We have been watching all sorts of stuff transpiring around our famed American society…..protests and the reaction of the president.
Some are calling it an burgeoning autocracy…..but really?
What is an autocracy.
Simply……government in which one person has absolute power; dictatorship; despotism
Now that you have the definition let’s go deeper into the events of the past couple of months…..
This is not only one of the worst times for American democracy, it is one of the most dangerous times.
The creeping – and creepy – autocracy that is the hallmark of President Donald Trump and his inept, ineffective administration of court loyalists has slithered further into upending America’s freedoms with the dispatch of federal officials onto the streets of Portland, Oregon., despite the repeated objections of federal, state and local leaders.
The purpose: to police and detain protesters who have staged daily demonstrations since the May 25 cop killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement to secure more racially just law enforcement.
This is the tactic of police states, a red line in any true democracy that should not be crossed. Every day something new, unexpected and usually distasteful from the White House. Every day something worse than the previous one.
These things seem to have the backing of wealthy elites….for there has been very little opposition to Trump’s decisions to send in paramilitary (Gestapo) police……
The main target of Trump’s authoritarian efforts is the working class. The Trump administration’s actions take place as the ruling class anticipates an enormous growth of social conflict and resistance.
After handing trillions of dollars to themselves, the corporations and banks are enforcing a homicidal back-to-work campaign that has already produced an explosion of coronavirus cases and deaths. Foreclosures are about to begin again after a temporary moratorium, and the federal unemployment subsidy of $600 a week is scheduled to expire at the end of this week.
I am sorry to those Trump supporters that cannot see the danger their “buddy” is doing to the American society….but this is FASCISM plain and simple.
“Make no mistake: Trump’s federal troops will not be a constructive force in Chicago,” she added. “As our colleagues have seen in Portland, Trump’s secret forces will terrorize communities and create chaos. This is not law and order. This is an assault on the people of this country, and the specific protections of protest and press in the First Amendment.”
After video footage and reporting from Portland started emerging last week of unidentified federal law enforcement driving around in unmarked vehicles and grabbing people off the streets, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced he would introduce an amendment to military spending legislation to block the Trump administration from sending agents to other cities.
And now I await those people who will find exception to this…..but think about it….if say Obama had done any of this the toads that pretend to care about the Constitution would be screaming so loud they would rupture a blood vessel.
And I wait…….
While I wait something to think about…..DHS…..Dept. of Homeland Security……the perfect weapon for authoritarian rule……
In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration made a series of blunders that have created havoc in U.S. governance. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the worst of these decisions, but not far behind was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS has turned out to be the perfect authoritarian tool in the hands of a corrupt administration, and there is ample evidence of the department’s role in degrading public life in America in the past several weeks. The department has become Trump’s tool for targeting “anti-fascists,” the label that he has broadly applied to all protestors.
The DHS is a bureaucratic monstrosity that includes the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), and various unrelated departments. It has over 240,000 employees, a $50 billion budget, and a reputation for excessive waste and ineffectiveness. It is the third largest government agency, and its 60,000 law enforcement officers represent half of all federal law enforcement agents in the government. DHS has too many subdivisions, operates in too many disparate fields, and lacks proper congressional oversight. The creation of DHS meant that immigration enforcement and border protection were moved from the Departments of Treasury and Justice, respectively, and were then treated as national security issues. Under Trump, demonstrators, dissidents, and protestors have become national security issues.
Think about that when you enjoy your corn flakes….
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