The first part of the Blog is a call to action; we must defend Democracy. Then I get into why the Republican Party is willing to accept a dictator as its leader: fear of minorities forming a Socialist State. But that is too simplistic an answer. Some Republicans stood up for Democracy; Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffengregber, certified the presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden while receiving death threats to him and his family.
There is evidence Republicans fear minorities because they are voting in significant numbers. “Texas’s governor removed drop off boxes to suppress the minority vote.1 Ballot Box For 4.7 Million People: Trump Judges Reinstate Texas Limit On Drop-Off Locations.” The reinstatement didn’t last long; the Texas Supreme Court sided with the governor, ruling it was ok to remove the boxes.
Fear of minorities taking over the government and forming a Socialist State is more of a campaign talking point than a real concern for Republicans. Some in the Republican Party crossed the Rubicon after their leader did, and millions of his supporters.
Historically, the American psyche is full of Fascist overtones. The American First Committee was against our involvement in the 2nd World War, Charles Lindbergh, its most popular spokesman. “He became the leading voice of the America First Committee—a group of some 800,000 members that opposed American entry into World War II. Lindbergh spoke at several A.F.C. rallies in 1941. The group was characterized by anti-Semitic, pro-fascist rhetoric, leading some to call Lindbergh a Nazi sympathizer.”
In the attempt to blacklist people during The McCarthyism Era, the F.B.I. spied on Americans to fight Communism; “In 1959, two years after McCarthy’s death, over 400 agents in the F.B.I.’s New York Field Office were assigned to “communism,” and only four to organized crime.”
They are still up to their old tricks, but Domestic Muslim Terrorism has replaced Communism. In 2013 New York F.B.I. agents tried to recruit three Muslim men to spy on other Muslims. They refused for religious reasons; they were harassed at work and put on the No-Fly-List. They sued the F.B.I. and the agents personally. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the men can sue the agents for monetary damages in a unanimous decision; a damming denunciation of the F.B. I.
Historical traits of American Fascism don’t go away quickly. It’s part of the American psyche. It is part of the C.I.A.’s psyche-they tortured people and destroyed the video evidence to avoid prosecution in the name of National Security.
What is needed to manifest an authoritarian leader? A white male senior citizen who lives in The Villages, a Florida Retirement community, shouts White Power in a video that Donald Trump retweeted on his Twitter feed.
Trump’s slogans are not new. Make America Great Again borrowed from the Reagan administration. America First borrowed from the America First Committee, The appeal to white working-class male Americans borrowed from the Nixon Administration-The Silent Majority. Authoritarianism and Fascism ingrained in the American psyche, Donald Trump is the latest manifestation.