On November 2nd, President Biden made a vital speech in Washington at which in part he said,
American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election. He refuses to accept the will of the people.
He framed the upcoming elections as one in which voters must ask themselves whether the vote, they cast will preserve democracy or put it at risk.
You can read the entire CBS story here.
The president is poised to deliver a speech tonight centered on democracy with the midterm elections now less than one week away. https://t.co/VazDsQowvr
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) November 2, 2022
We know a lot about the Paul Pelosi attack. Politico said,
The Justice Department on Monday charged David DePape with assault and attempted kidnapping following his alleged break-in at the home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul.
Now resting at home, Paul Pelosi was hospitalized after DePape allegedly struck him with a hammer early Friday morning. Police tackled DePape after arriving on the scene, where officers found a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, gloves and zip ties, DOJ said Monday.
DePape called out for Nancy Pelosi during the break-in, according to law enforcement officials — an echo of rioters’ vocal search for the speaker during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. The kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and the assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.
The Justice Dept. on Monday charged David DePape with assault and attempted kidnapping following his alleged break-in at the home of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul.https://t.co/sLJOsj3eco
— POLITICO (@politico) October 31, 2022
Do enough Americans understand yet what is happening to our democracy? Apparently not!
The racist impetus (fear of replacement by minorities) has now brought the neo-fascist, former President Trump to enough power to overthrow our democracy.
He already owns the GOP and will shortly announce his plan to run for President in 2024, once the GOP takes over Congress after the midterm elections.
Impossible? Adolph Hitler tried a coup in Germany in 1923 which failed and he went to jail where he wrote Mein Kampf–“My Struggle”–read his path to power is well documented as you can read here.
Hitler believed in telling lies so big that their very scale left some residue of credibility. The Nazi program foresaw that newspapers would serve the “general good” rather than reporting..
Any resemblance with what is happening here is mere coincidencehttps://t.co/woiGF2Sp4V
— James Wilson (@jamewils) June 23, 2018
History again echoes and so far, too many of us haven’t fully understood the intense threat.
If the GOP takes Congress on November 8th, will they try to impeach Biden?
Read here the latest.
With Majority in Sight, Republicans Hush Talk of Impeaching Biden via NYT https://t.co/QJDwrpRRuj
— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) October 28, 2022
On October 28 we were given a further vital wake-up call. Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi was attacked in their SF home by an extremist named David DePape doubtless as the result of Trump’s and his allies’ rhetoric!
Eleven years earlier “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) joked that if he becomes the next leader of the House, ‘it will be hard not to hit’ Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel.”
Read it all here.
Last year, Kevin McCarthy joked that if he became the next leader of the House, “it will be hard not to hit” Nancy Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel. Then, on Friday, a man broke into Pelosi’s house and attacked her husband w a hammer. https://t.co/uH6oN8o1TT
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) October 29, 2022
Ballot drop box intimidation seems mild after the Pelosi attack but it is all part of the Trump tidal wave to destroy our democracy!
Now our richest citizen Elon Musk owns Twitter and the racism increases. Trump will undoubtedly be back on Twitter.
This is just the most newsworthy of many less publicized physical and verbal attacks generated by Trump’s campaign to undermine our democracy.
The comparison of Trump’s use of the same techniques used by Hitler and Mussolini and other aspiring depots is clear.
1. Create a false narrative of problems
2. Affix blame for those ills on some groups
3. Attack government credibility
4. Attain public office and restrict freedom
One veteran newsman friend sent me this assessment of why the November 8 election will be so important.
Read his profoundly troubling words here:
It is perhaps impossible to calculate how much could be lost on Nov. 8 if the midterms go the way most analysts forecast, they will. If the Democrats maintain control of at least one house of Congress, which I think they will, there will at best be a standoff. If there’s a Republican majority in both houses, there’s still the presidency for two more years, but an impotent presidency.
Sad to say, Trump, the least likely U.S. president ever, really has changed American politics from anything we have known in our lifetime – I fear irrevocably, Fascism, or something very much akin, may well loom in our future. If Trump, or one of his acolytes, is elected president in 2024, the lessons from the previous Trump administration will have been learned. Lesson No. 1: Surround yourself with nothing but total loyalists, so insecure in their own skins that they dare not stray from the company line, no matter how preposterous that may be. For democracy, it would be game over.
It can be argued that this country was established on lies of equality, freedom, democracy, etc. by men who had perpetrated and were continuing to perpetrate atrocities that were the opposite of the ideals set forth in our Constitution: genocide of Indigenous people, enslavement, and continuing suppression of Africans, etc. All undeniably true. And yet this so-called great experiment in democracy has at least twice saved the western world and today is the last best hope against a tyrant whose ambitions are yet unknown. If the United States fails to continue to support Ukraine, which appears likely according to some key GOP candidates, NATO crumbles and Putin still manages to pull off what he has been unable to, thus far. The geopolitical consequences, I fear, will be enormous and beyond our comprehension to predict.
The stakes in our upcoming elections have never been higher. If it goes as forecast, the only question is: What will we do? How can all of this be overcome? The answers lie in a couple of generations after ours. What bothers me is that these younger people have not gone through a Depression, a World war–names like Hitler, Mussolini and places like Anzio, Tarawa, Guadalcanal, etc. are only printed in pages of books. I have a great deal of faith in our younger people, but too many of them are, for whatever reason, just out of touch–-they continue to be those least likely to vote (especially in a midterm election)–still this seems to be what it has all come down to.”
Another friend sent me a telling email message: Using the strong jaw pose Trump looks a lot like Benito Mussolini–remember he called himself II Duce, the chief.
Note that the former president is not merely looking to one side; he is lifting and thrusting his chin in a distinctive pose.
It has been repeatedly noted that Trump’s values–and some of the actions he has taken–are strikingly like those of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Mussolini was known for using this “chin thrust” body language to convey power and authority.
In February of 2016, Donald Trump tweeted a direct quote from Mussolini: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
Hitler’s ability to rally the country to hatred of Jews finds reflection in the underlying racism of Trump against nonwhites when he called immigrants (bringing drugs and crime and rapists from Mexico) and with his white dominated MAGA rallies continuing to ignite the residual hatred against African Americans (Remember George Wallace and Jim Crow slavery in the South??)
Racism has been and remains the bottom-line motivator of Trump’s rise to power and should have been met with strong opposition from all political leaders, but Trump’s cowardly Congressional crew were at first lax in calling him on his outrageous behavior then intimidated by political fear or fear of personal violence into submission.
Then Trump’s 2020 loss which he knew was a loss no doubt drove his pre- and post-election plans for a coup, the first in our history.
His repetitive rhetoric with the phrase “Stop the Steal” became reality to many Americans who wanted to believe—I believe mostly for racial reasons even if they didn’t completely understand that—after all the President’s false claim came from the world’s most powerful bully pulpit!
Is it time to put Trump down? YES, it is dangerously far past time. The failure of both parties to call him down again is paralleled in German history: In the late 1920’s Chancellor von Hindenburg’s failure to use his power to derail Hitler’s 2nd attempt to establish his dictatorship.
Read that troubled history here.
His presidential terms were wracked by political instability, economic depression, and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, whom he appointed chancellor in 1933.
Paul von Hindenburg https://t.co/UlVstkcAv2 via @britannica
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 4, 2022
Where is the criminal indictment against Trump now so needed from Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice? Is he intimidated like so many others in power?
Again, those still living in their fantasy vote denier bubbles should realize Hitler’s use of Jewish hate is akin to Trump’s moves to activate those deep roots of American racism plus increasing the fear of many whites of replacement by the growing minorities.
Trump’s previously stated affinity for Putin and Kim reflects perfectly his continued grasping for authoritarian power.
To do this it required a sustained assault on our democratic institutions and values, leading to his attempt at a coup—let me state again —something Hitler tried in Germany in 1923 and failed. As noted above, Hitler went to jail where he wrote Mein Kampf and later succeeded to ultimate power in 1933 using the same techniques Trump has used so far with great success.
Read here the key part of history in Hitler’s rise.
I often celebrate the value of #books. Not always. #OTD 18 July 1925, the first volume of "Mein Kampf" appeared. Written while Hitler was jailed, it was filled with his rabid antisemitism, call for racial purity and for "living space" for Germans.https://t.co/FavgvjaLyT pic.twitter.com/bpTWMifMoD
— Kenneth C. Davis (@kennethcdavis) July 18, 2022
Our midterm elections will be a test of how far wrong some Americans’ main racist motivations have driven us. Now with the Pelosi example the heightened fear of violence to anyone standing in Trump’s way may have succeeded in advancing his plans for hegemony.
“What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”: https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
“We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”: https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
“From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”: https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
WATCH: President Biden calls on Democrats to vote in midterm elections
Joe: Why Can’t Most Republicans Say Pelosi Attack Is A Tragedy, Bad For America?
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