Learn the lessons of history….please!

March 19, 2016 at 7:38 pm 3 comments

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Forget the fact that Donald Trump is sexist, a misogynist. Which he is. Put aside the fact that he a rude, belligerent bully. Which he is. Forget the fact that he is dismissive of the media who try to expose him. Which he is.

On Fox News Trump attacked anchor Megyn Kelly: “She had blood coming out of her whatever” – following the first  Republican debate, which Kelly moderated.”Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.””You know it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.” “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

If that is enough to make sure, if you’re an American, then you can stop reading here.

If not, then read on. If you have not been appalled by his incitement of violence at his rallies. Read on. Trump is just like Hitler.

Comparing anyone to Adolf Hitler is a serious thing, I know. For sure, Donald Trump has not (yet) risen to power, or declared war, or committed mass genocide. And, for sure, many look at him as nothing more than a bumbling fool. A kind of American Boris Johnson-Max. Just like Hitler.

Back in the day, the same was said of Hitler. Many Europeans and Americans at the time would apparently burst out laughing at Adolf’s shrill voice and jerky hand movements and refused to take him seriously even when he started to rise to prominence in Germany in the 1920s and 30s.

Others, however, could see the threat he posed. Truman Smith, a junior American military attaché in the 1920s, said of Hitler “This is a marvelous demagogue who can really inspire loyalty.” Just like Trump.

Even those contemporaries who saw Hitler as a clown or self-caricature consoled themselves in the belief that even if Hitler ever got into power, other German politicians would somehow be able to control him. Indeed, a lot of German politicians believed this themselves. Many Republicans in America think the same today. Just like Trump.

Edgar Mowrer of the Chicago Daily News reporting at the time, however, repeatedly warned the world, “What he’s saying about the Jews is serious. Don’t underestimate him.” Just like Trump.

On January 30th 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Don’t let Trump become President. Please.

In 1933 Hitler had the support of millions of fanatical disciples. Some 13 million Germans, many of them former Socialists and Communists, had voted for his party. In 2016 Trump is attracting his own disciples from the poor, less educated, white male, working class who have a nostalgic view of American history and power. And, he’s creating division amongst other deprived and economically constrained social groups. Divide and conquer. Just like Hitler.

But there were also millions of Germans who stood against Hitler. The two sides – those for and those against Hitler – were very nearly equal in numbers. But whereas those on the left were divided among themselves, Hitler’s disciples were strongly united. The division amongst his opposition led to Hitler gaining ultimate control. Let’s hope that the other half of America can stay strong together. Don’t let Trump do the same. Please.

Hitler exploited racism to rise to power. Hitler proposed mass deportations. So does Trump. Hitler promised to make Germany great again. And so does Trump, of America. Hitler was an anti-Jew fascist, and many claim that Trump is an anti-Muslim fascist. Hitler made Jews wear yellow stars. Trump proposes something similar for Muslims.

Trump has called for a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” But, some still deny Trump’s fascism, claiming that his behaviour doesn’t meet the dictionary definition of fascism, as an overtly anti-democratic movement that suppresses all opposition as a way to fulfill political goals. At least not yet….

History professor Robert Paxton of Columbia University does not call Trump a fascist, but understands why some might do so. “He’s good at making astonishing speeches that make people sit up and take notice,” said Paxton. “Hitler and Mussolini – no one had ever seen public rallies like the meetings they’d have.” Just like Trump.

Hitler blamed the woes of Germany on Jewish immigrants. Trump blames America’s on illegal Mexicans and proposes three core principles of immigration reform:

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

Trump wants to build a wall around Mexico and he wants Mexico to pay for it, ignoring the fact that it was largely as a result of the US negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NFTA), which flooded the Mexican market with US government subsidised corn, forcing millions of Mexican farmers out of business. Inevitably, this led to huge numbers of Mexicans migrating to the US in search of work, and willing to do the tedious, back-breaking, manual labour in return for low wages, and making American farmers rich.

Trump also blames Mexican immigrants for a rise in US crime, regularly citing an incident in which two illegal immigrants attacked and killed a woman with a hammer; and another, when a woman in San Francisco was tragically shot and killed by a man who was also here illegally.

“They’re bringing  drugs, they’re bringing  crime, they’re rapists” – at his campaign launch, Trump Tower, New York City

Hitler’s 25-point plan called for all Jews to be expelled from the country because they were a drain on resources that could otherwise make life better for natural German citizens. Just like Trump who points the finger at immigrant Mexicans, while promising to help all beleaguered Americans. Trump appeals both to white racists and impoverished inner-city neighbourhoods with the claim that Mexicans are taking opportunities that could just as easily be theirs.

And Trump has gone on to call for a ban on all Syrian refugees as well. He has even gone so far as to threaten to remove government funding from any cities in America (so-called “sanctuary cities”) that defy his bans  and extend a helping (some would say Christian hand) to those in need.

Many in the Republican Party appear be staking a lot of hope in their party to do the right thing and go with a more moderate candidate, even if Trump is in the lead and presents their best opportunity to win. But no one is stepping forward yet and Trump is threatening riots on the street if he doesn’t win the nomination.

Indeed, in Nazi Germany, the conservative faction of the German government also entered into a begrudging partnership with Hitler which ultimately led to his victory and dominance. Don’t let Trump do the same. Please.

In a 1990 interview with Vanity Fair, Ivana Trump, his ex-wife mentioned that her husband used to keep a book filled with Hitler’s speeches by his bedside. His sequel to Mein Kampf. Don’t let Trump be Hitler’s sequel.

Do not vote for Trump. Please.

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  • 1. Middle Man  |  October 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Reblogged this on Middle Man and commented:

    It is Hallowe’en, nearly, and America is zombie walking into a potential catastrophe – the possibility of electing the Bogey Man to the position of President of the USA and (self-proclaimed) leader of the free world.

    Winston Churchill once said: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” And for sure, you only have to look at the winners of the X-Factor over recent years to know that he was right.

    Some say that those who vote for Trump are protesting against the Washington elite and its great political dynasties. Well recent protest votes in the UK gave us Jeremy Corbyn and may yet see us leave the European Union. America, feel free to wave placards and man the barricades but DO NOT VOTE TRUMP no matter how much you distrust Hilary and condemn her for poor e-mail etiquette.

    It is seven months since I wrote this blog. I have been following the US election campaign closely since then (unlike many American citizens it would seem) and my view has just hardened as revelation after revelation condemns him further. As his own words and actions condemn him.

    Clinton may be a poor choice. But she is still the better choice.

    Do not put Trump in power. Do not let him control the media, the justice system, the military or the nuclear button.

    It is Hallowe’en, nearly, and the Bogey Man is coming. America you have just ten days to save the world. DO NOT VOTE FOR TRUMP.

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  • 2. J. H.  |  October 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This American “woman of a certain age” has already voted, and not for Trump. I have done my bit, now I have to wait and hope that enough Americans are still educated, rational beings. A dicey proposition on the best of days. Fingers crossed.

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    • 3. Middle Man  |  October 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      At least you can hole up in the mountains x

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