It’s not if, but what will be Trump’s Reichstag moment. Some kind of pretense [real, allowed, condoned, manufactured] to justify a tyrant’s suspension of civil liberties.
Trump has already said he’d jail his political opponent, which could easily happen despite how he backpedaled on that.
But while Hitler went full-fascist after the Reichstag fire, and Bush went all PATRIOT Act after 9/11, we don’t actually need to speculate on what will be Trump’s Reichstag. We should presume it will happen and prepare accordingly.
Hitler suspended civil liberties to “protect” his people from others, so he could victimize them:
The Reichstag Fire Decree suspended most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association and public assembly, the secrecy of the post and telephone. These rights were not reinstated during Nazi reign. The decree was used by the Nazis to ban publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause.
Bush didn’t go nearly so far after 9/11, but Trump is clearly no Bush.
With both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court in Trump’s control, as well as a cabinet filled with people obsessed with dismantling the departments they are supposed to run, the US government’s capacity to provide civil stability will be weakened to a point no one alive has ever seen.
As I’ve written before, the 2nd amendment of the US Constitution may well be on the side of people in favour of freedom stopping Trump after his Reichstag moment.
Because we can hug and sing and pray and march and protest [until we’re all kettled and detained indefinitely], but Trump’s belligerence may be such that an armed rebellion may be what it takes to stop his tyranny.
Will America be up for another 1776? Will Trump’s supporters turn on him if he doesn’t build the Great Wall of Mexico and deport/intern the Muslims? Will both of those factions join together to fight BigHands?
Or will civil unrest and protest strike the fear of electoral hell in the sycophantic brains/hearts of all Republican Senators and House Representatives to the point where they will block Trump? Which is no guarantee, remember; remember Reichstag when Hitler arrested the Communists actually sitting in Parliament? Can you see Trump arresting the Democrats in Congress and Republicans, if need be?
We are in uncharted territory with only Hitler and Bush to inform us. But our world is different now with China and Russia in play in a different way than in 2001 and the dark 1930s.
Keep your eyes peeled and your people close.