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Democrats push a one-party democracy … really?

Democrats push a one-party democracy … really?

The radical left Democratic Party – and their loyal allies in the press – have a peculiar idea of how to save democracy and the American Republic from authoritarianism.  They want to establish a one-party rule.

But – you may ask – isn’t one-party rule the very definition of … authoritarianism?  Yes!  One-party rule is the model of government we see in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Belarus — AND New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and other American Democratic strongholds.

I am not speaking of communities in which one or the other party may hold major offices at various times, but where one-party functions with virtually no representation of a second political force.  There is no “loyal opposition” because there is NO opposition at all.

These one-party governments tend to be headed by the party that favors a strong regulatory central government – controlled by a permanently empowered elected official/bureaucratic elite combine.  In such a governing model at a national level, all power rests with the central government.  The municipal or provincial governments are merely an extension of the central government – with no exceptional rights or privileges.

So … in America, which of the two major political parties is most like that authoritarian model?  Take of few minutes to respond, if you need them.

America was founded on an almost unique system – a bit of genius.  In a world that was almost entirely composed of governments headed by autocrats – kings, czars, emperors, potentates, and tribal chieftains – America’s Founders reversed the political polarity.  They rejected the top-down form of authoritarian government for a governance model that favored a bottom-up democracy in which all rights and powers belong FIRST to the people.   

A system in which all levels of government draw their powers from the people.  To reinforce the concept, they drafted a Constitution that creates a federal system – meaning that the several states have rights protected from an oppressive central government.  They made their intention clear with the Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Tenth Amendment is among the most important – but the most ignored amendments as more and more powers are assumed by Washington.  This shift is creeping authoritarianism.

Oh!  Have you made your choice as to which of the two major political parties has authoritarian tendencies?  If you selected the Democratic Party, win a virtual Kewpie Doll.

I know those on the left are going to have an apoplectic reaction to my contention.  After all, they claim that it is the Republican Party that is trying to seize control of the national government to set up the reign of King Trump the First.  They peddle that narrative with a conspiracy theory about an ongoing attempted coup that involves Republican leaders and voters throughout the nation.  

Like political Chicken Littles, Democrats and the left-leaning media claim that the riot on Capitol Hill came within a hair’s breadth of ending democracy and bringing down the Republic.  In reality, their so-called insurrection was an unfortunate riot that interrupted the important work of Congress for a few hours.  The motivation of the demonstrators – notwithstanding a few nutcase exceptions – was never to violently flip the election to Trump – but rather to enable recounts and audits.

To keep the narrative that Republicans are the authoritarians going, Democrats have invented an ongoing coup attempt.  They tried to make the 500 hundred people who demonstrated on Capitol Hill in September as evidence of the slow rolling coup.  The fact that none of that rather small crowd were armed and there was no violence – and none of the predicted protests in cities and towns across the nation ever took place — has not dissuaded Democrats from engaging in their insurrection/coup political fantasy.  It is the propaganda grist for the left’s political mill.

In addition to spreading this slander against an entire political party and some 75 million voters as leverage in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, Democrats proffer this nonsense as a means of deflecting from their own historic authoritarian instincts.

Democrats have long been a party of government – powerful government.  Wherever the Democratic Party has taken root, they have gradually assumed more and more power – until any meaningful opposition is crushed.

One only needs to recall what was commonly referred to as the SOLID Democrat south – and the brutality of their oppressive one-party rule.  Most of our major cities have evolved into one-party authoritarian governance for generations.  And the spread continues.

In my own experience, I have seen the once Republican suburbs of Chicago  be taken over by the Democratic Party – then what are known as the “collar counties.”  In my lifetime, Illinois has moved from a Republican-leaning swing state to a solid blue state.  Same with California and New York State.

If you track the expansion of the federal government, you will always see Democrat policies leading the way.  While the evolution is slow but persistent, there are times of quantum leaps in empowering the federal government – meaning stripping power away from states and municipalities.  President Woodrow Wilson introduced the income tax and automatic withholding – a scheme that enabled the federal government to build a huge treasury.

President Roosevelt used the Great Depression to take the management of welfare from the states and municipalities.  He participated in changing the definition of civil rights from those rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — as delineated in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in virtually every section of the Constitution — to a civil right of welfare dependency.  As the old Democrat political machines traded votes for coal, modern Democrats trade taxpayer money in the form of welfare, grants, subsidies, contracts and wages for votes.  FDR also gave us Social Security – probably the worst possible investment, with what we take out having less purchasing power than what we put in.

President Johnson brought us Medicare and the War on Poverty – two ENORMOUSLY expensive and wasteful programs that created more constituents for big government policies, but did little to alleviate the suffering of the poor.  Then there was Obamacare and now we have Democrats attempting to put the coup de grace to any notion of states rights and bottom-up governance.

Democrats today –with the help of the elitist east coast news media – are openly calling for the elimination of the Republican Party.  They make no secret that their condemnation and demonization of the GOP is for one purpose – to drive the Party out of the offices of governance.

They make no secret of their plan.  One of the main talking-points in the Democrat playbook is that the GOP is too dangerous to govern anywhere in the country.  In the cities.  In the state legislatures.  In Congress … and most certainly in the White House.  It is not about President Trump.  He is only the political poster child for their ambition

Democrat officials and media personalities appear frequently to spread the Chicken Little propaganda – and they are not subtle.  “Republicans must be defeated in 2022,” they say – outright claiming that the Republic will fall if the GOP gains a foothold on power.  The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson repeatedly calls for the Republican Party to be “annihilated … crushed” (his words).

There you have it.  The Democratic Party idea of protecting the Republic … the democracy … is to have the only viable opposition to authoritarian rule annihilated … crushed.  And if you think that makes sense, you are not thinking.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. frank stetson

    ” They peddle that narrative with a conspiracy theory about an ongoing attempted coup that involves Republican leaders and voters throughout the nation.” Actually, it starts with Donald J. Trump.

    Bill Maher talks about “the slow moving coup.” You probably hate Bill and refuse anything he says, but this one makes some sense:

    “”The Ding Dongs, who sacked the Capitol last year? That was like when Al Qaeda tried to take down the World Trade Center the first time with a van. It was a joke. But the next time they came back with planes,” Maher said, adding “I hope I scared the shit out of you!”

    And there’s the point. This time thousands of rioters surrounded the Capitol where our leadership was inside, working. Hundreds stormed the building, physical attacks, shots fired, they were looking for targets and came within feet of Pence and others. One hell of a tourist trap.

    Like Al Qaeda after the first Trade Center attack, they learned, they re-engineered. That’s just what happened then and is probably happening now. First time it was the “Ding Dongs.” Next time, they will be better prepared.

    We should be scared, the Capitol was breached. We should be smarter too. All of us OR any of us that believe our nation is not only sacred but always at risk from attack, domestic and foreign should investigate the causes, punish the guilty, and set plans into play so that this can never happen again. Larry telling us it’s a nothing burger notwithstanding.

    Trump’s GOP is too dangerous; I am not sure where the real GOP is. We will see how successful Whitman and others are at bringing it back.

    But it is exceedingly difficult as the Grand Old Party has become the Shrinking Party of Old White Men. It depends on including racists, extremists, and other disenfranchised white guys and will have great difficulty exorcising these miscreants from their base because the GOP is shrinking and it needs every vote it can get. They have yet to figure out what the Dems have; how to create inclusionary programs instead focusing on exclusion.

    The Dems can fall prey to this too; Larry point to that by looking at the Progressives which he calls “the radical left” which he says the media allies with. First, and Larry knows this, the Progressives couldn’t get a ham sandwich bill passed during lunchtime; the power is still towards the center. The media, as noted by most media-bias reviewers is mostly lean-left versus “progressive allies.” At least that’s how most vote.

    I think we will see just how strong the far left is during reconciliation; the compromise number will be the answer for now.

    One funny thing: Larry mentions King Don. Larry, do you remember during the Nixon years when the epaulets came out for the White House Guard, that’s when I knew there was something seriously wrong. With Trump, he was in there a few months when the golden Roosevelt curtains and his new gold chairs came out in the White House that I knew there was something seriously wrong. Wannabe Kings tend to show their true colors by their surroundings.

    Authoritarian rule: that’s a very hard sell to convince most people that it leans toward the Democrats.

  2. Dan Tyree

    Let’s talk about the black “ding dongs “ that looted and destroyed innocent people’s businesses. It’s clear that the commiecrats want to be large and in charge. America will fall under their regime But the red wave will roll.

    • Joseph S. Bruder

      Danny Boy, let’s also talk about the Proud Boys and other right-wing extremists that put on black hoodies and black masks and destroyed property to make BLM protesters look bad. Or the protests that started out peacefully until local law enforcement (or in a couple of cases, Trump’s unmarked brownshirts) attacked protesters without provocation and turned the protests into full-scale riots. Because, as we all know, the best thing to calm down a group of people protesting police brutality is to send in a bunch of violent white-supremacist cops to crack heads…

  3. frank stetson

    Yes, because BLM was dangerously close to taking over the government ????

    But yes, arrest and convict any lawbreakers.

    It’s not an either or. It’s not well they did it so it’s OK for us to do it.

    It’s pretty black-letter law.

    But you are right, the red wave will roil.

  4. Joseph S. Bruder

    Larry, yet again I have to challenge you for your straw-man argument that declares what all Democrats want. Just who is it that has said they want a one-party government? You don’t name a single name of anyone who has declared such an opinion, much less pointed to a general agreement among Democrats (that, in itself, is a rarity!). Advocating for one-party rule is a LOT different than advocating for the end of the Republican Party (which they themselves seem to be aiming for).

    Yes, most Democrats agree than Republicans need to be defeated in the next elections. That’s what a democracy is – people choose the party and/or candidates that best represent them and can run the country most effectively.

    Would that be the Republican Party? The Republican Party has become the Party of Trump – they don’t do anything that will upset Dear Leader or risk bringing down the Wrath of Trump on themselves. NINETY PERCENT of Congressional Republicans are still unwilling to say out loud that Trump lost the last election. Republicans still refuse to admit that the actions of President Trump and his supporters on Jan 6th was a failed coup. Instead, they try to cover it up (McCarthy refusing to seat anyone but fellow conspiracists on a House Select Committee to investigate the attacks on the Capitol). After 150 years or so of peaceful transitions, Republicans were complicit in trying to take the government over by force. THAT was an attempt an authoritarian rule, and is still continuing today. Larry, the Republican party is now completely the party of traitors to the country. I’m not saying ALL people who call themselves Republican are there, but the Party is certainly there.

    We just got out of 4 years of hellish leaderhip in the White House. Trump used every opportunity to grift for money directly into his pockets. He installed his family in the White House as advisors and more, without Congressional confirmation. They visited heads of state in the name of the US government, while also pursuing Trump business interests. He put major donors in Cabinet positions, and in charge of various departments of government. Many of them had no experience in government, little or no experience in the departments they were taking over, and in many cases even had conflict of interests. Some of them used the positions to also enrich themselves. Trump’s Cabinet was a constant cycle of hiring, getting indicted, and getting fired.

    Trump actively pitted parts of the population against each other, purely to divide and conquer for his own political gain. He attacked minorities, immigrants, the press, and especially anyone who disagreed with him. Any norms observed by previous Presidents, he broke. He pulled the US out of treaties, railed against our allies, and buddied up to REAL dictators. Don’t forget most of Trump’s campaign advisors in constant contact with the Russians during the 2016 election, many of them indicted for lying about their roles. Then there’s Trump trying to blackmail the President of Ukraine for personal favors while witholding funds to fight a Russian invasion of their territory.

    The ONLY “accomplishment” of Republicans during Trump’s term in office was to pass a tax cut for the wealthy. It benefitted Trump, his donors, and a lot of rich people in Congress. Despite weekly declarations that “THIS is infrastructure week”, it never happened. The gap between middle class and the wealthy grew by leaps and bounds. The poor got poorer. Trump inherited the longest period of growth in employment in the history of the country, and destroyed it. A pandemic hitting on his watch isn’t his fault, but he handled it in the absolute worst way possible – covering it up, minimizing precautions, lying to the American people about how serious it was, setting bad examples about mask wearing and social distancing, and mishandling the rolloout of vaccines (only 1% were vaxxed in the first two months, compared to almost 60% in Biden’s first 4 months.) His Nuremberg-style rallies infected 10’s of thousands of people and spread COVID across middle America. His conspiracy theory cures and anti-vax “freedumb” stance has literally caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. All in all, it was a pretty shameful example of Republicanism.

    For the umpteenth time, you also complain about “elitist east coast news media”, and again I’ll remind you that you are on the East Coast, your bio touts your “elitist” experience, and you write for a wannabe Newmax clone. Your definition of “elitist east coast media” appears to be just “not Fox or Newsmax or OAN”, or maybe “anything left of my own opinion”. I could go on and on about the mistakes and outright crimes that Trump committed and that Republicans condoned. Suffice it to say that Republicans don’t represent the values of most Americans. Wanting to get rid of the corrupt Republican Party is not the same as advocating a one-party rule.

    You call the Democratic Party (a couple of times) “Chicken Littles”, and yet almost every one of your articles is a scare piece intended to fire up the few right-wingers that actually read your column. You also (and often) use the “democratic south” to talk about the racism that was present between the Civil War and now, without acknowedging that those “brutal” and “oppressive” Democrats back then are the Republicans of today. Yes, there are many cities in the north and/or East Coast that are primarily Democratic now, but pretty much all of those cities and states have solid popular majorities in the Democratic Party as well. It’s not like the Republican-controlled areas, especially in the South, where the Republicans are in the minority but still winning seats because of gerrymandering or voter suppression, or the proportion of Republican party representation in Congress doesn’t match the party registrations of the state.

    Democrats are justified in speculating/advocating/wishing for the death of the Republican Party, if the replacement is a political party that is interested in the welfare of the people of the US, and not just maintaining power at all costs. But your premise that Democrats are trying to create a one-party “authoritarian” rule is not supported by facts or your arguments.

  5. FranksTetson

    Bruner +1 on this one!

  6. Ben

    It could be a two party system, but the radical republicans can’t seem to come up with a platform that collects a broad coalition of voters. I mean, it’s been almost 40 yrs since the republicans had a majority of Presidential voters. Republicans control our government with minority rule obtained by gerrymandering and voter suppression.
    Your policies are just not popular with the majority of American people.


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