Proud boys and brown shirts, all part of the pattern

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 most important problems in economics involve:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  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 the rest.


Where were you at the moment America became a fascist dictatorship?

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.


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


It takes only two things to keep people in chains:

The ignorance of the oppressed
and the treachery of their leaders.


Back on (ironically) July 4th, 2015, we compared Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler (Hitler in America. Why a bigot can win the Presidency).

We made the same 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.)Image result for trump

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.

Hitler preyed on discontent. He told the German people they were being treated unfairly, and he alone could save them. They believed what they desperately wanted to believe. Some still do.

From a September 2016 article in Newsweek:


Trump is capitalizing on a longing for charismatic leadership, to which even highly developed Western democracies seem very susceptible when democratic structures fail to deliver all the desired outcomes.

There is a very real sense amongst a large part of the population that they have not been on the “winning side” for a long time.

Trump promised: “We’re gonna win so much you may even get tired of winning and you’ll say please, please Mr. President, It’s too much winning! We can’t take it anymore!”

The gap between rich and poor is getting wider, and in the process, the classical attributes of political leadership—education, expertise, eloquent speeches—have come to be seen not as problem-solving strategies, but as the identity markers of a social elite who are looking after their own interests only.

Even where new policies on healthcare, education, or job creation achieve their goals, they are not popular, because they are tinged with that smell of elitism that makes many ordinary people not feel valued by the political classes.

Trump has not been the first demagogue to capitalize on such sentiments.

Thus, when Senator Bernie Sanders proposed Medicare for All, he was ridiculed. It was “too good to be true.” The populace opted for Trump’s empty lies rather than accept Sanders’s substantive proposals.

If Trump is known for anything, it is his repeated use of the words, “Fake news.” Hitler used the term, Lügenpresse” (lying press).

All dictators hate a free press. In “Trumpworld,” free speech is only for the Nazis, the white supremacists, and the KKK, and of course, for Donald Trump — not for newspaper reporters.

Trump wants news media to fawn over him as Breitbart and FOX do, and like the many, right-wing conspiracy blogs that still excuse Trump’s faults by focusing on Hillary’s Emails, Barack’s birth certificate, and Bill’s affairs. (They never mention Trump’s wife-cheating, his groping, his Trump University con, his compulsive lying, his incompetence, his notorious laziness, etc.)

If Trump had his way, he would bankrupt the mainstream media with lawsuits, or with military action, Putin style, Putin being one of Trump’s heroes.

A cowardly draft dodger, Trump longs for war. Perhaps North Korea will provide him with one. He seems to hope so.

How did we get here? How did the United States arrive at the same place as Nazi Germany?

Perhaps we should ask, why did the Republican party trade its soul for a political victory, knowing full well that Trump was evil for democracy, evil for America, and evil for the middle- and lower-income people?

The lust for power replaced the GOP’ moral center. It led to health care plans that would have cost millions of Americans their lives and tax plans that widen the Gap between the rich and the rest.

I understand and sympathize with Trump’s voters. They were desperate, unappreciated and so, they were consumed with hatred. Trump made many promises everyone knew he wouldn’t keep, but for desperate people, the heart needs to feel hope, even when the mind knows it is all a lie.

And of course, they need someone to blame, and Trump gave them that, too. Just as Hitler offered up for hatred, the Jews, and the Gypsies, Trump offers up the Mexicans, the undocumented, the Muslims, the immigrants, and the poor.

All are to be despised, as a balm to American self-pity.

Predictably, the man who promised to “drain the swamp” filled his government with swamp creatures — billionaires who care nothing for the people, as they try to undo the laws that protect the people — supposedly to provide jobs, but in reality to provide profits for rich investors.

And now, the GOP urgently tries to pass a tax bill that will benefit those swamp creatures most.

Today, 1/3 of America still hopes and prays that Trump’s lies were real, and that Trump’s GOP (Yes, it’s his now), really intends to help them, though that’s an obvious lie.

They gave away two of their most valuable possessions, their votes and their souls, and in return what did they get? The vague hope that poor pregnant women and undocumented immigrants will be punished. That is their sad reward.

In the end, these Trump backers, having closed their eyes to the obvious, will find themselves more desperate, less appreciated, and more consumed with hatred.

Their real reward: Their pockets will be emptier, and their mouths will be filled with ashes.

Here we are, like the people of Nazi Germany, like the people of other nations who traded freedom for a dictatorship, making that same mistake, again.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

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 (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Economic Bonus)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

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


Monetary Sovereignty
Federal Deficit — 1955 – Present. Vertical Bars are recessions
Monetary Sovereignty
Federal Deficit — 2004 – Present

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.



Growing fascism and “alternative facts” in America

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders.


Every time we post an article describing Trump as a potential Hitler (“Astounding similarities: Of whom does this remind you? It’s happening now.”), we are told this is an overreaction and an example of Godwin’s law.

So what does one say when Trump’s  actions really, really, really are Hitler-like?*

Republican Legislators Propose a Series of Bills That Would Criminalize Peaceful Protests by Krisandry Harridan

According to The Intercept, several proposals have been introduced by Republican legislators over the past few weeks specifically targeting protests that block or obstruct traffic—including a North Dakota bill that would allow motorists to hit and kill protesters obstructing the highway “as long as [the] driver does so accidentally.”

“Yes, your honor, it was an accident that I ran down and killed those “Moth*&*#*ing” Black Lives Matter protesters blocking my way.”

Another bill in Minnesota would make obstructing a highway a “gross misdemeanor” punishable by a hefty fine of $3,000 and up to a year in jail, while a separate piece of legislature would make “obstructing the legal process” punishable by an even heftier fine of up to $10,000 plus “imprisonment of not less than 12 months.”

Does walking in protest against an unjust law “obstruct the legal process”?  Should Trump decide? Should racist governors decide?

Image result for american police pepper spraying

Similar bills designed to criminalize and discourage protests have also been proposed in Washington, Iowa, and Michigan.

The problem is that when many thousands of people protest, there is nowhere to go but the streets and parks, and fascist governments present “good, logical reasons,” for not wanting streets and parks to be blocked, at the inconvenience of the public.

Of course, the real reason for these laws is not to protect the convenience of the public, but to shut down protests.

As The Intercept points out, this “trend” appears to be a not-so-subtle workaround to the First Amendment.

The first Amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The American right is quite selective about which parts of the Constitution should be considered important.

They love the “religion” clause so long as the religion is Christianity. Freedom of religion means we need to ban Muslims, because they are “terrorists,” despite the fact that the vast majority of individual killers and mass murderers in America are Christian.

And of course, there is the ever-present, full-court-press to erect Christmas trees and the Ten Commandments on public land. And let’s not even get into the unConstitutionality of teaching bible-based anti-evolution in public schools.

The only part of the Constitution the right-wing loves better than their interpretation of the religion clause is the 2nd Amendment, which they claim means “Anyone can carry any kind of gun anywhere they wish.”

If only the framers of the Constitution had been smart enough to say it just that simply rather than including the well-regulated militia” clause, which as any conservative will tell you, is completely meaningless and should be ignored.

Furthermore, the bills seem to be in response to recent protests organized by Black Lives Matter and the activists fighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline—which is horrifying for a multitude of reasons, most notably the continued criminalization of black and brown people.

In the minds of conservatives, money seems to be more important than people, so they enact laws to protect money and to punish people. Then, anyone protesting is by definition, a criminal.  

This meets the fundamental definitions of fascism, Hitler-style, by in essence saying, “The government always is right, and anyone who disagrees is a criminal.”

The very specific targeting becomes even more concerning when combined with what Slate reports is a “bracing message implicitly directed to supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement” from the Trump administration.

As the source points out, amongst the “Top Issues” on President Trump’s new White House website is “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community,” which in part appears to be addressed to protestors of police violence.

“The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration,” the website reads. “The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it…Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter.”

And here is the trick.  If a group of people is protesting peacefully, and the police get angry at the protest and decide to pepper spray, just to teach these people a lesson — and the people begin to run in all directions, across streets and lawns — who exactly is the rioter and violent disrupter?

The police have it in their power to turn any protest into a violent disruption, not only by pepper spraying but by herding, beating, barring, roughly arresting and any number of tactics.

What exactly is a “law and order administration”? Specifically, what does such an administration really do that “regular” administrations have failed to do?

And if shooting and beating unarmed Americans were to cause Trump’s mythical “anti-police atmosphere,” who would be to blame? The unarmed Americans or poorly trained, bigoted police and a policy of denial and buddy-protection?

As many pointed out in response to the low arrest numbers of the Women’s Marches, it’s not only a sign of a successful protest, but also proof of a wholly different method of policing—which is why, now more than ever, it’s so essential just as many people show up for the small, local protests as the big ones.

It’s also a sign that beating blacks and native Americans is acceptable, because those people are “disruptors” and “have it coming,” but beating up women still is frowned upon in America, even by conservatives.

*The Learning Site:

The Enabling Act of March 1933 had given Hitler enormous power over all Germans in Nazi Germany. It is no coincidence that in the same month the first concentration camp was created at Dachau.

Anyone considered to be a threat to Hitler was arrested and issued with a ‘D notice’. The law was ‘adjusted’ to allow the Nazis to effectively determine who was an opponent.

Once labeled as such, arrest was inevitable.

The development and expansion of various police units – both in uniform and un-uniformed – gave the internal security forces a massive level of power. The SD (intelligence agency), in particular, was effective in rounding up opponents, imaginary or not.

The SD cultivated a programm of informants with rewards for the best ones. It is almost certain that any community within Nazi Germany had its informants. His or her word could end with the arrest of someone. Children indoctrinated by a Nazi education programm were also encouraged to inform their teachers if their parents made disparaging comments about Hitler.

Speaking of being punished for disparaging remarks:

Donald Trump says he wants libel laws more like the UK’s by Tom Kludt

“Well in England they have a system where you can actually sue if someone says something wrong.Our press is allowed to say whatever they want and get away with it.

As is normal with Trump, the facts are different from what he claims. They are what Kellyanne Conway calls “Alternative facts”:

In fact, Trump was essentially describing the legal standard that already prevails in U.S. defamation law. If a media organization publishes or broadcasts something untrue about a public figure that harms that person’s reputation, and does so deliberately, they can be sued.

British law puts the onus on the defendant to prove that the statement at issue was true; in the U.S., the burden of proof is on the plaintiff.

Once Germany was a beautiful, proud, prosperous nation, a home to great scientists and artists — just like America.

Hitler changed Germany to a land of hatred, where people were despised for their religion or political leanings, and children even extended the hatred to their parents.

Under Trump, America too is being changed into a land of hatred. The Emails and comments I receive now are far more vicious and insane than any in the past.

Every demeaning comment Trump makes, every angry tweet, every anti-press complaint, every anti-progressive, anti-minority law he encourages represents one more chip off the face of the Statue of Liberty.

The Germans could not believe it could happen to them.  They sneered at the warnings . . . . until it was too late.

We object to Trump, not because he is a strongman, but because he is weak man.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty



•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.

•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.

•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.

•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.

•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)

•Deficit spending grows the supply of money

•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Progressives think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between the rich and the rest.

•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.

•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.

•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..