As the level of disinformation rises and the threat of violence brings average Americans to focus on the effect of the Trump years, it should be noted that the rise of such extremism can come from the political left or the right.
Long before instant communication via our media, there arose in the South a major leftist named Huey Long, who challenged President Roosevelt’s progressive programs as being inadequate and greatly stirred those people who themselves felt bypassed into physical violence.
Should he not have been assassinated in 1935, the threat he posed to the lawful conduct of governing our fragile democracy might well have taken a more dangerous course.
You can read that history here.
The main point bears striking similarities. Left or right the flawed demagogic leader seeks to overthrow democracy and assume fascistic racist dominated political power.
A famous fictional account of Long’s death shortened career was written in 1946 by Robert Penn Warren entitled “All The King’s Men” which tells the Long story. Long’s nom de plume was “The Kingfish”.
What is democracy’s uniqueness?
Certainly not the pursuit of power through racist driven insurrection, as is clearly being planned by Trump and his supporters for his re-enthronement in 2024 as Democrats seem to be sitting quiescently by watching massive Republican efforts to restrict minority voting rights.
“This is a five alarm fire” – MI Sec of State Jocelyn Benson on state & local efforts to upend democracy.
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— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) December 12, 2021
One brave DC radio host, Joe Madison, embarked in November on a hunger strike as the Washington Post’s January 5th Metro section reports “According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice’s Voting Laws Roundup, more than 440 bills with provisions that restrict voting access were introduced in 49 states during the 2021 legislative sessions”. Wow!
Now more big lies, such as constant repetition of the main one claiming Biden’s election fraudulent, with 70 percent of polled Republicans believing it!
Trump’s much earlier claim of Obama’s non-American birth was just a continuation of Trump’s lifetime of lying to gain advantage as conclusively described in the 1987 “autobiographical” book that launched Trump on his rise “The Art of The Deal”.
Read the Obama birthing story here.
Lies beget more lies, and the Big Lie is now the foundation upon which the radical right is attempting to implement a complete dismantling of free and fair elections in this country. https://t.co/eNQWOfoe8a
— Alex Padilla (@AlexPadilla4CA) January 5, 2022
Subsequently the “Deal” book which ran for weeks on many best seller lists and sold millions of copies, was shown to been totally written by Tony Schwartz, who has been guilt ridden ever since about his Faustian bargain at age 33 with Trump. Now at 63 he laments his book, which proved financially great for Schwartz at the price of his self esteem for life. Read his story in the New Yorker here.
“Lying is second nature to him… Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
– Donald Trump’s “Art of the Deal” ghostwriterhttps://t.co/rEmFxtWZHT
— That Was Then This Is Now 🇺🇸💉³ (@TWTThisIsNow) June 2, 2021
Now the mainstream media has begun to realize the true power of the Trump threat of installing a political dictatorship and the loss of a functional democracy as the current documentaries on CNN and PBS argue, but one can only wonder if an awakening by enough of us will stop Trump from winning.
Mia culpa! At least based on the current apparent power of Trump’s continuing power to rule Republicans, my earlier predictions of his collapse now could prove naive!
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