December 10, 2019

Republicans vs. democracy

For traditionally patriotic Americans, rule of law is sacrosanct. But leading Republicans don’t agree.

And so the November, 2020 United States election will be desperately important. Republicans are sabotaging our democracy, and have done it much damage. So they must be temporarily removed from power, long enough for the system to be substantially repaired. This is essential at the national level, president and Congress alike. It is vital in individual states as well.

The importance of such repair is impossible to overstate; democratic government, once lost, can take a very long time to restore. Vladimir Putin was first elected president with 53% of the vote. He hasn’t given up power since. The Romans accepted an emperor in 27 BC, and next had a republic in 1798. And China’s model of slightly-free high-tech tyranny seems appallingly well-designed.

Democrats should message against Republican betrayals, far beyond what is being said about impeachment. But how should we tell this story? The extremism frame, which works for much anti-Republican messaging, is a poor fit here – for when democracy itself is at risk, the good guys should be even more extreme than the bad. Instead I suggest two closely-related concepts: “Republicans like dictators(hip)” and “Republicans dislike democracy.”

Notes on “Republicans like dictators(hip)” start:

As for “Republicans dislike democracy” – that includes:

Specific Republican offenses to highlight could include:

You surely can think of other examples as well.

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3 Responses to “Republicans vs. democracy”

  1. Republicans are extremists, and should be labeled as such : The Monash Report on December 11th, 2019 10:28 am

    […] Of course, all simple positioning or messaging strategies have drawbacks. For one thing, as I wrote in my post about slamming Republicans for their liking of dictators(hips) and their dislike of democracy: […]

  2. David Taber on December 12th, 2019 11:13 am

    If you look historically, there is a smattering of dictator-loving in both parties. That said, the impulse toward authoritarianism does have some party affiliation.
    Hitler and isolationism were clearly Republican stances prior to Pearl Harbor.
    Supporting “anti-communist” dictators around the world was something Democrats felt they had to do in order to avoid being pilloried as soft on communism.
    Some of the more-fun coups/installations were done under Republican presidents. Think Mohammad Reza Palavi and Augusto Pinochet.

  3. Election 2020 – party vs. party, all hands on deck : The Monash Report on December 13th, 2019 5:06 am

    […] may ask? The strongest message I have, as mentioned above and spelled out in another post, is that our democratic freedoms are at stake. If your intended audience isn’t likely to understand or acknowledge that danger, yet another […]

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