Glimpses of Authoritarianism: Part 1

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America has long been the global model of a constitutional republic with a democratic tradition. Our representative system has inspired nations to adopt similar systems and our Constitution is esteemed as a model of restrained government power and abundant liberties as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

The American Revolution spawned revolutions from tyranny worldwide and our participation in wars freed millions from totalitarian regimes and authoritarianism. Ironically, recent examples of federal governance hint at authoritarian tendencies in the modern Democratic Party. Our future as a nation may hinge on our ability to counter and check this trend through our existing system and freedoms to challenge an unjust and / or unconstitutional government.

In looking at the definitions of these terms, can you think of recent examples of these terms in practice?

Authoritarian =

a governmental or political system, principle, or practice in which individual freedom is held as completely subordinate to the power or authority of the state, centered either in one person or a small group that is not constitutionally accountable to the people. exercising complete or almost complete control over the will of another or of others.

Are you thinking about Biden and Harris? Maybe Pelosi and Schumer? Possibly, the media apparatus and Big Tech censors? Perhaps a Governor or public health official?

Authoritarianism = denotes any political system that concentrates power in the hands of a leader or a small elite that is not constitutionally responsible to the body of the people. Authoritarian leaders often exercise power arbitrarily and without regard to existing bodies of law, and they usually cannot be replaced by citizens choosing freely among various competitors in elections. The freedom to create opposition political parties or other alternative political groupings with which to compete for power with the ruling group is either limited or nonexistent in authoritarian regimes.

Did the 2020 Presidential election or Georgia Senate runoff election come to mind? How about the new Congressional bills restricting state level voting laws? What about the Democratic plan to limit or remove the filibuster; the essential tool of the the Senate minority, whether 1 person or 50 (in the current tie situation). Do our polling organizations accurately reflect and predict the will of the electorate? Above all, does the media establishment report on the news and allow the free exchange of ideas through the press and social media without bias and censorship.

This is the basis for free and fair elections, necessary to create a representative body reflective of the will of the people, safeguarding the Constitution and following existing laws.

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