Well, we can’t say we weren’t warned:
Here are just a few warnings through the years:
Why does bigotry work so well? Monday, Sep 7 2020
America is now in its greatest danger since the Civil War. Sunday, Aug 23 2020
The four characters in a dictatorship Saturday, Aug 15 2020
Your America on the brink. Don’t give Trump the excuse he so desperately wants. Wednesday, Jun 10 2020
“Lügenpresse”: Hitler’s “fake news.” We’re making the same mistake, again. December 10, 2017
Astounding similarities: Hitler in America. It’s happening now. Friday, Sep 30 2016
Hitler redux Monday, Dec 7 2015
Hitler in America. Why a bigot can win the Presidency Saturday, Jul 4 2015
The above are articles published on this blog. There are thousands more, published elsewhere.
Trump has been so obvious as a Hitler wannabe that the earliest of these posts were published before Trump was even elected.
Now, Trump has said, “I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully, because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it.”
And what are these supporters supposed to do, other than intimidate voters — especially minority voters — and frighten them away? Of course, that is the plan: To eliminate America’s voting democracy.
People who follow Trump’s advice and hang around watching polling places will be prosecuted, Nevada’s attorney general says
Nevada’s attorney general said he would prosecute people who follow President Donald Trump’s advice to go to polling places and monitor votes being counted, accusing the president of encouraging voter intimidation.
During his first debate against the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, on Tuesday, Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the November election and repeated his unsubstantiated claims that mail-in voting is open to widespread fraud.
Trump falsely claimed that poll watchers with his campaign were being wrongly barred from satellite in-person absentee voting sites in Philadelphia.
In reality, as The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, no poll watchers affiliated with the Trump campaign are certified to observe polls in the state of Pennsylvania.
And then there are these excerpts:
Considering what he was up against, Biden did fine.
How can one respond to a man who barks one lie after another while refusing to keep his pestilential maw shut for a mere two minutes so his opponent can speak?
Try to respond to one lie and he lets loose another four and drowns you out with them before you’re done.
But the Trump campaign came into the debate pushing the line that Biden is a senile old man. Biden more than demonstrated that isn’t true.
Most of all, Biden came off like a politician, citing policies and data and hitting the president over his record while occasionally trying to raise his own rhetoric to the lofty heights traditionally favored by men and women in public life, seeking the honor of winning its highest office.
Trump is utterly incapable of running to the center of public opinion, of making an appeal to a broader range of voters.
So he just gets louder and meaner with the same old extreme, right-wing, Republican message, hoping and expecting that a wider swath of the public will submit to the assault.
If anyone out there still believes that in some way Trump is less dangerous to America than Hitler was to Germany, I pity that person’s ignorance of history. Never could the German people imagine the Hitlerian horrors that were to befall them. They would have laughed at warnings. No German laughs, now.
At least, Germans had an excuse for following their madman. Their economy had been shredded by World War I and by the appalling terms forced upon them by the winning Allies.
For America, the “Great Recession” was bad, but the economy was not nearly so bad as 1930s Germany’s was, and it was recovering. Nevertheless, some Americans wanted change, and boy did they get it. In spades. We Americans received change from a benevolent, caring society to a mean-spirited, bile-filled nightmare.
The darkness that is Trump has spread over the land. All he offers is hatred and more hatred — hatred of blacks, hatred of browns, hatred of gays, hatred of Muslims, hatred of the media, hatred of Obama, hatred of Democrats, hatred of liberals, hatred of the poor, hatred of immigrants, hatred of all other democracies, hatred of our democracy, hatred of former associates and relatives who tell the truth about him.
Trump’s hatred is as contagious as the COVID and much more deadly. America is learning that. Like the COVID does, Trumpian hatred will continue to punish us for many years.
There is no compassion in Trump. He “loves” only murderous dictators like Putin and Kim. But truly, he loves only himself.
In Germany, the politicians who followed Hitler to disaster later denied their involvement. In America, it will be the same.
The Republican Party was not always cold and without humanity. It was actually conservative, meaning it wished to conserve America’s traditionally humane mores and care for the underdog. That was one part of the American dream.
But first with the Nixon “Southern Strategy” (an appeal to Southern, white bigotry), and then the dawning of the Tea Party (a merciless, pro-rich ideology), the Republicans’ hearts hardened.
Today, the GOP is a party of “punish ’em,” “deport ’em,” “wall ’em out,” and “kick ’em while they’re down,” with the primary solution to every problem being to blame the victims for their own misery. To the right-wing, compassion is for “losers.”
Never is expressed a concern about the have-nots in America, even by the right-wing have-nots themselves. In a tad more than five weeks, at the behest of the right-wing, 20 million Americans may lose their healthcare insurance coverage, while innocent children at out southern border will continue to be tortured by sadists.
The pusillanimous right-wingers, the Lindsey Grahams and the Fox News know-nothings, who echo Trump’s every lie, will upon his exit from office, deny they ever knew him, just as Trump denies ever knowing any former associate who has a bad truth to say about him.
There are reasons why Germany has no statues of Hitler. I am quite sure that, for similar reasons, America will have no statues of Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, as we teeter on the edge of tyranny, one only can pray that those who express so much love for Jesus and for unborn fetuses, also will begin to shed some tears for already-born children of color and of poverty — and for the future of our once-great nation.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- 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 the rest.
One thought on “Proud boys and brown shirts, all part of the pattern”
Chicago Tribune, 9/30/20: In Wisconsin COVD-19 related news, a federal appeals court on Wednesday declined a request by Republicans to suspend a ruling that will allow absentee ballots to be counted for six days after the election in the presidential battleground state.
The Republican National Committee, state Republican Party and GOP-controlled Legislature asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep its ruling on hold until the Wisconsin Supreme Court could address a separate question about whether the Legislature has standing to sue in the case.
Hours after the request was made, the court denied it with no comment.
Scott Bauer contributed from Madison, Wisconsin
Speaking of patterns, how’s this for a pattern:
Trump, with his dog-whistle, bigoted threat that millions of immigrants will “invade” suburbs, feigns concern over the wellbeing of women — except when he is trying to rape them.
His oh-so-very religious follows don’t care about any of that, so long as he remains bigoted against the same people they hate and protects fetuses, while caring nothing for already-born children.
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