Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Killing Of Democracy In America...

It really is beyond question that djt is, and always has been an authoritarian minded individual. In as much as he is an authoritarian he also craves recoginition and adoration from people he actually sees as inferior to himself.  Unfortunately for American democracy djt has built a cult of personality around his presidency and his campaigns for high officeandsome seventy million Amerians voted for him and his cult of personality.

Like Mussolini and Hitler before him his deep narcissism does not allow his psche to see himself as anything but a genius who knows exactlty what is right for everybody. Anyone who recognizes his deep pyschological flaws for what they are is considered the enemy and so djt does everything in his power to demean, belittle, embarrass, and if possible eliminate them from being relevant. And THAT, in a nutshell is how djt has ran his compaigns and governed for four years.

The following article and the interview at its end sheds light on authoriarism in general and djt in particular. Both the article and interview are well worth your time and consideration. Even if you have been, or are still a djt supporter.

Anyone who believes djt is going to go quietly, or that he will ever acknowledge his resounding defeat, and work to transfer power effectively and peacefully is simply kidding themselves. Hs cult of personality does not want him to and djt probaly continues to believe he will prevail in his efforts to hold on to power.  And if he is successful KILL democracy in America in the process. Likely his highest goal as we see it playing out in real time right this very moment.

Why Trump views his loss as "psychological annihilation"

The Signorile Report - As Donald Trump rages on with vengeful firings by tweet, fizzling court battles and useless recounts more than two weeks after a presidential election he clearly lost to Joe Biden, we see our democracy under attack in brutal ways.

Trump and his enablers in the GOP are sowing doubt about our election system. And they’re denying President-elect Joe Biden the ability to obtain funds and access for his transition during the most deadly pandemic in over 100 years. It’s a time when we have to be alert to what Trump might do as he becomes more desperate, clinging to power while lashing out.

So I turned to an expert on authoritarians to get more insight.

New York University professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat has studied authoritarians the world over, looking back over the past 100 years — from Italy’s Benito Mussolini and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and yes, the U.S.’s own Donald Trump.

In her new book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, she looks at the different motivational circumstances and ultimate outcomes of various authoritarians, but, more interestingly, homes in on the similarities among them, from overt displays of virility to the vicious use of propaganda.

“I’ve never thought that Trump is governing according to a normal democratic frame of reference,” Ben-Ghiat said in an interview on my SiriusXM show last week about her book, and in particular about Trump’s loss in the election. “He’s used this authoritarian playbook. His personality and his temperament check all the boxes of all the leaders that I’ve studied.”

In Trump’s case, she explained, “He’s been in office to build his personality cult and to stay in office as long as possible.”

Trump, like other authoritarians, sees a loss of power as “psychological annihilation," something for which he’s not prepared.

“They surround themselves not with professionals, with experts who can give them the best policy, give them critical feed back,” Ben-Ghiat explained. “They surround themselves with flatterers and sycophants who tell them what they want to hear. And this is counterproductive in the long run, and this is why most of them end up badly.”

For Trump that meant losing the election. But, like other authoritarians, the loss is unacceptable.

“They don’t go quietly,” Ben-Ghiat said. “They’re not capable of foreseeing a future without them having this kind of hold over people. So this is the most dangerous time, when they feel that their power is threatened.

Listen in to the entire interview.

What say you?

Via: Memeorandum

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