What it feels like to live in a dictatorship

The primary feeling is helplessness: the realization that there is nothing you can do about it. The system of checks and balances, principles envisioned by the American founders embedded in the US constitution no longer work as intended. The conservative majority of the US Supreme Court abdicated its responsibility to reign in an out of control president. When the legislative branch through its subpoena power tried to exercise its oversight authority and the executive branch refused to cooperate the Supreme Court sat on its hands and did nothing. So as a citizen who is experiencing this phenomena (yesterday president Trump removed the acting inspector general at the defense department who oversees the 2 trillion dollar pandemic fund; on April 4, he fired the inspector general for the intelligence community who reported the whistleblower complaint that led to his impeachment) it feels like a dictatorship, and the feeling I associate with someone who exercises absolute power is helplessness, that there is nothing I can do to stop this man. He really can do whatever he wants to whomever he wants whenever he wants and there is nothing anyone can do to stop him no matter how egregious his actions.

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