Time to Hold Trump's Authoritarian Helpers Accountable

Thom plus logo What most vividly shows the difference between Ron DeSantis and Xavier Becerra? The crusade, and then the failure of that crusade, to make America into a fully authoritarian nation, and the return to democracy.

Donald Trump is a full-blown authoritarian; anyone who's ever read a decent history of Germany, Italy, or Spain in the 1930s, or knows the history of Pinochet in Chile, knows this is an irrefutable truth.

But authoritarians don't come to power by themselves; they have helpers. Ron DeSantis, a helper, bet that if he could cover up Covid deaths and misery in Florida, it would keep Trump in the White House and solidify DeSantis' authoritarian political future as a "made man."

Like all good authoritarian helpers throughout history, DeSantis was willing not just to let people die, but also to take explicit actions that caused the deaths of thousands his own citizens so he and Trump could strengthen the power of authoritarianism in America.

He wasn't alone in this, of course. The same is true of Bill Barr, Rudy Giuliani, several other Republican governors 220 congressional Republicans who won't say Biden won. They'd all been working, hoping, depending on Trump's reelection to solidify American authoritarianism.

And they weren't alone, either. Numerous foreign dictators pushed these authoritarian efforts, flooding Facebook, Twitter and phony "news" websites with propaganda pushing Trump and his authoritarian efforts. Like in 2016, the campaign was widespread, complex and well-funded.

They all gave it their best, and they nearly won, but it's now clear that Trump and, for the moment, rightwing authoritarianism in the executive branch, have gone down in flames. Which brings us to a Xavier Becerra.

One of our brightest hopes now is Joe Biden‘s appointment of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary. A former member of Congress and now California's Attorney General, he's an outspoken advocate of Medicare for all, even defending it on Fox News.

The first member of his family to graduate from college, Becerra opposed the 2008 bank bailout bill because it didn't put enough money in the hands of average people and didn't help working class homeowners. He fought hard to stop Medicaid and Medicare cuts.

In other words, Biden is moving our government away from supporting authoritarianism and putting into power people who openly advocate democracy, the rule of law, and economic rights for the average working person.

Ron DeSantis bet that he'd have full-blown authoritarianism with Trump as president again, and thus was willing to let Floridians die to help Trump hang onto power. He lost that bet. And now Bill Barr and the other rats are deserting the sinking ship.

Meanwhile, prosecutors and Attorneys General across the country are preparing to hold Trump and some of his authoritarian enablers to account. Hopefully, in two years America's voters will do the same to their authoritarian allies in Congress.

Dr. Martin Luther King talked about "the arc of the moral universe" that "bends towards justice." In the contrast between Ron DeSantis and Xavier Becerra we vividly see the bending of that arc. Hope is on the horizon: stay safe and keep working to rebuild this country.

-Thom

Comments

Hephaestus's picture
Hephaestus 22 weeks 5 days ago
#1

Finding it very difficult to understand how this chap can spout all his BS and lies with apparent impunity

He is certifiable

Is POTUS allowed to be in charge under such circumstances?

He needs to be incarcerated for his own and our safety

This insane individual has the power to nuke people

deepspace's picture
deepspace 22 weeks 5 days ago
#2

Hephaestus, as always, concisely drills down to the worst clear-and-present danger facing America and the world. The next 44 days will be a wild, nail-biting ride.

And here's one line from Thom's blog today that really pops out: "Meanwhile, prosecutors and Attorneys General across the country are preparing to hold Trump and some of his authoritarian enablers to account. Hopefully, in two years America's voters will do the same to their authoritarian allies in Congress." [italics mine]

There's the rub. Take a hard look into those faces of America's 74 million white-supremacist fascists and weep. They will N-E-V-E-R fight on the side of our multiracial democracy because the arc of their immoral universe will forever bend towards injustice.

They can only be out-voted. But can the Democrats' diverse and unwieldy coalition of 81 million keep it together and hold the line? Two years is an eternity in the age of Trumpism and "fake news."

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AhmadaTiesy 22 weeks 4 days ago
#3

Не могу сейчас принять участие в дискуссии - очень занят. Но скоро обязательно напишу что я думаю.

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AhmadaTiesy 22 weeks 4 days ago
#4

Не могу сейчас принять участие в дискуссии - очень занят. Но скоро обязательно напишу что я думаю.

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msmukler 22 weeks 3 days ago
#5

The manager of the NYC Trump Hotel is a man by the name of Vandegrift!!!

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vetinla 22 weeks 3 days ago
#6

@ # 2 stated; " . Hopefully, in two years America's voters will do the same to their authoritarian allies in Congress." [italics mine]

Exactly, that's our only hope, but is the electorate up to it? I hope so.

Thom -Talk 22 weeks 2 days ago
#7

The reason we do not hear the "hair on fire" from the Republicans, is obvious; they like and agree with what he is doing. Remember we heard the "hair on fire" when Obama wore a tan suit, and about Michelle's arms???? (guess they were jealous). Trump has alwyay been who he is. They could have broght in a guilty verdict and impeached him, and could have used the 25th amendment to remove him, yet nothing. Silence is more than golden, sometimes it is an act of agreement with illegal, and inhumane actions. They are fine with people dying in mass, as they sit idly by and say or do nothing. They condone giving huge tax breaks to billionairs and yet refuse to help those being thrown out of their homes, and dealing with food scarcity. The Republicans like invoke Christianity, but nowhere in the Bible does it say feed and clothe the rich. Like Bush they help those who don't need help, and ignore "main street" - many lost their jobs, and homes.

Thom -Talk 22 weeks 2 days ago
#8

deepspace - well said!

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