Do you think there's a fair chance the US will become an authoritarian country (dictatorship or such) within this century? For this question, let's define fair chance as 30% or more and unlikely as 10% or less.
The united states is already a police state
I think the word is overused.
Enormous police presence, even police brutality, isn't a police state which means police take over politics like a super Gestapo.
Look at the DAPL
Keeping in mind that most of my political predictions lately have turned out completely wrong, I see absolutely no chance of that happening.
According to some people on Tumblr we're already a fascist dictatorship
Only if the present government is overthrown and replaced.
The kind of thinking that there's no chance for us to become a dictatorship is what helps societies become dictatorships. We cannot feel safe with government, we need to maintain a sense of insecurity to ensure they do not gain more power over the people
They are well on their way, but we must draw the line at one point right?
We're well on the way. We're authoritarian already, even if we have the right to choose our masters.
I thought we were under Obama.
Like the new selfie, Praet!
Which answer do I pick if I think there's a 20% chance?
They're already well on their way.
I'm working towards it in what ways I can, but most likely not. It's a slow process.
We've already allowed our branches of government to reinvent the constitution, impose the patriot act which violates our rights, impose restrictive legislation on guns, enter into treaties with state sponsors of terror, turn our back on our closest allies, enter into undeclared wars, create laws through executive orders, refuse to enforce immigration laws, control 17 percent of our domestic GNP by imposing insurance that is inadequate and overpriced and on and on and on.
Hopefully Trump will help undo some of that. We'll see
I'd say unlikely.
The US is more rooted in democracy and more stable than, say, Cuba or some European countries like Weimar Germany were.
I'd be astounded if the safeguards like Congress, SCOTUS and the American people all fail.
Well 2/3 of those are in support of a man who is trying to drastically increase his personal power and control
I'd say they've already failed. We now have a racist, sexist, homophopic, islamaphobic, fraudulent con-man as our president.
Elion-I thought you guys liked Obama. Why would you say all those things about him
Use common sense. That was a completely idiotic question that you already knew answer to. However, you may have been asking a legitimate question. I may have overestimated you.
Sounds like the Democrat leadership, except for the Islamaphobic slur.
Oh, really? That description fit your mighty king Obama quite well so I think you could understand my confusion
Oh yes, definitely, Obama was the one that made the fake university to cheat people out of their money. Your confusion was completely understandable, my bad. (sarcasm)
Benghazi and a videotape, fast and furious, "you can keep your doctor", etc...
No, but he has driven race relations to an all time high, doubled our national debt, made healthcare unaffordable, etc.
Obama didn't do anything about race relations, white people did that all on their own, obama has been better for the debt than Reagan and HW,
And the healthcare thing was only because republicans wouldn't agree to the cheaper and better single payer system
Oh but that's where you're wrong, raging
"The national debt grew the most dollar-wise during President Obama's two terms. He added $7.917 trillion, a 68 percent increase, in seven years."
"President Bush added the second greatest amount to the debt, at $5.849 trillion. But that was a 101 percent increase to the debt."
The percent is the part that matters, nobody can do anything about how much debt they start with
So far, Raging hasn't been wrong once.
In 2012, before obamacare, the US was still spending far more per capita than countries like Canada or the UK with similar health standards and single payer systems
Obama has added over 9 trillion to the debt thus far, therefore he is wrong, elion
Yes I read the full thing, but the first sentence and first method both say he added over 9 trillion. I can agree that not all of it was his fault, but I think you can understand why I have an issue with our debt being doubled over the last 8 years