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The change in America is happening fast enough that you can see it

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Kevin Drum provides a good example at his post in Mother Jones. From that post:

James Fallows listens to talk radio so you don’t have to:

Spent 8hrs today in car, listening to AM talk radio.
All the rhetorical energy was defending (a) Russia (b) Assange, as below
Jeesh https://t.co/hjGcAbmE4q

— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) January 5, 2017

This is scary. Not because these folks are defending Putin and Assange—plenty of people do that—but because these are precisely the people who were the most outraged by Putin and Assange as recently as last year. Now they’ve turned on a dime, and for one reason: because Donald Trump told them to.

Twenty years ago, a Washington Post reporter wrote that followers of television evangelists were “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.” The blowback was huge and immediate and the Post apologized the next day. To this day, conservatives will quote these words as evidence that the mainstream press has it in for conservatives.

But what else explains what’s happening now? Donald Trump has essentially commanded his followers to defend Putin and Assange, and with barely a whimper they’ve complied. And when the press starts to point out what’s going on, we get this: . . .

And worse is happening right this minute: the GOP plans to scrub the government of any employees whose online data (information from Facebook would do) identifies the as liberal, and fire every one. Then the government agencies will start to respond with a more conservative outlook that, worst case, becomes strongly authoritarian.

I’ve take a step or two into the future: the “it certainly becomes more possible” scenario. But see for yourself.

Update: Not the sign of a secure person.

Update again (Drum’s on a roll: a drumroll): Here’s how we know the Russians did the hacking.

Written by LeisureGuy

5 January 2017 at 3:15 pm

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