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To take over a democracy, a would-be tyrant will run for office and make lots of promises that won't be kept.  He will lie constantly and do whatever it takes to get elected.

As a candidate, a would-be tyrant will rely on, and exploit, the foundational democratic institutions which he intends to weaken or eliminate once he is elected.

Once elected, the would-be tyrant will immediately consolidate his power and try to keep it as long as possible — no matter how — just as Hitler and Mussolini did in the 30s.  To wit:
  • Eliminate all opposition, current and future
  • Fill government with incompetent, self-serving yes-men
  • Bad-mouth and take over the media
  • Stack the courts with self-serving judges who will do his bidding
  • Reward the wealthy and the corporations
  • Form alliances with other autocrats to advance his own interests

Does any of this sound familiar?

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Tyrannical Obsession

As with any tyrant, staying in power for as long as he can has been Trump's primary obsession.  Any other issue, no matter how consequential to our security and well-being, takes second place.

Trump's obsession, however, goes beyond reelection.  Thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution, his ultimate goal is doing away with our elections and staying in power for the rest of his life.

"He's now president for life.  No, he's great.  Look, he was able to do that.  I think it's great.  Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
~ Donald Trump on Chinese Communist Party Leader Xi Jinping

Trump's casual dismissal of constitutional restraints in his quest for permanent power and Republicans' seeming indifference are gradually creating a sense of doubt and desperation in the minds of myriad patriotic Americans.

“I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” ~ Donald Trump

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Budding Fascism

Road to Fascism
With tacit Republican approval, “would-be tyrant”, Donald Trump, has been planting the seeds of Fascism in America since winning the elections.
Since Trump announced his intention to run for the presidency, his foreign and domestic fascist-leaning supporters have been openly interfering in our elections.

With total impunity, his confederates have been suppressing the vote and working incessantly to undermine our Constitution and our democracy.

Whether intentionally or not, Fascism in America began when a sitting, self-serving president, with the support of the Republican Party:

  1. was allowed to hijack our Department of Justice, now headed by his devoted, personal Attorney General — chosen for his publicly-documented view that presidents are immune from prosecution and his loyalty to Donald Trump instead of the U.S. Constitution.
  2. was allowed to avoid congressional oversight and arbitrarily remove duly appointed officials, including 4 inspectors general, for investigating his administration's corrupt, unlawful, self-serving behavior.
  3. was allowed to conduct foreign policy based on intelligence provided by the autocratic Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, and ex-KGB operative who helped him get elected — instead of our country's own intelligence agencies.
  4. was allowed to avoid oversight by replacing bona fide officials, cabinet members, etc., with inexperienced, incompetent, "acting" loyal yes-men willing to do his bidding, whether illegally or not.
  5. was allowed to materially and financially enrich himself and his family in violation of the "Emoluments Clause" of the Constitution.
  6. was allowed to dangle pardons to convicted criminals who might testify against him in court, e.g., General Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and others.
  7. was allowed to arbitrarily abandon treaties put in place to protect American interests and security around the world, e.g., the Paris Agreement, the Iran Nuclear Deal, etc.
  8. was allowed to silence and arbitrarily dismiss scientists and other officials who consider Donald Trump's reckless, self-serving actions and policies harmful to the health and security of our nation and conceived for the sole purpose of getting him reelected in 2020.
  9. was given carte blanche to search-and-remove individuals from important government positions for their unwillingness to pledge their loyalty to him.
  10. was given a pass when he and his cronies violated the Constitution by deploying National Guard and "unmarked" military troops against peaceful protesters to advance his own political agenda.

Trumpian Transgressions

  • Violation of Emoluments Clause
  • Dismantling the administrative state (hollowing out vital government agencies)
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings
  • Ignoring Putin's "bounties" on American soldiers
  • Misuse of presidential pardons
  • First Amendment (attempts to suppress free press)
  • Lying and downplaying COVID-19 dangers

Obstruction Of Justice

  • Donald Trump, with help from his Republican cronies, has on various occasions obstructed DoJ investigations of his abuse of power.
  • Donald Trump, to please Turkey's Autocratic President, Recep Erdogan, recklessly withdrew U.S. troops from Syria, forcing our Kurdish allies, who defeated ISIS, to join forces with Syria’s Russian-backed government — or be destroyed by Turkish forces.
  • Donald Trump, without congressional approval, to please "his generous buddies", took it upon himself to send thousands of U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia.
  • Donald Trump arbitrarily diverted and spent federal funds without congressional authorization.
  • Donald Trump, in defiance of a federal court order, inhumanly split families and incarcerated children at the Texas border.
  • Donald Trump, ignoring the advice of foreign-policy experts, has arbitrarily broken treaties and ignored U.S. commitments to our allies.

“We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”
~ General James Mattis, Trump's ex-Secretary of State

An Ounce Of Prevention

The following Americratic Reforms are offered as "preemptive vetting steps" designed to prevent future Donald Trumps from ever occupying the White House and threatening the very foundations of our democracy.
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Tax-Return Disclosure

Rationale

Countless questions and doubts have arisen about Donald Trump′s possible conflicts of interest and corruption at the highest levels of government.

Thus, any future candidate who wishes to run for any federal elective office must be subject to the following:

Mandatory Pre-Registration Tax-Return Disclosure

Immediately upon registration to run for any federal office and before beginning any political campaign activity, including fundraising, candidates shall unconditionally and mandatorily release complete federal tax returns for the previous 5 years, whether or not said tax returns are subject to the IRS audit process.
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Blind Trust Compliance

Mandatory Pre-Election Blind Trust Compliance

To protect our democracy and avoid conflicts of interest and corruption at the highest levels of government, the following rules must be adopted and strictly-enforced:
  1. No later than fifteen (15) days after winning nomination, candidates shall either:
    1. place all business holdings and interests in a "blind trust" OR
    2. fully divest from any and all business holdings and interests
  2. Any nominee who fails to initiate compliance, as outlined in Paragraph a, above, shall be automatically disqualified and office in question shall be awarded to the next "runner-up" candidate, provided said "runner-up" is able to fully comply with the aforementioned requirements.
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Voter Suppression

To make up for demographic trends which are thinning the ranks of their party, Republicans have been shamelessly and illegally kicking voters off the voting rolls in order to stay in power.
In every election, using debunked voter-fraud claims as an excuse, along with other unsavory methods, without fail, Republicans have been disenfranchising voters by the thousands.
  • Voter ID Laws
  • Voter Registration Restrictions
  • Voter Purges
  • Felony Disenfranchisement
  • Gerrymandering
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Uniform Voting And Registration

National Uniform Voting And Registration Act ("NUVRA")

NUVRA will ensure voter equality and participation during presidential and mid-term elections.  It will end Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Targeting Minorities in Georgia, Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere in the U.S.  The process:
  1. nationally, all campaign-related activities shall be uniformly executed, for example,
    • starting date, time and duration of activity
    • voter registration methods, e.g., automatic at age of 18, online, in person
    • voting methods, e.g., in person, early voting, vote-by-mail, absentee ballot, etc.
  2. Voter registration shall be up to 21st Century standards.  See Brennan Center For Justice Recommendations.
  3. Election Day shall be declared a national holiday and held on Sunday.
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The 11-Month Rule

The 11-Month Rule

The 11-Month Rule is intended to narrow the campaign-contribution window to minimize the impact of unaccountable Dark Money in political campaigns.
  1. Regardless of its source, whether directly or indirectly, no political contribution to any registered candidate running for office or reelection shall be permitted 11 months prior to the date of the next election.
  2. All political contributions to registered candidates shall be limited to those officials in fact running for reelection and subject to the limitations stated in Paragraph a, above.
  3. Any candidate in violation of the limitations stated in Paragraph a, above, shall be disqualified and unable to participate in the election.
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Automatic Continuing Budget Resolution

It is monumentally absurd that a single individual, ignoring the consequences for the country, should have the absolute power to shut down the United States government — just because he can!

Automatic Continuing Budget Resolution

  • Auto-activates when politicians can’t agree on a budget
  • No politician can shut down the government singlehandedly
  • Prevents unnecessary hardship to millions of Americans
  • Keeps national security agencies and military funded
  • Protects our borders and airport security

Democrats' Burden

Donald Trump has clearly demonstrated what can happen to a democracy when an incompetent, disingenuous and self-serving, tyrant-wannabee is given unlimited control of its foundational democratic institutions.

The endurance of our democracy demands that permanent, unequivocal reforms be enacted to prevent the candidacy of future Donald Trumps for the U.S. presidency.  Enacting said imperative reforms falls squarely on Democrats' shoulders!
Unfortunately, today's self-serving Republicans will not support any reform without some kind of remuneration.

John Bolton's decision to hold out for a book deal rather than testifying at the congressional Trump impeachment hearings is an example of today's what's-in-it-for-me Republican creed.

Effecting meaningful reforms will require multiple, consecutive, Democratic administrations occupying the White House as well as large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

How Democrats Can Win

Winning — and keeping — the White House, along with large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate will be difficult, but not impossible!

To achieve consecutive Democratic majorities, Democratic candidates must become cognizant of American voters' Priority #1:

Income

The need for income is, without doubt, the one thing that all voters, regardless of party, have in common!  Putting food on the table and paying the rent is priority #1!

For everyday, financially-insecure — possibly unemployed — Americans, everything else is secondary.

As the old saying goes, "Americans vote their pocketbooks".  For these voters, higher taxes are out of the question!

It's no secret: with very few exceptions, politicians who talk about raising taxes are D.O.A. on Election Day!

The Key

To win, and stay in power, Democrats must convince voters, especially Independents and disgruntled Republicans, that Democrats are aware of their aversion to higher taxes and our out-of-control national debt.

They must convince voters, regardless of party affiliation, that historically, Democrats have been truly fiscally-responsible while Republicans have not!

Voters must be convinced that Democrats have a plan to increase the income of the majority of Americans while gradually paying off the economy-busting, national debt without raising their taxes because everyone will pay their fair shareNo exceptions!  This is the key!

See our Americratic Plan.

Rationale

To most taxpayers, higher taxes means less income to put food on the table.  Republicans know and exploit this.  Without fail, no matter what the state of the economy is, Republicans' platform always includes lower taxes.

The result: historically, unless the economy is in terribly bad shape and unemployment is high, Republicans win the White House.

In fact, since 1920, Democrats have won the presidency only after reckless Republican tax-cut policies have wrecked the economy, e.g., Hoover in 1929 and George W. Bush in 2000.

How do Republicans manage to win the White House after having destroyed the economy every time they've been in power? 

How They Do It

It's simple!  To fix the economy after Republican policies have wrecked it, Democrats always have to increase revenue by raising tax rates.

After Democrats have fixed the economy, Republicans simply repaint Democrats as "tax-and-spend Liberal Socialists" who will raise taxes and — BAM! — they win.

To win — and stay in power — Democrats must be able to put an end to these reckless, "seesaw-tax-rate cycles".

If Republicans Win In 2020

  • our government will continue to drift toward the scourge of Fascism!
  • greedy oligarchs will be able to put a knee on the neck of our democratic institutions, gradually choking our Constitutional Democratic Republic
  • the oft-vaunted unalienable rights for which so many Americans have paid the ultimate price — which we, for so long, have taken for granted — will be relegated to the bins of oblivion!
  • the national debt (soon to exceed $25 Trillion) will keep growing.  The U.S. will never have fiscal sanity, a stable economy or the capacity to raise the revenue necessary to meet the needs of the citizens of the wealthiest nation in the history of the world.
  • Americans can wave bye-bye to healthcare for all, quality education, infrastructure repair and the rest.

Legalized Tax Evasion

Since the Internal Revenue began collecting taxes, with the help of serve-serving politicians whose campaign coffers they fill, the wealthy, more often than not, have avoided paying their fair share.
When the wealthy and the corporations in America avoid paying their fair share, our government lacks the necessary revenue to provide the services required by the citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world — ever!

When the government does not have the revenue to provide the necessary services, the people lose faith in the system and stop participating in elections.

When the people stop participating in elections, the greedy enemies of democracy gain control of the government.

THIS IS WHAT IS NOW HAPPENING IN AMERICA!

Consequences

  1. high unemployment
  2. growing poverty
  3. homelessness
  4. children suffer and go hungry
  5. public health worsens
  6. national infrastructure keeps crumbling
  7. environment deteriorates
  8. social services suffer
  9. social order is endangered
  10. national security endangered

A Question Of Morality

In America, the scourge of insatiable greed pervades the land.  Greed seems to permeate throughout every transaction between buyer and seller.

For example, every American who subscribes to any service provider, e.g., internet, cable, phone, etc., is at the provider's mercy.  All "agreements" are made by phone, leaving the subscriber with no written document that could be used against the provider in any future dispute.  The result: every so often, providers arbitrarily and shamelessly increase their rates and the subscriber has no recourse.

What does the government do?  NOTHING!

Even worse, unless a family can afford more pricy, organic food at the supermarket or the farm, American families are forced to consume foods of questionable nutritional value, often consisting of ingredients detrimental to their health.

Is there any wonder why obesity runs rampant in the U.S.?  Why healthcare is so costly?

How long can the American people endure these egregious conditions — the product of insatiable, downright despicable, GREED?

Caveat Lector

Let the reader beware: Americracy is not in any way opposed to the creation of wealth.

In fact, we encourage the legitimate and humane creation of wealth!  More often than not, the creation of wealth has lifted millions from poverty in America and throughout the world.

To be sure, what we oppose is the unbridled, immoral, insatiable greed which fosters economic inequality and poverty for millions of Americans in the wealthiest nation in the world, which is slowly destroying our democracy and our American way of life.

All we demand is that everyone pay their Patriotic Fare Share!

We have a plan.

Lifetime Tenure

As citizens of a bygone era, the Founding Fathers could not possibly have foreseen the lengths to which anti-democratic, foreign and domestic individuals would go to undermine our elections.

The following are offered as solutions designed to put a damper on the erosion of our electoral system.

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Rational Term Limits

Rational Term Limits

Without Rational Term Limits, the fate of our Democratic institutions will remain in the hands of a few, self-serving, power-hungry politicians willing to turn a blind eye to corruption and collusion with foreign and domestic oligarchs intent on undermining our Democracy.

Rational Term Limits would mitigate the effects of the flagrant use of gerrymandering and other voter-suppression methods perpetrated by politicians to keep their own party in power for as long as possible, regardless of the negative impact on voter confidence and participation.

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Campaign Finance Reform

Corporations Are Not People!

Money Is Not Free Speech!

As things stand today, the corrosive influence of Dark Money in our electoral system further tilts the balance of power toward adherents of Citizens United.

Dark Money is the tool through which wealthy campaign donors and corporations insure that their interests are promoted and protected by armies of lobbyists and self-serving politicians.

How can we permanently get rid of Dark Money?  Through a constitutional amendment!

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