Is The United States at Risk of Becoming a Dictatorship
During his 2016 Presidential campaign, Trump told the American people that America was broken. He attacked our Judiciary, our electoral system, and the American Media. He told the country that America had lost its way and that he alone could save it. Trump then began to hint that Democracy was not suited for this country, that America needed a great leader, and that he was that leader. In the process, he heaped praise on leaders of repressive regimes like Russia’s Putin and Kim Jong-un of North Korea. When in December of 2015, Putin described Trump as bright and talented, Trump gushed. On several occasions, Trump expressed his desire to be America’s dictator. Few connected the dots. On February 28, 2017, Trump went on National T.V and declared his intention that America would become a one-party state with him as its leader. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/.. The Statement, though frightening, was largely ignored by media outlets. Trump has recently placed people in critical government positions who are now openly calling for the establishment of a dictatorship. This article will attempt to describe the tools, including the propaganda Trump uses to subvert our democratic Republic.
The Republican Party
First, It is important that Americans be disabused of the notion that the Structure of American Democracy is sufficient to prevent the emergence and take over by a dictator. Republicans, who are a numerical minority, are in control of every branch of our federal government, except the House of Representatives. They also control the majority of State legislatures in this country — all of Trump’s efforts that I will describe herein received the full endorsement of the republican party. The GOP has become a rubber stamp for the President’s ego and ambitions, catering to his every whim. In the ultimate display of subservience to Trump, in 2020, the GOP decided to adopt the “America First” campaign rhetoric as a significant component of its policy initiatives. This signaled that Trump’s wrangling had the full backing of republicans.
The President gained control of the party when he obtained control over the voters who support it. The…