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Creeping Despotism Log #3

by THE Twank Mon Feb 27th, 2017 at 06:36:06 AM EST

This week's diary is  a little different. I've cited two pieces by Arthur Gilroy over at The Booman Tribune ... yes, the link at the top of the European Tribune homepage.  One is titled "More Non-Partisan, Pro-Freedom Sense From the Internet, Part V" ;  the second is titled "The Southification of the North? Thats NEWS!!!???"  Lastly,  I was going to give  you "A Biochemist Goes to War", Part I ; my own creation, but I came across an extensive piece by Les Leopold of AlterNet  (published in Salon) titled "Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse".  This supports my diary series theme, so I've decided to leave publishing my baby till next time, I hope.


More Non-Partisan, Pro-Freedom Sense From the Internet, Part V

by Arthur Gilroy   Feb. 23

Just read it!  The whole piece is worth your time!

The Southification of the North? Thats NEWS!!!???

also by Arthur Gilroy   Feb. 23

What caught my eye was the large U.S. map in the middle of the piece.  Notice how California/Oregon/Washington is sliced off from the rest of the states?  My hope is that that will be the foundation for a new Symbiont living in peace with its eastern, backward, mentally challenged fascist neighbor.  Unfortunately, that peace will have to be earned.

Finally

Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse

If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image

Les Leopold,  AlterNet  (published in Salon)  Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn't hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini -- or worse. But an even greater threat lies in Republicans' march toward full control of state government. If they get there, they will have the frightening power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image . . . or Ayn Rand's.
Republicans now control 32 state legislatures and 33 governorships. They have majorities in both state legislative chambers as well as the governorships in 25 states. The Democrats have total control in only six states and legislative control in two more.
If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before -- hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. To date, all amendments have been initiated from Congress where two-thirds of both houses are required. In either case, 38 states would be needed to ratify the amendments. The Republicans are well on their way.
We know what they are likely to do: end collective bargaining, outlaw abortion, forbid progressive income, estate and Wall Street taxes; prohibit class action law suits, privatize social security, guarantee "free choice" in all school systems, and so on. They would do what they've always wanted to do: outlaw the New Deal and its social democratic programs. And if they get crazy enough, they could end separation of church and state and undo other portions of the Bill of Rights.
A paranoid fantasy? Just say "President Trump."

There's more to the article but I've posted the part that hit me strongest.

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