Friday, July 22, 2016

Trump is not Running for President but Dictator

I got to give Bernie some credit tonight. He was out live tweeting.

Jo Ling Kent:

"This was the most retweeted tweet during Trump's speech, according to Twitter."

This tweet was from Bernie:

Trump: “I alone can fix this.” Is this guy running for president or dictator?"

Bernie doesn't want anyone suggesting his voters are for Trump. Appreciate that.

"Meanwhile, Team Bernie—no fan of the notion some Sanders voters will back Trump—is live-tweeting this #RNCwithBernie"

You go Bernie.

Trump really is running for dictator.

"Donald Trump’s Caesar Moment."

"Detached from history and fueled by fear, his convention speech was utterly unlike anything we've heard in American politics."

"It was a speech perfectly suited to the nominee. It was a speech utterly unconnected to anything we have ever heard from any previous nominee. It was, then, exactly what we should have expected from this most unexpected of candidates."

"Most American presidential nominees—indeed, most convention speakers—pay homage to outsized figures of the nation's past, even some from the other side of the spectrum. House Speaker Paul Ryan, as did countless others in Cleveland, paid homage to Ronald Reagan. Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence told the assembled Republicans that “the heroes of my youth were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Ronald Reagan himself, back in 1980, quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt. In past conventions, the Founding Fathers were invoked, or inspirational party leaders of the past, or some link to the heritage of party or country."

"And Donald Trump? In his speech, there was no thread of any kind linking him to past American greats, no sense that he is following any tradition. Indeed, in one of the best-received lines of the speech, he told us, of our “rigged” system: “I alone can fix it.” Fix it with his own party’s leadership in Congress, or with an aroused populace? No. “I alone can fix it.”

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True. When Trump talks about leaders he admires, it's inevitably dictators.

Mary Kate Cary who was a speechwriter for George Bush Sr, noted this idea that Trump alone can fix everything.

Instead of "Yes We Can" they're chanting "Yes You Will."

Ezra Klein says this is the first election he's been truly scared. Good. It'd scare me more if he wasn't.

When I see pundits or voters acting as if it's no big deal, this is just another election, that scares me. What planet are the living on?

It also sort of makes you question democracy. Because I could be the victim of ignorant people.

If you can't take defeating a dictator seriously, when will you get serious? Yes, monarchy is terrible as your at the whims of one-inbred-person from a dynastic family. But even in democracy you can be the victim of the will of others. 

"Back in February, I wrote that Trump is the most dangerous major candidate for president in memory. He pairs terrible ideas with an alarming temperament; he's a racist, a sexist, and a demagogue, but he's also a narcissist, a bully, and a dilettante. He lies so constantly and so fluently that it's hard to know if he even realizes he's lying. He delights in schoolyard taunts and luxuriates in backlash."

"He has had plenty of time to prove me, and everyone else, wrong. But he hasn’t. He has not become more responsible or more sober, more decent or more generous, more considered or more informed, more careful or more kind. He has continued to retweet white supremacists, make racist comments, pick unnecessary fights, contradict himself on the stump, and show an almost gleeful disinterest in building a real campaign or learning about policy."

"He has, instead, run a campaign based on stoking fear and playing to resentment. His speech tonight invoked a nightmarish American hellscape that doesn't actually exist. His promise to restore order made him sound like the aspiring strongman his critics fear him to be. "I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he said. "Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored."

He promised to 'end crime' 'end terrorsim' 'end illegal immigration' all on January 20th, 2017.

This, of course, is absurd. Hillary Clinton tweeted we're better than this.

We are better than this."

Time to prove her right, America. We're not going to elect our first American Cesar.

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