The Three Branches of Government:The Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances by Design
Government Offices and Departments
Legislative Branch (Congress & Senate “the House”) Write the Law
Judicial Branch (Supreme Court/”SCOTUS”) Interprets the Law, is appointed by the President, and confirmed by Senate
The Supreme Court– Final Interpretation of the Law, US Judges, Attorneys General
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, Minority Leader of the House Committee on Intelligence investigating Russian involvement on Bill Maher, speaking on Authoritarianism vs. Democracy.
The Danger of American Fascism, by VP Henry A. Wallace, 1944 and a current opinion by his Grandson in the New York Times “His article, “The Danger of American Fascism,” described a breed of super-nationalist who pursues political power by deceiving Americans and playing to their fears, but is really interested only in protecting his own wealth and privilege. And in my view, he predicted President Trump. My grandfather warned about hucksters spouting populist themes but manipulating people and institutions to achieve the opposite. They pretend to be on the side of ordinary working people — “paying lip service to democracy and the common welfare,” he wrote. But at the same time, they “distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity.” They invariably put “money and power ahead of human beings,” he continued. “They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest.” They also “claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.” They bloviate about putting America first, but it’s just a cover. “They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism.” They need scapegoats and harbor ‘an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations.'”
Democracy: 1. Government is by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy) 2. Elected representatives are held accountable through safeguards.
Totalitarianism: 1. One party/person exercises absolute control over all spheres of human life (competing political parties are banned) 2. Communist totalitarianism 3. Theocratic totalitarianism 4. Tribal totalitarianism 5. Right-wing totalitarianism. Twitter