Even if he is elected as Vice President, or eventually succeeds to the presidency, Paul Ryan may well remain a decent, family man. But who follows him? Which president will take that fateful step of detaining or arresting a political enemy, just to teach him a lesson? From there things can spiral down very quickly, and a democratic government can convert itself almost overnight into a totalitarian dictatorship, with no one really noticing at first. It's happening in Russia right now. The machinery is being put in place for it to happen in the US. These preparations are not part of some conspiracy by Republicans or Democrats to destroy democratic governance in America -- they are more a result of circumstances giving politicians the opportunity to expand their power and wealth at the expense of democratic traditions and safeguards. These preparations are being motivated by personal desires for power, and by personal greed.
But once the building blocks of totalitarianism are in place, all it takes is an accident of nature -- one man in the Oval Office with such a desire for power, with a sociopathic inability to sympathize with others, with a lack of morality, to use the machinery at his disposal for his own dictatorial fancies. America is now exposed to that accident of nature, and as we all know, accidents do happen.
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