[Response to an article in the New York Times.]
This is a good article as far as it goes, but to fully understand what is happening, you have to take a step back and look at the history of the Republican party and its connection to the evolving world situation. First of all, Republicans have never believed in democracy or that America is a democracy. They tell us we are a republic in the hands of our governing magistrates and not ruled by the will of the people. They have gerrymandered voting districts to tilt the voting in their favor and suppressed the vote in opposing districts to maintain control of the voting process regardless of the will of the people. But Republicans can also see a trend throughout the world toward authoritarian, one-party rule, and they see this as their chance to attain absolute political power in America. This is true in Russia, Turkey, China, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Republicans would and always have wanted to see one-party rule in American, and they are now trying to ensure that they rule American and leave the Democrats to a suppressed minor role in politics. President Trump wishes to increase the power of the presidency and ensure that only a Republican can be elected president. To do this, Republicans have to control the news media and make it another arm of the Republican party. This they have had handed to them by Rupert Murdoch in the form of Fox News. American and the world is in deep, deep trouble. The American public better wake up to that fact.