Yes, after eight years of growth under Obama, the economy has continued to grow under Trump. But at what cost?
As has become painfully obvious, we Americans have made a Faustian bargain. We have traded our morals and decency, our very souls, for the mythical protections of a tyrant.
Here are a few headlines that demonstrate our rapid drift toward totalitarianism — a drift sped up by those who voted for a Republican Senate and who still approve of our current President.
If you’ve wondered how Hitler managed to take over Germany, and to be approved by the German people, wonder no more.
I. Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist
“President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replacing him with a loyalist who has echoed the president’s complaints about the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference and will now take charge of the inquiry.
II. Trump threatens ‘war-like posture’ if Democrats investigate him
“Trump said that he would react aggressively to any attempt to look into possible corruption in his administration or investigate his personal finances or conduct in office.
III. White House suspends credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta
“Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump’s reference to the caravan as an invasion.
“When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.
“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” the president said to Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person.”
“NBC News’ Peter Alexander came to his colleague’s defense. ‘I’ve traveled with him and watched him,’ Alexander said. ‘He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.’
“I’m not a big fan of yours, either,” Trump replied.
“’I understand,’ Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. Acosta stood back up and noted the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president’s political opponents.
“’Just sit down,’ Trump said. “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”
In repeatedly declaring that the media (with the exception of his sycophants at Fox “News” and Brieitbart) are “enemies of the people, Trump is following the Hitler plan.
Read: “Lügenpresse”: Hitler’s “fake news.” We’re making the same mistake, again. Sunday, Dec 10 2017 (“Lugenpresse” is German for — you guessed it — “lying press” or “fake news.”)
When a video of two Donald Trump supporters shouting “Lügenpresse” (lying press) started to circulate Sunday, viewers from Germany soon noted its explosive nature. The defamatory word was most frequently used in Nazi Germany.
Its use across the Atlantic Ocean at a Trump rally has worried Germans who know about its origins all too well. Both the Nazi regime and the East German government made use of it, turning it into an anti-democracy slogan.
“We made the same Hitler comparison on December 7th (also ironically) 2015 in the post: Hitler redux. “And again on Sep 30, 2016 (Astounding similarities: Hitler in America. It’s happening now.)
“We may not have been the first to call attention to the massive similarities between Trump and Hitler. Over the months, we were not the only ones. And surely we won’t be the last.
“Trump is following the Hitlerian playbook and unfortunately, many of us Americans are following the German people’s playbook.”
Not to emphasize “I told you so,” but we even predicted Trump’s Hitlerian bent way back on (ironically) July 4th, 2015, well before he became President, when we compared Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler (Hitler in America. Why a bigot can win the Presidency).
“Republican Donald Trump is an obvious and transparent racist. Made rich by his daddy, he surrounds himself with bootlickers, telling him he’s right — and like many rich fools, he believes what they tell him.
“He appeals to the worst and lowest aspects of American society — the haters and those of low morals and intelligence, who leap at the chance to blame someone, anyone, for their own deservedly low self-esteem.”
Here are Hitler’s stated propaganda’s methods:
*A political campaign should be led by one charismatic figure with strong, inflexible convictions.
*Propaganda should appeal to the heart, not the intellect. It should be understandable by the least educated members of society.
*The views of the opposition should be denounced categorically, never entertained.
A big lie is more effective than several small ones. Even once exposed, it still carries a ‘force of credibility’, a lingering doubt that at least some aspect of it might still be true.
*Accuse your opponents of what you yourself are doing.
*Face-to-face meetings with the public are the most effective way to promote a political agenda.
It worked for Hitler. It is working for Trump. To you who still support Trump and his toadies, I have this brief message. You will get what you voted for.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
Sadly, as time plays out, you “least educated members of society” will feel the lash of totalitarianism worse, and you will look back wondering, “How could this have happened to me?
It isn’t happening to you; you are doing it to yourself. Don’t cry later.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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PS. More outrages from the nazi in the White House:
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