Be forewarned that I am feeling compelled to express what weighs most heavily on my mind right now with thoughts on the future of our nation. Of special interest presently, as I cast my ballot and others vote across the U.S.A., is my concern our current nation's leader seems to be continuing to betray our constitutional capitalistic democratic republic. We would be wise to remember his words and actions the past four years have gradually, chaotically bit by bit seemed to be systematically designed to destroy our trust in our government.
His goal appears to have been to alter our governmental system into what could be described as a capitalistic theocratic autocracy.
Capitalistic because of his strong emphasis on money, but largely for the benefit of himself and an oligarchy of a select number of the most wealthy supporting him, but not the majority of our citizens.
Theocratic because he panders to a religious extremist minority-in-number dedicated to forcing their protestant social beliefs on everybody rather than living in a society tolerant of others that also permits them to practice their own views.
Autocracy because he chooses to dictate everything to everybody, diminishing or eliminating the power of our other branches of government -- legislative, judicial and condemning anyone questioning him including in the fourth estate -- our free press.
Our government system will cease to exist as will freedom for anyone who might think or speak differently from him given his intolerance.
We would be wise to ask ourselves if our President is betraying or violating his oath of office to defend the intent of the country's founders and our constitutional democratic republic.
Is he placing our nation's citizens at risk of losing our democratic republic as one of the founders, Benjamin Franklin cautioned -- "if we could keep it"? When asked "And why not keep it?" Franklin responded, "Because the people, on tasting the dish, are always disposed to eat more of it than does them good." So it is we could lose the freedoms our founders gave us.
While our current leader claims to care about all of the people, quite obviously that is just one more of his documented thousands of lies. What is really alarming to me is how many people supporting him apparently do not realize what he is doing or don't care.
Our leader is aided by this backing of the political party he hijacked whose members have failed to learn any of the twenty lessons from the twentieth century Timothy Snyder describes in a few hours of easy-read layman's language in his small paperback book "On Tyranny":
"Timothy Snyder reasons with unparalleled clarity, throwing the past and future into sharp relief. He has written the rare kind of book that can be read in one sitting but will keep you coming back to help regain your bearings."
This book description is by Masha Gessen who eloquently predicted four years ago what to expect from our new leader then -- it has and is occurring. Gessen also described how to survive based on experience as a citizen reporter in Russia ultimately perilously dissenting with leadership there before needing to come here and having dual citizenship with the U.S. now.
A recent Guardian interview includes this statement from Gessen, "I never thought I'd say it, but Trump is worse than Putin". Gessen went on to say, "in order to actually survive Trump's attempt at autocracy we have to give up the idea of some imaginary pre-Trumpian normalcy and commit to reinvention. And that is really what these protests are about."
Trump defies a basic democratic tenet by refusing to state he may not relinquish the office of the President if he is determined not to have been reelected. This from a person who is in office now having received less than the majority of popular votes in 2016. He suggests resolution of the 2020 election winner may end up being decided by our Supreme Court, apparently in expectation they will decide in his favor.
I can't help wondering if an earlier election in 2000 with Florida's hanging chads was erroneously given to a Presidential candidate that actually lost the election when our Supreme Court was injected into that process, then chose to decide who would be our President. The consequences of that decision in subsequent years have been profound in our country and the world.
Preventing a stolen election in 2020 is critical but may not be easy since the Republican Party with the U.S. Senate leader seem complicit in allowing the loss of our democracy as does the Attorney General. They think they control their President who has seduced them by establishing several of their ideological goals, but when unable to prevent potential takeover if he is reelected, they will find in the following years they've given away our and their democracy and freedoms.
The Republicans have been taken over by a minority-in-number faction of their once proud political party backed by private ultra-wealthy forces but fronted by those claiming to be representative of ordinary people under the guise of the Tea Party nomenclature intended to misleadingly imply a connection to a historical American event. Reference: Dark Money.
The Supreme Court may be a wild card presently but there is ample reason to be concerned their allegiance for constitutional interpretation will fall on the side of big money, just as it did when they basically concluded corporations were people, unleashing corrupting monies into political campaigns. The pending appointment replacement for Associate Justice Ginsburg is another factor. Reference: 'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie -- "How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent."
We citizens must be ever vigilant in order to preserve our freedoms and rights best achieved with our current system of government, not an autocracy led by a dictator. We must educate ourselves and vote at every election level. We do need to continue progress toward healthcare as a human right, equality for all, and a more equitable distribution of wealth. Along the way, we better take action to preserve this planet on which we live or eventually for future generations nothing else will matter.