Over 80 years ago Sinclar Lewis wrote a book, It Can’t Happen Here.
Doremus Jessup, the protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” sees something dark and terrible brewing in American politics — the potential for “a real fascist dictatorship” led by the up-and-coming populist candidate Berzelius Windrip. – Beverly Gage, New York Times Book Review
Sinclair wrote the novel as fascism was rising in Germany and Italy and many in the USA were smugly saying that it “could not happen here”
The author of this current article carefully reviews the dismal record of our current president and his emasculated acolytes in the Republican Party in destroying the last sixty years of social legislation that moved us closer to a true democracy. In doing so they reinforced the megalomania of the ‘leader.’
Now, that leader, who has stated that he alone is the only one who can do “diplomacy,” claims he has brought North Korea to the ‘diplomacy’ table. In fact, it was the more liberal South Korean leader who opened the door, a move that the Trump administration actively opposed.
It is about time that a free press, the careerists of the opposition Democratic Party, and the American people start worrying that the Republican Party and their leader, are not merely shredding the last sixty years of the American social contract, but are moving inexorably towards an authoritarian, fascist state.
One must worry when the “great leader” constantly claims that he is ” a genius, smarter than all of the generals, and always wins”. – Ed.
Donald Trump has been president [sic] for more than a year now and is being normalized in the media. The shock of his election is gradually wearing off. When I point out that he is illegitimate I am told to stop whining and get over it, the election is over. So what if he lost the popular vote, the argument goes, he won the electoral college fair and square and that’s what counts. Except that he didn’t.
The election was close in Pennsylvania but Trump got all the electoral votes. Since then the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered redrawing of the election district maps due to “unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.” In other words, his electoral victory in that state was fraudulent. Other states were similarly gerrymandered.
Gerrymandering was only one of at least a dozen Republican scams in the last election. How many of them will decide the next election?
Then there was Interstate Crosscheck, which disenfranchised tens of thousands, maybe millions, of minority voters, by striking them from the voter rolls. They were given provisional ballots, which looked good on paper but were never counted. In Michigan, Trump’s victory margin was barely 13,000 votes, while 449,000 voters were purged from the rolls. According to Greg Palast, twenty-six states still do Interstate Crosscheck.
And then there were partisan ID requirements, long lines at the polls in non-white districts, hackable voting machines, strategic closing of polls and DMV offices where people of color could access them, “caging,” and other elaborate, mostly-racist, schemes to keep people from the polls who might not vote Republican. Maybe Russians meddled, maybe not, but not nearly as much as Republicans did. As Greg Palast said, “Jim Crow, not the voters, elected Mr. Trump.”
I’m talking about election fraud, not the imaginary “voter fraud” Trump complained about. Exit polls prove election fraud; there is no evidence of voter fraud.
Until we confront Republican cheating it will surely continue. Talk show host Thom Hartmann argues credibly that the last legitimately-elected Republican president was Dwight D. Eisenhower. Republicans always cheat because they have to, as they represent the interests of only one percent of the voting population. It was Democrats who created the Voting Rights Act; it was not Democrats who abolished it in 2013.
Trump is a fraud and an impostor — never forget that — and so are all the fascist thugs under him. His “victory” was fraudulent and I am not going to shut up about that. Nor should anyone else, ever. The 2016 election is not over. No fraudulent election should ever be over.
P.J. Sullivan is the author of three non-fiction books about history.