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Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:47 PM

Trump's legacy may be an increasingly authoritarian Republican Party

I hope that President Trump’s outrageous attempt to overturn the results of an election that he lost by 74 electoral college votes and more than 6 million popular votes will be the last gasp of a pathetic presidency in its dying days. But I fear that it might represent only a middle chapter in the Republican Party’s transformation, as a Swedish research institute has warned, into an authoritarian party similar to the Fidesz party in Hungary, the Law and Justice party in Poland, the Justice and Development Party in Turkey and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India.

The impetus for the GOP’s growing aversion to democracy is clear: It has lost the popular vote in seven of the past eight presidential elections. That is a streak of futility unmatched in U.S. history. To maintain power — and avert the Venezuela-style apocalypse that many conservatives fear will result from Democratic dominance — the GOP must rely on institutions such as the electoral college and the Senate that give outsize weight to red states. That, in turn, has allowed Republicans to fill the federal courts with judges who will perpetuate their policy preferences for decades to come.

The problem is being exacerbated by the tendency of the U.S. population to cluster in a handful of large states that are either already blue (California, New York) or moving that way (Georgia, North Carolina). “By 2040,” as my colleague Philip Bump noted, “the 15 most populous states will be home to 67 percent of the U.S. population and represented by 30 percent of the Senate.”


The Republican Party could respond — and still may — by retooling its message to appeal to a more diverse electorate. But so far the GOP has instead moved in a more populist direction that leaves it increasingly incapable of governing (the past two Republican presidencies ended in economic meltdowns) or appealing to most voters outside its core constituency of Whites without college degrees. Even before Trump came along, Republicans had shown their willingness to use any means necessary to exercise power. Look at the bare-knuckle efforts in the 2000 election — from the “Brooks Brothers Riot” to a blatantly political Supreme Court decision — to stop the Florida recount and avert a possible Al Gore victory. Or look at the refusal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky) to give a vote to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in 2016 on the grounds that it was an election year, while rushing through the confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee just days before the 2020 election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/23/trumps-legacy-may-be-an-increasingly-authoritarian-republican-party/?utm_source=bootfriends&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=FriendsBoot2020Nov24


GOP leaders’ embrace of Trump’s refusal to concede fits pattern of rising authoritarianism, data shows


“The Republican Party in the U.S. has retreated from upholding democratic norms in recent years,” said Anna Lührmann, a political scientist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a former member of the German parliament. “Its rhetoric is closer to authoritarian parties, such as AKP in Turkey and Fidesz in Hungary.”

Lührmann is deputy director of the university’s V-Dem Institute, which compiled the data. For the project, researchers recruited more than 600 political scientists around the world to make annual assessments of political parties’ adherence to a number of key small-D democratic values.

The Democratic Party, by contrast, hasn’t changed much. This is a prime example of what political scientists call asymmetric polarization — a growing partisan gap driven almost entirely by the actions of the Republican Party.

While V-Dem’s data only runs through 2018, that asymmetry has only become more apparent in the aftermath of this election, Lührmann said: “It is disturbing that most leading Republicans are still not objecting to President Trump’s baseless claims of electoral fraud and attempts to declare himself the winner.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/11/12/republican-party-trump-authoritarian-data/

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Reply Trump's legacy may be an increasingly authoritarian Republican Party (Original post)
octoberlib Nov 24 OP
Miguelito Loveless Nov 24 #1
RKP5637 Nov 24 #4
octoberlib Nov 24 #6
Miguelito Loveless Nov 24 #8
octoberlib Nov 24 #9
Thomas Hurt Nov 24 #2
Guy Whitey Corngood Nov 24 #3
Hassler Nov 24 #5
Crunchy Frog Nov 24 #7
UTUSN Nov 24 #10

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:50 PM

1. Ya think?

This was a dry run for the next act. The next candidate will not be as incompetent.

Unless we severely punish those who enabled Trump, as well as Trump and his family, we are done as a democracy next time around.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:57 PM

4. Absolutely!!! K&R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n/t

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:00 PM

6. John Dean said the same thing in his book Authoritarian Nightmare

He wrote that right now there's another authoritarian thinking of running for President who's smarter, better organized and more competent and he'll use populism to get elected.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:05 PM

8. There were reforms after Nixon

and people did go to jail, though not the people who really needed to go.

We need to not make the same mistake. This time they all have to be prosecuted.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:07 PM

9. Absolutely. An example needs to be set.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:50 PM

2. No "may" about it. It is already more authoritarian.

If it weren't the GOP Senators would have convicted that Pig when they had the chance.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:52 PM

3. They were already there with Cheney. Now they just dropped the last

veneer of pretense........

Under Puke administrations they're all "statists" and government can do whatever the fuck they want. Under Democratic admins, all of a sudden they're all Ron Paul.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:59 PM

5. Tehran Tom Cotton, Mike Pompous-eo, Liz Cheney...

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:03 PM

7. Trump is a symptom, not a cause.

The R party has been on an authoritarian trajectory for decades.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 04:16 PM

10. The RUBIO part of their party played a role, funny (not haha) that they claim to be refugees

from a totalitarian regime and claim to be Repukes based on supposed American hyper-patriotism - and the (unintended?) result was the selfsame authoritarianism?!






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