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Amid a complex political landscape, three stories emerge that shed light on critical issues of our time.

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, raises concerns about Stephen Miller's role as an enabler of former President Donald Trump, highlighting the risks associated with his influence.

In another story, we delve into the power of authoritarian tactics in analyzing Trump's rhetoric, drawing parallels to historical dictators and emphasizing the need to counter divisive politics and protect democratic institutions.

Lastly, we turn our attention to Texas, where Governor Abbott's new law raises alarming comparisons to "show us your papers" laws of the past, sparking a broader conversation about the state's political stance and its implications for immigration, women's rights, and the nation as a whole. These stories reflect the complexities and challenges we face in today's world.

Mary Trump's Concerns about Trump's Enabler Stephen Miller

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist and author, expresses significant concerns about the role of Stephen Miller as an enabler of former President Donald Trump. Drawing from her expertise in psychology, she points out that Donald Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder heavily influences his actions, focusing solely on his safety and security. This self-centered perspective, she argues, poses serious risks, particularly when coupled with the authority of the presidency.

She has severe apprehensions about Trump's supporters and those who encourage his divisive rhetoric. She emphasizes the need for accountability for individuals like Stephen Miller. Highlighting Miller's appearance on Fox News, where he made controversial statements regarding immigration, she underscores the irony of his stance given his family's history of fleeing persecution. She voices her concerns over Miller's potential, influential position in a future Trump administration, fearing his and Trump’s shared pursuit of power.


Analyzing Trump's Rhetoric: The Power of Authoritarian Tactics

We find ourselves in a peculiar moment where half the nation is alarmed by the Republican Presidential nominee's rhetoric. He seems to be quoting infamous dictators of the past, like Hitler and Mussolini, as he ascends to power. It's not a direct comparison, but the similarities are striking. Why does he persist in using these tactics despite the obvious historical parallels?

These tactics, rooted in the playbook of dictators and authoritarians, are effective. They tap into the human psyche, making people yearn for a strongman to eradicate perceived enemies and rule with an iron fist. Trump's statements about "internal enemies" and immigrants poisoning the nation's blood are not just offensive; they are strategically designed to work on people, to make them believe that democracy and the rule of law can't handle these perceived threats.

Comparing Trump's statements to those of Hitler and Mussolini isn't enough to make him stop. He thrives on the outrage of his critics, but more importantly, he enjoys the support of those who resonate with his message. A poll in Iowa shows that his divisive statements make some Republican voters more likely to support him. This should be a wake-up call.

History has shown that such rhetoric is a political tactic. To counter it, we must refuse to engage in politics that demonize opponents as monsters. We must stand up for targeted groups and protect the legal and political systems that safeguard democracy. It's not just about pointing out the similarities; it's about recognizing that these tactics work and taking steps to prevent them from succeeding.

One way to combat these tactics is through civil suits and legal action against those who propagate hate and violence. Recent lawsuits against individuals like Alex Jones and white nationalist groups demonstrate that the legal system can be a powerful tool against such ideologies. Civil litigation conveys that such conduct is unlawful and unacceptable, even in the face of free speech arguments.

The key is to recognize that these tactics have a historical track record of success. They aim to make us believe that democracy, with its checks and balances, cannot combat perceived threats. To counter this, we must protect our institutions, reject divisive politics, and use the legal system to hold those who promote hate and violence accountable. It's not an easy task, but it's essential to preserve the foundations of democracy.


Texas is About to Turn Into the “Show Me Your Papers” Gestapo State

In this conversation, James Moore, an Emmy Award-winning television news correspondent and founder of Big Ben Strategies, discusses the current political climate in Texas with Ian, the host of Background Briefing. Moore addresses Governor Abbott's new law, which puts him in conflict with the federal government, particularly regarding immigration and border control. He expresses concerns about the law's implications, comparing it to pre-war Germany's "show us your papers" laws and Arizona's similar challenge to federal authority in 2012.

Moore highlights the dangers of Abbott's Operation Lone Star, which has turned the Texas-Mexico border into a war zone and led to numerous fatalities and injuries. He criticizes the law for enabling police to detain anyone suspected of entering Texas illegally based solely on appearance, leading to potential racial profiling.

The conversation also touches on the broader implications of Texas politics, including the state's extreme right-wing stance, exemplified by recent abortion laws. Moore discusses the case of Kate Cox, who was forced to leave Texas to obtain an abortion for a medically nonviable pregnancy. This case, he argues, should be used nationally to campaign against the Republicans' approach to abortion, which he believes is more about controlling women than protecting life.

Moore's perspective paints a picture of a politically extreme Texas, with policies that have significant implications for immigration, women's rights, and the state's overall direction. He hopes for a national recognition of these issues, particularly in light of the upcoming elections.

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jenningsRobert Jennings is co-publisher of with his wife Marie T Russell. He attended the University of Florida, Southern Technical Institute, and the University of Central Florida with studies in real estate, urban development, finance, architectural engineering, and elementary education. He was a member of the US Marine Corps and The US Army having commanded a field artillery battery in Germany. He worked in real estate finance, construction and development for 25 years before starting in 1996.

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