The Left’s Do–It–Yourself Authoritarianism

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There’s a new meme circulating that Trumpistas have found very pertinent. It’s a stark black–and–white photo of a seated Trump. One elbow is on his left knee and his other hand is gesturing toward the viewer as he leans forward.

The president has an expression on his face not unlike the famous ‘Uncle Sam Wants You’ recruiting poster. The headline is: “In Reality They’re Not After Me. They’re After You. I’m Just in the Way.”

The meme’s is popular because Trump supporters know who’s in the on–deck circle if Trump strikes out.

Claremont Review of Books editor Charles Kesler observed the anti-Trump position boils down to two mutually exclusive alternatives. One “he’s a buffoon, a clown…who is, by temperament and experience, unfit to be president.” The alternate attack is “he’s a monster, racist and tyrant in waiting.”

Kesler’s wry judgment is “the two arguments are, however, in some tension.”

The intrinsic self–contradiction of the attacks hasn’t forced the left to settle on one or the other. Today unfit for the presidency is getting a lot of media play. An unholy tag–team of Bob Woodward, sage of the Eastern establishment, and Omarosa, the buffoon of Walmart shoppers, is accusing the president of being too senile or unstable to have access to the White House Christmas Party guest list to say nothing of the nuclear attack codes.

The Hitler–in-waiting argument doesn’t resonate with Kesler or me. I think Trump is simply too old. The fact he decided to throttle back on the likes of Stormy Daniels is an indication his stamina isn’t what it used to be. And becoming a dictator takes a lot of energy.

Kesler’s skepticism has its origin in Trump’s philosophy. “There are not many similarities between ‘Mein Kampf’ and ‘The Art of the Deal,’” Kesler explains. Trump doesn’t think the government is run by Jews, he thinks it’s run by idiots.

Running an authoritarian regime requires an authoritarian government. Trump can’t even prevent shoplifters from making off with government documents in the Oval Office, to say nothing of rounding up dissenters.

Operating a ‘papers–please’ police state at a minimum means you have the power to demand people show their papers, and Trump can’t even make illegals do that.

China is what a genuine 21st Century authoritarian state looks like and a Trump government that’s divided against itself doesn’t compare. What’s ironic here is the left has begun an ad hoc system of social control that resembles China’s, but it’s being run by the private sector.

China assigns its subjects a “social credit” score. The score is calculated based on observations from the state’s 200 million surveillance cameras, a person’s bill paying habits, web browsing history, political soundness and observance of even the most minor of laws.

ABC reports the score is “dependent on the person’s behavior but they can also be affected by people they associate with.”

We don’t have this level of granular government control in our lives yet, but that doesn’t mean citizens who fail to adhere to the left’s thought standards or associate with the wrong people, don’t face consequences.

In China people with low scores can’t get a government job. Here people with Trump administration ties are rejected by universities.

In China journalist Liu Hu can’t get a job because his stories angered the government. Here a conservative hired by The Atlantic was fired less than a week after being hired because his Twitter feed angered a leftist reporter.

In China a low score gets social media accounts suspended. Here conservatives are shadow–banned by Twitter and Facebook if their posts offend some backroom pencil–neck.

In China corporations toe the party line or they lose access to loans. Here Citibank and Bank of America unilaterally decide if gun manufacturers don’t toe the gun–grabbers line on the 2nd Amendment, the manufacturers can use the barter system for transactions.

In China associating with the wrong people means you are shunned. Here you can ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders how hard it is to find a good restaurant.

In China the power of the state causes the majority of the people to fall in line. Here leftists control the culture and currently only 48 percent of the people are still willing to even feebly resist.

And these victories come while the left is out of power. Where life gets really serious for Trump supporters, and the meme comes true, is if the left takes power again. Already our overlords in the Opposition Media are starting to claim that “Trump is only the symptom.” This means citizens who voted for Trump are the disease.

And in the long run, you know what the government does to diseases.

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Michael R. Shannon is a public relations and advertising consultant with corporate, government and political experience around the globe. He is a dynamic, entertaining and funny keynote speaker for corporate, non–profit and governmental organizations. In addition to his speaking and consulting, Shannon is an editorial page columnist for Virginia’s News & Messenger. As consultant to The Israel Project, he has made a number of trips to Israel where he worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their efforts to promote a positive image of Israel. Shannon has also conducted media and message training workshops for MFA and Israeli Defense Forces spokespersons along with representatives of various non–governmental organizations. During the UN Court trial in The Hague, Shannon worked closely with the MFA in its international media outreach. Shannon teaches message development, crisis communication and public relations for The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Command College, conducts the political advertising and message section of The University of Virginia's Sorenson Institute and he lectures on message development, politics and lobbying for The Police/Fire Labor Institute. He is a regular speaker on political commercials, crisis communication and public relations for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has also addressed the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, National League of Cities, conducted seminars for Information Management and The University of Arkansas – Little Rock and performed as the keynote speaker for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Shannon’s client list includes SAIC; United National Congress (Trinidad & Tobago); Royal Castle, Ltd.; New Generation Imaging; Dry–Clean Depot; Texas Medical Assn.; American Medical Assn.; American Medical Assn. PAC; Indiana State Police Alliance; Minneapolis Federation of Police; St. Paul Police Federation; Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance; The Peterson Companies; Gleaning for the World; various political candidates and elected officials. The work Shannon has done in the radio and television arena has been recognized for both creativity and effectiveness. He is a multiple first place winner in the American Association of Political Consultants Pollie awards. Shannon won back–to–back first place Silver Microphone awards for radio commercials. He is a three–time winner of the prestigious Gold statue at the Houston International Film Festival. Shannon won first place in the Vision Awards for television. He has also won consecutive Silver Microphone awards for best campaign.

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  1. Very very good! The comparison of China and the Left’s hopes and dreams for Amerika resound with undeniable truth. I dance a razor’s edge as I push the conservative envelope. I wake up each morning wondering if I even still have social media because if Alex Jones proved nothing else he proved that the Left controlled social media platforms do indeed march in locked goose step and the destroy everything America ever stood for.

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