Hey, Rudy, Who Is Coming After Whom?

By Donald A. Collins | 24 August 2023
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After the Prigozhin crash we can surmise that Putin continues his history of taking down rivals, a standard fascist practice. One can see what entrenched fascists can do to keep power.

A basic first step for aspirant fascists is their need to frighten their followers into thinking that they are under siege by evil forces in their government which must require a strong man to fix.

So here is disgraced Rudy following the playbook of his major client. Read here:

Speaking with reporters in Atlanta after his booking, Giuliani adopted a refrain common among supporters of the former president: that if “they can do this to me,” any U.S. citizen could be accused of similar wrongdoing by state or federal prosecutors.

The quote comes from an article entitled “Giuliani turns himself in on Georgia election-meddling charges, bond set at $150,000” which you can read here.

Here’s more:

Giuliani said he spoke with Trump on Wednesday.

“I talked with the president today. I wished him well,” Giuliani said. “I have every confidence in him. What they are doing to him is an assault on the American Constitution. And I say to my American citizens this could happen to you if you don’t stop this. You have to stop this.”

Note this is exactly what Robert Reich was saying in his TV presentation which I have presented on earlier OP Eds.

The Times article entitled “What if, Knowing What They Know Now, Republicans Don’t Vote for Donald Trump?” you can read here.

Basically does the GOP want now to vote for fledgling fascist and his allies which by inference includes Rudy and his indicted co-conspirators?

Any successful dictator needs to have galvanized his audience into fear, hatred, and this ultimately rests on getting your group to believe they are special put upon, uniquely under assault.

This Brooking Institute research paper tells us why racism is so obviously one of Trump’s tools to gain dictatorial power.

After the pathetic performance on FOX of Trump’ non-competitive rivals on 8/22/23, I found an op ed by Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post particularly hopeful.

She says,

Will Americans agree with Biden’s optimistic outlook? Respondents keep telling pollsters they are pessimistic about the economy and think we are in a recession, perhaps a reflection of the incessantly negative media coverage. However, as the mainstream media catches up with economic reality (admitting we likely will avoid a recession) and as public and private investment running in the hundreds of billions of dollars works its way through the economy, Biden stands ready to explain how his agenda — “Bidenomics” — brought us from fears of a pandemic recession to recovery. With unemployment and inflation in decline and wages rising, the public finally might be more amenable to hearing an uplifting message. Biden would be foolish not to take credit for gains achieved as a result of smart policy and bipartisan legislative wins.

However, Biden’s ad does something more than present an economic argument. He’s asking a larger question: Do we really want to go back to the trauma of the Trump years? He is betting that voters, even if they are uncertain about the future, don’t want to wallow in anger, fear and pessimism. He offers not only a choice between two policies but also two different visions, which are miles apart in tone. As Biden likes to say, “Don’t compare me to the Almighty. Compare me to the alternative.” And he hopes voters will opt for his more hopeful message over Trump’s gloom and doom.

Read her column in full here.

Rudy, you and your bunch get more implausible and pathetic every day, but we know that your fascist message resonates with millions. We are worried that not enough of us will understand your underlying wish to assume even more centralized power than money has already bought over our democracy since Citizens United passed in 2010.

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?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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