Each Day We Draw Closer to a Fascist Takeover

"a picture of domestic tranquility" by Andrew // is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0In Trump’s latest assault on domestic tranquility, the White House ordered the end of ‘Un-American’ racial sensitivity training at federal agencies.” He rails against “training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.” He refers to press reports that say federal employees “have been required to attend training where they are told that ‘virtually all White people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism.’ This is one more step in redirecting a government to his own ends.

Brave people and institutions are calling it out for what it is:

 Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently said, “I have held off using the f word for three and a half years but there is no longer any honest alternative. Trump is a fascist, and he is promoting fascism in America.”

Ron Wyden, a Democratic senator from Oregon, “The fascist speech Donald Trump … delivered [a reference to his first public address since the killing of George Floyd sparked protests and riots across the country verged on a declaration of war against American citizens. I fear for our country tonight and will not stop defending America against Trump’s assault.”

Journalist Masha Gessen “I don’t think we have a fascist rule in this country, but what we have is a fascist leader. We have a nativist, nationalist leader who is devoting all of his energy into portraying a group of people as a super dangerous enemy, both sort of subhuman – animals, infestation – and superhuman at the same time…that is fascism.”

In a Washington Post article entitled  Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term

In Trump’s own words

Donald Trump opened his first speech of the Republican National Convention today by telling the live crowd chanting the usual “four more years,” “If you want to really drive them crazy, you say 12 more years.” When he jokes about something enough, it becomes serious.

I’m proud to have that German blood — there’s no question about it.”

Trump  has referred to “an American SS.” Of course, that can mean “Secret Service,” but was this an accident, or a gaff, or a clear signal to his supporters and his allies.   Trump is telling us who is he and what he wants.

In 2020, there is apparently no longer any need for Trump to pretend to dislike domestic terrorism carried out against his political enemies.  “Law and order” as Trump uses it does not mean law and order. Do daily and nightly demonstrations feel like law and order?

In fact, he is signaling to his most rabid followers that he wants more of it. Trump continually eggs on more violence. He has been for five years now, complimenting rightists at every opportunity. In Kenosha, Trump insists Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense.

Trump responded to a Tweet, “critical race theory is the greatest threat to western civilization and it’s made its way into the US federal government, the military, and the justice system.” His response, “Not any more!”

Meanwhile, books are coming out from a family member, his former lawyer, and one of the most respected American journalists that reveal more and more about Trump:

There’s a disturbing article entitled by Amanda Marcotte , “Trump has a plan to steal the election — in fact, he has at least 5 of them.

Trump has said that he would “very quickly” stifle riots on election night if Democrats organize protests against his potential victory, suggesting he would do so by employing a law allowing him to deploy active-duty troops domestically.

Roger Stone, the convicted the political “dirty trickster” and former adviser to Donald Trump calls for Trump to declare ‘martial law’ if he loses the election, and order the arrest of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and “the Clintons.” Once underway the list would go on and on. . In a second Trump administration, Trump could make Roger Stone his Herman Goering.

What makes it possible for a demagogue like Trump to gain power?

Wild conspiracy theories can spring from any stressful or disruptive event or catastrophe, as people seek tangible explanations for the invisible or the inexplicable.

Crazy ideas like “the U.S. government covered up its role in the Twin Towers destruction” or “global warming is a hoax” operate like infectious diseases.

About 30% of U.S. adults think the coronavirus was created and spread on purpose. This sounds like Trump’s base. Such beliefs threaten public health, as when people won’t wear masks in a pandemic or refuse vaccinations against deadly diseases. Health experts have faced death threats over Covid-19 distrust of experts.

How can we avoid taking this tortured journey to authoritarianism?

I believe the vocabulary for describing “law and order” problems needs to be softened. Using a phrase like “systemic racism” is too nominalized a way of describing this overwhelming problem.

We can be more persuasive by identifying constitutional principles like due process, fair play, and equal protection of the law. The unfairness.in the way we maintain public order can be solved by bringing as many parties as possible to the table to produce bipartisan legislative reform.

Each Day We Draw Closer to a Fascist Takeover

"Constitutional Principles" by kyteacher is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0In Trump’s latest assault on domestic tranquility, the White House ordered the end of ‘Un-American’ racial sensitivity training at federal agencies.” He rails against “training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.” He refers to press reports that say federal employees “have been required to attend training where they are told that ‘virtually all White people contribute to racism’ or where they are required to say that they ‘benefit from racism.’ This is one more step in redirecting a government to his own ends.

Brave people and institutions are calling it out for what it is:

  • Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently said, “I have held off using the f word for three and a half years but there is no longer any honest alternative. Trump is a fascist, and he is promoting fascism in America.”
  • Ron Wyden, a Democratic senator from Oregon,: “The fascist speech Donald Trump … delivered [a reference to his first public address since the killing of George Floyd sparked protests and riots across the country verged on a declaration of war against American citizens. I fear for our country tonight and will not stop defending America against Trump’s assault.”
  • Journalist Masha Gessen “I don’t think we have fascist rule in this country, but what we have is a fascist leader. We have a nativist, nationalist leader who is devoting all of his energy into portraying a group of people as a super dangerous enemy, both sort of subhuman – animals, infestation – and superhuman at the same time…that is fascism.”
  • In a Washington Post article entitled  Twelve signs Trump would try to run a fascist dictatorship in a second term

In Trump’s own words:

  • Donald Trump opened his first speech of the Republican National Convention today by telling the live crowd chanting the usual “four more years,” “If you want to really drive them crazy, you say 12 more years.” When he jokes about something enough, it becomes serious.
  •  “I’m proud to have that German blood — there’s no question about it.”
  • Trump  has referred to “an American SS.” Of course, that can mean “Secret Service,” but was this an accident, or a gaff, or a clear signal to his supporters and his allies.   Trump is telling us who is he and what he wants.
  • In 2020, there is apparently no longer any need for Trump to pretend to dislike domestic terrorism carried out against his political enemies.  “Law and order” as Trump uses this phrase does not mean law and order.   For five years, he has been complimenting rightists who support him at every opportunity. In Kenosha, Trump insists Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense.
  • Trump responded to a Tweet, “critical race theory is the greatest threat to western civilization and it’s made its way into the US federal government, the military, and the justice system.” His response, “Not anymore!”
  • Trump regularly reposts roughly 20 more Twitter messages from conservative media or other accounts praising his new move.

Democrats have been concerned for months about Trump’s efforts to sow doubt about mail-in voting despite the coronavirus pandemic. Fearing that the combined force of President Trump’s warnings of voter fraud and the expected influx of mailed-in ballots will lead to a bitter and protracted fight over the election’s results.

There’s a disturbing article entitled by Amanda Marcotte , “Trump has a plan to steal the election — in fact, he has at least 5 of them.

How can we fight this tortured journey to authoritarianism?

I believe campaign rhetoric needs to be transformed. Using a phrase like “systemic racism” is too nominalized a way of describing this overwhelming problem. We can be more persuasive by identifying constitutional principles like due process, fair play, and equal protection of the law that are being trampled by the incidents that propel wells of anger deep in the American soul. The unfairness.in the way we maintain public order can be solved with bipartisan legislative reform and people engaging in local communities.

It’s time to call out the local criminals, right-wing and Nazi sympathizers who are responsible for most of the looting and burning, as evidenced by the fact that Gov. Tim Walz said 80 percent of the people involved in the violence and destruction in Minneapolis were from outside the state.  ao Seth G. Jones, director of the transnational threats project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies says most of the violence was committed by “local hooligans, sometimes gangs, sometimes just individuals that are trying to take advantage of an opportunity.” White supremacists have been hyperactive using social media to increase tensions between protesters and law enforcement by calling for acts of violence.  Equal justice means they get prosecuted.

Paul Edwards

Is Fascism the future of America?

Like Adolph Hitler and other despots, Trump calls for law and order and promises Americans they will be safe in their suburbs, promising to end the lawlessness that he promised to end four years ago.

Hitler railed against the roving bands of criminals who were destroying law and order

“The streets of our country are in turmoil! The universities are filled with students rebelling and rioting! Communists are seeking to destroy our country! …! Our republic is in danger, yes, danger from within and without! WE NEED LAW AND ORDER!” – Original quote from Adolf Hitler Hamburg, Germany, 1932.

From Donald Trump, we hear:

President Donald Trump declaring himself “your president of law and order” as peaceful protesters just outside the White House picketed.

“I don’t know much about the movement (QAnon) other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don’t know much about the movement. I have heard that it is gaining in popularity…

“I love the under-educated.”

”There can be no prosperity without law and order.”

We need law and order in America.

“We’re saving the world from a radical left that will destroy this country. And when this country is gone, the rest of the world would follow.” The U.S. is not alone in turning to the right. Social media spreads malignant ideas around the globe in minutes. In Germany, the approval of QAnon is increasing rapidly.

Like Hitler, Trump creates villains to blame.

Trump declares Biden is somehow tied to unnamed people in cities in “dark shadows” who are “under investigation.” Trump said “some very stupid rich people” are funding protest groups, according to hearsay he said he picked up during the Republican National Convention.

When Trump was asked by reporters about systemic racism, his reply is “We should talk about the kind of violence we’ve seen in Portland and here and in other places,” police killings and calls for racial justice.

Trump ordered the Office of Management and Budget to give guidance to federal agencies on restricting funding to “anarchist jurisdictions” – which is beyond his legal authority.

Trump has suggested voters to attempt to cast ballots twice, which is illegal.

Trump compares police who use force to golfers who “choke.” But choking golfers don’t kill people, and choking is not a crime. The worst that happens is the golfers have a bruised ego.  What Trump does and says, on the other hand, does cost lives.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted:

 “Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic. DHS gov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”

 “First Amendment speech should never be met with one-sided violence from federal agents acting as Trump’s secret police, especially when unidentified. This is disgraceful behavior we would expect from a banana republic — not the government of the United States.”

Is Fascism the future of America? If clothing is a social indicator of what to expect in the future, Melania Trump is overtly showing us what to expect with the outfit she wore for her speech to the Republican convention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about America’s devolution into fascism, read this article by Umair Haque who lived through nations turning to authoritarian regimes.

We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.