Trump Goes Full Authoritarian Dictator

Thom plus logo What we saw last night was the dictator's playbook.

Tell violent white supremacist racists to "stand by" and encourage them to show up at polling places to intimidate voters.

Bully, bluster and threaten like Mussolini did, promoting your brand as "tough guy" when in fact you're a lazy coward.

Claim that the other side is evil, like Hitler did, setting up excuses for state-run police violence and vigilante brutality.

Trash-talk democratic institutions, including the vote, like Hungary's Victor Orban and and Saudi Arabia's dictator Mohammed bin Salman do.

While millions of Americans are struggling with loss of jobs, lack of healthcare during a pandemic, and an absolutely gutted social safety net after 40 years of Reaganomics, all Trump did was brag, yell, and threaten.

This is classic dictator's playbook.

The only winner of last night's "debate" was dictatorship and oligarchy.

Russia, China and authoritarianism around the world were the big winners last night. America was the loser.



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stopgap 2 years 18 weeks ago

Let me be the first, that posts on his site, to apologize to the President and all of his supporters. How wrong I’ve been! How could one person be so adorable, rational, sane, tactful, so fuzzy and warm. It was like having Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Churchill, FDR and Einstein all rolled up in one.

That Melania sure is one lucky woman. Eat your heart out Michelle!

If Trump could be that cuddly and charming during the debate, just imagine how charismatic and wonderful he must be when he’s in the White House when the cameras are turned off.

How could Mattis, Tillerson, Comey, Cohen and all the rest of those ingrates have turned their back on this most pious and incredibly capable man? “Fucking moron” my ass! Is that any way to talk to our messiah? If ever there was a “stable genius” we saw it on full display last night in the person of Donald Trump.

I feel thoroughly humbled. Someone should contact the Vatican and have Trump nominated for sainthood. How many miracles does one person have to perform? In the olden days you could make sainthood by healing a leper or two. Nowadays, saving a couple of million lives doesn’t even qualify for a little respect! Hell, for all I know, Trump probably saved my life and I don’t even know it. Thanks Mr. President! No need to ever even think of having another president as long as we have St. Donald around. How pointless would that be?

And don’t even think of getting me started on those unrivaled oratory skills. Eat your heart out Obama!

I’m sure that Thom, Legend, Deepspace, Dr. Richard, could not agree with me more. I throughly expect everyone’s apologies to be posted as soon as possible. We must spend the balance of our lives atoning and making amends for all the wrongs we have done to this great man. Surly, America is now united as one, the lion lays down with the lamb and America is “Great Again.” Is it too soon to propose St. Donald’s Day as a national holiday? I think not!


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deepspace 2 years 18 weeks ago

Yup, totally got us. I guess some people erroneously assume the Trumpees should know that I might regret if anyone maybe could have been offended, theoretically, by something they obviously misinterpreted from a possible false accusation of what I don't remember saying. (Still working on the politicians' art of the "non-apology/apology.)

Verily, verily, I say unto you that it's time all those fcking mean and nasty haters on the left come clean and apologize for not seeing the sheer, stablely genius of Trump's intoxicating (hic) charisma in bringing people together and managing the superb state of our Union and, of course, in expertly masterminding such a "powerful response" to COVID-19 -- truly, the "best in the world." Who'd a thunk that "herd mentality" was the way forward?

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Trump art with me; thy ...ah... "rod" and thy "staff" they comfort me." (And, ahem, Eric Trump ain't a queer, goddammit!) Amen.

For penance (besides swearing off mixing whiskey with LSD), I shall commit forevermore not to wear a mask in the stifling, cheek-to-jowl crowds of righteously angry, loudly chanting true believers and to breathe in deeply all their spittle and snot and venom so that I may, Lord willing, be sacrificed on the altar of His Highness's re-election campaign, selflessly performing my patriotic and sacred duty by proudly joining the six million martyrs who must die for this glorious crusade and quest for higher truth and almighty wingerism.

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your Trump can do for you — ask what you can do for your Trump." Be proud, boys, and take a stand: "stand back; stand by." (For only the low, low price of $19.99, while they last.)

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stopgap 2 years 18 weeks ago

No need to worry friends. All will be well in just 2 weeks. Just like that sign on the wall of you favorite bar that says: “Free Drinks—Tomorrow”…that’s the way it works with President Trump. Everything will always only be 2 weeks away. We will have great healthcare, you’ll love it-in 2 weeks. We will have a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus-in 2 weeks. The recession will end-in 2 weeks. We’ll have great infrastructure-in 2 weeks. We’ll have full employment-in 2 weeks. We’ll cut taxes for everyone to zero-in 2 weeks. President Trump will unveil his plan for world peace-in 2 weeks. We’ll solve the climate crisis-in 2 weeks. We’ll solve the problem of world hunger-in 2 weeks...

I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the picture. So friends, keep your chin up and remember Trumptopia is only 2 weeks away. Your gonna love it! It’ll be the greatest of all time. There has never been anything like it. He’ll do more in 2 weeks than has been done in the whole history of the world. Just think, it all begins 2 weeks from tomorrow!

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deepspace 2 years 18 weeks ago


In politics, two weeks is an eternity. In Trump World, two weeks is even longer.

(We miss you, Yogi Berra.)

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stopgap 2 years 18 weeks ago

…and of course, President Trump will denounce White Supremacists-2 weeks from tomorrow!

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deepspace 2 years 18 weeks ago

Here's another solid assessment by Amanda Marcotte, excerpts from her latest opinion piece over at Salon:

"It is customary for post-debate takes to focus on the question of who "won" the debate. In this case, that's a little like trying to determine who "won" a football game where one team showed up to play and [the] other team set fire to the field, tore off their jerseys, and ritually sacrificed kittens while howling at the moon."

"... What's critical to understand here, however, is that none of this is the behavior of a man who thinks he's winning. Trump is lashing out because he knows he's a failure and a loser, and he's trying to hold that truth at arm's length with a torrent of lies and violent threats. He's resorting to drastic measures because he's lost control of the situation. He knows Americans want to throw him out — leaving him to face possible criminal charges and bankruptcy — and he's panicking. He's threatening people and making false fraud allegations because he wants people to give up on voting, as he knows that's how they can drive him out."

Spot on! Vote!

No matter how you must accomplish that amazing feat, no matter how difficult or intimidating, first and foremost, make sure that you are properly registered well ahead of time. Some states have same-day registration to catch the stragglers. If required, request an absentee ballot and ensure that it will arrive in the mail with plenty of lead time, usually about three or four weeks before November 3rd. If not, you'll have to brave the pandemic and vote in person.

Then, to fill out your ballot for mail-in voting: Take great care to properly cover the ovals with the correct pencil or, more commonly, a black or blue ink pen; only vote for one (1) candidate for each race; make sure that when signing your signature in the little box provided on the outside envelope, it will match your original registration-form signature already on record; place the completed ballot -- that absolutely critical document for the beating heart of our democracy (ours, not Wall Street's!) to continue beating -- into the inner secrecy envelope, which must contain no identifying marks and which is usually a different color than the outside envelope; place the sealed inner envelope into the outer envelope, and seal that one too; then drop it off directly at the county election office, into a secured designated dropbox, or at the Post Office as early as possible, making sure that it has more than enough postage stamps.

Don't give them any reason to reject your precious ballot.

If voting in person at your assigned polling station, take advantage of early voting if available in your state and plan out your day per Rachel Maddow's sage advice: Wear the damn mask; put on warm clothing; double-check that you have in your possession whatever ID is required; charge your devices, maybe grab an extra battery stick; leave home early; bring a snack; figure on standing in a long line for a long time; bring a portable chair if needed and (my advice) a pee bottle (Some precincts might provide construction site porta-potties but don't count on it.); practice social distancing; but, mainly, just get inside that building and mark that ballot!

Our country needs you now more than ever before, at least since World War Two when that era's scourge of fascism was rampaging across the planet.

If (more likely in red, voter-suppression states) they throw a dummy placebo at you (a provisional ballot) because of some snafu in the registration process, then contact the election office as soon as possible and straighten out the paperwork to make damn sure your vote will actually be counted.

Be a proud American! Don't just "stand back, stand by" -- stand up!

Take the flag back! I served in the military, and nothing irritates me more than when white supremacists and other wingers try to claim our common heritage exclusively as their own. It's to the point in America now that when most people see you displaying the Stars and Stripes, they automatically assume you must be a right-wing Republican.

Over the Fourth of July week, I always display our nation's flag 24 hours a day, which has a solar-powered light for at night. This year, a Republican neighbor who recently moved in nearby (He basically seems like a good guy.) had therefore pegged me as part of the "brotherhood," or whatever. He took umbrage, though, when I placed a Biden-Harris yard sign out front the other day along with the flag, which I also display during the election season. It must have tripped his brain like I was some kind of traitor because he has been throwing me the stink eye ever since. Haha, I love it! Some day maybe we'll have a beer and talk it out.

We can do this, People. If our brave heroes -- not "suckers and losers" -- fought and bled and died on the battlefield to conquer dictatorship, monarchy, theocracy, plutocracy, and fascism (Under Trump, it's definitely a kakistocracy.), preserving this already great nation (before Trump) for succeeding generations -- ourselves, our children, and their children's children -- then certainly we can make this relatively small effort, albeit much easier but just as vital, honoring the sacrifices of those selfless men and women who preceded us, by performing our civic duty and casting our ballots to rid the land of this authoritarian cancer once again rearing its head.

The war against democracy never ends. We must remain constantly vigilant.

Legend 2 years 18 weeks ago

After his previous debates with Hillary, I do not know why anybody expected less from him. What you saw is Donald Trump. This is what his staff puts up with everyday. They cannot tell him anything. He does not listen. He knows more than all. It was Trump.

I see neighbors putting out signs and cannot understand why anybody would put out a Trump sign. Fox News has brainwashed part of America.

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deepspace 2 years 18 weeks ago

From some of the insider accounts, he's even worse in private, forever in a foul mood, constantly throwing over-the-top temper tantrums about little and big things alike, screaming and cussing at loud decibels, stomping around the room like the spoiled brat that he is, always playing the victim, even of the pandemic, as some kind of elaborate plot against him personally. It is simply amazing that all of the venerable institutions that were supposed to protect us from fools and tyrants like this total nut case have utterly failed us.

There's gotta be some kind of big-time reckoning of all this unbelievable crap -- a truth and reconciliation panel of some sort with real teeth -- so that fascism can never take root again. Get rid of the filibuster altogether, along with partisan gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and all the red states' voter suppression laws, adopting automatic registration and common-sense national guidelines for States to follow to make it easier to vote rather than harder. Give Washington DC and the territories full statehood to balance out the systemic unfairness of the Senate, whereby a rural voter in, say, Oklahoma has a thousand times, or whatever, more leverage than a voter in California or New York or Florida, etc. Make Election day a paid holiday, or schedule it on a Saturday so that workers don't have to take a cut in pay simply just to vote, or have universal mail-in voting.

And, of course, the big one: get money out of politics!

There are so many ways to makes this a "more perfect union" if we just try, if we have the will as a people. The problem for a democracy is not that too many people vote, it's that not enough people do. That's how autocrats make inroads with the backing of only a small fraction of anti-democratic powermongers to grease the skids. History is replete with backstabbers like Bill Barr, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, et al.

djgilbert 2 years 18 weeks ago

If a governance system has appointed or elected royalty, dictatorship is a constant risk. There is a natural tendency to aggregate power and corruption quickly follows.

As Lord Acton stated in the 19th Century, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”

Just look at how many countries have "presidents" or a similar who have headed towards dictator status. The focus on having electing a "great man" will, as noted by Lord Acton, lead to bad outcomes.

The critical reform is the elimination of the presidency as we know it and a change to a more democraticly-responsible and limited executive. If that cannot happen, we may not see the continuation of the U.S. as a country and the collapse can be rapid.

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deepspace 2 years 18 weeks ago

Totally agree! I'm convinced that a parliamentary system is superior to the hybrid democracy/monarchy that was the compromise in the time after the revolution against the King of England and the British East India Company, which was the worldwide monopoly of the day.

Parliamentarian governments certainly have their problems, as evidenced lately by those presently enveloping the European countries during the Brexit crisis, but nothing on the scale of the United States plutocracy, wherein most of the wealth and power resides in the hands of the privileged few, Bernie's "one percent" meme.

Alas, the Constitution is tough to change by design, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. One thing is for sure though: Progressive and positive changes will never happen unless the People wake up as a whole and elect many, many more progressives -- in both major parties!

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vetinla 2 years 18 weeks ago

COVID-45, our wanna'be supreme leader reminds me of an old Richard Pryor saying;

"Who you gonna believe, your lying eyes and ears, or me." That's classic DJT speak.

Now, maybe it has COVID-19. IF you can believe ANYTHING coming from this admin., which is problematic.

Stay tuned to see if a miracle occurs, and it is cuired.

As for me, I care about it's health, just as much as it cares about mine.

P.S.- Where's our "what-a-bout' leg humper? I'm missing the humor....

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