Black People Politics : Dress Rehearsal Something that Always existed within the Republican Party


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Jul 2, 2003
Is Trump’s Coup a ‘Dress Rehearsal?
Of Something that Always existed within the Republican Party
Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one.

The separation of powers held. Yet the question remains as to whether these guardrails will last.

The analogy in American history was to Joseph McCarthy, who became anathema only years after he dominated Washington, D.C., with his demagogic anti-communist crusade. Today his name is an insult. This scenario was the most optimistic one possible proffered by any of the experts. However, McCarthy’s downfall happened in an entirely different era when the Republican Party eventually turned him into a pariah.

The alternative scenario proffered is that if false claims of a stolen election will persist like the “stab in the back” myth after World War I in Germany, which wrongfully suggested that democratic politicians had betrayed the army and prevented victory. “This has the result of weakening the regime because it just lowers the legitimacy among large sections of the electorate,”

“One can’t have a democracy [in a two party system] where one of the two parties is not fully committed to democratic norms.” Ziblatt described the current situation as an escalation of constitutional hardball, where political actors “sniff out weakness in constitutional structure,” violating long-standing norms if not technically the law. He pointed to the Trump-led effort in 2020 to have Republican-controlled state legislatures pick their own electors to throw victory to the president, regardless of how their states voted.

The possibility of a step like this was always embedded within the constitutional structure, but no one, until now, had been willing to explicitly overturn the results of a presidential election that already had a clear and decisive winner.

“I worry that this whole post-election process has been the dress rehearsal,” said Harvard political scientist Steven Levitsky


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Jun 14, 2018
I'm probably not quite as forgiving or liberal in allowing as much credit as the authors seem willing to give over to the Republican Party.
McCathy and that faction were over thrown by the mass media and the public outrage with an assist from the GOP of DDE. But the GOP since McCathy has always allowed and cultivated that narrow minded bigoted, racist and authoritarian edge of the party. Think of the John Birch Society, Berry Goldwater, W F Buckley jr. in the sixties. Nixon and Buchanan of the Seventies and Reagan in the eighties. All of them made calls to the McCathyites within and to those outside of the party.
All of the GOP ignored the treason committed by both Nixon and Reagan to become president. And ignored as long as they could the illegal acts committed after they each became president and never minding, in fact applauding, the overt bigotry and racism embraced by both or the close ties of the rat Reagan and "I'm not a crook" Nixon had to McCathy..........
I'd argue Trumkof is exactly what the GOP always has been and in fact has been their wet dream since the McCathy era.


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