• Fear: The End of America is Near, Journalists Say

    May 2, 2024

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    Posted in: Democracy, Trump

    Take a dip in the murky waters of recent Trump Apocalypse journalism — it says there’s gonna be a civil war and dictatorship. But don’t worry, it’s just the politics of fear.

    In a scary article subtitled “Donald Trump is warning that 2024 could be America’s last election,” The National Review alerts us if Trump wins America is pretty much done being a democracy. “If we don’t win on November 5, I think our country is going to cease to exist. It could be the last election we ever have. I actually mean that,” Trump said out loud, so it could not be hyperbole, busting the chops of the mass media like a smart-aleck guy from Queens might do, or throwing red meat to his unwashed supporters like a wily candidate might do. And of course Trump lost in 2020 and the democracy muddled on.

    After that in The National Review you get the standard A.I.-generated list of bad Things Trump has said: “He has claimed that he wants to be a dictator, but only on ‘day one,’ and plans to install his legal allies at all levels of government. And his Cabinet? It’s sure to be full of ideologues, immigration hard-liners, and outright fascists. Even conservative judges claim he’ll shred the legal system… It might not be a stretch to suggest that Trump could plan another January 6–type event if he loses. After all, only months prior to the Capitol insurrection, he urged the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’ on a debate stage.”

    In a recent The New Republic, one writer imagined possible election outcomes, concluding “The election cycle either ends in chaos and violence, balkanization, or a descent into a modern theocratic fascist dystopia.”

    And what politics of fear round-up of Trump Terror Titillation would be complete without his misquoted out-of-context quote “Now if I don’t get elected, it’s gonna be a bloodbath for the whole—that’s gonna be the least of it. It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country.” Somewhere after that comes a mention of how our system of bypassing the popular vote in favor of the Electoral College (in place some 230 years) is undemocratic even if it has resulted in a democracy each and every time it has been used.

    Then there are the Christian nationalists, who are supposedly increasingly calling for “dual sovereignty” and implementation of “a Scripture-based system of government whereby Christ-ordained ‘civil magistrates’ exercise authority over the American public” according to a manifesto made public. The result is a United States that is one country in name only. “Christian Nationalism” is supposedly a priority for a second Trump term. This is quite an ambitious goal for Trump, given that the only lasting social policy he is remembered for (Dobbs) came from the Supreme Court, acting in a standard democratic matter, not any Trump-sponsored legislation or dictaat.

    Speaking of democracy being used to destroy democracy, Trump Apocalyptic writers do love less-well-known Constitutional passages like the Twelfth Amendment. This starts with the Speaker of the House refusing to certify election results which show a Biden victory. Then the Twelfth Amendment kicks in to decide the election. This lets the House of Representatives—the one elected in November which might be majority or even overwhelmingly Republican — determine the outcome, with each state getting one vote. If things don’t work out for Trump this way, then J6 x 100, yadda yadda.

    And they do love invoking the Insurrection Act, something Trump actually never did in his four years. “If this results in fatalities and mass detentions,” says The National Review, “it will exacerbate the situation, leading to many people on both the left and right concluding violence is the only viable option for change, resistance, or as a response to resistance.” The New Republic believes “Right-wing elements have long been itching to use violence to put ‘those people’ in their place” so watch out when you take the dog out for a walk.

    And most of that is horror tales if Trump loses, or gerrymanders a win. What if he actually wins outright and overwhelmingly (aka “the will of the people” but oh, never mind…)?

    The New Republic leads again, stating “Trump will absolutely let his team attempt to implement Christian nationalism across the U.S. and use every means available to achieve its vision of an America with no immigrants, no trans people, no Muslims, no abortion, no birth control, Russian-style ‘Don’t Say Gay laws,’ license to discriminate based on religion, and all government education funding going to religious schools. Blue states will try to resist this and invoke the same states’ rights and ‘dual sovereignty’ arguments, but it’s unlikely they will succeed due to conservative bias on the Supreme Court and the Trump administration’s willingness to blow off court rulings it doesn’t like. If Trump goes straight to a massacre via the Insurrection Act, civil war is on the table. If Trump manages to bring blue states to heel via legal means, and resistance is insufficient to compel blue state governors to refuse to comply, then we end up with fascist, theocratic, hereditary dictatorship.”

    In short, says the Washington Post, “a Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”

    Whew. Once you step across the line into writing about Trump dictatorships and Christian nationalism as living, breathing threats, things get pretty crazy pretty fast. Why is this?

    Occam’s Razor says this is all hullaballoo, pure malarkey, with tabloid-jealous writers doing it for the most clicks and dopamine hits, trying to outdo one another trying to whip up fear of Trump. It is good for business, and very easy to do. Freed from the old-school journalism restraints of having to muster facts to support opinions, anything — including imagining a civil war — is possible.

    A second possibility is the journalists who write articles such as these are an extreme edge of a broader Democratic strategy of scaring people into not voting for Trump. Scare votes have long been a popular strategy, from the racist propaganda in post-bellum South about protecting against politicians who would integrate society, to the famous Lyndon Johnson “daisy petals” commercial calling out his opponent as a nuclear monster ready to start WWIII, to Willie Horton, and of course to 2016’s “Trump is a Russian Spy.” The current spate of articles have all the hallmarks of traditional fear politics, with a particularly heavy dose of “Framing the Opposition.” Political ads often frame opponents as dangerous or unfit for office, playing on fears of what might happen if they were to gain power. This can be seen as a desperate move, given how they contribute to a climate of distrust and polarization within society.

    To be fair, lastly it is possible that the writers actually believe what they are writing, that we are steps away from the apocalypse of democracy. But you don’t believe that, do you?

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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The third possibility is Diapers is in advanced cognitive decline and unqualified to hold office. You do believe that, don’t you?

      05/2/24 7:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Sign of the End Time

      Trump told “Time” reporter Eric Cortellessa of his desire to “pardon January 6 insurrectionists, deploy the National Guard in American cities at will, give police immunity from prosecution, close the White House office responsible for pandemic preparedness, and permit red states to monitor women’s pregnancies and prosecute abortion ban violators.”

      The only saving grace is Diapers is a pathological liar. He really won’t do any of this. It is the stuff left unsaid that should concern US.

      Diapers is untethered from reality, swarming in lies, absorbed by grievance, unable to grapple with policy nuance. While he would have enjoyed the gallows humor in seeing Mikey Pence pay the price on Jan 6 for his disloyalty, it is Diapers’ disloyalty that will hang him in the end. Justice: Give the guy enough rope.

      05/3/24 11:39 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I’ll assume many intellectuals welcome the purported looming end of Democracy in THE 2024 POTUS election. I have an intense fear of majority rule where the uninformed or misinformed and uninformed can vote with one requisite- they must be 21 and registered.

      05/3/24 7:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      A wise man once said peoples gets the government they deserve. When you elect an orange clown, expect a circus.

      Trump is a Carny in the truest form. He made a career out of entertaining and then robbing the townies. The Trump circus will end when he gets shot out by Cannon.

      05/4/24 7:33 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “The end of America is near”, says the orange jumpsuit clown from Queens.

      Fearing the Biden Gestapo is about to send his fat ass to jail, Diapers just shit himself. Diapers fears he will get the “Jeff Epstein” if he doesn’t get the hung jury verdict. It would be ironic if Mikey Pence replaces Diapers at the Convention. None of Diapers VP candidates pass the smell test.

      05/6/24 1:46 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Fear: The End of Diapers is Near, Majority of Women Voters Say

      While Diapers exaggerates (lies) about his support by women voters, his political career will be aborted by women if you believe polls.

      Polls show that the proportion of women who plan to vote for Trump in November is less than the proportion who voted for him in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, experts told Newsweek Trump’s views on abortion and his recent legal cases involving women will impact voter behavior on polling day.

      Biden 58%, Trump 36%

      05/7/24 10:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Donald Trump’s Erection Act

      Diapers said Stormy reminds him of his daughter.

      MAGA thinks incest is okay?

      05/7/24 1:20 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      PVB: I have a whimsical hunch: If the Democrats somehow lose the 2024 POTUS election they may wreck more revenge and create more divisive social chaos than what an enraged Trump could have engendered after a loss.

      05/9/24 10:43 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Former Spanish soccer federation chief Luis Rubiales will stand trial for his unsolicited kiss of national soccer player Jennifer Hermoso, after a High Court judge in Madrid accepted the case, the court said on Wednesday. Rubiales faces one count of sexual assault and one of coercion for his alleged actions following the kiss, which occurred after Spain’s World Cup victory last year. Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison term of one year and 18 months respectively for the offenses, or a total of two years and six months.

      What would he get if he did what a sickfuck did to Ms. Carroll?

      05/9/24 10:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      When an individual is mentioned by another name more than twenty times in a court setting, his name will be considered legally changed by law. Henceforth, the person in question shall be named Donald J. Trump aka the ORANGE TURD. Please change your Google Autocorrect setting to reflect this change.

      05/10/24 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: I think you missed making a point about how clueless Trump is. He became all hornyized over Ms. Carroll- a FSO (female shaped object) who has no erotic interest in males. But heck Bill Cosby was similarly clueless in his determination to get a lesbian basketball coach at Temple to succumb to his advances even under a drugged state.

      05/10/24 2:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Thought Cosby in I Spy was the coolest dude ever. Either he fooled everybody back then or something bad happened to him after that role to make him a rapist.

      Trump the ORANGE TURD has always been a creep. Treated all women like SHIT and even Raped his wife Ivana.

      The millions of FAKE CHRISTIANS who support the ORANGE TURD rapist are hypocrites. They aren’t clueless. None are so blind who will not see.

      05/11/24 12:01 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer:
      If anyone would have known about a possible dark side to Cosby Robert Culp would have had the opportunity. Culp had nothing but praise and professional admiration for Cosby.

      05/11/24 2:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      Dont be surprised when THE ORANGE TURD picks Cosby as his VP. MAGGOTS believe the Big Lie, so they will believe Cosby.

      05/12/24 2:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “To be fair, lastly it is possible that the writers actually believe what they are writing, that we are steps away from the apocalypse of democracy. But you don’t believe that, do you?”

      Well, do tell US, Peter. The majority of Repug voters still believe the Trump 2020 election was stolen, nevermind all the other Repug winners didn’t make that claim. My stance has been the majority of Repug voters are bullshitters who lie to pollsters. If they really believed the election was stolen, then they participated in the apocalypse of democracy. They didn’t have the guts to defend it.

      05/12/24 7:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The Magic Christian Sequel: Fake Christians

      “Fake Christians” picks up where “The Magic Christian” ended: moral degenerates will do anything for money. Starring Moral Majority freaks including Lindsey Graham, Billy Graham’s degenerate son Franklin and a host of other pathetic creatures who profess to be Christians. Donnie Diapers carries the torch for Guy Grand and entices his moral degenerate followers to debase themselves and their haha Christian values to receive political favors.

      05/13/24 10:09 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Diapers: There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat. I’m not first or smart.

      05/14/24 1:40 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Diapers’ lawyers requested a mistrial today, claiming THE ORANGE TURD could not stay awake and assist in his defense. The judge was unmoved and declared Diapers asleep probably helped him avoid contempt of court. Diapers should get as much sleep as he can. He won’t be able to sleep at night in prison. Jeff Epstein made that mistake.

      05/14/24 6:36 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      To avoid the consequences of a margin call: Easy- become POTUS in 2024.

      05/14/24 9:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Donnie Diapers says Hannibal Lecter was a great man. Of course Diapers was a much more dangerous mass murderer.

      05/14/24 10:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “ lastly it is possible that the writers actually believe what they are writing, that we are steps away from the apocalypse of democracy. But you don’t believe that, do you?”

      Peter, man you got to stop writing AMCon fiction. If you ever studied the history of this country, you would have read democracy was killed long ago. This country sent 60,000 soldiers to their deaths in Vietnam because of idiots who sent them should have known better. Plus, 300,00 veterans eventually died from exposure to carcinogenic Agent Orange.

      Democracy. You don’t believe that, do you ?

      05/18/24 2:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Over 360,000 US lives lost due to the Vietnam Apocalypse Now “war” lies. For comparison, in World War 2 total U.S. Deaths were 405,399.

      05/19/24 3:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Dems should give Donnie Diapers some credit. He is a lousy liar but he ain’t stupid. While he lied outside of court about testifying in court today, he knew his lies in court would send his fat ass to prison for perjury. But then Prison didn’t stop Hitler. His thinks Diapers is fit for office because he has the Reich Stuff.

      05/21/24 1:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If Peter started screaming the FBI is out to kill him, would that make him a paranoid lunatic or just another Republican grifter trying to scam other paranoid lunatics?

      05/22/24 3:02 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      If PVB isn’t aware that both political tribes are capable of historic social turmoil then he’s been too long in the sun. I fear what the Democrats can engender in both cases- winners or losers. The MAGA crowd is ignorant and misguided but both those attributes can only result in a limited amount of do harm. It is always the educated elites holding themselves in high regard who can do astounding damage to our admittedly flawed state of human affairs not the clueless proles.

      05/22/24 5:52 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: America’s founding polytheism – Christianity, Democracy and Capitalism. We went monotheism very quickly. Two of those deities were demoted. Care to guess which one now rules?

      05/22/24 7:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      JP,

      There is nothing to fear than FEAR itself. But in the case of Faux News, that’s their whole business model. And yes, the answer you are looking for is Capitalism, which is the strong preying on the fearful.

      05/23/24 6:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If Peter’s fears are realized and the Biden Commies locked and loaded attack Maralongo, will Diapers take the coward’s way out and Epstein himself? Imagine if he took the Jim Jones suicide pill way out and tried to convince Melania to go with him, she would probably tell him, “You first.”

      05/23/24 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Assuming the FBI Swats really failed to take out the Don and his goons in Maralongo and didn’t even know he wasn’t home, how can we trust the FBI to carry out its mission of NATIONAL SECURITY? The likely explanation was the CIA once again gave the FBI bad information. Didnt the CIA know the DON had kept hundreds of TOP SECRET SCI documents under his bed and then transported them to his Florida dump? What else don’t these Keystone Kop not know? Get GYM Jordan on the phone. This needs investigating. Unless Gym Jordan is part of …. Get Marge Green on the phone. Marge, you are our only hope.

      05/24/24 10:31 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Fear and Loathing in Amerika

      You really aren’t going to like this, but Donnie Diapers should be remembered as the Greatest Presidense there ever was. When we all feared the China virus threatened to kill US, much less the world(as if we cared), he single-handedly kickstarted Operation Warpspeed to get those lazy pharma clowns to develop a vaccine, while also calming US the fuck down as he understood fear was just as deadly.

      Looking back on the million deaths the China virus caused in Amerika, mistakes were made, but not by Diapers. Hell, he even intentionally got infected just to prove he was stronger than any Chinese bug. Fear? That’s China’s problem Their economy is still in its death spiral.

      As to the politics of COVID, Diapers understood at the end of the day, people cared more about the economy than the deaths, given people complain about what went wrong during COVID, they talk about business closures, travel restrictions, remote schooling, and sometimes having to wear masks in public parks. They never talk about the 1 million Americans who died from COVID during the pandemic.

      Trump understood that the living do not care about the dead. After Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, one would think it was a given.

      05/25/24 6:35 PM | Comment Link

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