Emperor Trump?

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with North Korean defectors where he talked with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the FBI's role in the Russia inquiry, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald J. Trump is truly an unequivocal menace to the moral fabric of these United States. Trump would have been exactly what America’s Founding Fathers had feared in a future leader.

In demonstrating no respect for the U. S. Constitution, our Commander-in-Chief’s strongman personality threatens the core of our democracy.

Speaker Paul Ryan blatantly smirked his way through the State of the Union. Talk to me again about degrading a high office. attribution AFP / Getty Images

I was stunned to hear the president bemoaning how democrats did not clap during his State of the Union speech when there is evidence of House Speak Paul Ryan not clapping or standing for President Barack Obama when he held the presidency.

The first thought that popped into my head was he had crossed the line onto being a tyrant. Silencing other peoples’ political beliefs is exactly what plutocratic dictators do in authoritarian governments.

Trump’s autocratic behavior is reminiscent of what Thomas Jefferson had feared in a dictatorial leader. Jefferson wrote, “When the speech condemns a free press, you can hear the words of a tyrant.”

Our president’s seemingly bizarre obsession with tyrants, specifically North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, should justify all Americans being concerned for the country’s continued well-being.

With the way Trump frequently quotes Mussolini or metaphorically plays footsie with Putin, there is little doubt Trump has aspirations of becoming a totalitarian leader.

Trump has shown his true colors. Time and again, he has shown us he is capable of expressing tyrannical traits, the latest of which being the desire for a Russian Cold War-style military parade.

At no point in my lifetime did I think I would hear a president of these United States demand tanks roll down D.C. streets in his honor.

Let us not kid ourselves folks!

Come election day, the American people must be willing to vote spineless Republicans out of office. With so many Republicans not seeking re-election, the task of finding competent representation has become easier.

Despite this point, this does not mean the electorate is off the hook. People still have to vote. The fate of our country, and perhaps the world is at stake.