What Real Democracy Looks Like

As usual the people who claim they are the only ones who believe in the constitution are doing everything they can to stop the massive protests that are erupting out everywhere.  This is America.  This is what our country was founded on.  Our right to protest is sacred to us.

If this march was being done by Trump supporters the GOP and Fox would be over the moon at how popular their positions were just like when the Tea Party was protesting.  It was an uprising of the Americans who make up the fabric of our country, and so on.  They would have gleefully been showing clips over and over to prove the support of the American populace was behind them.

But these are not Trump supporters.  This massive march is completely against everything the Republican party stands for.  What to do?  Ah, violate the constitution.  Trample on their right to peacefully assemble and to protest.  Several states have used financial penalties to attempt to stop protesters.  High fines have been approved against individuals along massive fines against groups.

But other states have gone further.  As per The Intercept:

“In North Dakota, for instance, Republicans introduced a bill last week that would allow motorists to run over and kill any protester obstructing a highway as long as a driver does so accidentally. In Minnesota, a bill introduced by Republicans last week seeks to dramatically stiffen fines for freeway protests and would allow prosecutors to seek a full year of jail time for protesters blocking a highway. Republicans in Washington state have proposed a plan to reclassify as a felony civil disobedience protests that are deemed “economic terrorism” … And in Iowa a Republican lawmaker has pledged to introduce legislation to crack down on highway protests”.

This is a clear attack on our First Amendment and it’s being carried out by the party that has long laid claim (falsely) to their superiority due to their adherence to the constitution.  This is a true attempt by the Republican party to suppress the will of the people.  Everyone must stand up against their efforts.  Our form of government is not a switch that can flip from Democracy to Authoritarianism.  That’s an obvious difference.  The reality is much more subtle and insidious.  Democracy is on a spectrum with other forms of government.  We are gradual sliding towards an Authoritarian government thanks to the machinations of the Republican party.  The election of a bumbling fool who wants the quick flip of the switch has brought it all out in the open.  It’s not too late.  Stand up and fight.  Resist!

 

Picture:  CNN