Now authoritarian is a word that gets cast around a lot in our political debate. It’s probably almost certainly the case that in some occasions there are factions or groups or wings of each political faction that have authoritarian tendencies. But when you examine this data that I’m about to show you and really compile and look at it all at once, it is extraordinary no matter how low your expectations are of Democrats, how authoritarian they have become, particularly in the wake of the Trump years. And again, it’s not going to be my word or my analysis or my speculation or my interpretation on which I’m going to be asking you to rely, but simply the hard, concrete evidence, the data demonstrating how it is that they think, and how they now hold widely, classically authoritarian views.
So let’s take a look, first of all, at a relatively new research survey from Pew in August of 2021. So just two months ago I asked whether Americans want both tech monopolies, but also the government, to censor the internet in the name of combating false information. The whole idea of the internet when it emerged in the 1990s and the reason people were so euphoric about it for the next decade was because it was supposed to liberate us from centralized corporate and governmental control. It was supposed to empower human beings to communicate among ourselves ideas and information without having to depend upon or be constrained by large corporations, or, especially, government. And yet, as we know, increasingly, both the government and large corporations have imposed a stranglehold on what we are and aren’t allowed to say online when it comes to political speech. This survey was designed to determine how Americans feel about that, and particularly how they feel about that based on their partisan identity.
And the results are incredibly stark. You see the headline of the graph from Pew that reads “Partisan Divisions have widened over the role of government and tech firms in restricting misinformation.” So if you look at this first part of the chart, which is on the left, they ask all Americans, all adults, “the percentage of people who believe,” quote “the U.S. government,” not Facebook or Google. “The U.S. government should take steps to restrict false information online, even if it limits freedom of information.” And that blue line that you see skyrocketing from 2018 to 2021 represents the views of self-identified Democratic and Democratic leaning partisans, and you see it going up by 25 points from 40% in 2018 to 65%, just under two thirds of Democrats want the government, the government that their party controls, at least at the moment, to censor the internet and to restrict what the government deems false information, even if it means limiting freedom of information.
You see the red line, which is Republicans going in the opposite direction. It already began in 2018, lower than the Democrats. Only 37% wanted the government to do that, but now only 28% percent of Republicans favor that. So it’s a difference of almost 40 points more, almost 40 points. This huge gap between Democrats who want the government to censor the internet and Republicans who do not. On the question of whether they want tech companies, giant corporations, that they claim they usually distrust, to take steps to restrict false information. So we’re talking about Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon. Do you trust companies like this to restrict false information from online, even if it limits freedom of information? 76% of Democrats, 3/4 of Democrats want tech giants to control and police and restrict the internet, even if it means losing freedom to that information, whereas only 37% of Republicans favor that. So again, a huge gap.
Now, just this chart alone, if you think about what an authoritarian mindset is, you could obviously list multiple examples, but one leading one would be that our speech, our political discourse should be controlled not by us and should not be free, but should be controlled by corporate power, centralized corporate power, and by the government. And that specifically, the internet should no longer be free but controlled by those institutes, that’s what Democrats overwhelmingly favor. How can anyone deny that Democrats have become incredibly authoritarian? No matter what you want to say about Republicans, it’s Democrats who overwhelmingly favor both government and corporate control of the internet in the name of political speech and combating misinformation, while Republicans overwhelmingly want the internet to remain free. Those numbers are just indisputable.
Now, let’s look at a separate line of questions to see how authoritarian Democrats have become, and that is people’s opinion on the secret security services that have long dominated American politics outside of democratically accountable institutions like the CIA and the FBI. Here is a 2018 survey from Pew that has a headline that asked those questions and concluded, quote, “Majorities expressed favorable opinions of several federal agencies, including the FBI.” So majorities of Americans have a favorable opinion of the FBI in 2018. But the subheadline tells the real story, which is Republicans’ views of FBI have grown more negative in the past year, and if you look at the actual breakdown, you’ll see how wide the partisan divisions are that Democrats overwhelmingly revere and approve of and place their trust and faith in the FBI, whereas Republicans do not. Here’s the graphic that reads partisan gap and favorable opinion of FBI widens driven by decline in positive views among Republicans among Republicans or Republican leaders, you see that line dropping for favorable views from 71% in 2010 to 55% in 2018. The disapproval number has gone way up, whereas for Democrats, look at this gap. It’s over here that this gap, it’s as if there’s almost no distrust any longer. Among Democrats, 78% of Democrats approve of the FBI, only 12% say they have an unfavorable opinion of the FBI.
Now, why does having such a political party which almost unanimously places their faith and trust in the FBI make them authoritarian? Let’s look at what the FBI actually is before we do that. Here’s one other interesting and revealing pie chart from that same poll that shows that not only is there this huge gap among the FBI. 73% of Democrats approve of the FBI, only 55% of Republicans. But for the CIA. 69% of Democrats. Sixty nine percent approve of the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, 62% of Republicans in 2018 do. I’m about to show you a poll shortly where in 2021, the number of Republicans that now trust the CIA has collapsed. So the Partizan breach is even bigger. But 70 percent of Democrats approve of the CIA. 78 percent of the FBI. That’s not an authoritarian party. Someone tell me, what is? The Pew Analysts tell the story, quote, “Today 23% gap in views of the FBI among Republicans and Democrats is among the widest of the ten agencies and departments asked in the survey. While 78%of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents have a favorable opinion of the FBI, 55% of Republicans and Republican leaders say the same. They go on to say views among Democrats have changed little in recent years. A wide share, 78% is favorable toward the FBI, compared with just 12 percent of Democrats who give unfavorable ratings as a result. Today, the 23% point gap in favorable ratings among Republicans and Democrats stands at its widest on record more than ever today.”
Democrats trust the FBI, and Republicans do not. Why is that so significant? Let’s look at what the FBI is. There is the headquarters of the FBI in Washington. That’s where people like James Comey and Robert Mueller when he was the FBI Director, Christopher Wray, the whole litany of FBI Directors, J. Edgar Hoover, worked when they were running the FBI and appropriately, the name of the building in which the FBI headquarters is situated is still called the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building, named after the FBI director who terrified and terrorized our elected officials for decades by keeping secret dossiers on them to ensure that none of them could ever challenge him without knowing that he had the ability to destroy their lives.
That is what this institution always has been and continues to be that Democrats overwhelmingly revere, and in the past 15 years we’ve had countless pieces of evidence showing that the abuses by the FBI of our basic political rights and of the law is not something of the distant past, but continues very much as vibrant as ever. Here is a 2007 Reuters headline that references a report that the FBI abused its power to get private records. So going back to 2007 under the Bush administration, they were simply violating the law to get private records on whoever they wanted.
All part of China’s “2049” plan, in the end.
The internet is to Donald Trump what radio was to Adolf Hitler.
Yes, censoring Trump is on the road to gassing him and his Majority supporters.
You are literally Hitler.
The democrat party is a communist party. The democrat party has hated America since Lincoln took away their slaves.
America will be much better once the democrat party is removed.
Germany was better off once Hitler was gone. If only they had recognized what he was from the start…
An Unelected minority used fear and hate to take over.
Hitler and the NSP is exactly like the Democrat Party of today.
Trump merely represents a threat to their plans: he’s actually elected, actually put third world China in their place, and actually my represents democratic process.
We’re going to take Biden and fools like you down, Greg.
Like Hitler, and Lenin, and Mao, you.ve gone too far.
Go start your own country.
This one is taken.
We can say that about Biden. We are now in the early stages of the most excruciating I told you so in American history with Joe Biden.
You are reading the wrong history. Hitler was persecuted by the global banking cartel after he kicked them out of Germany and rebooted their currency and economy. This is why the Jews (bankers, remember?) wrote their own version of WWII after Germany was literally reduced to rubble. History belongs to the victor, even if it isn’t the truth. Watch Hellstorm, learn the truth. https://www.hellstormdocumentary.com/
the current demorat party has followed the linage of Hitler’s totalitarian approach: Ernie Walton, in American Thinker today highlights part of this process
“Mandating a uniform, ideological curriculum is an effective tool for indoctrination, but its effect is severely limited if teachers don’t believe it themselves or simply refuse to implement it. For this reason, all totalitarian states mandate ideological conformity among and place strict controls on teachers. In Nazi Germany, for example, Hitler systematically trained teachers to propagate Nazi ideology. In charge of this task was his National Socialist Teacher’s League (NSLT). First, the NSLT examined all teachers to ensure their loyalty to the Nazi party. Those who were not loyal were discarded, as were Jews and anyone else deemed “unreliable.” The NSLT was also commissioned to “ensure the ideological indoctrination of teachers.” All teachers were required to be trained in Nazi ideology — including racial knowledge regarding the “supremacy of the Nordic race… and the characteristics of the Jewish race.” A key component of the training required teachers to attend two-week camps where they were forced to read and embrace Mein Kampf”.
The Democratic Party has NO rigid uniform ideological agenda to which all must conform, as anyone who follows the news should know. Differing views and open, vigorous debate within the Democratic Party are the norm.
Consider, for example, the vigorous internal debate that is currently shaping the parameters of President Biden’s legislative agenda. Vigorous debate and dissenting opinion have been VERY much in the spotlight. It’s no secret how consensus within the party is reached.
Biden heads the party. He DOES NOT dictate what the party consensus should be. The opposing views that determine the legislative agenda are a reflection of the views of the constituents that have elected each Democratic member of Congress. This is how the will of the people shapes the Democratic Party agenda.
Contrast that with The Party of Trump, formerly known as the GOP. Elected republicans who don’t support Trump’s personal agenda—whatever the hell that might turn out to be—are publicly intimidated and attacked The Leader. Many have been methodically primaried and purged for failure to get in line. Trump has taken control of the RINO label—“Republican In Name Only”—the irony being that numerous republicans who try to uphold traditional republican principles and traditional conservative American values have been so tagged and driven out.
Trump himself is the TRUEST example of “Republican In Name Only.” He’ll recklessly drive the GOP for his own purposes until the wheels come off, but NOTHING that he exemplifies in practice is actually traditionally conservative in principle. He’s a populace Frankenstein monster.
Kamala Harris’ AG office illegally colluded with abortion providers during investigation, attorneys allege
The Democrat Party is now controlled by a Fasco-Marist atheist state who just rigged an election.
They send you to repeat that “Trump is Hitler” while you Cultists actually embody the same blind hate of Nazis, Soviets, and all weak men seeking to destroy the string amping is since time immemorable.
Trump has never once acted like Hitler. NOT ONCE.
Our patience is wearing thin with you and your fellow tyrants, greg.
I’d ask if you know how to fight, but I know you don’t.
There are steps an authoritarian leader follows when attempting to overturn a democracy. Trump is following it.
“There are steps an authoritarian leader follows when attempting to overturn a democracy. Trump is following it.”
Not even close. He’s the threat to an authoritarian Democrat party who installed thier own into the FBI so they can install Presidents and let us all be none the wiser.
Trump ripped off the mask and there is no doubt: Democrats are running the Totalitarian playbook.
“The Democratic Party has NO rigid uniform ideological agenda to which all must conform, as anyone who follows the news should know. Differing views and open, vigorous debate within the Democratic Party are the norm.” Your lies and delusion is astounding and profound. The left overwhelmingly dominates education in this country. They now promote teaching children that all white people are racist and, in response, to become racist themselves. They are taught biology is non-existent. They are taught that sex and gender is interchangeable and transitory and that anyone that doesn’t acknowledge that NEEDS to be berated. They are taught that the planet has never experienced changes in climate and that there has always been climate stability until just recently.
You are totally full of ignorant bullshit. Perhaps your ongoing Trump obsession is the problem.
“Obsession” with Donald Trump is like an obsession with a poisonous snake in the room. There’s good reason for it.
““Obsession” with Donald Trump is like an obsession with a poisonous snake in the room. There’s good reason for it.” Yeah… when the “snake” is nothing but an extension cord. You have to MAKE UP the “dangers” and “threats” and convince yourself they are true. NOTHING you have ever accused Trump of has ever been borne out with fact. NOTHING.
Meanwhile, idiot Biden is a failed, disastrous moron. He is such a failure that his group is promoting everyone should just lower their expectations and accept failure as the norm.
Trump tried to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential Election—having NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER of irregularities—and you think this was somehow OK. You think that everything would have been just fine, had he done so.
No, he tried to verify the results of the 2020 election.
No evidence? Atlanta. State Farm Arena. Fake water main break. Suspended counting. Massive spike for idiot Biden.
You’ve never been able to explain this, and this is but one example. Every audit shows discrepancies, thousands and thousands of ballots that cannot be accounted for. You think fraud is OK… as long as it’s YOUR fraud.
That isn’t evidence. It’s propaganda. Which is why NONE OF IT stood up to examination by a court.
Over sixty lawsuits, many considered by republican judges, and NOT ONE of the “stolen election” claims was EVER substantiated.
Giuliani wouldn’t even repeat the claims under oath. He acknowledged in a courtroom, before a judge, that the claims were not based on evidence.
How is it “propaganda” when it actually happened? You can’t explain it; faking a water main break, chasing election observers off, dragging boxes of previously unseen votes from under tables, resuming the counting when they told the observers counting was over for the night, then a mysterious spike in votes early in the morning. That’s not “propaganda”… that’s HISTORY. It HAPPENED.
Then there was over 16,000 underage votes that were allowed. Thousands of un-verified signatures on “mail in” votes. Mail-in votes that were never folded.
Not ONE lawsuit where the evidence has been heard has been dismissed or defeated.
Trump won Georgia, Trump won Arizona, Trump won Wisconsin. Trump WON. No wonder Democrats act like totalitarians; they weren’t elected.
When the courts are owned by the usurpers, well…the clear and public evidence is merely being ignored by those who helped perpetrate the crime.
The election was rigged for Biden, with proof on tape.
You know it. We know it.
The video proof on Trump exonerates him of anything resembling overturning an election.
Can’t overturn an election so obviously rigged.
Biden won nothing and is not the president of anything.
The only one obsessed with Trump…is you.
We’re just voting for a candidate we believe will do well as our Commander in Chief…based on now-demonstrated success.
You have no cause, no ethos, no morals.
YOU are obsessed with Trump. He lives rent free in your head.
We were a more free country under President Trump than we are now with who ever or what ever is in charge.
Liberals used to hate authority and control. They hated the institutions that wielded that authority and control. They distrusted the government. At least, until they infiltrated and took control of most of it.
Now that they can control enough of the DOJ to be able to get away with trampling laws and the Constitution, they love the institutions. Now that they control enough of the IC to weaponize it in their favor, they love the CIA, even when it illegally operates domestically.
Of course, they don’t have to worry about the media; they will always cheer on the abuses of government and powerful agencies. The results are more and more clear; we get closer to a totalitarian police state every day.
Americans are cheated, abused, and disrespected more by big corporations than they have EVER been by the federal government.
Those are the same corporations that are buying influence over the government that’s supposed to represent the people.
Buying DEMOCRAT influence. Bribing DEMOCRATS. Colluding with DEMOCRATS.
Yes. They bought your party over 20 years ago. You support crony capitalism.
They are literally killing people to get rich by a disinformation campaign against life-saving drugs.
That’s you. You are SO deluded you can’t see you are the totalitarian fool you keep saying Trump is.
We’ll stop you, though. Don’t worry.
Our democratic process will survive your illegal Democrat-funded destruction.
So who was it that supported a flood of unlimited dark money into politics by way of Citizens United? It wasn’t the Democrats.
Why did a promise to “drain the swamp” result in a massive infestation of swamp creatures?
Who was it that replaced the heads of regulatory agencies with people representing the very corporations being regulated? Trump turned the government over corporate insiders: A shipping heiress–who happened to be Mitch McConnell’s wife–ran the Department of Transportation; a coal lobbyist ran the EPA; a big pharma executive ran DHHS; an oil lobbyist ran the Department of the Interior; the Department of Defense was infested with defense industry executives. What were the VP’s political connections? Koch Industries, Club for Growth, Cummins Inc, Eli Lilly… An enemy of public education became head of the Department of Education…
There is no equivalency between Republicans and Democrats regarding billions in funding by lobbyists and dark money.
It is not comparable and it is not equal.
Democrats receive many many times more money to turn around and line the pockets of their donors.
“So who was it that supported a flood of unlimited dark money into politics by way of Citizens United? It wasn’t the Democrats.” But, it was. Democrats take far more dark money than Republicans. That’s because most of it comes from overseas. Democrats are the very essence of corruption.
And those big corps are entwined with the Democrat Party. Six Billion in campaign money for Biden from banks, tech, and old world money.
You support them, and you’re so f*cking stupid you don’t know it.
Biden received six billion dollars from nobody. It’s a made-up amount. NOBODY received six billion.
That may be true, but he did get hundreds of millions in dark money along with the help from google twitter and face book that could be worth billions at the very least in kind donations.
After an election, if a Republican wins, the media whines about how they had more money. When a Democrat wins, by the same measure, they just never talk about it.
Every President in my lifetime who one their election had more money…EXCEPT one strange case in 2016: Trump won with half of Hillary’s finances. It was unprecedented, and showed just how popular the guy was.
Democrats and their FBI never thought for a million years Trump could win.
Fast-forward to 2020, after the rigged election, I dug around to see how much Biden got vs Trump. As you can imagine, no one in of the ANY media, including FOX (they wanted Biden just as much as CNN) wanted to report on the money.
A few sources did, and I read it was estimated Biden got about SIX BILLION in funds total from all his donors.
Trump? I’m not sure it even cleared a Billion.
And the media is silent when in 2017 the democrats challenged almost every state during senate proceedings counting electoral votes.
Best estimates are about 6 billion dollars was spent on the Biden campaign by Banks corporations tech companies and other cronies that he is now getting rich.
Biden is the system, Biden is the legacy white male oppressing people, Biden is also compromised by Marxist donors and Nations.
It’s a bona fide fact that the global elite spent many many billions to have Biden installed.
Trump was the first president to win an election with not only less but half of the money of his opponent.
He had even a lesser fraction in the rigged 2020 election.
Biden got billions from lobbyists and corporations who he is now making richer.
It’s fact. 6 billion or so.
He received 80,000,000 votes from nobody.
Biden received over 81 MILLION votes—the total of all results formally certified by each state’s duly authorized election official. Biden won both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote by wide margins.
NONE of over 60 court challenges established a single significant election irregularity.
You don’t throw out election results based on things that can’t be demonstrated to be any more than imaginary.
No. He didn’t. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have 37% approval now. He, his dismal approval, his disasters and the crashing economy are all the result of election fraud.
Trump’s last approval rating as president was 34%. His average over his entire four years was only 41%. He was impeached twice. His corporation has already been indicted, he’s under investigation for tax evasion, he’s under investigation for bank fraud, and he’s facing at least 29 civil lawsuits.
This is the guy you think should have another go at the presidency?
Despite securing the southern border, rebuilding the economy decimated by Obama, cutting taxes, rebuilding the military, strengthening NATO, arming Ukraine (with something besides blankets and MRE’s), sanctioning Putin, restraining Kim, forcing China to negotiate fair trade and making peace in the Middle East, Trump got 95% negative media coverage. Idiot Biden gets overwhelming positive media coverage (refusing to cover his disastrous failures and proof of corruption is positive coverage). You simply cannot compare the approval ratings of the two.
Idiot Biden’s dismal approvals simply show his failures are so massive that they overwhelm the protection the corrupt liberal media gives him.
His impeachments were propaganda. His “approval ratings” were cooked.
All of his “crimes” which never seem to be what you say are simply the old Soviet-style smear of “show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” They’re invented.
Based on his incredible term as President, yes…he is clearly capable, but his enemies tremble because he is against their New World Order.
– Secured the border and limited human trafficking.
– Record low unemployment for blacks, Latinos, and everyone.
– Stopped China in their tracks and negotiated better trade deals.
– Stopped subsidizing the world on the scale we were.
– Prison reform.
– Broke the illegal ACA mandate.
– Peace in the ME.
Yup. Trump is a good President. It’s fact, and all the lies you keep spilling just don’t put a dent in those facts.
No man of any character can define himself by what he hates or what he’s against. That’s you. You’re undefined and useful to these idiots…assuming you’re not just a paid brat in Europe sent to “sh*t all over the conversation so people are so confused they don’t know what’s true or false.”
Oh wait. That’s all you are: confusion.
Biden received no such votes.
The evidence is clear.
Corrupt courts give corrupt results.
Most Americans now know the election was rigged.
It’s over. Biden, and the Marxist pigs embedded in our government, will be purged legally in time.
Yes, cheaters hide their crimes and lie/deny when faced with clear evidence.
You’re so entrenched in your false beliefs you can’t get out.
Greg and others like him now face the “sink cost” fallacy. Like everyo other Nazi and marxist before him, he’s too invested to admit just HOW INCREDIBLY WRONG he is, given these Democrat tyrannical actions and policies even he can’t ignore.
Hitler was a Beta. Trump is an Alpha. This is about our of control Beta’s like Greg, and the Karen’s the cuck for, stealing power they have no right to….and killing off those they are jealous of in the process.
You. Me. Trump….you know, successful people and/or people who own their actions and take responsibility.
We’re a world at once again, and the Democrats are the bad guys.
This is the very same Democrat Party that Some Liberal Hollywood Airhead said was OF THE PEOPLE,BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE which shows just how dumb Hollywood Airheads are
biden has a 2 handle with independents currently 28% and dropping…
Get some, Let’s go Brandon…