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4 signs a democracy could be slipping into an authoritarian regime | USA TODAY

Here are 4 signs that a democracy could be moving towards an authoritarian regime.
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Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos of the University of South Florida explains the signs that could indicate a democracy is moving towards an authoritarian regime.

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    The simple equasion . It will be up to the good and decent Republican citizens to see the corrupt and lying nature of Donald Trump and have moral fortitude to reject the danger in such numbers that it will be driven into the cold dank earth from which these deception arise. America is now counting on you.

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    Democrat party controls the media In Hollywood, controls the ballot by ignoring the primary votes of the people and instead let's the PACs decide. They use Antifa and BLM to intimidate anyone that disagrees with them. Similarly they discredit anyone who disagrees with them. They should mention they created an indoctrination program through our public schools too.

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    This is the path we're on. This is the road the Republicans want you to let them drag this country down. They want to steal your freedoms right out from under you and then have you thank them for it. The worst part is they are training future politicians to be just as bad if not worse rather than instilling in them the values that this country actually stand for.

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    Stanley Tompkins

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb sitting at a table, deciding what’s for dinner. It is mob rule. It is a dictatorship of the harshest sort. Democracy was taught and used in meetings at grade school. I should’ve just shown up, armed, for class. I prefer my liberty over democracy, after all. What’s for dinner, y’all?

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    Kind of like California state govt

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    Now the media is not in control of their own actions. It totally makes sense now, that's why the media is so hypocritical. Controlled by an authoritarian government? Did they listen to this before posting it?

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    Ummmmmm…… these examples are what trump is trying to normalize currently in trump’s America

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    Been a while since we had a good old fashioned uprising,
    An alliance of rebels to restore a democratically elected republic.
    For the people by the people.

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    to hell with the media

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    Just another orange man bad video. Your leftist TDS is showing. We're not buying it anymore !

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    Mountain Hensley

    if I didn't know better, which I do, It sounds like you are describing the left to a T. However you are a leftist rag of a network, and you are trying to make it sound like this is a thing. It is not, good bye fake news.

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    Democrats are the oppression.

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    The level of denial and ignorance in theses comments is shameful. 🙈🙉🙊

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    Lol! Trending News?😂🤣 Ho Lee Fook!

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    I love how all the authoritarians think they aren't authoritarian. An obsession with men in positions of power and bootlicking corporations, Trump, and the police and military. Hey, remember when Trump joked about Ali Velshi, a reporter, getting hit in the knee cap with a rubber bullet and his supporters laughed and Trump called it a beautiful thing? Yeah, not authoritarian at all.

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    I just love all the Trump cult followers don't see that this is what Trump and his cronies are doing to America….We all better prepare to not be in the free America anymore if that psychotic oompa loompa gets another term. I hate politics the whole government, left and right is corrupt. the right just gets caught, the left is corrupt behind the scenes

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    Yea the left has done all that,they do it in the news, the riots, the mail out ballots. They want to change our goverment. Thats so dangerous,

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    We are a constitutional republic, while we have some ways of democracy we are not an unfettered democracy

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    Belligerent Instigator

    The media is lying about everything, big tech is deleting videos of Trump supporters and you are worried about an authoritarian regime? No form of voter verification is endorsed by Democrats. Trump-Russia collusion, The whole FBI investigation, Dinesh being put in jail, the whole impeachment scandal, lies about Trump's handling of covid. You want to see coercion? Look at the Democrats.

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    Reply to this post if you are NOT a Russian troll bot. I expect fewer than five responses based on the posts below.

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    It looks like Trump and the republicans tick all the boxes.

    1. Fox News. Spreading misinformation and disinformation. Pretending that everything Trump does is right.
    2. Voter suppression efforts by republican governors and legislators. Sowing the seeds of distrust in the voting process. Gerrymandering.
    3. The use of force to clear the street for a photo-op. Calling on white supremacists to monitor the elections. Threatening people with violence if he doesn't win.
    4. Calling the media that prints the truth fake. Calling anything that he disagrees with a hoax.

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    So what's the solution, expert lady? Communism?

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    Hmm so democrats are become authoritarian? I see it.

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    TheLastChickenNugget

    HMMM GEE I WONDER IS THIS PROJECTION????? HMMM

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    Stupid; let's just admit that some people cannot handle a strong leader, but prefer lifetime politicians who make smooth speeches and do nothing.

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    Its ironic that the Fox news Republican neo conservative economic viewpoint has evermore empowered a new wealthy Democrat elite. All mainstream media is now pretty much financed by one or the other. So Authoritarianism is rising more likely out of the thwarting of democracy while further empowering of a few. Putin and Russian oligarchs are going in the same general direction recognizing the power of unfettered free market capitalism ultimately privatizing government and releasing corporations( owned by the elite few) from any government intervention. Combine this with the control of the military and police state is cause for a coming calamity. Trump is a joke in my opinion who has only furthered this reality.

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    Mitch McConnell and his entire family including Elaine Chao are helping Trump destroy USA

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    Trump don't seems to understand he is not believable, this has been the worst leadership ever, the quicker he understands that the better America will be 🇺🇸

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    Good “use of force” examples could have been BLM rioters and Antifa provocateurs literally forcing innocent people to comply with their demands by the use of FORCE.

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    anyone else notice that this matches everything the left is doing ? I just knew this would be another anti trump ad since all media is anti trump but wow this either backfired bad or they purposely called out the left

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    Hey dumbasses at USA Today!!! We've been under an authroritarian regime since they voted in the 'legal' mass surveillance state with the Patriot Act. Then in 2012, the ban on domestic propaganda was lifted allowing nearly all US agencies and departments to engage in propaganda. Now social media, is being the self-appointed arbiters of truth and are trampling on peoples first amendment rights to share things such as FBI crime statistics and CDC/WHO links because they don't fit the 'narrative' the MSM is projecting at that time. Lets not talk about things like Operation Mockingbird and other black book programs. Facebook originated as a DARPA mass surveillance program.

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    USA today is propaganda

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    If Joe Biden would be elected expect $4 plus per gallon for gasoline. Taxes will only rise up up and up. Joe has been a politician for over 47 years has not done anything to improve our lives middle-class and only benefitedand himself..Joe Biden. If the Dems are so smart why are they not helping stop this virus?? They have the power..Talk is cheap!! Mr Biden!! You and your party are bunch of children with tantrum's!!

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    Christian Burgos

    You just described "Silicon Valley"

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    4 signs of authoritarianism…no right to free speech no right to self defense no right to free religion no right to personal property…all democrat ideals

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    Hey USA TODAY, how about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris not taking any questions from the press? The townhalls with undecided voters are full of voters who already decided to vote for Biden, whereas the Trump townhalls are also full of Biden voters. The questions asked of Biden all have to do with "How do you feel about Trump?" Trump is the only thing standing between us and the leftist takeover of everything–business, education, how we live

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    1 guaranteed sign of your country losing its democracy, is your country always having been a republic.

    Also what is considered a "real opposition party". Sounds like another way to sideskirt democracy.

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    The media has been completely controlled for a long time. All msm does is control a specific narrative. This video is propaganda warning people about propaganda lol.

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    We never had a democracy. LMFAO!!!!!!!

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    Sir Robin of Camelot

    So we should stop what the left is doing then? Lmao

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    Fear mongering.. Scripted & maybe treasonous. USA Today is a political activist publication

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