Watch a GOP politician still spouting the company line on election fraud–someone deep into the…
Prior to Caesar, Rome was a republic ruled by elected white men. Kind of like America at the dawn of the 21st century. But in Rome during Caesar’s ascension to power, his actions seemed to point to a man making a grab to become emperor of the world. Kind of like America in the early 21st century. Unlike in modern day American, however, the Roman Senators who saw Caesar making this grab for power thought it might turn out to be a bad thing. Unlike modern day Senators who facilitate the movement from a republic to something far less, Roman Senators cared enough about keeping what kind of democracy they possessed to take whatever measures were required.
The Glorious Revolution brought to the throne of England William and Mary and with it the acceptance that the power of the country over which they ruled would rest in the legislative body and not within some idea of an ordained-by-God ruler. Whoever sat on that throne was there not by the ordinance of God, it was to be understood, but by the consent of the people.
Party identification has proven to be the most stable and reliable indicator of voting habits of American voters. This even extends to independents who have never belonged to any party.
Just when Hollywood was on the verge of potentially losing the battle to dominate world cinema due to its commitment to crushing homogeneity of product, Hitler unexpectedly saved the day by sending us the greatest directors and writers of the 1930’s.
The moral absolutists have taken hold of social policy in America. As a result, the road to a stricter authoritarian approach to government has been paved with the loss of concern about real social justice.
The problem with cheering on Charles Bronson on “Death Wish” is that you only need to replace the rape of his wife with another act deemed criminal by the state and suddenly you are cheering on the authoritarian governments of Mao, Pinochet or Saddam Hussein.
The cops on TV ALWAYS get their man and that man is ALWAYS guilty. And here’s the sicker, sadder truth: this has conditioned Americans to expect that the same applies in real life. And here is where it gets sickest and saddest: we are okay with cops beating up guilty people. After all, they deserve it.