America has just voted in an Authoritarian leader.

December 6th, 2016

Ok. Here is the elephant in the room.

America has just voted in an Authoritarian leader.

Definition:
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=authoritarian+definition&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

1 favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom.
2 synonyms:
3 autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannical, draconian, oppressive, repressive, illiberal, undemocratic; disciplinarian, domineering, overbearing, iron-fisted, high-handed, peremptory, imperious, strict, rigid, inflexible; informal and boss
Showing a lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others; domineering; dictatorial.

What will the Trump leadership do to the soul of America?
SAGE Journals
http://lea.sagepub.com/content/10/3/326.abstract

The moderating role of authoritarian leadership on the relationship between the internalization of emotional regulation and the well-being of employees
Li-Chuan Chu⇑
School of Health Policy and Management, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung; Department of Medical Education, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
Li-Chuan Chu, 11 F-2, No. 1219, Jhongming S RD, Taichung, 402 Taiwan, ROC. Email: lichuan@csmu.edu.tw

Abstract
This study explores whether the internalization of emotional regulation affects well-being. The study showed that controlled emotional regulation through external regulation is significantly negatively associated with such indicators of well-being as mental and physical health…”

Is Donald Trump an authoritarian leader?

Politico Magazine
By Matthew Macwilliams January 17, 2016

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-2016-authoritarian-213533

“In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism.”

“That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow.”

What has he done to indicate an authoritarian disposition?

An article in Vox topics:
http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism

“Hetherington and Weiler published a book about the effects of authoritarianism on American politics. Through a series of experiments and careful data analysis, they had come to a surprising conclusion: Much of the polarization dividing American politics was fueled not just by gerrymandering or money in politics or the other oft-cited variables, but by an unnoticed but surprisingly large electoral group — authoritarians.”

“Their book concluded that the GOP, by positioning itself as the party of traditional values and law and order, had unknowingly attracted what would turn out to be a vast and previously bipartisan population of Americans with authoritarian tendencies.”

“Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive.”

To me, his reaction to Hillary Clinton is a perfect example of an Authoritarian personality.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/09/politics/eric-holder-nixon-trump-presidential-debate/

Donald Trump issued a remarkable threat against Hillary Clinton, telling the Democratic presidential nominee he would seek to imprison her if he was elected next month.

“Trump’s threat — which he has made before on the campaign trail — is extraordinary even by the standard of the vitriolic 2016 campaign.”

“Asked about the remarks, Trump campaign chief Kellyanne Conway said the candidate was taking his cues from angry supporters.”

Always blame someone else, never take responsibility for your actions.

Jason Stanley
THE STONE NOV. 4, 2016


“The goal of totalitarian propaganda is to sketch out a consistent system that is simple to grasp, one that both constructs and simultaneously provides an explanation for grievances against various out-groups. It is openly intended to distort reality, partly as an expression of the leader’s power. It’s open distortion of reality is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness.”

“Donald Trump is trying to define a simple reality as a means to express his power. The goal is to define a reality that justifies his value system, thereby changing the value systems of his audience. Two questions remain: What is the simple reality that Trump is trying to convey? And what is the value system to which this simple story is intended to shift voters to adopt?”

What do we do? Is anyone listening? I heard a friend say, “He has done more in his first few weeks than any other leader.” That’s true. He is defiantly setting up the government the way he wants to, not only with his cabinet but with his constant bridge of misinformation. But, and here is the real question, is it the government we want?

The New York Times Opinion Page:
Why Does Donald Trump Lie About Voter Fraud?

Huffington Post
Paul Ryan On Donald Trump Tweeting Lies: ‘Who Cares?’

“The House speaker can’t prove Trump’s allegations of voter fraud, but he doesn’t think the lies are a problem.”

In the article, Paul Ryan said, “It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election,” he said. “The way I see the tweets you’re talking about, he’s basically giving voice to a lot of people who have felt that they were voiceless. He’s communicating with people in this country who’ve felt like they have not been listened to. He’s going to be an unconventional president.”

“Who cares what he tweeted, you know, on some Thursday night, if we fix this country’s big problems?” he added. “That’s just the way I look at this.”

I feel like I’m watching history, a history that has happened around the world but not in America. We are all watching and it is happening before our eyes. It isn’t the America I want. What do you want? And more importantly, what are we going to do about it?

One Response to “America has just voted in an Authoritarian leader.”

  1. Briah Jardin says:

    Thanks, Hilary! I know we have to accept and deal with the reality that D T will soun be enthroned as America’s first dictator, but we must bear in mind that he was not elected by the people. I believe we must keep that narrative alive! <3

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