Brad Thor: Trump is an Extinction Level Threat to American Democracy

 

bradthor2Best-selling spy novel author Brad Thor just gave a remarkable interview on the Glenn Beck show in which he passionately explained why Donald Trump represents “an extinction level” threat to American democracy. I’m in full agreement. Here are Thor’s remarks, as reported by Lori, a journalist employed by the Beck organization. Everyone should read this.

“I think Trump is an extinction-level event potentially for our republic, for democracy. This is one of the greatest crises our nation has seen since the Great Depression, since World War II — is a potential Donald Trump presidency. It is a disaster for liberty,” Thor said. Glenn doesn’t often struggle to have his voice heard, but Thor’s passion overwhelmed the conversation.

“Listen, Andrew Sullivan, who I’m not a big fan…I don’t agree with a lot of stuff Andrew Sullivan writes…he wrote a brilliant piece recently in New York Magazine, and he said, “Democracies end when they are too democratic.” And he looked at Plato’s republic and some of the thoughts Plato had on democracy, and how, when there are no values, when anything is possible, when everything goes, that’s when a tyrant steps in and takes control of what Plato calls an “obedient mob.” It’s exactly what Trump has done. It is a brilliant, brilliant piece of writing. And I encourage everybody to read it,” Thor said.

Thor’s intensity surprised Glenn. “I’ve never heard you like this, Brad,” Glenn said.

“I’m terrified,” Thor answered.

Glenn reminded Thor of when he rang the bell about Barack Obama, but never said anything like an “extinction-level event.”

“Listen, I believe it was somebody at National Review that used that exact term, and it resonated with me…”

You can read the entire exchange, or listen to the audio, at Beck’s website.

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  1. Annefy Member
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    Larry3435:

    Annefy:As someone who has come close to baring my soul in explaining how I feel about this year candidates and the choices – and been largely ignored I might add, I resent your comment Larry.

    I apologize for any offense given. And I actually have no idea what comment you are referencing. My objection is to commenters who trash the original poster with ad hominem attacks. That obviously does not refer to you. I’m sorry if you got the idea that I was talking about you in any way.

    Your comment 177 right above mine

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  2. Jamie Lockett Inactive
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    Larry3435:Let’s go back to the start of this exchange, and what prompted me to comment. “The only reason to read any Zoo-brain post is for the comments trashing him.” Really? This is acceptable? This is civil intelligent conversation?

    Larry3435:

    Ball Diamond Ball:

    Carey J.:The only reason to read any Zoo-brain post is for the comments trashing him.

    Well, that’s just mean.

    It’s more than mean. It is completely at odds with everything this site is supposed to be. The comments section is becoming indistinguishable from the Washington Post or the Huffington Post. Repeated and vicious attacks on the contributors, the editors, and other members. No substance to them either. Just bile, and lots of whining that the editors allow opinions that are not their opinions. And it does not escape our notice that all of it is coming from Trump supporters. Which makes sense, I guess, since the spewing of bile is what attracts them to Trump in the first place.

    Since these people seem so insistent on having their “safe space,” where no anti-Trump thoughts will be tolerated, they should set up their own thread where they can talk to each other in their own echo chamber, and leave the non-deranged people alone.

    You’re not wrong, its just…what’s the point?

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  3. Larry3435 Member
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    Annefy:

    Larry3435:

    Annefy:As someone who has come close to baring my soul in explaining how I feel about this year candidates and the choices – and been largely ignored I might add, I resent your comment Larry.

    I apologize for any offense given. And I actually have no idea what comment you are referencing. My objection is to commenters who trash the original poster with ad hominem attacks. That obviously does not refer to you. I’m sorry if you got the idea that I was talking about you in any way.

    Your comment 177 right above mine

    Well, I wish you would read that comment again.  I made no reference to you.  The only specific person I referenced was Carey, who wrote “The only reason to read any Zoo-brain post is for the comments trashing him.”  There are other people here who are making such ad hominem attacks on our contributors.  You are not one of them, and I still have no idea why you think I was talking about you.

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  4. Larry3435 Member
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    Jamie Lockett:You’re not wrong, its just…what’s the point?

    Probably there is no point, but I hate to watch the conversation devolve to that level.  But, then again, I’m watching lots of stuff that I hate lately.

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  5. Annefy Member
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    Larry3435:

    Annefy:

    Larry3435:

    Annefy:As someone who has come close to baring my soul in explaining how I feel about this year candidates and the choices – and been largely ignored I might add, I resent your comment Larry.

    I apologize for any offense given. And I actually have no idea what comment you are referencing. My objection is to commenters who trash the original poster with ad hominem attacks. That obviously does not refer to you. I’m sorry if you got the idea that I was talking about you in any way.

    Your comment 177 right above mine

    Well, I wish you would read that comment again. I made no reference to you. The only specific person I referenced was Carey, who wrote “The only reason to read any Zoo-brain post is for the comments trashing him.” There are other people here who are making such ad hominem attacks on our contributors. You are not one of them, and I still have no idea why you think I was talking about you.

    your comment (too long to quote) sounded like it was directed to a lot more people than just Carey.

    There’s been several threads where the contributor has not engaged with the comments or only engaged with comments in agreement – it can be extremely frustrating.

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  6. Larry3435 Member
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    Annefy:your comment (too long to quote) sounded like it was directed to a lot more people than just Carey.

    There’s been several threads where the contributor has not engaged with the comments or only engaged with comments in agreement – it can be extremely frustrating.

    My comment was directed at more people than just Carey, and those people are easy to spot as you read this thread.  For example, the people who deliberately misspell Mr. Zubrin’s name as a way of mocking him.  What is the point of that?  Why should the rest of us stand by in silence while that kind of thing goes on – on our site?  Our site.

    I agree with you that contributors should have the courtesy to participate in the conversation about their posts.  But if they are going to be subjected to this kind of abuse, I can hardly blame them if they don’t want to read the comments.

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  7. Jamie Lockett Inactive
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    Larry3435:

    Annefy:your comment (too long to quote) sounded like it was directed to a lot more people than just Carey.

    There’s been several threads where the contributor has not engaged with the comments or only engaged with comments in agreement – it can be extremely frustrating.

    My comment was directed at more people than just Carey, and those people are easy to spot as you read this thread. For example, the people who deliberately misspell Mr. Zubrin’s name as a way of mocking him. What is the point of that? Why should the rest of us stand by in silence while that kind of thing goes on – on our site? Our site.

    I agree with you that contributors should have the courtesy to participate in the conversation about their posts. But if they are going to be subjected to this kind of abuse, I can hardly blame them if they don’t want to read the comments.

    To be fair, Zubrin didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when he alluded to Nazism. Not that I disagreed entirely with his analysis – but that kind of stuff just makes people mad and doesn’t convince anyone of anything.

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