So the Trump administration is a dictatorship?
Hillary Clinton seems to think so.
The idea is laughable. In authoritarian dictatorships the government controls the media, does anybody seriously believe that Donald Trump controls the media?
One study showed that 91 percent of media coverage was anti-Trump. Another study showed that 96 percent of all media donations went to his opponent.
Here’s what Hillary Clinton has to say: “This is such an abuse of power and goes right at the rule of law … if they send a signal that we're going be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have that we can trust our justice system.”
What’s sad is that there are real authoritarian regimes in the world. With corruption and murder of citizens. Even as we speak, innocent people are dying in North Korea and in socialist Venezuela, at the hand of authoritarian regimes. Most of the nations of Africa and many in Asia are authoritarian.
When Bill Clinton was elected president, Hillary appointed her best friend, Margaret Milner Richardson, as director of the IRS and the IRS eventually audited the women who had accused Bill Clinton of sex abuse. You can read the whole story in glorious detail in "Game of Thorns." Now, that is a better example of authoritarianism.
In reality, nothing that happened under the Clintons, or Bushes, or Barack Obama and nothing that is now happening under Donald Trump qualifies America as an authoritarian state.
The Clinton folks are nervous about all of the talk of a special counsel investigating the Clinton Foundation and Russia and conflicts of interest. Hundreds of millions of dollars were involved.
But isn’t it dangerous when one politician can be investigated and another one can’t?
Remember, the American people elected Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department is not an agency unto itself. It is not a separate power, like the Judiciary and the Legislative branches of government. It should certainly not operate at the behest of the political opposition and become their tool for undermining the duly elected president and his administration. The Justice Department is part of the Executive branch of government and, as such, should be run by Donald Trump, the chief executive.
He has every right, even responsibility, to make sure that the Justice Department does what he wants. That is not a dictatorship that is good government.
To describe America as an authoritarian regime is unfair to the millions of people who now live under the rule of harsh regimes, without liberty.
In North Korea and Venezuela, the head of state, and other members of government, can order the death of a citizen without trial. Innocent people are dying there today.
Thousands of people in North Korea have been born in prison camps, punished for life, because of the alleged crimes of their parents. These children are being raised by the state as second generation political prisoners.
In Nazi Germany, an authoritarian regime institutionalized mass extermination. At the Wannsee Conference, in the suburbs of Berlin, 15 officials of the German government met in 1942 and approved the genocide of the Jewish people. It was so inconceivable that a government would actually do such a thing that many Jews didn't believe it until they actually walked into the gas chambers. They thought it was not in the interest of the government to take their lives. "We have value as workers, engineers, doctors," they thought. But they were wrong.
We have seen Idi Amin in Uganda. And then there was Pol Pot in Cambodia. He marked for execution everyone who was in government, in academia, in medicine, all business owners, all journalists. He even marked for execution anyone who wore eye glasses because if they had glasses they could probably read and he didn't want people who could read in his new Cambodia.
Now that is an authoritarian regime.
One of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election was her insolent demagoguery. Saying that America is now an authoritarian government with its own dictator, is an example of that. It is an insult to the intelligence of Americans. No one is above the law. And we should not be shamed from holding her to the same standards that we would hold anyone else.
Doug Wead is a presidential historian who served as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and adviser to two presidents, including President George H.W. Bush. He is the author of "Game of Thorns: Inside the Clinton-Trump Campaign of 2016," which is due to be released on Feb. 28, 2017. Read more reports from Doug Wead — Click Here Now.
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