If you have been watching the news, and I don’t mean Fox News, you will have noticed that a lot of people are rightfully wringing their hands over the Russian hacking during our last election. What most people are saying, including several Republican Political Strategists is “when did the Republican Party become apologists for Vladimir Putin?”
If anyone wants an answer to that question, all you need to do is look at their policies and bigoted laws, especially at the State levels. The move towards authoritarian government began at least 6 years ago. And, it has started right where authoritarians want it to begin, at the State level.
Oh, Republicans are not calling them bigoted laws, they are calling “defense” or “restoration” bills. But, anyone with half a brain can see they are intended to remove civil rights from groups the law writers don’t like.
In order to start an authoritarian government, the first thing you need to do is make certain groups the bad guys. You need to make sure that your preferred group understands that they are losing their power on government because these bad groups are secretly taking it away from them.
The first target is voting. You tell the white people that elections are being stolen from them because of voter fraud. You never prove or even attempt to prove your accusations, you just keep telling them over and over. That way they may listen and start to believe you.
You tell them that the world is going to hell in a handbasket because homosexuals have an “agenda” to make everyone in the world “choose” to become gay. You start to talk about conspiracy theories to prove your point like there is some kind of chemical in drink boxes for children to turn them gay.
When people speak using words that are not hurtful to these same certain groups you call that “political correctness” and that is what is killing your freedoms. If we weren’t forced to be “politically correct” the world would be shiny again and we would all have our freedoms.
When something like Sandy Hook shooting takes place, you call it a fake. You say that actors were all involved and that those poor children were never really killed. This was all a fake to “take away your guns”. It even gets to the point where the parents of these poor murdered children begin to receive death threats because they won’t shut up about their kids being murdered by a gun wielding wacko.
Under the name of “women’s health protection” you begin to pass unconstitutional laws that limits a woman’s right to choose an abortion. The only object behind these laws is to limit and/or abolish the freedoms of other people simply because they conflict with your beliefs.
You pass laws that allow companies to legally discriminate against anyone you don’t like. You wrap them up in laws you call “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts”. None of your religious freedoms have been compromised, you just want to be able to legally discriminate with a clear conscience because the government allows it.
On the Federal Level you call that same discriminatory law the Defense of the First Amendment Act. It contains the same bigoted language, only it makes it legal across the nation.
When your party loses a Governorship, your party politicians in that state calls a “special session” with the intention of stripping the Governor of power the last one had simply because he is from the other party like they are trying to do in the Soviet Socialist State of North Carolina.
When local governments decide that they are going to pass legislation that you don’t like, like raising the minimum wage, or protecting LGBT rights, you pass laws that strip them of their right to pass local laws that go against what you want.
Even when your state’s Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down your bigoted legislation, you simply drag it back into session under a new name with a few words changed. But, the meaning is still the same.
You can go through the states that voted for Donald Trump and you will find every one of them have tried to pass such legislations in their states. You will see that the people in these states have been conditioned to accept such evil practices and were fooled by their state legislatures to believe that they are right and everyone else is wrong. That made it much easier to vote for Donald Trump.
Every Republican Controlled state already has a long list of these un-American laws ready to be put forth for a vote. Every single one of them. Why? Because they believe that Trump will support them and name a wacko to the Supreme Court that will allow them to stay in place instead of calling them what they are, unconstitutional.
At the State level the Republican Party has waged a war to start laying the groundwork for an authoritarian government. They want to be able to say who the special group is and take away civil rights from everyone else in the name of some stupid “freedom” they see as their right.
I have been on a mission for quite some time. I have asked people over and over what “freedom” they have lost in the last eight years. I grew up in a large city and served in the military for 20 years. I know and call many people who call themselves “conservatives” as friends. Even they cannot name one “freedom” they have lost in the last eight years.
Which means all of this rhetoric about white Christians losing their “freedoms” is a bunch of lies designed to make the true intentions of discrimination in a legal manner a reality. From what I can see, the only “freedom” this chosen group has lost is the freedom to discriminate against the other groups. That is not a freedom protected by the constitution.
Republican legislatures tell us that education is the way out of poverty. Then they turn around and cut their public education budgets, especially in poor areas of their state.
They tell us that we are all free to worship as we choose. Then they say the need a “registry” of all Muslims living in our country and begin monitoring Mosques, and even go so far like Mike Flynn of saying Islam isn’t really a religion.
They keep telling us that voting is our duty but then pass legislation to make it harder for certain groups like minorities, elderly, and young people to vote. Please explain to me why it is necessary to have a Photo ID, only those approved by the state, to vote in a place like Indiana but not a photo ID to purchase a gun in the same state?
How can they tell us that they want to “protect us from terrorism” yet won’t support the “can’t fly, can’t buy” thinking to keep guns out of the hands of people on the no fly list?
How can you tell me that you want to keep the costs of health care down and then not allow Medicare to negotiate prescription costs with pharmaceutical companies?
How can you defend the position that the President can’t defeat terrorism because he won’t use the words “Radical Islamic Terrorist” and then refuse to use the words “Radical Christian Terrorist” to describe the white supremacists who terrorize people of color? More Americans have been killed by Radical Christian Terrorists than Islamic Terrorists since 9/11.
How is it that the KKK or other whiter supremacists are simply exercising their freedom of speech when they spew their hate forward, but complain about other groups protesting against police brutality as terrorists and not exercising their freedom of speech?
How can you talk about freedom of speech and then want to change the laws so you can sue news organizations simply because you don’t like what they are reporting about you?
If you are really one of those who are wondering about the Republican’s sudden apology strategy about Russia, you just need to look at all that is going on behind the scenes in too many states. The laws that these Republicans are passing in the states, and trying to pass in Congress would make Vladimir Putin very happy.
We have heard for decades about certain groups and their “agendas”. The reality is the only “agenda” is in the Republican Party and that agenda is to establish an authoritarian government so they can keep power indefinitely.
What it boils down to is power. Power over the lives of other people. Putin has exercised that power even to the point of butchering his own people. He has done exactly what these Republican Laws intend to have happen in our own country.
When that crazy person in California wanted to place an initiative on the California Ballot that would allow the government to “put a bullet in the head” of gays and no Republican spoke out against it, speaks volumes about their real agenda.
Middle America had better pull their collective heads out of their asses really quick. I don’t for a minute believe that the majority of our people support taking away liberties and freedoms from people just because they are different. I believe that middle America fell for the oldest trick in the book. They fell for the lies because they sounded different.
Unfortunately, they didn’t look behind the curtain and discover that the wizard is really a fraud ready to take away “their” freedoms. The best way to establish an authoritarian government in a country like America is to lay the foundation at the State level.
Once people get used to having their states telling them how to live, it is much easier for the federal government to take over that role. Republicans have been laying the groundwork for decades. As usual, the average American hasn’t seen it, and now we are looking down the precipice.
So far the only people losing freedoms are those infamous “others” Republicans are telling us about. So far, because once they gain full power, they will come after you too. It will be very clear. You are either with them or you are against them.
That is how authoritarian governments work. We are seeing how it can happen in our country. That is why Republicans are not very interested in investigating the Russian hacks. They want to follow Putin’s example for gaining power.