What is that old adage about you can take something out of something but you can’t change the person? It is clear that Donald – no matter how hard government and the media may try – will remain an autocrat to the bone. In any milieu, only his view counts. There is no value to a person being sensitive, or educated, or skilled or straightforward in their own right; what’s important is how loyal and how acquiescent a person is. That’s because autocratic personalities make all the decisions.
Many seemed relieved at Donald’s change of demeanor and acquiescence on terrible objectives advocated during the campaign. Do not be deceived. If you think Hillary has an alternative plan, that plan is merely a light breeze compared to Donald’s 70 mph shear winds. Never forget that Donald always is looking out for self-serving objectives we will never know about.
For example: what is behind all this niceness and favoritism once Donald became President Elect? Donald is stroking as many targets in the Republican Party, the media and important personalities – even democrats in politics as he can. Good ol’ Donald. Humph. He is against the wall on keeping his business and the Presidency at the same time. He knows it will be a squeeze and likely to be challenged. Donald, of course, is saying he is surprised there were no restrictions on a President doing personal, profit based business in the oval office and besides, a President can choose his own “conflicts.” When Donald starts lying, we have learned (it is hoped) that the reality discounted by his lies hides a conflict with Donald’s self-serving objectives.
Something our insightful electorate will have to accommodate is that justice will not be determined in the Department of Justice; it is defined and pronounced in the Whitehouse. If someone like Rudy Giuliani is appointed Attorney General, the conflict may never be prosecuted. Important decisions of justice are adjudicated in the White House.
The point is this: Autocracy is not democracy; autocracy could be the confrontation that curbs the abuses of corporatism – leaving it unprotected from loophole laws and legitimate, self-serving political manipulation. However, not likely; the nature of autocratic governing has the same objective as corporatism, just more crude. Autocrats turn commerce into something similar to mafia-like favoritism and strong-armed tactics if one doesn’t get with the program.
Let’s take a tour of “democracies”
Full democracies are nations where civil liberties and basic political freedoms are not only respected, yet are also reinforced by a political culture conducive to the thriving of democratic principles. These nations have a valid system of governmental checks and balances, independent judiciary whose decisions are enforced, governments which function adequately, and media which is diverse and independent. These nations have only limited problems in democratic functioning.
Flawed democracies are nations where elections are fair and free, but may have issues (e.g. media freedom infringement), and basic civil liberties are honored. Nonetheless, these nations have significant faults in other democratic aspects, including underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.
Hybrid regimes are nations where consequential irregularities exist in elections regularly preventing them from being fair and free. These nations commonly have governments which apply pressure on political opponents, non independent judiciaries, widespread corruption, harassment and pressure placed on the media, anemic rule of law, and more pronounced faults than flawed democracies in the realms of underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.
Authoritarian regimes are nations where political pluralism has vanished or is extremely limited. These nations are often absolute dictatorships, may have some conventional institutions of democracy- but with meager significance, infringements and abuses of civil liberties are commonplace, elections- if they take place- are not fair and free, the media is often state-owned or controlled by groups associated with the ruling regime, the judiciary is not independent, and the presence of omnipresent censorship and suppression of governmental criticism.
It is left to the reader to classify the United States – especially considering that Donald is about to be President/business CEO.