Paul Rosenberg delves into the role of pathology when tyranny overtakes democracy. The insights are worth your reading time. Rosenberg cites primarily two experts. I found the details of how bullies, narcissists, paranoids and psychopaths rise up to enable tyranny especially enlightening. Impeachment is tangential to his article.
Although disordered individuals aren’t the primary underlying cause of democratic erosion, they exploit it ruthlessly and are the primary vectors in spreading chaos, turning rising tensions into unmanageable runaway conflicts,...
We are now a country where war criminals are pardoned and celebrated while innocent children are kept in cages, and this is considered normal.
The corporate ownership of the media, the purpose of which is to sell ads and generate profits, makes it a natural ally of the political powers that be, with a compromised regard for truth and morality. [emphasis mine]
During my research for “Disordered Minds,” one of the common features that emerged from studying the regimes of Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao was how violent thugs played a critical role at a local level in securing and maintaining each of these regime’s hold on power.
Historian Frank Dikotter, for example, quotes one village resident recalling how during Mao’s violent collectivization of agriculture in China: “All the scamps and the village bullies, who had not done a stroke of honest work in their life, suddenly blossomed forth as the accredited members of the Communist Party."
History shows that the dismantling of democracy by an autocrat is not an end in itself. Rather, it is the precondition that allows the tyrant to violently impose his narcissistic vision upon society. … we may find out, to our cost, what the narcissistic fantasy of Donald J Trump, really is.
Thinking processes get blurred. Just yesterday I was talking to 2 men about Trump and impeachment. They appeared to agree with every word I said but one of them just did not understand why nobody is producing any evidence.
Last week a young man of 23 told me a similar thing in that he understands all of it but thinks we are using long outdated standards in trying to hold Trump accountable. Of course, he has no answer when you reply with words where you offer Trump transparency and simply let him do what he wants to do.
I see a problem here where many would go along with a dictatorship just as long as they felt safe or could remain in power. Many appear to feel like it is OK to take away their benefits because they do not deserve them in the first place. An ongoing excuse for people like Trump is that we are a Republic and not a Democracy. The current GOP wants to say the rest of us are haters but it is Trump supporters who have let things slip and one in Florida said "Trump is not hurting all the people that he should be hurting."
Why would anyone think that we should be hurting people?
Well put, Michael. "... just did not understand why nobody is producing any evidence." AAgh! That business about outdated standards also sounds like a FOX talking point. "... many would go along with a dictatorship just as long as they felt safe or could remain in power." Yeah, they don't expect that living in a dictatorship would be so different for them personally than democracy. I'm sure that was the perspective shared by Hitler's early supporters too. A lot of people don't "get" at the gut level how daily life in a fear and violence based corrupt government system will make them unsafe and terrified.