We are the low hanging fruit.
One thing that I have learned over the seventy something years that I have walked this earth when dictators take power they do so with focusing the people anger at a minority. Hitler used the Jew, Romani people, LGBTQ+ people, those who are different.
It is a common trait among authoritarians; all your problems are caused by these, fill in the blank _______ people. We are really passing these laws to protect you from ______.
Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws which were anti-semitic and racist laws in 1935.
The authoritarian governments of Russia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Albania are all passing anti-LGBTQ legislation. In China the government ordered a boycott of “sissy pants” celebrities.
In a New York Times opinion by David Brooks titled “When Dictators Find God” he wrote,
What is the 21st century going to be about? If you had asked me 20 years ago, on, say, Sept. 10, 2001, I would have had a clear answer: advancing liberalism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid, Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in China, a set of values seemed to be on the march — democracy, capitalism, egalitarianism, individual freedom.We are not immune.
Then over the ensuing decades, democracy’s spread was halted and then reversed. Authoritarians in China, Central and Eastern Europe and beyond wielded power. We settled into the now familiar contest between democratic liberalism and authoritarianism.
In 2020 the “Big Lie” emerged to begin a wave of voter suppression legislation by the Republicans
In 2021 the Republicans passed an anti-trans healthcare law in Arkansas and over 15 states tried and some succeeded in passing anti-trans bills.
The Times article goes on to say,
Xi Jinping is one of the architects of this spiritually coated authoritarianism. Mao Zedong regarded prerevolutionary China with contempt. But Xi’s regime has gone out of its way to embrace old customs and traditional values. China scholar Max Oidtmann says it is restricting independent religious entities while creating a “Socialist core value view,” a creed that includes a mixture of Confucianism, Daoism, Marxism and Maoism.We are the focus of their hate all around the world authoritarian governments are attacking us, the Times article goes on…
Vladimir Putin and the other regional authoritarians play a similar game. Putin has long associated himself with religious philosophers like Ivan Ilyin and Nikolai Berdyaev. In an essay for the Berkley Center at Georgetown University, Dmitry Uzlaner reports that the regime is casting itself as “the last bastion of Christian values” that keeps the world from descending into liberal moral chaos.
Even wannabe authoritarians in America and Western Europe are getting in on the game. The international affairs scholar Tobias Cremer has shown that many of the so-called Christian nationalists who populate far-right movements on both sides of the Atlantic are actually not that religious.
The pseudo-religious authoritarians have raised the moral stakes. They act as if individualism, human rights, diversity, gender equality, L.G.B.T.Q. rights and religious liberty are just the latest forms of Western moral imperialism and the harbingers of social and moral chaos.In Texas they just passed the most restrict abortion law in the nation and to top it off they authorized vigilante justice. The law was passed to energize their conservative religious base, to get them fired up and vote Republican in the elections.
What we have to ask ourselves what are Republican goals in passing these draconian laws that attack women and the LGBTQ+ community?
We have to ask ourselves why did the Republicans crawl into bed with the evangelical Christians? Not just any Christians but with white conservative Christians?
~~~~~I believe that you have to look at all the legislation that the Republicans have or are trying to pass. You cannot look at them individually but as a whole and why. You have to look at where their funding comes from.
1. The demonizing of minorities.
2. The restriction of the vote.
3. Funding by oligarchies.
I believe that the Republican goal is to have a one party government in other words an authoritarian government. They are following down the same path as other dictators around the world.
What is the root cause of the growth of the worldwide growth of authoritarianism?
I believe that it wealth inequality as the billionaire gobble up the world wealth they are destroying the middle class and they are fighting for the scrapes from the billionaire tables.
Why are we being persecuted? It is to distract the masses from the real causes, the oligarchies accumulation of wealth and use us as scapegoats. It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz when he is exposed behind the curtain and he says “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” we are the curtains that they are hiding behind.[/RANT]