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    Default Republican authoritarianism is here to stay

    What has happened in the United States over the past five years is, in many ways, a classic of the autocratic genre. A populist leader rose to power, attacked the press, politicized rule of law, threatened to jail his opponents, demonized minorities, praised dictators abroad, spread conspiracy theories and lies, and then sought to seize power despite losing an election.

    When such despotic figures emerge in democracies, their political party has two options: push back against the would-be despot while reasserting democratic principles, or remake the party in his image. Republicans have quite clearly chosen the latter path.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...-is-here-stay/

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    "Republicans could conceivably abandon such practices if their leaders were being pressed by their own supporters to be more democratic. Instead, we’re seeing the opposite: GOP voters want more authoritarianism. The Republican political base doesn’t just believe Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. "

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    Default Be thankful that sanity has returned to America — for now

    Just as important is what isn’t happening. By this time in Trump’s first year, he had: praised the “very fine people” marching among violent neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; fired the FBI director for investigating his national security adviser; replaced his national security adviser, chief of staff, press secretary, communications director, chief strategist, secretary of homeland security and secretary of health and human services; ripped up treaties and threatened to pull out of NATO; threatened nuclear war on Twitter; attempted to impose what aides called a “Muslim ban” and disparaged a “so-called judge” who objected; belittled U.S. intelligence and shared sensitive Israeli intelligence with Russia; sabotaged Obamacare; falsely claimed his predecessor had tapped his phone lines; embraced Stalin’s phrase “enemy of the people” to describe the free press; exposed the “dreamers” to deportation; stood by a Senate candidate accused of sexually assaulting a minor; tossed paper towels (but not the needed aid) at hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico; continued nonsense claims about a “deep state”; insulted hundreds of people in often vulgar and misspelled tweets; made more than 1,600 false or suspect statements; and, yes, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro before a photo op and insulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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    Left Authoritarianism will generally be met with Right Authoritarianism & vice versa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyszardKuklinski View Post
    Left Authoritarianism will generally be met with Right Authoritarianism & vice versa.
    The most authoritarian thing the left has done is try to give you more affordable healthcare. Kindly STFU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Badguy View Post
    The most authoritarian thing the left has done is try to give you more affordable healthcare. Kindly STFU.
    Trump praised nazis. And they just got convicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Badguy View Post
    The most authoritarian thing the left has done is try to give you more affordable healthcare. Kindly STFU.
    Free?

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    https://reason.com/2021/11/23/covid-...sm-even-worse/

    when you point your finger, there are three more pointing back at you...
    "Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything." Joseph Stalin
    The USA has lost WWIV to China with no other weapons but China Virus and some cash to buy democrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Badguy View Post
    The most authoritarian thing the left has done is try to give you more affordable healthcare. Kindly STFU.
    Note I didn't point fingers but when one party becomes more Authoritarian usually the other side does too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    Free?
    Your tacit confession that health care and infrastructure are not authoritarianism, is accepted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Badguy View Post
    The most authoritarian thing the left has done is try to give you more affordable healthcare. Kindly STFU.
    and instead destroyed coverage for more people than they helped
    LET'S GO BRANDON!

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