Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University, recently wrote a short book detailing the threat of tyranny facing Americans (and the world) today. Snyder gives twenty important lessons we must learn from history if we are to avoid tyranny. History does not repeat, says Professor Snyder, but it does instruct.
What follows is a summary of Snyder’s Twenty Lessons. I have expanded the text on the points I found most thought-provoking
Let’s be clear on this: The House of Representatives right now is just a total disgrace.
I’m fed up with them now after yet another attempt to put together a health care reform bill. Not because of the content of the bill … well, that is, the content of the tentative agreement on a concept, or an idea, or whatever they think they’re doing without actually having, so far at least, any legislative language. Let alone a Congressional Budget Office score which might tell them how much their bill costs or what it would actually accomplish. No, the problem here is process. It ain’t legislating in a way that is likely to produce coherent public policy.
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Remember when Devin Nunes was proving that both he personally and the House “investigation” into Donald Trump’s clear treason were dedicated to nothing but covering up the truth? Remember when everyone in the media was saying that it was just fine to have these people collaborating in this monstrous crime, because we were being assured that the Senate investigation was determined to get to the bottom of the whole thing?
Was there anyone out there who bought that? Outside of the mainstream press, of course, which is paid to swallow garbage like that on a daily basis? Why, Republican Senator Richard Burr told us over and over again that he was serious about this inquiry, and Democratic ranking member Mark Warner was right there to be a character witness for Burr.
Here we are at the precipice of a new American Dark Age.
The Trumpist Republicans are openly and shamelessly suppressing science. They are freezing grants, shutting down NASA climate research, and muzzling the scientific voices of the EPA and other agencies.
Evidently the first attempt to “repeal and replace” Obamacare was enough to convince Republicans that they have no workable plan. Trump, along with some GOP leaders are trying to resuscitate their terrible plan now.
They put themselves in a bad situation with years of attacking Obamacare — and assuring the public they could pass a better plan (which would offer cheaper and better insurance to everyone). But they have been unable to come up with any plan that would even come close to doing that.