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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 06:10 PM

Opinion Why zero Republicans have joined Sanders's warning of a Brazil coup



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All this raises fundamental questions about Republican foreign policy. The nascent “national conservatism” movement is just one of many strains on the right that look at authoritarian leaders such as Bolsonaro, Viktor Orban of Hungary and Vladimir Putin of Russia and see much to admire. A Putinist wing is even developing among congressional Republicans.

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One unspoken purpose this affection for authoritarians serves is to give shape to a new Republican foreign-policy philosophy. This is something the party has lacked, after the Cold War and then the global war on terrorism faded as organizing causes.

A transnational alliance of right-wing authoritarians fighting against liberal democracy everywhere might just be the ticket to renew the right’s sense of foreign policy purpose. But that means embracing an unwillingness to stand up for basic democratic principles, if not outright hostility to them, both at home and abroad.

Sanders, for his part, argues that the argument over the Brazil resolution highlights a debate over democracy itself — “an internal debate about whether or not we believe in this country in the rule of law and free elections.” As we can all see, this debate is very unsettled indeed.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/21/bernie-sanders-bolsonaro-brazil-election-coup/

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Response to Uncle Joe (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 06:44 PM

1. This Party over country is getting old pukes?

Are there any heavy individual thinkers in the puke party? Ducks all in a row is for infant ducks.

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Response to pwb (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 10:21 PM

2. I can't make up my mind some days whether

they're more Borg or Ferengi.

With the Borg; there is no individual thought, it's all tied to the collective in service to the Queen, as in the movie, although I imagine it could be a king just as well.

With the Ferengi; everything in their greed based culture is focused on self centered acquisition in the belief of a "he who dies with the most toys wins" kind of mentality.

Ultimately, I guess they're a hybrid with the worst traits of both.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 23, 2022, 08:37 AM

3. The Borg queen is a manifestation of the collective will. The Borg do not serve her per se.

We've seen that the queen is "assembled" on an as-needed basis, mostly as a tool for the Borg collective to communicate with others in a more personal way.

I'd say the Republicans are more like the Ferengi. A bunch of easily frightened cowards, who act with mob mentality, and fall in line to serve their own self-interests and greed.

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