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The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.....

Ominous possibility of Donald Trump becoming the American version of the Viktor Orban, Hugo Chavez, Jacob Zumz, Rodrigo Duterte style authoritarian.
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The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.....

Ominous possibility of Donald Trump becoming the American version of the Viktor Orban, Hugo Chavez, Jacob Zumz, Rodrigo Duterte style authoritarian.
Preconditions toward a plutocracy are always present in any political ideology. That's why the voters must be constantly on guard. We were. The liberal agenda has been stopped. For now. Doesn't mean we should drop our guard. If President Trump or Congress gets too far out of line, they too can be replaced.

A path toward illiberalism is a good thing.
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Autocracy



An autocracy is a system of government in which supreme power is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control (except perhaps for the implicit threat of a coup d'état or mass insurrection). Absolute monarchy and dictatorship are the main historical forms of autocracy.




Autocracy - Wikipedia


If President TRUMP wanted to create an autocracy, he could easily use the template provided by his predecessor.

Obama defined autocracy | TribLIVE

However, given that President Trump's first choice for the SCOTUS is a staunch Constitutional originalist, I doubt the predictions of the OP are anything close to the truth.
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Preconditions toward a plutocracy are always present in any political ideology. That's why the voters must be constantly on guard. We were. The liberal agenda has been stopped. For now. Doesn't mean we should drop our guard. If President Trump or Congress gets too far out of line, they too can be replaced.

A path toward illiberalism is a good thing.
Just reread my post. I meant autocracy, not plutocracy.
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Just reread my post. I meant autocracy, not plutocracy.
You're forgiven. I sometimes wish we had more time to revise our posts as I am the number one purveyor of misspelling and misspoken prose on the Forum.

Back to the subject.

The advent of an autocracy was well feared by the Founders. One advantage of Federalism (including the Electoral College) is the power left to the states. Sadly in recent times, they have tended to let the Federal Government usurp power and concentrate it more and more in Washington. Worse, it has concentrated in the White House.

Enter the State AG's. State AG's have stepped in where our lame Congress (Both Republicans and Democrats) refused to tread. C Krauthammer has a recent, nice, OP on this.

Revolt of the Attorneys General – Freedom's Back

I would suggest the OP of the thread is just fearmongering. As the left licks it's wounds and or denies their recent loss, we will see more of this desperation. Sadly conservatives cannot use the race card as was done when anybody dared to question Barak's concentration of executive power during both of his entire terms.
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Were we not worried about the same thing with Obama, I was.. Yet we kept it to ourselves.

Like I have said this Leftist clown group of Liberals have been saying as much as possible negative about Trump hoping others waiting for results will grow tired and join them in the Trump bashing fest they have going on.


Clowns to the Left of me. Dipsticks to the other Left, it grow so old yet they won't go away, like with most of their agendas they keep pushing it harder and deeper.

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The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.....

Ominous possibility of Donald Trump becoming the American version of the Viktor Orban, Hugo Chavez, Jacob Zumz, Rodrigo Duterte style authoritarian.
Evidently, you see Donald Trump as an authoritarian wannabe.

For the record, I am an unabashed conservative.

And it really would be much more truthful if you would simply say that you have liberal leanings, and stop the pretense of being a straight-down-the-middle "[i]ndependent"...
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How to Build an Autocracy????
Hmmm let me see

1> Maintain a group of organized thugs to physically attack anyone that doesn't agree with the autocratic party line.

2> Disarm the public making sure honest citizens have no means of self defense.

3> Have the press that omits facts that are contrary to the autocratic regime and emphasizes information that supports it while also disseminating false information to discredit the opposition.

4> Constantly discount Judeo-Christian mores in order to divert the source of human rights to the state.

5> Create hoaxes like climate change then claim anyone who is skeptical of it is anti science because the hoax is "settled science"

6> Devise a system of "politically correct" speech that outlaws the use of certain terminology infringing on freedom of speech.

Any of this seem familiar?
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