Memory is divided into moments.

Few of us remember what we were doing on December 6, or December 8, of 1941, but if you’re old enough,  you well may remember what you were doing, on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and precipitated America’s official entry into World War II.

It was called, “a date which will live in infamy.”

You well may remember where you were, and what you were doing, on September 11, 2001, when America was attacked by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda.

It too, is a date which will live in infamy.

And in the future, you may remember where you were and what you were doing on the day Donald J. Trump officially turned America into a fascist dictatorship.

On July 14, 2019, Trump tweeted:

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world, now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

“These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

If you saw the video of the Trump crowd screaming, “Send her back,” you might have been reminded of Hitler.

I have written on several occasions — as far back as 2015 — about the uncanny resemblances between Hitler’s crowds and Trump’s crowds — the same blind, foaming-at-the-mouth, animal hatred — the same ability to believe the most outrageous lies, simply because der Fuhrer told the people to believe

Hitler in America. Why a bigot can win the Presidency Saturday, Jul 4, 2015

Hitler redux Monday, Dec 7, 2015

And again in 2016:

Astounding similarities: Hitler in America. It’s happening now. Friday, Sep 30 2016

And still again in 2017:

“Lügenpresse”: Hitler’s “fake news.” We’re making the same mistake, again. Sunday, Dec 10 2017

And this year, yet again.

Would your friends and neighbors turn you in? Tuesday, Jun 11 2019

Hitler’s lesson: Bigotry didn’t end with the Gypsies Tuesday, Jul 16 2019

Nothing has changed.

Just as the Germans in the 30s neither could have anticipated nor believed what was about to befall them, today’s Trump followers scoff smugly at the notion of Trump being a reincarnation of Hitler.

Some of them even wish to follow a Hitler clone, because he’s a “strong leader.”

The following quotes from the Encyclopedia Brittanica eerily describe Donald Trump:

Hitler’s ideas included inequality among races, nations, and individuals as part of an unchangeable natural order that exalted the “Aryan race” as the creative element of mankind. [vs.  “shithole,” black nations and Latinos.]

According to Hitler, the natural unit of mankind was the Volk (“the people”), of which the German people was the greatest. [“America first.” “Make America great again.”]

Parliamentary democratic government stood doubly condemned. [Trump’s angry battles with judges who rule against him.]

Hitler assumed the equality of individuals did not exist and supposed that what was in the interests of the people could be decided by parliamentary procedures. [Trump’s repeated attempts to bypass the Constitution]

Instead, Hitler argued that the unity of the people would find its incarnation in the Führer, endowed with perfect authority. Below the Führer the party was drawn from the people and was in turn its safeguard. [Criticism of Trump is “unAmerican.” The GOP Congress does not dare disagree with him.]

Beyond Marxism Hitler believed the greatest enemy of all to be the Jew, who was for Hitler the incarnation of evil. As early as 1919 he wrote, “Rational anti-Semitism must lead to systematic legal opposition. Its final objective must be the removal of the Jews altogether.” In Mein Kampf, he described the Jew as the “destroyer of culture,” “a parasite within the nation,” and “a menace.” [Trump’s attempts to remove immigrants and Muslims. The concentration camps at our southern border.]

In 1930, with the help of Hugenberg’s newspapers, Hitler was able for the first time to reach a nationwide audience. The alliance also enabled him to seek support from many of the magnates of business and industry who controlled political funds and were anxious to use them to establish a strong right-wing, antisocialist government. [Magnate Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News, Breitbart, Twitter help Trump reach a nationwide audience.]

The subsidies Hitler received from the industrialists enabled him to make effective his emotional appeal to the lower middle class and the unemployed, based on the proclamation of his faith that Germany would awaken from its sufferings to reassert its natural greatness. [See the character of Trump’s audiences. Trump: “I love the poorly educated.” “Make America great again.”]

Those who deny, or even agree with, Trump’s obvious, hate-filled bigotry and public failings, and are anxious to believe he will “make America great again,” have forgotten history, if they ever knew it.

And history forgotten will be repeated.

Yes, it can happen here and it is happening here. The people of Germany learned much too late.

And they and their children paid a very high price.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY