Author: The BPI Squirrel

How Democracies Die, Part I: The Gatekeepers Fail

In a healthy democracy, gatekeepers keep would-be autocrats away from power. In 2016, they failed. (More) For the next three days, I’ll review the new book How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Today we’ll see how gatekeepers in healthy democracies keep would-be autocrats away from power, and why they failed in 2016. Tomorrow we’ll look at the authors’ “guardrails” of healthy democracies – unwritten but vital norms of mutual tolerance and forbearance – and how those eroded in the U.S. over the past 20 years. Friday we’ll conclude with whether the U.S. is on a path...

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Another Day, Another Wingnut Conspiracy Theory

Wingnuts – and Russian bots – now say there’s a Secret Society inside the FBI…. (More) “Now a secret society?” Sadly, the wingnuts hold public office. Case in point – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on Tuesday he had an “informant” corroborate reports concerning the existence of an FBI “secret society” working to undermine President Trump. “What this is all about is further evidence of corruption, more than bias, but corruption at the highest levels of the FBI,” Johnson told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “Now a secret society? We have an informant that’s talking about...

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Wray Stands Up, Senate Dems Stand Down (For Now)

FBI Director Christopher Wray stood up to the God-King, and Senate Democrats stood down on the government shutdown … for now. (More) “Wray should have a fresh start with his own team” That was Klanmaster General Jeff Sessons’ excuse for pressing Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. But the real reason was something quite different, Axios’s Jonathan Swan reported: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has adamantly urged FBI Director Christopher Wray to make a “fresh start” with his core team, including replacing deputy director and Trump bête noire Andrew McCabe, according to a senior administration source. […] The Justice...

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The “Shithole” Shutdown

The God-King and his Make America White Again allies have shut down the federal government. (More) “A core difference between the two parties” Predictably, the Outhouse Sewer Spewer blamed Democrats for the government shutdown that began at 12:01 this morning: “We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.” Pretty much...

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The Not-A-Racist-In-Chief

The Very Stable Genius is also Not A Racist…. (More) “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview” As always, not only is the God-King whatever he proclaims himself to be, or not be. He is the superlative of whatever he proclaims him self to be, nor not be: “No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump told reporters while entering Trump International Golf Course, according to a White House pool report. The president also reportedly doubled down on his denial that he never said the disparaging remark during the Oval...

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