Absolute Authoritarianism. Certainly the Trump campaign tends toward this standard. Today, Politico reports that Trump has rejected his advisor, Paul Manafort’s push to be more “presidential” to woo delegates. Trump is instead redirecting power to the man who incessantly calls him “Mr. Trump” on the campaign trail and grabs reporters in his physical orbit, Corey Lewandowski. Manafort, it should be noted, was the only staff member who called Trump by his first name. Michael Cohen, Trump’s right-hand man, calls Trump “our patriarch.” Some of Trump’s most ardent supporters call him “Daddy.” This is not healthy…

The Leader Is Always Right. Trump has never been wrong. Ever. Even when he’s wrong, he’s right. None of his lies are lies; outright falsehoods are actually clever strategems. He has never changed his mind; if he has, that’s just because he’s not a politician, and therefore still learning the ropes. He has never said anything inappropriate; if he has, that’s just because he’s not a politician, and is therefore honest. As Thomas Sowell writes, “At this late date, there is no point itemizing the many things that demonstrate Trump’s gross inadequacies for being President of the United States. Trump himself has demonstrated those gross inadequacies repeatedly, at least weekly and sometimes daily. Those who do not believe their own eyes and ears are certainly not going to believe any words of mine, or of anyone else. What William James called ‘the will to believe’ is still as powerful today as it was when he coined the phrase more than a century ago.”

The Leader Is The Exclusive Means Of Knowing “Truth.” Most disheartening has been the tendency of supposed conservatives to toss conservatism out in favor of ad hoc Trumpism. Free trade? If Trump says it’s bad, it’s bad. Men in women’s bathrooms? If Trump says it’s okay, it’s okay. Poverty, international unrest, the war on Christmas? Trump alone can solve.