Authoritarianism and mass psychology in America: The Leader and his movement Something has happened in America. It is also happening in other democracies in Europe….
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak with Trump on May 10, 2017 at the White House Whatever the story of the…
“REPRISE: Russia as the great white power: Behind Trump’s affinity to Vladimir Putin,” first published January 12, 2017. *** See Alan Feuer and Andrew Higgins,…
Developing See 1) Ted Gup, “The world has already seen ‘fire and fury’,” Washington Post, August 11, 2017 (7:48 p.m.). 2) Peter Baker and Javier…
There is growing evidence that democratic consciousness in America is no longer what we habitually tend to think it is, and that the Constitution and…
It pains one to say it, but Trump supporters, in and out of Congress, are undermining democracy and the rule of law.
Our “authoritarian clown” has sucked all of the oxygen out of public life, seduced perhaps 40% of the population, and wrapped himself inside and around our brains to such an extent that we can hardly think of anything else. The media, and particularly the cable media, are thriving on the Schadenfreude of their viewers as the latter watch in disbelief each day as each new outrage and each new revelation about the president’s unbelievably coarse and often apparently unlawful actions occur.
“Trump did this today,” or “Trump is going to do that,” and so goes the refrain.
But spectators are not free of moral blame. You can’t just watch his actions and decry them. Something must be done to stop him.
Trump’s statement in the presence of Putin before going into their meeting says it all: “It is an honor to be with you.”
For Trump, it is an honor to meet the military aggressor who invaded the Crimea and the eastern Ukraine in 2014….
For Trump, it is an honor to meet the leader of a country which committed barbarous war crimes in Syria, bombing hospitals and civilian infrastructure in Aleppo, for example.
There is no statute of limitations for military aggression.
The U.S. will not improve relations with Russia by trying to appease the aggressor, Vladimir Putin.
Trump has been, and remains, the first pro-Russian president of the United States at least since 1917….
See Evan McMullin, “Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin,” Washington Post, June 28, 2017 (6:33 PM). Evan McMullin is a former CIA operations…
kwDeveloping The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone…
With Donald Trump, we have been witnessing the normalization of the unforgiveable.
The rise of an authoritarian leader in the United States, who through outrageous lies, thuggish behavior, and the assistance of a large-scale Russian intervention in the 2016 elections, became President, would be great material for a movie but in fact be unbelievable, unless of course it actually happened.
During his campaign in 2016, the transition, and now his four months in office, Donald Trump has erased the boundaries of the impermissible, the unthinkable, and the very concept of the truth itself.
Now, in 2017, we can for perhaps the first time in many decades understand what happened after 1932 with the rise of the National Socialist Parry and its leader in Germany.
Each day they chip away a little more at our concepts of the truth, of decency, and of the bulwarks against authoritarian behaviors that exist in a democracy.
We are desensitized. The outrage is drained from our souls. We begin to make excuses for Trump and his rhinoceri.
We begin to acquiesce.