What would the U.S. of A. feel like on a day-to-day basis if our Democratic system had been effectively dismantled and we were living under a tyrannical despot spouting lies and disinformation on a daily basis? I’ll tell you what it would feel like. It would feel like right here, right now.
“The outcome of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial was precisely that he is above the law, that whatever he says is the law, that we should wait to see what he says and then adapt the law to that….that is precisely what tyrants over the centuries and authoritarians over the last century have always said. Our founding document, the Constitution, is basically a design about how to prevent someone from becoming a tyrant…[the idea] of three parts of the government balancing each other out. But what happened in the impeachment trial was exactly the opposite. The Congress gave way, and then Justice Roberts also gave way [by waving away notions of evidence and testimony]. So basically what we saw was a trial that wasn’t a trial.” — Timothy Snyder, author of “The Road to Unfreedom.”