JohnRawls wrote:@Rancid @Rugoz
I am not disputing that they are power hungry. My question is how would an autocrat/dictator help them with power if dictator by default has all the power. If you are power hungry then you have inherent interest not to allow a dictator/autocrat to rise to power since you will loose all power.
You can see this in history that even if democratic/oligarchic/parliamentary systems make deals with potential autocrats, they eventually provide large pushback against them and only in cases of extreme competence the dictator actually creates a dictatorship. Being mediocre or stupid makes you loose. You need to have extreme cunning, smarts and be able to coat yourself as being useful for both the people and majority chunk of elites or frighten them to actually establish a dictatorship from a democracy. Trump is nothing compared to that. With monarchies and other semi-dictatorships it is much easier but America is a fully democratic state.
Those treasonous Republicans are playing to get into the dictators inner circle of power. Dictators, contrary to popular belief, do not have absolute power. They must keep a small inner circle happy. The dictator keeps them happy with money/rewards, and by delegating power to them as well (Putin does this by the way) so long as they do not contradict the dictators will. These Republicans are vying to get into that inner circle.
There's plenty of research that studies how dictatorships actually work. It is not how you (and most) think of it. Additionally to the close inner circle, there is an even larger pool of people just outside the inner circle that the dictator uses as leverage against the inner circle. The dicator can use this to swap in/out between the inner circle and the larger outer circle. This is how the dictator commands "loyalty" from the inner circle. Basically, by making them fear he can get others to turn on them and kick them out of the inner circle. So long as the dictator can keep the rewards of being loyal to him going within the inner circle, he's good, he can maintain power.
The entire republican party is fighting to get into that inner circle, and the larger circle just outside of the inner circle. They are... authoritarians that do not give a shit about America, just power.
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The current dynamic between Republicans and Trumpist is exactly a prelude to a successful coup/dictatorship. This isn't shit I'm making up. Most people don't understand that this is how it happens.
Many, like yourself, still don't get it. Too many people still sleep walking on this. This is exactly why it may happen.
So yes, Republicans have something to gain by helping establish a dictator. Whatever stupid shit Democrats are currently doing, is no where near as insidious as this.
I can think of 11780 reasons Trump shouldn't be president ever again.