Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans, particularly Democrats, have become comfortable with the idea of authoritarianism.
A recent Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports survey found that when it comes to the treatment of unvaccinated Americans, 55 percent of Democrats support fines, 59 percent support house arrest, 45 percent support internment camps, 47 percent support surveillance, 29 support the state removing said individuals’ children and 48 percent support prison for unvaccinated individuals who question the efficacy of vaccines.
Republicans and Independents? Not so much, although a chunk of GOP Members of Congress supported the “bipartisan” infrastructure legislation passed early this year that, in an obscure paragraph, gives federal government bureaucrats the power to shut off motorists’ vehicles whenever they see fit. That could be the next step toward America becoming an authoritarian state.
The poll of 1,016 likely voters in the U.S. was conducted Jan. 5 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
John Smietanka says
Yikes, is all I can say!
Arthur A Busch says
Double that one John!!!
Bob Kran says
Interment camps- where was this “unbiased survey” taken. Time to change channels!
dan murphy says
It appears that the U.S. Progressive Left is attempting to follow the lead of the Chinese govt. via Their response to the Covid crisis . A similar ideology seems to be the driving force behind the “global climate change” ideologues . Is the expansion of authoritarian govt. the ultimate goal of the Left, and these crises are their means to achieve it?
Well, when civics, home economics, metal shop, woodshop, auto shop, physical education, etc. classes are discontinued, and America portrayed as fundamentally evil and unredeemable, this is to be expected, eh? How would you expect something different? Capitalism is dismissed in favor of Socialism without proof that it works. This time it will be different, they say. The biggest problem with that is you can vote your way into Socialism, but you have to shoot your way out of it. So far, the Second Amendment prevents the implementation of a government clampdown. We have the right to protect our rights. Thomas Jefferson said if the people are afraid of the government, you have tyranny, but if the government is afraid of the people, you have liberty. Let’s keep it that way.
william bishop says
Seems rather contradictory to see Democrats supporting authoritarianism when that was their major complaint about Trump and how he ran the country…..
ERic Petersen says
I’m sure that those who are required to show proof of vaccination in order to but a Big Mac feel like we are ALREADY living in a police state. Same goes for those who have immunity from having had Covid and have lost their jobs because they won’t take the unnecessary jab,
Stephanie Whitbeck says
It’s been no secret that the Dem/Libs/Left have come to hate the Rep/Conservatives/Right with every bit of their being and advocate, would advocate and take actions to cancel, minimize, dehumanize, etc “their fellow Americans” for the slightest “reason”. Seeing the results of this legitimate survey drives home what previously was supposition without specific rationale. And there isn’t any question that the left hand side of the country sees the matter of vaccination a split between the two political sides of the population rather than a debate between a people without regard to partisan categories – it’s clear in the demographic responses to this survey (and the next survey about CoVid reachable following the links). But the questions to the survey in this post didn’t go far enough (see the link in the second paragraph of the post). So, now we know that they would be willing to fine, throw the other half in prison and take away their children but the question neither asked an open ended question of “what else” nor did they ask “where and how long would you hold them in prison” nor did they ask about the death penalty. It would be worth knowing, without guessing, whether there is any limit to their venality. Guessing their answer or knowing it for sure based upon a survey, ought to inform all adults who the Left would treat like a marshmallow for a s’more: keep this in mind when you vote.
From day one, this has been policy-based science and not science-based policy. This is about weaponizing fear for the purpose of facilitating control.
Nancy Dockter says
Bill, what do your Republican readers think about these awful laws being passed to make it difficult to vote? Very sad what has happened to many of the Rs.
Matt Crehan says
Well this certainly should be no surprise to anyone that has even remotely paying attention to what has been transpiring the past several decades.
To begin with, the USA was founded based on Western European Culture, otherwise known as Caucasian Christian Civilization. (Yes, this means the USA was NOT founded based on ANYTHING African, Asian, Atheist, or some other sub-group—and it sure as HELL was not founded by ancestors of the Cancel Culture Crew)
Western European Culture has unique and distinctive characteristics not present in other cultures. Throughout history it has been regarded as the most civilized and orderly. It has also been responsible for any noteworthy achievement that has advanced the cause of humanity world-wide. (Yes, this means that there has never been, and dare I say it, never will be a Patent Office in Rwanda)
Western European Culture, perhaps most importantly, also is structured to permit the most freedom possible to those living within its dominion. And this is where the root of the dilemma begins. Every other culture throughout recorded history has been based on barbarism, and has only ‘evolved’ at most to communism.
I know a few people who have merely visited communist countries in the past, and all report that they were either followed or monitored for a portion of their stay—as a tourist!! And God help you if your visit is to North Korea and you so much as try to swipe a propaganda poster; you will be promptly taken into custody, no trial will be provided, your mind will be reduced to mush, and just about the time you’re ready to die, you will be returned to the USA, in a coma!!
So what, exactly, is the cause of our present malady? How on earth could that many Americans(?) advocate for an authoritarian State?
The primary reason has to do with the growth of government, which enables them to do so. Before Michigan had a full-time legislature, the laws that were passed were few in number. But once the constitution was changed in 1963, the road to tyranny was paved. Besides the full-time legislature, more government was added.
A bureaucracy is like a cancer that keeps growing. The only chemotherapy available is in the form of a tax cut, or tax reduction, both of which are an uphill battle to implement. Taxes are the lifeblood of the bureaucracy, and without tax revenue, the bureaucracy withers on the vine.
On a national basis, the US Government can spend itself into oblivion, while at the same time attacking anything and everything that gets in its path. There aren’t really any checks and balances, at the end of the day government just grows and grows.
How can checks and balances exist when multiculturalism and diversity, like termites, have infested the fabric of society? Multiculturalism simply means anything goes, and diversity is a code word for takeover.
Under multiculturalism and diversity, checks are defined as payments made to those who refuse to work, and balances equate to identical results, regardless of the effort expended.
This presents the perfect vacuum for an authoritarian regime to emerge from the shadows.
No free society can exist under these circumstances, which is exactly the crossroad the USA is at now. COVID-1984 is a plandemic that only a fool falls for. If nothing else convinces you, the fact that after the scam started, reporting of the seasonal influenza figures ceased. Every year, a proportion of the population passes away from the flu. Until recently, no one has panicked about it. Until, of course, the propaganda machine composed of the major media went into overtime with its National Enquirer style reporting.
Those who support the draconian measures cited above masquerading under the label of Democrat are really nothing more than Communists. Unfortunately, there always have been Communists in our Government, who have always been determined to dissolve Western European Civilization. Communists, of course are not Christian.
And it just so happens that most of those who are refusing to take the jab, ARE Christian. And it just so happens that most of those who are refusing to take the jab ARE staunch proponents of the US Constitution.
So if ANY of the idiotic proposals in the survey come to pass, then those passing or attempting to implement them can and will be jabbed back—with an AK-47.
Who says the Soviets never did anything nice for US?
dan murphy says
There appears to be little discussion nor exposure of the geo politics that appears to be a driving force behind the “climate change” ideology. Regulations and executive orders, to “save the planet ” will have the “unintended consequences” of altering Our Constitutional Republic , as well as transforming the free enterprise economy into an authoritarian top down economy, dictated by the govt.. This seems to be the goal of the currant Hegelian based Progressivism .