Glimpses of Authoritarianism: Part 2

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Yesterday, we examined the terms authoritarian /authoritarianism and looked at relationships to America in 2021. If you missed the article, read here:

The U.S. – Canada border is the longest international boundary at 5525 miles. Canada is a strong military ally and one of America’s largest trading partners. Biden’s first bilateral meeting was with Canada’s Prime Minister and both praise each other’s leadership. One thing we don’t want to share with Canada is their recent move to create what Tucker Carlson notes are essentially “internment camps”.

These facilities are mandatory centers for Canadian citizens returning to Canada and testing positive for covid. Self-styled “government designated facilities” are quarantined hotels with shortages of supplies and severe restrictions. Meanwhile, Canada plans to admit 400,000 immigrants / refugees this year with no forced quarantine. When the citizens have no say and the government imposes restrictions on citizens without regard for their freedoms, what type of government exists?

Voting laws aim to limit the role of states in elections. The reports on the undemocratic, For the People Act, H.R. 1 which would impact state-run elections.

Generally, the bill squashes states’ attempts to bolster election security (by outlawing voter IDs or ballot harvesting, for example) and mandates numerous activities designed to enhance turnout among Democratic voters, such as automatic voter registration and expanding mail-in and early voting. HR1 also takes the critical job of redistricting away from state legislatures and dictates a new approach that will almost certainly benefit Democrats, of course.

Passage of this bill would take away the ability of the citizens of a state to make their own decision about redistricting, state-level measures and local control of elections. Constitutional challenges are sure to follow. History may guide us with a clear example of authoritarianism sponsoring free and fair elections:

Saddam ‘wins 100% of vote’

Iraqi officials say President Saddam Hussein has won 100% backing in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years. There were 11,445,638 eligible voters – and every one of them voted for the president, according to Izzat Ibrahim, Vice-Chairman of Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council. The government insists the count was fair and accurate. BBC News 16 October, 2002

U.S. elections must engender public support and trust that their vote will count and their design is fair to all parties involved. One party control through institutional changes or demographic shifts would create single party control as is and was common in all socialist, communist and authoritarian governments. Dissent and choice are paramount to the continuation of a republic and the basis of representative democracy.

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Pelosi as Speaker of the House, recently asserted she can unseat Representatives at will. In the recent case of Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, who beat her Democrat opponent by 6 votes, Pelosi said,

“Now, if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa, because that was my right on the opening day. I would have just said, ‘They’re not seated.’ And that would have been my right as speaker to do.” -NY Post

While Pelosi did not ultimately interfere with the House seat, her belief that she can single-handedly decide who is seated in the U.S. House (and not the voters of that Congressional district) is concerning. As we posited yesterday, these examples are typically cloaked or manipulated in the mainstream media. As we face a White House willing to overuse Executive Orders and spread disinformation on everything from vaccinations and masks to voter suppression and systemic racism, the propaganda machine of the Nazis under Hitler comes to mind. Make sure to subscribe for an upcoming article in which we examine the Nazi propaganda machine and examine the role of Big Tech and the media today.

Until then, check our recent podcast and get ready for a new episode this Friday.

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