healthcare? Oppose. People going to college? Oppose. Stopping gun massacres? Oppose.  Renewable energy? Oppose. Their entire policy on immigration is bigotry and hate. Their policy...

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  • September 29, 2019

photo: Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Public Domain For a more progressive future,  Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F, Janis, Mike H, Dan, Shayna, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom Over OppressionJoin PDA Demanding An End To Racism...

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  • June 18, 2019

After intensive search process, MoveOn selects accomplished and experienced progressive movement organizer and leader as its next executive director; Epting’s tenure will begin in fall MoveOn announced today that after an intensive multi-month search process, its boards have selected Rahna Epting to serve as the next executive director of MoveOn...

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  • May 29, 2019

Join PDA Opposing Abusive Immigration Polices Solidarity,  Debra Schrishuhn and Dan O’Neal for Alan, Mike F, Mike H, Shayna, Dr Bill, Janis, Kimberly and Bryan—your PDA National Team Tell Congress Not To Fund The Border Wall! While much attention is focused on the (partial) release of the Mueller report, this...

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  • April 25, 2019

In 1933, a group of very wealthy bankers on Wall Street were mortified with FDR. He gave government jobs to many unemployed, ended the gold standard, and was planning on enacting a slew of government programs that would constitute the “New Deal”. Workers would be given the right to unionize,...

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  • March 24, 2019
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For your consideration. This was a damn fine speech. (close captioned — she begins @ 1:06:30) “I’m running for president because I love my country. I’m running to be a president by the people. Of the people. For all the people,” “We are here at this moment in this because...

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  • January 27, 2019