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Can Dictatorship/Authoritarianism Happen in the US?

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  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 4,295
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 19,268
    Anything's possible, but not time to worry
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 
  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 4,295
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 

    I know, but it is showing the cracks in the armor.
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 19,268
    Anything's possible, but not time to worry
    Smellyman said:
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 

    I know, but it is showing the cracks in the armor.
    What you may be thinking are cracks are what I see as the noise.  Until a key case is lost,  I'm not concerned personally.  I think Trump is probing around and setting fires,  but the fact that the governors select what the legitimate electors are,  and all the key states have D governors,  is the ultimate ace. 
  • static111static111 Posts: 1,883
    We're already there
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 

    I know, but it is showing the cracks in the armor.
    What you may be thinking are cracks are what I see as the noise.  Until a key case is lost,  I'm not concerned personally.  I think Trump is probing around and setting fires,  but the fact that the governors select what the legitimate electors are,  and all the key states have D governors,  is the ultimate ace. 
    My opinion is that if a key case is lost is when it will be too late.  My worry with the probing is that one of those tentacles pops through.
  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 19,268
    Anything's possible, but not time to worry
    static111 said:
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 

    I know, but it is showing the cracks in the armor.
    What you may be thinking are cracks are what I see as the noise.  Until a key case is lost,  I'm not concerned personally.  I think Trump is probing around and setting fires,  but the fact that the governors select what the legitimate electors are,  and all the key states have D governors,  is the ultimate ace. 
    My opinion is that if a key case is lost is when it will be too late.  My worry with the probing is that one of those tentacles pops through.
    The election law and rules of law all strongly work in our favor. Relief in a case is proportional to the injury.  In other words you can't prove a hundred cases of fraud and the relief is an entire county,  city, state having ballots tossed.  And that type of relief is what Trump needs. 
  • OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MNPosts: 3,264
    We very well may be on the way
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    mrussel1 said:
    Smellyman said:
    Never thought we'd have to pass a ton of new laws protecting election results.

    A few sh!theads shouldn't be able to overturn millions of votes, but here we are.
    That hasn't happened.  At this point,  it's noise.  The certifications have started. 

    I know, but it is showing the cracks in the armor.
    What you may be thinking are cracks are what I see as the noise.  Until a key case is lost,  I'm not concerned personally.  I think Trump is probing around and setting fires,  but the fact that the governors select what the legitimate electors are,  and all the key states have D governors,  is the ultimate ace. 
    Ideally we would not rely on the key governors being part of the appropriate party.
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  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 6,074
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 32,760
    We very well may be on the way
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.

    Good point about more people in jails and prisons in the U.S.  Cheap labor marked by racial profiling. 
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 24,788
    No way
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 32,760
    We very well may be on the way
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  

    How so?
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • ZodZod Posts: 7,257
    Being Canadian, I always thought one of the most admirable things about the US was how the constitution was developed to separate powers.  It was a direct reflection the anti-monarchy (anti-authoritarian) sentiment that established the country.  I feel like the last 4 years have been a big test, because the damn thing was designed to prevent a dictator or single person from having all the power.

    In some ways I think it did it's job, but in other way's it's moderately scary how the current administration is trying to circumvent it.  At no point in my life have I thought the US has been closer to going against it's own ideals.

    The crazy part is the slightly less than half the population that supports trump.  They're very big on freedoms, 1st and 2nd amendment   rights, etc.... but the fundamental theme of the constitution is division of power.   Yet they don't seem to take issue if that happens, or if someone tries to by pass that staple of the US constitution.

    That's my thoughts though.  An outsider looking in.
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 24,788
    No way
    brianlux said:
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  

    How so?
    Bail reform is one, making drugs legal or not prosecutable is another.

    Making Public urination is a ticket now and not an arresting act in NYC.

    There are many laws that are focusing on NOT arresting people now.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 32,760
    We very well may be on the way
    brianlux said:
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  

    How so?
    Bail reform is one, making drugs legal or not prosecutable is another.

    Making Public urination is a ticket now and not an arresting act in NYC.

    There are many laws that are focusing on NOT arresting people now.

    I didn't know that.  Especially about being arrested for peeing in public in NYC!

    Things sure have change in most places regarding marijuana laws.  In the 60's, some people spent years in prison for possession- sometimes even for small quantities of weed.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MNPosts: 3,264
    We very well may be on the way
    brianlux said:
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  

    How so?
    Bail reform is one, making drugs legal or not prosecutable is another.

    Making Public urination is a ticket now and not an arresting act in NYC.

    There are many laws that are focusing on NOT arresting people now.

    I think there are definitely more people understanding the problems with US mass incarceration that are trying to reform the criminal justice system...good candidates are running for District Attorney seats (and even a few win). I do see slow change coming in that direction. (This all assumes we won't go to the authoritarianism I meant when I started the thread). There are hurdles and one is the free/cheap prison labor.* Another is that it's really, really popular to run for office as a "tough on crime" candidate and I don't think most of the population understands just how many incarcerated people are non-violent and barely even criminals.

    *If I were president, the first thing I'd do is whatever I could to make private prisons illegal. The second would be whatever I could to end the War on Drugs
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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 24,788
    No way
    OnWis97 said:
    brianlux said:
    CM189191 said:
    au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism
    the enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    We are already there.  Check out this sobering visualization: 
    https://mkorostoff.github.io/incarceration-in-real-numbers/
    The United States holds more people in jails and prisons than any other country by far, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of population.
    With all the new laws being passed the US is on the fast track of changing that.  

    How so?
    Bail reform is one, making drugs legal or not prosecutable is another.

    Making Public urination is a ticket now and not an arresting act in NYC.

    There are many laws that are focusing on NOT arresting people now.

    I think there are definitely more people understanding the problems with US mass incarceration that are trying to reform the criminal justice system...good candidates are running for District Attorney seats (and even a few win). I do see slow change coming in that direction. (This all assumes we won't go to the authoritarianism I meant when I started the thread). There are hurdles and one is the free/cheap prison labor.* Another is that it's really, really popular to run for office as a "tough on crime" candidate and I don't think most of the population understands just how many incarcerated people are non-violent and barely even criminals.

    *If I were president, the first thing I'd do is whatever I could to make private prisons illegal. The second would be whatever I could to end the War on Drugs
    Private prisons do 2 things.
    1-save the state/feds money on incarceration fees.
    2-show us how ridiculous our laws are.

    I built prisons, private, state and federal for 15 years so I know all about them.
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