I am one among many who is exhausted watching the republican President Donald Trump’s grab for more and more power while he violates the rules any previous US leader felt bound to ethically follow. It has become my premise that the president and his team are pushing the USA hard towards becoming a third world country with an authoritarian leadership where his campaign slogan to “make America great again,” was just a quip he used as a marketing tool to win the White House.
His subconscious Machiavellian strategy to win the presidency by dividing the country has proved effective. No matter what he does from falsely accusing his predecessor of a felony; his attacks on judges who don’t agree with him; his receptiveness towards authoritarian leaders like Russia’s President Putin, Turkey’s head Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Philippines President Rodrigo Duerte, and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi; to his constant criticisms of the press for its “fake news as well as his penchant for alt-facts, his republican legislative enablers continue to cover for him. And they do this even when they know that the president and his team have been under investigation by law enforcement and other oversight bodies for allegedly having coordinated the president’s campaign with Russian operatives who were a supportive enterprise during the 2016 US presidential election.
His lack of transparency is not being questioned by his party’s leaders, like his refusal to publicly share his IRS forms as past presidents have done; his decision not to disclose the names of peoples who have visited the White House; and his refusal to create a blind trust for all his financial dealings as previous leaders have done.
If it were a democratic leader in the White House, these republicans would be singing a different tune.
His followers act like they’ve been bewitched (gas-lighted) and are continuing to back him. So far, he has been mostly catering to the alt-right population and those who are in bed with the fossil fuel industry as exemplified by his travel ban; his escalation of deportation of undocumented workers along with his rolling back of regulations and any impediments to pipeline construction projects which the oil companies have been requesting.
As for the president’s non alt-right supporters, the ones who voted for President Obama in the past, they haven’t yet given up on him despite his reneging on promises to make their lives better. For instance, he has eliminated a planned lower mortgage premium that would have helped a million homeowners; he has decided to defund an Appalachian career redevelopment program that benefited coal miners; he has rolled back the rule where financial planners have to act in the best interests of their clients when it comes to their retirement investments. Then there is his recent backing of the republican’s health care bill and his proposed tax cuts which are both heavily weighted to favor the wealthy.
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On 1/17/17, Ruth Ben-Ghiat of CNN wrote the foreshadowing report, “Trump is following the authoritarian playbook.”
“President Trump has suggested that the judiciary doesn’t have the authority to question him.”
“Now Trump is talking about consolidating his own power.”
“In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday night (4/28/17), Trump dismissed the “archaic” rules of the House and Senate — using that word four times.”
- “We don’t have a lot of closers in politics, and I understand why: It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system.”
- “You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House — but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through — it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different.”
- “You can’t go through a process like this. It forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, you’re really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules.”
“And then Trump came out and just said it: He doesn’t like the filibuster.”
“I think, you know, the filibuster concept is not a good concept to start off with,” he said.
“So there you go. Trump is frustrated with the pace of legislation after 100 days, and his answer is that he wants to change the rules.”
“Whether this is just him blowing off steam or signaling what lies ahead, it’s significant. Because it suggests a president, who doesn’t agree with his own powers being limited or questioned.”
“He wants more power — and he wants it quickly. It’s not difficult to connect this to his past admiration for authoritarian leaders, and these comments are a demonstrated pattern for him.”