Resisting Trump’s coup 2

This is an interesting essay that makes the far-left case against Trump as an incipient dictator. This article is not without nuance, although my view of Trump is the one that I have always had, which is that Trump is a neo-Nixonian, a liberal Republican with a right-wing populist flavor. Only today, the culture has shifted far enough leftward that yesterday’s “silent majority” are now the “deplorable” culturally conservative minority. These Proud Boy-types are the present-day version of groups like the hardhats from the Nixon era. As was the case with Nixon, Trump’s ego is his own worst enemy.

This quote summarizes the content of the article pretty well:

Any kind of second Trump administration will be even worse than the first, but if Trump steals the election and gets away with it, the erosion of the constitutional, republican system of government will be dramatically greater. The formal political structures probably won’t just disappear, but they’ll become a lot weaker and hollower than they are now. (Think Putin’s Russia, which still has a parliament and even an independent press and political opposition of sorts.)

Read the full article here.

2 comments

  1. “…that makes the far-left case against Trump as an incipient dictator. ”

    Keep in mind that if Trump was actually going to be “an incipient dictator”, that would not ONLY be apparent to the “far-left” people.

    I don’t know about you, but I believe that TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) is quite real. So, instead of referring to “far-left” people, you should refer to “TDS sufferers”.

    The main objection I have to Trump and his administration is that I think that at least many dozens of Hitlery and Obama people should have been prosecuted within one year of Trump taking office. Why they weren’t, and why they aren’t even being prosecuted today, is a big mystery.

    Could it be that they “have something” on Trump? That would explain a lot.

    • Keep in mind that if Trump was actually going to be “an incipient dictator”, that would not ONLY be apparent to the “far-left” people.

      Right. Trump is, at worst, Nixon redux. Though he’s not nearly as tied into the “deep state” as Tricky Dicky. Nixon had been Ike’s VP and associated with the Dulles brothers. Trump is more like Ross Perot is the sense of being a somewhat wacky loose cannon within the upper class. In fact, Trump and Perot had similar politics. Semi-isolationist, protectionist, law and order, pro-military, patriotic, quasi-populist, etc. but comparatively socially liberal when compared to the “normal” Republicans in the sense of not being as fixated on religion, abortion, homosexuals, 2nd amendment absolutism, etc. The main difference is that Perot was a staunch fiscal conservative and Trump appears to be at least a closet believer in Modern Monetary Theory.

      Could it be that they “have something” on Trump? That would explain a lot.

      Yes, exactly. Prior to Trump’s running for prez, he was part of the same circles as the Clintons (and Jeffrey Epstein).

      If you take a look at Trump’s history it’s obvious who his political influences are. Nelson Rockefeller, a liberal but law and order Republican that was the biggest name in New York state politics when Trump was a teenager; Nixon, who was prez when Trump was college-aged; Ed Koch, another law and order low-tax liberal who was mayor of NYC when Trump was becoming a celebrity; Perot, another billionaire pseudo-populist; Clinton, another playboy opportunist; and his buddy Rudy Guiliani, another New York law and order liberal like Rockefeller and Koch.

      I don’t like any of these figures but they are light years away from genocidal lunatics like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Kim, etc or Bonapartists like Pinochet, full-blown mafia statists like Putin and Erdogan, or even actual conservative nationalists like Orban. In fact, Trump is not only the most liberal Republican prez we’ve had to date, but he’s also not even a real Republican, more like a Blue Dog Democrat.

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