Trump, who was described here as a patriot, needs to be
resisted to, for patriotic reasons. I have not much power of thought or words, but feel I still can recognize those, who have.
Chris Hedges tells us again the way "patriotic" despotism advances to sink the ship of democracy, like the Titanic, slowly but surely.
A Last Chance for Resistance
(Please read the story on truthdig. I quote a lot of it here, just because I think it's important and it should be read. But please go and click on their site!)
The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible.
Despots demand absolute loyalty. This is why they place family members in the inner circles. The Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, whose vanity rivaled that of Trump, and Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein filled their governments with their children, siblings, nephews, nieces and in-laws and rounded out their inner courts with racists, opportunists and thugs of the kind that now populate the White House.
Despots distrust diplomats... Diplomats, often multilingual and conversant with other cultures and societies, deal in nuances and ambiguities that are beyond the grasp of the despot. ...Despots, however, live in a binary universe of their own creation. They rapidly dismantle the diplomatic corps when they take power for the same reason they attack intellectuals and artists....Trump’s proposed State Department budget cuts ... is part of the shift away from diplomacy to an exclusive reliance on violence or the threat of violence. The militarization of the diplomatic corps, with the Central Intelligence Agency and military intelligence operatives often taking over embassies, especially in conflict zones, began long before Trump took office. But Trump will deal the coup de grâce to the diplomatic corps. Despots replace diplomats with sycophants with no diplomatic experience, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who promise to impose the despot’s will on the rest of the world.
There are three institutions tasked in a functioning democracy with protecting the truth and keeping national discourse rooted in verifiable fact—the courts, the press and universities. Despots must control these three to prevent them from exposing their lies and restricting their power. ...
Trump has not only attacked the courts but has also begun purges of the judiciary with his mass firing of U.S. attorneys...By the time Trump’s four-year term is up, Federalist Society judges could be in as many as half of the country’s appellate seats....
Trump has continued to attempt to discredit the press ...
The attacks on universities, which will be accelerated, are on display in the budget proposal. ... A university will of course be able to get corporate funding for research if it casts doubt on the importance of climate change or does research that can be used to swell corporate profits or promote other business interests. Scientific study into our ecocide and the dangers from chemicals, toxins and pollutants released by corporations into the atmosphere will be thwarted. And the withering of humanities programs, already suffering in many universities, will worsen.
Repression will become steadily more overt and severe. Dissent will be equated with terrorism. We must use the space before it is shut. ... The forces of despotism seek to keep us complacent and pacified with the false hope that mechanisms within the system will moderate Trump or remove him through impeachment, or that the looming tyranny will never be actualized. There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. ... that once rights become privileges, any segment of a society is excluded from the law,
I post that here as a warning to those of you, who get bamboozled. Resist. It all happened before. Don't let it happen again.