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Opinion Democrats need to stop pretending they live in a dictatorship

18:26  13 february  2020
18:26  13 february  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Democrats need to lay out a strong and positive vision that contrasts with Trump’s divisiveness and chaos. In the meantime, they cannot afford to blow up their opponents’ blemishes into disqualifying disasters. Democratic voters need to pick someone who can win and then unify behind that person.

People's democratic dictatorship is a phrase incorporated into the Constitution of the People's Republic of China by Mao Zedong, the then leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The concept, and form of government, is similar to that of people's democracy

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Mike Pence, Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi are posing for a picture: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)© Patrick Semansky/AP House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., tears her copy of President Donald Trump's s State of the Union address after he delivered it to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Vice President Mike Pence is at left. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale.

This shouldn't be surprising. It's becoming clear that the fault lies neither in the White House nor in the American public, but in a troubling undercurrent at the heart of the Democrat-led resistance to the Trump administration. Unless we acknowledge and address this, we're looking at a repeat of 2016.

In nearly every other use of "the resistance" -- from World War II to "Star Wars" films -- the term refers to individuals battling actual tyranny while actually risking their lives. People saving Jews in Nazi-occupied France didn't advertise their bravery. Harriet Tubman didn't walk around the South soliciting accolades. For them, being discovered meant being literally slain. For them, there were consequences.

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Conversely, Democratic resistance leaders have often accommodated Trump while simultaneously casting themselves as martyrs in primetime passion plays, appropriating historic tragedies and pretending they live in a dictatorship.

In 2018, after Trump held a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, lawmakers and commentators compared the meeting to the Japanese slaughter of two thousand Americans at PearlHarbor. Others went further, likening the Trump-Putin meeting to the Nazi pogrom of Jews on Kristallnacht.

Last year, California Rep. Eric Swalwell invoked the Holocaust after the Trump campaign issued a memo telling television producers Swalwell and other members of Congress weren't trustworthy. It was pure trolling, malicious yet toothless. But that didn't stop Swalwell from comparing himself to Holocaust victims by referencing Pastor Martin Niemöller's "First they came for the..." poem about vulnerable groups targeted by the Third Reich. The need to explain why a powerful member of Congress in the greatest democracy in the world has nothing in common with Holocaust victims is one of the more depressingly unnecessary exercises of the past three years.

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I wonder if Trumps presidency is becoming a dictatorship and will continue to show signs of this as it develops. So, stop acting smug and pretending you know more than me. Heck, you probably don't realize the Socratic Method deals with education. You seriously need to pull the wool off your eyes.

Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Given these statistics, ending dictatorship once and for all would seem a worthwhile goal. But is that likely? What allows a dictator to thrive, and how might things change in

The Niemöller poem resurfaced this week, when prominent Resistance member Benjamin Wittes tweeted "First they came for Comey, and I said nothing." Anne Frank huddled in an attic, then died in a Nazi concentration camp. James Comey was fired from the FBI and is currently raking in millions from book sales and speeches.

Apparently to some people, those two situations are comparable.

The performances aren't limited to Twitter. Last month, during Trump's impeachment trial, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler publicly called the President "a dictator" from the Senate floor. Again, it's hard to explain just how absurd and insulting this is, especially for someone like me, who came to the US as a refugee from an actual dictatorship.

But perhaps the most telling encapsulation of these theatrics is the video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tearing up Trump's State of the Union address. The problem with Pelosi's gesture is that last June, she and the rest of the House leadership bankrolled Trump's dark vision for America by approving the Senate's emergency funding border bill. Other than curtailing the amount toward building Trump's wall, the bill had nearly everything the president wanted.

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4. Dictatorship can suppress any upheavals against them .but not in a democracy . 5. Dictatorship can often lead to unstable government and economy but 1. Dictatorship is the concentration of the power of a country or community to a single individual whereas democracy is the power division

From Dictatorship to Democracy was originally published in Bangkok. in 1993 by the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma in association with Khit Pyaing Dictators under pressure may at times agree to new elections, but then rig them to place civilian puppets in government offices.

The House Democrats couldn't stop ICE's predations on vulnerable immigrants and asylum seekers. They couldn't negotiate delivering basic sanitation supplies to the camps. They couldn't even bring themselves to censure Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has a track record of spewing the same talking points as white supremacist terrorists.

But they sure could preen during the State of the Union.

Over the past three years, the US courts, human rights groups, media organizations and countless ordinary Americans have stood up to the White House's attempts to circumvent our democracy. But those actions stand in stark contrast to the cynical choreography of prominent resistance champions. And if words matter, and gestures matter, and actions matter, the answer to Trump requires a sober commitment to avoid meaningless words, gestures and actions.

I remember the awful helplessness of living in refugee camps and praying for America to grant asylum to me and my family. Our living conditions were nothing like the horror today's asylum seekers are going through, but still, they gave me an appreciation of true versus empty acts. And it didn't take long to realize that the people who helped us the most, bragged the least while the ones who did little, bragged the most.

Comparing America to a dictatorship didn't aid a single child in the camps. Ripping up the State of the Union speech didn't help the families huddled in terror of ICE raids, or millions of individuals deprived of food stamps by the Trump administration, or Jews and Muslims fearful of getting gunned down by terrorists. If tearing up pieces of paper is the best that powerful American Democrats can do, is it any surprise to see low voter turnout?

If tearing up pieces of paper is the best we can do, we're in for a depressing November.


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