It Gets Worse: Much, Much Worse

Published at 14:28 on 10 November 2016

Once there’s a convenient war going on, the repressive measures against “disloyalty” can be introduced.

Note that neither the war nor the repression need not be planned in advance. Trump could very well at this point in time have no inkling of a plan for a war anywhere. It’s just that, given the world we’re in, more terror attacks are inevitable. Once that happens, given Trump’s temperament, both the war and then the oppression become almost inevitable.

Garden variety American conservatism is of only very limited potential help in stopping either (and absent efforts from conservatives, given the makeup of Congress, effective efforts cannot be made). This is because conservatives tend to be patriotic and to conflate questioning in-progress wars with disloyalty to country.

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