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tbh we always knew he was agonna be a dictator. He was telling us that in the run-up to the election.

Medium - Sarah Benincasa - Welcome to the Dictator Playbook

When they tell you to rally behind President Trump because we've been hit by evil, remember how gleefully he painted the target.

If you are too young to remember how Bush and Cheney used an act of terror by Saudis and others to create a lie about Iraq, read about it. Trump didn't ban Saudis from coming here. There's a reason for that, and it's not because they didn't constitute the majority of 9/11 hijackers (spoiler: they did).

Friday's actions do not represent a sensible method to buy time to evaluate already-stringent visa procedures. They are grooming you the way a molester grooms a child. The molester tests boundaries first.

This is a test of your boundaries, my fellow American. How far can he push you before you speak up? Will you speak up? Will you fight back? You're not a child. You have some power. Band together with others and you have more.

Trump and Pence are following a well-worn playbook. What does it say?

Blame the immigrants; label dissenters and witnesses as threats; divide.

(And conquer. That's the best part, for guys like this.)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:56:03 AM EST
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If only this scene had had any real impact.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:31:49 PM EST
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Back in the days when even the American Government pretended to give a shit about the constitution. Back when Ashcorft was dismissing the Geneva Convention as "quaint".

Now it's the Bill of Rights & the Constitution on the "quaint" list. Things we can just ignore as historical anomalies unsuited for the challenges of 21st century plundering governing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:05:58 PM EST
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The US increasingly reminds me of sicily under the governorship of Verres.

But you now don't even have a court in which to try him, let alone a Cicero to prosecute.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:08:54 PM EST
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In 1972 the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Nixon was not beyound the subpoena powers of Congress, opinion by Burger, a Nixon appointee.  Today the decision would go 5-4 the other way.  The state of the Rule of Law in Murica.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:21:43 PM EST
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current US Circuit Ct. D.C.
Merrick B. Garland was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in April 1997 and became Chief Judge on February 12, 2013.
Remember him? How about the others? Shame that three of them folded so easily on the settlement, ain't it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:31:25 PM EST
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Trump is not "winning". He can go to hell and probably will sooner than later. He's a front, not a "dictator". Fact is, the Republican Party are killing it, as the children say. DNC has no plan but packing the House with #%$!@ DINO Biden? That is no path to recovering SCOTUS endgame, much less constitutional "reform". Worse defense evah. WHERE ARE THEIR #%$!@ 2020 SENATE FRESHMEN? People better wise up and uproot those losers. Or pray what's on the bench regresses to mean, when --not if-- a true hard-core conservative dons RBG's robe.

US is so headed for a carnival of broke-ass, sovereign states' wildlife.

advice and consent of the senate
Democratic senators have not impeded confirmation of Trump nominees to date.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:20:17 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 01:27:22 PM EST
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2017: It's clear to me that this writer's contempt for 45 was passionate and shrouded in fable. I wonder if she's satisfied today "now that the Democrats are in control of the House". I'm thinking of Gabor Mate and also Sema Hernandez, progressive ingenue, recently show-cased by Jimmy Dore. I'm thinking of the sophist Jeff Toobin Esq.
So, after nearly two and a half centuries, Trump will create a new [?] constitutional norm--in which the executive can defy the legislature without consequence. The only likely remedy, therefore, will lie with the voters, next year.
As I read, there are far too many people rehearsing elevator pitches and waving permission slips at their "media" reflections.

US government and its rude, faux frontier nobility have from time to time embraced "dictators" since the inception of their republic. I wonder idly, what children learn in elementary school. Have teachers left off the cherry tree and graceful retirement of His Excellency Geo. Washington from the catechism of model American democracy? I would guess so, considering that "constitutional crisis" case load per term has increased from 1,195 in 1950 to 7,000-8,000 in the 21st century, yet this year, this president, this congress is supposedly different.


I count three. John Adams, FDR, GWB. I wouldn't count Trump and his asinine humor, because I pretty certain  Trump has not ushered any legal, or "legitimate," authority into the office that has not already been delegated to his predecessors by the US Congress. But I might be persuade by the four "red scares" that I've counted. Two coincide with "dictator" administrations --his and FDR's. To the administrations of Adams, FDR, and GWH we must admit, however, the most alarming marriage of ideal "national security" privileges and whichever, spectacularly undesirable "aliens" available to each. Sadly, jewish refugees were far down christ Roosevelt's list of "collateral damage", Ms Benincasa.

Again, authority was delegated to the office and endorsed by the US Congress. That's the group of people who cannot be shifted either to review, repeal, or replace their "institutional knowledge," much less overide a presidential veto. That is the group of "representatives," for whom voters take no responsibility. For that would surely, poorly reflect the values of the nation whose civic duty, "turn out," is reduced to one ballot every four years.

"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 09:37:00 PM EST
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