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"How Dare You!" Greta Thunberg, Fiona Hill, Joe Biden, and the Politics of Authoritarianism

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on November 29, 2019 13:50

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Chairman Schiff's impeachment inquiry is just one more example of "How Dare You!" politics. In this case: How dare you investigate allegations of corruption by VP Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine!

Watching Greta Thunberg at September's UN Climate Summit and Dr. Fiona Hill at November's House impeachment hearings has made it clear that the newest political pose is indignation at being questioned.

Thunberg denounced the UN as on the wrong side of climate change: "This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!" 

Dr. Hill denounced President Trump as a traitor: "If the President, or anyone else, impedes or subverts the national security of the United States in order to further domestic political or personal interests, that is more than worthy of your attention."

Dr. Hill also condemned House Republicans for acting as Russian dupes: "I have heard, some you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country--and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by Russian security services themselves."

However, Thunberg left school voluntarily, and even organized a school boycott for climate change called "Fridays for Future."

Likewise, Hill misrepresented Congressional Republicans, ignoring a published House Intelligence Committee report condemning Russian activities in 2016. She denied being a "globalist" despite writing for TheGobalist.com. And claimed to be both against foreign powers and "nonpartisan," despite blurbs from former British MI6 spy chief Sir John Scarlett and then-VP Joe Biden on the cover of her 2012 Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin.

Which brings us to the claim of the House Democrats that although "no man is above the law," any investigation of VP Biden's alleged corruption in Ukraine is off-limits because he is running for office.

In other words, he's "untouchable."

Yet, the President Trump's investigation concerned the 2016 election, when VP Biden was not running, and charges that Ukrainians investigated and falsely smeared the President -- while he was a candidate.

So, Chairman Adam Schiff's impeachment inquiry is not principled, rather another example of "How Dare You!" politics. In this case: How dare you investigate allegations of corruption by VP Biden and Hunter in Ukraine!

Additionally, in testimony of Dr. Hill, State Department and NSC colleagues: "How dare you diverge from the interagency consensus on Ukraine!"

They really believe President Trump had no right to second-guess the Obama administration, foreign service, or civil service. He was supposed to stick the talking points and obey unquestioningly.

Because they are authorities and he's only President.

Clearly, "Question Authority" is not among the bumper stickers currently found on cars belonging to Members of the House Intelligence Committee Majority.

The late Senator Fulbright called this attitude "the arrogance of power." Because, "How Dare You!" isn't a reasonable argument--it's a threat.

The politics of "How Dare You!" demands unquestioning obedience to authority and deference to privilege. It isn't compatible with American democracy, ideals or tradition.

Because it's just plain old Authoritarianism.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on November 29, 2019 13:50

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