Dishonest, K. I'm very critical of Trump, but I don't call him and his supporters fascist for every little thing.
That said, "fascist" is probably the wrong word. It's too specific. Trump borrows heavily from Joseph Goebbels' playbook, but Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Noriega, Hussein, Gaddafi, Pinochet, Duvalier, and a hundred others used pretty much the same gameplan. Trump's constant lies (and his refusals to ever retract them), his insistence that the media is "the enemy of the people," and his threats to have his political opponents arrested for opposing him may not be specifically fascist, but they reek of nascent totalitarianism.
In Australia is it normal for the Prime Minister to threaten to have his political opponents arrested for criticizing him?
Kurieuo wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:04 pm
They'd live and let live. I don't see many Dems doing that, not since Trump's 2016 victory.
Comments like this baffle me.
First off, after the way the Republicans behaved from the minute that Barack Obama was nominated until the day he left office, the hypocrisy of that statement is absolutely staggering. Trump literally led the Birthers
. For a lot of voters Trump is the right wing's revenge
on us for electing Obama. Based on all evidence that I've seen a lot of Trump's supporters literally hate us
for being liberals.
Second, I'm all for living and letting others live, except that my political opponents have no sincere interest in following that philosophy. For example, if it was up to the right there would be no marriage equality. So a better philosophy might be "Live and let live until your manner of living conflicts with my religious views, at which point I'm going to lobby the government to force you to do things my way and cry persecution if I lose." Again, the hypocrisy is something to behold.
Third, winning the Electoral College doesn't mean that Trump gets to be King and do whatever he wants with no pushback. You talk about us (meaning liberals and/or Democrats) opposing Trump as if we do it out of mean-spirited pettiness. That's not the case. The fact is that we liked many of the things that Trump has destroyed, and we want to protect the things that he plans to destroy next. One of those things is the environment. Another is the economy. A third is our standing as a world leader. A fourth is our democracy. Trump's behavior threatens them all, so we're fighting back.
If you're accustomed to privilege equality may feel like oppression.
Before you ask why ask if.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.