Alarming Number of Americans Want an Autocratic President — and Worse

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Anyone who fails to see that America is a country deeply divided either hasn’t been paying attention for at least six years or lacks the capacity to do so. Moreover, the divisiveness is now bitter and personal as hell.

One can argue when the current cycle of divisiveness began, who’s wrong and who’s right — I will not do so in this article — but here we are. The “It is what it is” thing. And “It” is ripping apart the greatest country in the history of the planet, which some of us genuinely want to do. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics reported last week of its latest poll. (emphasis, mine)

Significant numbers of both Trump and Biden voters show a willingness to consider violating democratic tendencies and norms if needed to serve their priorities.

Roughly 2 in 10 Trump and Biden voters strongly agree it would be better if a ‘president could take needed actions without being constrained by Congress or courts,’ [more than 40 percent of both groups at least somewhat agree] and roughly four in ten (41 percent” of Biden and half (52 percent) of Trump voters at least somewhat agree that it’s time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union.

“Time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union.”

I could be wrong, of course, but as I recall, we tried that, once. While that attempt was decided on the battlefield, a 21st-century division of America — blue states and red states seceding from the other, as it were — is ridiculous on its face. It’s not going to happen. But that’s not the point, here. The fact that four in 10 Americans want it to happen, is.

But, au contraire, as our then-president-elect, Mr. “Time to Heal” — “President Unity” — told us, his presidency was going bring us all together for a stirring, never-ending performance of Kumbaya, and our beloved land was going to become the Shangri-La he pretended to envision.

Just one problem.

On his first day in office, our “unifying” president conclusively proved that he was little more than the organ grinder monkey of the far-left, as most of us— and he — knew he would be, cluelessly signing every executive order shoved in front of him; every one of which was purposely designed to divide us. Class vs. class, race vs. race, moral vs. immoral.

Put “tactfully,” Joe Biden’s disingenuous promises of unity were a complete crock of crap.

Again, here we find ourselves. While a strong majority of Trump voters see no real difference between Democrats and socialists, according to the UVA Center for Politics poll, a majority of Biden voters at least somewhat agree that there is no real difference between Republicans and fascists.

In other words, we’ve moved beyond the silliness of social media hissy fits and sophomoric name-calling; nearly half of the people of America “hate the other guys and their beliefs” enough to split the country at its political seams.

To the point, “President Unity” admonished on Monday that Republicans who want to “destroy” the country should “get [the hell] out of the way” and let the “unifying” Democrat Party save it. [ROFL emoji]

“My message to Republicans: If you don’t want to help save the country, get out of the way.”

Yep, nothing at all divisive, there, Joe.

And on Tuesday, this, as reported by Reason:

“First I want to set one thing straight,” Biden said Tuesday at a union training facility in Howell, Michigan. “These bills are not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive or anything that pits Americans against one another.

“These bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. They’re about opportunity versus decay. They’re about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by, which is literally happening.”

Quintessential, self-righteous elitism at its best.

And, Joe? Please don’t change anything you’re doing to “save the country.” Continue doing what you’ve done for nearly nine months, that is. The 2022 midterm elections are right around the corner, and the 2024 presidential election is a mere 37 months away. In other words, Joe, we need you. Bigly.

So far, it doesn’t appear there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that Corn Pop’s pal will let us down.

Incidentally, I reported in mid-September:

New Quinnipiac Poll: You’re Underwater, Joe — and Your Afghanistan Disaster Is in the Toilet