Abuse Of Power
Last updated 6/17/2020 at 4:17pm
In the case of President Richard Nixon and Watergate, we had a Republican Party and Senate represented by people with real principles. The Republican Party and Congress today, with only a few exceptions, have no apparent limits to what illicit and appalling presidential and executive branch acts they will tolerate.
During his three-and-a-half years in office, President Trump has succeeded in damaging every institution, from the Department of Justice to the courts, Foreign Services, State Department, intelligence, public health, education, Environmental Protection and more.
Attorney General William Barr, the Republican Senate and Party have rubber stamped and cheered on his power grabs, threats to national security and blatant disregard for the Constitution and rule of law as he lurches from one crisis to another.
Typical of all authoritarians, like Putin or European dictators, Trump is a master of signaling through the use of symbols, images, rhetoric and religion to cement power, proclaiming himself as “the chosen one,” and a “very stable genius” as he sows seeds of distrust, use of force, division and chaos across the country.
With every new day the president is in office, foreign and domestic policy blunders, anger and extreme inequality grow. The weakening of our democratic principles is rooted in extreme partisan polarization — one that extends into an existential conflict over race and culture.
If one thing is clear from studying European, Latin and American history, its that extreme polarization, radicalization, ignoring the rule of law, and social upheaval, which the president creates as he fans the flames of hatred, fear and division, can kill democracies.