The Pardu

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism





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If you can continue to deny Trump's overt maneuvers to instill authoritarian governance in the US you are truly suffering from a case of unable to discern reality.

You may be an unwitting facilitator of life in the US comparable to life in societies where autocratic leaders wield all power (and corruption).

Take a quick peep at how via the 2016 election we have effective transform the US Presidency into the leading role of a reality TV show. 

The Justice Department

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OK, we elected him, now let's consider a reminder of how the autocrat administers governance.  Before we move to an MSNBC video segment with ALL-IN's Chris Hayes, ask yourself a question. Do you really believe the US Justice Department is an "at-will; at-whim" entity for Trump to order around dictate to and generally serve as an overseer?  Think in terms of German mid-1920s.

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The Media
If you know anything about autocratic leaders you know they view an open and free press (media) as an enemy of the state to be discredited and turned to a national communications division of the autocrat's regime.

“Let me control the media and I will turn any nation into a herd of pigs” – Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels used words as a weapon to facilitate the agenda of his maniacal leaders: Adolf Hitler. As tragically historic as the words appear, they continue today as a basis of ideology for millions across the globe while generally (albeit unconscionably so) a tool used against millions in the United States.

Image result for joseph goebbels on the pressIn 2016 CBS's Leslie Stahl sat for an on-camera interview with Trump. Stahl straight-up asked Trump why he attacks the media. His answer was both startling, telling yet no surprise. (video link 9:52 minutes)
"I said, 'You know, that is getting tired. Why are you doing this? You're doing it over and over. It's boring and it's time to end that,'" Stahl said on stage alongside "PBS Newshour anchor Judy Woodruff.  
  • "He said, 'You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.' He said that," Stahl told the audience, adding, "So, put that in your head for a minute."
What better way to control the nation.s collective thinking than a weaponized media. Hence, the long-standing propaganda value of Fox News, and the more pervasive effect of News operations like Sinclair News. Of course, AM radio is the domain of conservative demagogues. And guess who sits as their target? The question is rhetorical.

The following is a mere example of how mind-altering media demagogues work to shape the psyches of their viewers or listeners.  Let me state before the embed. There are money managers and producers at Fox News who know fell well Trump's strategy regarding FBI "spies" is pure deflection and defense strategy.



How about this action for evidence of total disregard for a free and open press?



To keep this post short, let's hold on other issues which seem to serve to identify growing authoritarianism from the Right.  





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