Cults of personality do not turn out well for the nations over which they rule. The ruler is neither skilled in ability to rule nor smart in solving problems. Irony abounds in that the dictator in each such cult usually has little personality. Charisma and luck play their parts. Brutality is necessary, too.
A hallmark of a free society is the ability to disagree - especially with members of one’s own political party. People have to be able to discuss issues and acknowledge certain matters as facts. If the constituent elements of reality are not recognized, there is no basis for dialogue. It is as if we speak different languages and lack an interpreter.
52 U.S.C. §30121 bans contributions and donations by foreign nationals in a United States election:
It shall be unlawful for-
(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make-
(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;
(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or
(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or
(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national”
The current occupant of the Oval Office sought assistance from Ukraine for the 2020 election, and even bragged about how “perfect” his call was.
There are six other candidates for the GOP nomination for Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District. One stated that his position “on issues closely mirrors that of Trump,” that this individual has “run because the country is so divided,” but that he opposes the “Impeachment fiasco” and adds it potentially disenfranchises 64 million Americans.
That anyone can say he or she runs to quell the division in this country - a reasonable inference - yet brags he holds views that closely mirror the person largely responsible for the division in this country is absurd. Worse, he fears disenfranchisement of the people (one presumes) who voted for Trump - yet gives no thought to the 67 million Americans who were actually disenfranchised. Another candidate says we need “leaders to work together.” On that note the current occupant of the Oval Office does not want to work with other people.
The GOP started as a progressive party. However, neither party has been a cult of personality, until now.