Putin And Trump Are On The Same Page: Authoritarianism!

By Donald A. Collins | 22 March 2022
Church and State

(Credit: Trump White House Archived / Flickr / Public Domain)

China’s Premier Xi apparently believes his dictatorship form of government is superior to our democracy since our democratically elected officials seem to argue endlessly over issues Xi can “solve” immediately.

The longer view of where dictatorships end in corrupt despotism and war has never been better demonstrated than with the brutal Putin regime that is now murdering innocent Ukrainians whose only offense was building a working, independent democracy.

The parallels are clear between Putin’s behavior and Trump’s efforts to undermine our democracy.

By attacking trust in our government, our media and our growing perceptions about race, religion and personal freedoms such as choice and gender, Trump has shown the same type of power grab that ultimately lead Hitler to power.

His clear attraction to Putin was demonstrated numerous times, perhaps best by his claiming Putin’s word was more accurate than his own US intelligence.

Read here the various press reports Trump’s Putin embrace:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/stakes-high-expectations-low-trump-putin-meet-helsinki/story?id=56603366

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44852812

https://www.vox.com/2017/11/11/16636906/trump-russia-putin-intelligence

Trump proved diabolically clever in his own self advancement. At the start of his Presidency, he bought broad corporate fealty by giving business an enormous income tax cut from 35% to 21%.

Then he began his campaign of charges of “fake news” and the blatant use of alternative facts, as this pathological lying ultimately culminated in his now continuing claims of election fraud.

GOP leaders such as McConnell and McCarthy well understand that demography is trending against them. Hence making voting more difficult in states controlled by GOP legislatures is a major GOP priority.

The real reason for the GOP hate of Biden is well explained in the attached Guardian article.

The real – and far scarier – reason Republicans think Biden is illegitimate. Many conservatives don’t think the 2020 election was stolen. But they believe democracy itself has betrayed America, by allowing the ‘wrong’ people to take charge.

Read in The Guardian.

Its main point: “Many conservatives don’t think the 2020 election was stolen. But they believe democracy itself has betrayed America, by allowing the ‘wrong’ people to take charge.”

Trump’s success in denigrating trust in our main institutions has proven dangerous.

Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the Supreme Court takeover stage by blocking the Obama Supreme Court nomination of Judge Garland which cleared the way with the death of Justice Ginsburg for Trump’s chance to appoint 3 religious ideologues who may kill Roe and our treasured legal concept of Stare decisis.

The elected GOP House members are so frightened of being opposed by a Trump picked opponent that few followed Liz Chaney and Adam Kinzinger in agreeing that Trump’s role in trying to steal the 2020 election needed review by the House, despite McConnell blocking a Senate Commission investigation as occurred with bi-partisan Commissions for Watergate and 9/11.

Fortunately, Trump failed to win in 2020 and, after intense conspiratorial efforts to stop the succession of the winner, Biden was inaugurated on January 20, 2021 without Trump being present.

Trump then has called Putin “savvy” with his invasion of Ukraine as Putin demonstrated his capacity to emulate the brutality of his idol Joseph Stalin while holding the world hostage with his threatened use of nuclear weapons.

Where this current war ends one cannot predict. But we can only hope that enough Americans understand the dire consequences of the Trump Presidency, symbolized by the January 6th Capitol invasion.

Trump’s mischief continues which you can read here.

As NBC told us on March 21st, Trump is trying to oust one of South Carolina’s rising GOP stars. I quote some here just to reinforce the evil being played against his own party.

Donald Trump, enraged by pointed criticism from the Republican representing South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, endorsed Katie Arrington with the hopes of ridding the party of a libertarian-leaning member who was one of few dissenting voices when it came to Trump’s fitness to lead.

The year was 2018. The congressman was Mark Sanford, who had become increasingly critical of Trump for his conduct in office. Arrington, then a state representative, was backed in hopes of toppling Sanford. She did in the June primary, only to lose the election in the fall.

The dynamic seems to be repeating itself four years later.

It really gets disgusting.

For the GOP’s failure to rein in Trump, voters from both parties need to punish the GOP for its anti-democratic behavior in the 2022 midterms.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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