Take it from us survivors and scholars of authoritarianism. This is exactly how it happens. The situation could not — could not — be any worse. The odds are now very much against American democracy surviving.The article points out that it is amazing to watch what is happening. It is certainly a doomsday scenario. We would hope that the members of the Senate, who have the power to stop it, would act to stop it. But instead they appear to encourage it.