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Wed Aug 5, 2020, 08:42 AM

How is America a democratic nation right now under Trump?

...one party and their president are working every day to evicerate the principles and laws which distinguish our form of government from dictatorships and authoritarian regimes around the globe. How can there be a free and fair election with Trump in office and republicans manipulating the vote at the state level with impunity, no threat to them at all from the Justice Dept.?

We've never been a perfect republic, but we've at least been aspirational in the way we govern and execute our laws. The Trump administration and the president's republican enablers have proven without any doubt or qualifications that they don't believe in free and fair elections, and toil zealously to win at any cost; trampling laws, regulations, and norms which represent centuries of agreement and understanding about the primacy of our representational democracy.

Donald Trump has revealed deep corruption within the republican party for all to see by brushing right past protections and openly manipulating the vote, hoping to win ugly, knowing full well that our system of accountability for election crimes committed by campaigns and nominees absolutely collapsed under republican rule.

Trump just doesn't give a damn how it looks anymore...



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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 09:04 AM

1. You could make the case that it actually hasn't been for a while now

As Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges have argued, politicians haven't feared American citizens in years, and a healthy fear by politicians of citizens is what motivates them to legislate accordingly. They legislate based on what powerful corporations and Big Donors want. So it didn't just start with Trump.

But yes, under Trump, we face an actual Constitutional Crisis, with one branch of our government basically powerless and our ability to conduct real oversight ruined. We now face the actual extinction of core pillars of Democracy, and the door is wide open to authoritarian or totalitarian governance.

Maybe that will change as the Republican party shrinks and people become more vocal in demanding change. You could say there is a flash of that happening now.

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Response to Mike 03 (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 09:08 AM

2. +100 Spot on!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 11:26 AM

4. Kushner is now in charge of planning last ditch try at disqualifying Biden ballots on election night

...urging Republican state legislatures to "send competing slates of electors," and then seeking a Supreme Court ruling in Trump's favor"


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Thu Aug 6, 2020, 02:50 PM

5. This is on a tax-payer funded White House trip to Ohio

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