1 year after the auto-coup attempt of the United States government... How should restraint and tolerance of far right extremism be implemented?
Here is an opinion that I agree with.
"As the nation observes the first anniversary of the assault on the Capitol, it has become standard to label this event an attempted coup. The term is inexact. What happened on Jan. 6, 2021, was not a coup but rather a self-coup. Coups are directed by other officials against the sitting leader; self-coups are directed by the sitting leader against other officials. I point this out not because I am a stickler for words but because self-coups tend to leave a more lasting negative political legacy than ordinary coups. We are very fortunate former president Donald Trump’s plot failed.
The dual-power situations that sometimes evolve from self-coups are especially dangerous, but even they can be alleviated if effort is made to hold the perpetrator accountable. Consider the 2010 presidential election in Ivory Coast. Opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara was internationally recognized as the winner, but the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, would not concede. Civil war ensued, which Ouattara, the legitimate president, won. Gbagbo was arrested and extradited to stand trial for crimes against humanity. The trial ended in acquittal, but enough time passed that Ouattara felt he could allow Gbagbo to return home last year to foster national reconciliation.
To bring Americans back together, Trump must also first face criminal charges."
I'll be interested in the opinions garnered by this poll. As an observer outside the USA and student of politics and (American) sociology I an keen to gain a greater understanding of how Americans saw this coup.
In an attempt at objectivity, I can see the principals of the coup to restore the rightful POTUS45 to the position of CinC by armed force if necessary.
Yet, all the evidence supports that POTUS46 won the election fair and square thus, making the coup attempt and act of sedition and terrorism against the peace of the USA.
So what should be done?
MAGA supporters have become an internal threat to the rule of law as they would be unlikely to accept the result of another lost election and if they gain the upper hand would try to change America into their image. Trump or whomever will instigate Wytch trials to purge America of Democracy and build a royal lineage of Trump.
I don't do polls except my own. We address this mindset with what worked in the past. Infiltrate, re-educate, the courts, peer pressure, redemption. Democracy is always messy. Compromise is what sustains us. We must make the attempt. Light the candle against the darkness. Look at the long view of history. It bends toward justice. This is for our posterity. Can we do this before violence becomes the solution of last resort? I am not a hopeful person. There is no utopia. The struggle is endless.
A large part of the problem is far right news outlets like Newsmax and Fox News that deliberately put out false stories (propaganda), to mislead people.
I am not sure how to get them to stop. Every solution I can think of seems pretty draconian to me.
The best starting point I can think of is how false advertising is considered illegal, and is a legal limit on the free speech of corporations. If false advertising could somehow expand the limits of corporate "free speech" further, to make it illegal for corporations that identify as news outlets to deliberately put out false stories and information, that would b e a good thing. In short, make it illegal for corporations to knowingly lie, period.
Think about that. Tobacco companies can't claim that smoking doesn't negatively affect health. Fossil Fuel companies can't lie about how the release of carbon in the air causes climate change. The onloy down side is how hard the rich and republicans would fight it.
Dems and the MSM constantly tiptoe around what this is: The Christian Nationalist movement.
They refuse to call a spade a spade. All of the structural pieces (laws/ culture) are in place for this to succeed.
I don't see any hope of anything being done to stop it. Period.
I didn't vote in this poll
No this was no "auto-coup", this was sedition and treason orchestrated by the then president who refused to accept defeat and tried to subvert the will of the american people. The slap on the hand being delt out to the few people yet prosecuted does not match the seriousness of their crime. It is a shame that the instigator is not behind bars, and probably will never be. As for violence sometimes being necessary, I think one has to fight fire with water, but sometimes you also have to fight fire with fire.
I am confused at this penchant to be "tolerant" for people who attempted a coup, caused death and harm to police and defiled the capitol building with feces. Exactly what about those actions merit "tolerance"? Why should there be anything except charges of sedition a trial and tossed in jail if found guilty? Who cares if traitors have martyrs if their martyrs are rotting in prison?
Oh wait. Most of them are white and we're talking about America. It makes sense now.
Why are you listing this an auto coup d’Tat???
When this was a very organized Insurrection within many levels of the Congress, Senate, police, Military, and units of the FBI and trumps DOJ!!!
These are All treasonous crimes against the US constitution!!!
Not one has been convicted of treason and insurrection against the people of the USA!!!
Any arrests were for trespassing and destruction of Government property!!!
In any a other developed country they would be removed from their elected or appointed office for sedition and treasonous insurrection!!!
All who took part on any level should be arrested and face the death penalty for sedition and insurrection!!!
The US Constitution spells out the consequences of this treasonous sedition and treasonous insurrection!!!
Let’s follow the US Constitution the 14th Amendment instead of making it all up as they go along!!!