Over the many decades of the American democracy, we could be secure in the narrative running in our heads that while other countries around the world were vulnerable to becoming authoritarian states, that would not happen in the United States.

After 250 years, the election of Donald J. Trump changed that. Now, we must sadly and tragically recognize that we are no longer exceptional, that we harbor the same fatal flaws as the rest of the world. Flaws that can destroy our precious democracy and put in its place an authoritarian government headed by a strongman.

H. Bishop Dansby

Keezletown

(62) comments

freeride

Joe Biden and co. now sending abrams tanks to dictator Zelenskyy...so much for the party of peace and negotiation. Someone tell me how 31 tanks is going to help in a war against a super power? The only ones benefiting from that exchange are the tank builders, those who own stock with the tank builders, and MIC. I wonder whats next on the list for to continue the slaughter in Ukraine?

LVW

free: The Russia/Ukraine situation is a tough one. On the one hand, it's no good to sit back and just let Putin's expansion/aggression happen ... appeasement doesn't have a good track record. On the other hand, at what point is enough enough? (How many billions have we already committed and how many hundreds of thousands have already died?) People who seem to know think Putin is relying on the west growing tired and eventually cutting off support for Ukraine, which will then allow Putin to further his twisted goal of reforming the old Soviet Union, which would not be in our best interest.

billnonymous

Trump's 'America First' energy policies had Putin's economy on the brink of collapse with no ability to fund a war. Do you remember when Putin invaded countries while Trump was president? Yeah, me neither!

If Trump was still president, there would be no war in Ukraine today and no need for endless billions in taxpayer money to be sent there, most of it being stolen and laundered by crooked government officials.

LVW

You are confusing correlation with causation, and making unjustified predictions about what would have been.

billnonymous

That's not a prediction, that's a stone cold fact. You know it, too. But I get how you need to spin it to make it seem like it might not be true.

How many countries did Putin invade while Trump was president? How about under Obama? Under Biden? Notice the difference in totals?

LVW

Your wishful thinking about your idol Trump is not fact. Again, correlation vs causation; learn about it. Sure, maybe Putin wouldn't have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president. But maybe he would have, and Trump wouldn't have done anything about it, either because he was pissed at Zelynskyy for not giving him dirt on Biden or because he was too busy stroking his buddy Putin. Either way, you don't know, so I am not the one being swayed by politics.

billnonymous

He's not my idol, he simply was my only option other than Hillary Clinton. His record stands on its own and that record includes the fact that Putin didn't even think of invading any other country while Trump was president and Trump's policies put Putin's economy on the brink of collapse. Your idols, Sloppy Joe Biden and Dopebama, can only claim the **exact opposite** of that. For you to call Putin Trump's buddy only shows just how brainwashed you are by the fake news media. But that's not a surprise to me, you make that point clear in most of your musings.

LVW

I'm not the one making stuff up. It's easy to find a treasure trove of pro-Putin quotes by Il Trumpino. But it's easy to get Trump to say nice things about you: just flatter him, like Putin did. (Just like it's easy to get Trump to call you names: just criticize him in any way. The guy is like an insecure child.) And I am not a Biden fan.

billnonymous

The fact that Putin did not invade Ukraine while Trump was president is not making stuff up. That's a fact. Putin did invade and annex Crimea when Dopebama was president and Putin did invade Ukraine while Sloppy Joe was president. Facts. Remember when Dopebama sent blankets to Ukraine?

"One cannot win a war with blankets," Ukrainian President Poroshenko to US Congress.

sammy708

Come on Billy…..If Trump was still President, “ there would be no crime- there would be no national debt- there would be no hate- BlahBlahBlah”. Trump is nothing but a failed clown and a criminal! I know you agree.

billnonymous

I didn’t say anything about crime or debt, that’s just you putting words in my mouth and calling me out for them, cheap manure that falls flat with me, as usual. I said that Putin would not have invaded Ukraine and even you and the other bozo knows it’s true. Like most fake news brainwashed simpletons, you bleat out like a good sheep that Trump is a criminal, but none of you zeroes can name one crime.

coolmtnman

What ever happened to the tea bag party??? Make sure you get your traitor cards before they go on sale for 5 bucks

DeftCurmudgeon

I think you're the only one getting "tea bagged" here... :)

Donald

While splitting some firewood this evening I began reminiscing about a time before the Deep State regained control of the White House and resumed its long ongoing agenda; a time when we were not being shoved closer and closer to a hot war and a possible nuclear boo-boo with Russia; a time when Little Kim wasn’t launching missiles all over the place; a time when China wasn’t getting all hinky over Taiwan (Formosa, to some). It seems to be a time that passed in a twinkling. But then, I am reminded:

Each evening, from December to December,

Before you drift to sleep upon your cot,

Think back on all the tales that you remember

Of Trumpelot.

Ask ev'ry person if he's heard the story,

And tell it strong and clear if he has not,

That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory

Called Trumpelot.

Trumpelot! Trumpelot!

Now say it out with pride and joy!

TOM:

Trumpelot! Trumpelot!

ARTHUR:

Yes, Trumpelot, my boy!

Where once it never rained till after sundown,

By eight a.m. the morning fog had flown...

Don't let it be forgot

That once there was a spot

For one brief shining moment that was known

As Trumpelot. [cool][beam][beam][innocent][whistling]

R B Tate

I'm gonna go way out on a limb, and predict that the fella who wrote the letter will not be amused. [smile]

DeftCurmudgeon

Amen... :)

Donald

I forgot to provide an attribution: The song is, with a one-word change, from the musical “Camelot”.

freeride

[thumbup][beam]

billnonymous

bravo, sir, bravo!

freeride

Donald Trump changed a lot of things in 4 years...mostly for the good. The one thing he did do and probably the most important was expose the Democrat party for what it really is. The Democrat party is the most corrupt and dangerous party in America they have lied to the American people, used minorities to divide, used women to divide, promoted perversion in our public schools, infiltrated our media using them to push an anti America agenda, demonized parents, calling them terrorists for standing against indoctrination of their children, used the slaughter of unborn children to divide, lied about climate change to divide, used a pandemic to divide, and the list continues. You would have to be a blind sheep to continue following this obviously corrupt and evil party. DJT and his persecution was a big eye opener to true Americans on how the Democrats will lie and cheat to destroy anyone who stands in their way....even using our DOJ and cowards like Merrick Garland to accomplish their agenda.

DeftCurmudgeon

Yup.

hbdansby

Free ride, this is just sad.

DeftCurmudgeon

You're "sad" because it's all true... :)

freeride

hbdansby, ? the article you wrote? Yes I agree!

skdee

Well said!! Every word is absolutely true. And yet 40-40% of the country say they will vote for demented joe again. Scary.

LVW

free: If that's what you think, no wonder you don't like Democrats! But your summary is not accurate. C'mon man!

freeride

LVW, I don't like Democrat policies that have caused so much divide in this country..unlike the reason Democrats hate DJT. The Democrats targeted DJT not because of bad policy but because he is a bit arrogant and had lots of money. I think many Democrats jumped on the band wagon against Trump because their fear of peer pressure and being shunned by friends was more than they could bare.

hbdansby

There is no justification for supporting or liking a Trump-like figure in any context.

NotWoke

As expected, your letter is name calling without any example to back up your accusations. Historically, authoritarian leaders have ALWAYS disarmed the population. DJT was firmly 2A, and protected gun rights. How exactly was he an authoritarian?

DeftCurmudgeon

Bish is an inveterate liar, spin doctor and just another one of the Trump deranged ignorati here.

At least he's good for a laugh on occasion.

hbdansby

Well, I doubt that I am a liar, so you might want to reinterpret on the assumption that I am NOT a liar. That might lead to a change in life.

DeftCurmudgeon

If you promulgated the "Russian collusion" hoax for -years- despite it being a complete fiction you are indeed a liar.

Here's your sign.

billnonymous

You can doubt it all you want, but every single claim you have ever made in here about climate change has been a big, fat, lie. Every one.

hbdansby

For one, failing to concede a change in power, thus wanting to continue in power indefinitely, like Putin or the Chinese president.

DeftCurmudgeon

Weak deflection noted.

And a stolen election should never be conceded.

FJB.

billnonymous

If Trump failed to concede to a change in power then why do we have a clueless, dementia addled, blundering, word salad spewing, border ignoring, illegal alien shipping, oil reserve draining, troop withdrawal botching, military weapon abandoning, child castration supporting, SCIF level document stealing, classified information divulging, war mongering buffoon in the White House right now?

hbdansby

Isn't this more "what about-ism"?

billnonymous

no it is not, you senile old phart.

coolmtnman

Classified files have been found at ex-US Vice-President Mike Pence's home in the latest discovery of secret papers at the homes of officials who have served in the top ranks of government.

The documents, discovered by a lawyer last week for Mr Pence at his Indiana home, have been handed over to the FBI.

Investigators are already looking into President Joe Biden and ex-President Donald Trump's possession of files.

Mr Trump faces a criminal investigation for allegedly mishandling papers.

Representatives for Mr Pence sent a letter to the National Archives alerting them to the documents.

The FBI came to the former vice-president's home to collect the documents, bypassing "standard procedures" and requesting "direct possession" of them, lawyers added in a separate letter.

Under the Presidential Records Act, White House records are supposed to go to the National Archives once an administration ends. Regulations require such files to be stored securely.

posumcop

Yet mysteriously we have no word on the documents at the Obama compounds being moved on a pallet in the middle of the night......

freeride

Biden had classified documents strewn all over the place for over 10 years....not any of them were in a secure place and apparently Hunter used them as collateral in getting high paying jobs and $$$ from Ukraine, Russia, and China. 10% of the money Hunter stole went to his father the "Big Guy" and we all thought Joe and Hunter were nice people.....come on man!

coolmtnman

Police say Abigail Zwerner, 25, was shot by a student in her class as she was teaching at Richneck Elementary School. Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly characterized the shooting as “intentional,” saying the boy had the gun “on his person,” aimed the gun at Zwerner and fired one round, striking her in the hand and chest.

Zwerner was hospitalized for nearly two weeks but has been released and is continuing her recovery on an outpatient basis, a hospital spokesperson said."guns save lives" is the best they can come up with for not having any gun laws

posumcop

There is a reason that the nickname for Newport news is "Bad News."

freeride

doofusmtnman....dang that pistol just jumped in that kids backpack on its own and then jumped in that kids hand, aimed and squeezed it's own trigger. Bad gun......

billnonymous

enough with your off topic cut and pasting already, muppet

billnonymous

proof that TDS is incurable.

hbdansby

You should probably examine why you never caught TDS. But, then, you don't come across as someone who would engage in self examination.

billnonymous

Because I'm not an senile old phart who has been brainwashed by a fake news media for several decades. If you did even a shred of serious self-examination, you'd realize you've been played for a fool. Further self-examination would reveal that is because you were a fool the entire time.

DeftCurmudgeon

Resident Xiden and his family have enriched themselves at the expense of the American public for decades yet Bish is still laser focused on Trump.

Even though everything Trump was accused of the last 6 years turned out to be a complete fabrication (one of the FBI's "collusion" investigators turned out to be colluding with the Russians himself), the Trump deranged kooks just can't let it go.

Too funny... :)

LVW

My new favorite Trump story: Donald Trump declares himself winner of his own club championship. At the 2-day, senior club championship at Trump International in FL, Trump "won" even though he didn't play the first day. How, you ask? He used his score from a non-tournament round from earlier in the week! (Just FYI for non-golfers, this is outrageous. A social round is far different from a tournament round. Bobby Jones is know for saying there is golf and there is tournament golf, and they are not alike.)

But for Trump, it's all about Trump. Whatever it takes to "win."

Sane Man

Leonard has crawled out of his den from hibernation with a severe case of TDS. Are things slow in the math department there at JMU, or is knot theory becoming boring?

LVW

Hey, look who's back. Still taking pot shots from the cowardly shadows of anonymity, I see. No TDS here; just stating Trump's latest unethical act (in a game of integrity, no less).

Sane Man

Hey Leonard, that was funny. If I live in the "cowardly shadows of anonymity," then most of here do as well, including you. [wink]

LVW

Thank you. I think things would be more civil on here if people posted under their real names. I talk to plenty of conservatives -- golf courses are not exactly liberal playgrounds -- and we get along fine even when we disagree because we know each other as people. But on here, things get nasty in a hurry. It's a shame, really.

posumcop

Dansbyman...we have always had "the same fatal flaws as the rest of the world. Flaws that can destroy our precious democracy and put in its place an authoritarian government headed by a strongman." Take Joe "Brandon" Biden for example...what has he forced on Americans "just to show that he could?' Take your time...we will wait for your answer.

hbdansby

Trump gave license for those flaws to manifest. And you were among those who jumped to the front of the line.

posumcop

Dansbyman....even if Trump is all you claim (and your claims ain't even close), you believe that there were no crooked politicians (Let's examine Brandon Biden's ever expanding dilemma) "paving the way" and "forcing themselves on others" before Trump arrived and exposed it all?? Wow....that brain of yours is some kind of special.

posumcop

Dansbyman...are you going to answer the question? Take Joe "Brandon" Biden for example...what has he forced on Americans "just to show that he could?' Take your time...we will wait for your answer.

hbdansby

Responsible republicans understand that today's Republican Party is nihilistic and destructive, without any rational direction.

LVW

posum: I'lll give you my opinion, just in case you care. I think very little of almost all politicians, but I think Trump is a special case. Dansby's "strongman" and "we are no longer exceptional" stuff is over the top, but I do believe Trump would actually love it if he could be a "strongman." Our system prevented that, fortunately, but don't you think he'd love to really be "America's CEO" and just decree whatever he wanted? (Tales of those in his administration's inner circle that kept him from attempting unconstitutional acts abound.) Regarding Biden, I don't think he is some evil force like some on here do (although the phrase "the Biden crime family" makes me laugh), but I do think he is a bona fide nitwit.

posumcop

LVW...always appreciate thought out and rational opinions...but what person who has chosen to seek a position of power within the last 50 years or so did so without wanting to be "the strongman" and "decree whatever he(she) wanted?" And the "evil force" of Ole' Shotgun Brandon Biden is really starting to come out of the shadows.

LVW

LOL @ Ole' Shotgun Brandon Biden.

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