This short film “Don’t Be A Sucker” was made during WWII and absolutely nothing has changed. This is the best 3:20 that you are going to spend all day, if you haven’t already seen this. This is Fascism 101 and it has happened right here, in America, with Donald Trump.

 

This is from Pastor John Pavlovitz’ article linked to above.

The words of a President weigh more than perhaps anyone else’s. There is a gravity to the voices of our leaders that corporately shape us in ways few things do. They have always determined the trajectory of our nation, carried us through unthinkable tragedy, clarified who we are as a people, driven us to reach for dreams that we believed were beyond us. […]

Violent white nationalists are the logical manifestation of the language of this President.

They are the sum total of his every reckless insult, irresponsible untruth, and calculated attack; the disfigured Frankensteined monster, made from every factless conspiracy theory and incendiary rally rant, each corrosive verbal assault on people of color and immigrants and women and the media.

Men who walk into mosques and shopping malls and murder strangers are the clear accumulation of a seemingly endless Presidential Twitter feed, filled with nonsensical ramblings, spewed from the head of a man who feels no accountability for the collateral damage of his words—either on those who are his targets—or those weaponized by him against them.

Most tragedies in life are caused by foolishness and naivete. A good portion of America listened to Trump’s lies, and many also indulged a childish urge to rebel — yeah, let’s vote for the big mouth because we can and tee hee wouldn’t it be funny if he got elected?

Again, my favorite quote from Lincoln, because I always find it applicable: “America can never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Lincoln expressed this sentiment in 1838. The film you just watched was made in 1943. Nothing has changed. What’s old is new and what’s new is old. The demons of diviseness and dissension have always been with us and always will be. We need to be strong enough to let the better angels of our nature prevail.

Trump really isn’t smart enough to be a fascist. He’s just a bully who rode his TV host image, incredibly, to the highest office in the land. But his words are as destructive as any fascist’s. We’ve seen the sad evidence of that already.

Get Out The Vote. Trump must not be reelected.

 

 

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jennifer braveheart
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Amazing, you nailed it. Thanks

Mina Kirby
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Scary that this still goes on and that naive people still buy into it. Thanks for showing this clip.

Lil Blue Sock
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As I have commented before, history does indeed repeat itself…….except with this version, the roles have changed…..Germany is the great democracy, Japan is the peace maker and the US the fascist contingent.

Denis Elliott
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Trump might not be smart enough to be a fascist but McConnell, the Federalist Society types and the big money folks (i.e. the Kochs) are. Trump has proven a useful tool in their quest to destroy our institutions of government & in turn allow them to create the modern day version of Lords & Serfs they want this country to be.

P J Evans
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I remember back in the early 60s, seeing a movie in school where the Communists took over a city because they made things like city council meetings run so long that most other people went home to sleep. That’s the kind of propaganda we used to be exposed to.

anastasjoy
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It’s things like this that explain why I perhaps get a little too annoyed when we want to hang all our hopes on a pretty face we’re infatuated with. We need heavy hitters; we need to be behind them, especially the ones whose courage puts them in a tough spot.

Bareshark
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I know you’ve brought some of them before but a few names of those heavy hitters you’re wanting would be helpful to know. I like knowing who to keep an eye on when it comes to allies as much as I do enemies.

anastasjoy
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My top favorites are Lauren Underwood from Illinois, especially on health care issues (she’s a public health nurse), Jahana Hayes, a former high school teacher on education, Katie Porter on financial issues (she was the one who put Kathy Kraninger of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau on the spot about how to calculate APR and then offered to give her the textbook she wrote that covers the subject) and Katie Hill on health care, homelessness, immigration, women’s rights, LGBT rights and a host of other issues.

Bareshark
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I’d call that a good starting lineup. Do we know who they’re networked with in terms of orgs, allies, etc? Do any of them network with each other?

anastasjoy
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Yes, indeed they do. Katie Hill and Lauren Underwood are actually roommates, and Hill and Katie Porter call themselves “the Katie Caucus”! I don’t know about organizations, but all of them have been working with colleagues — both new and veteran — on issues and legislation. For instance, Underwood has partnered with Alma Adams, the North Carolina congresswoman who always wears a hat and looks like the classic older black church lady, on creating the Black Maternal Health Caucus to address the shameful fact that the U.S. has one of the highest rates of minority maternal and infant mortality in… Read more »
anastasjoy
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Can you explain why some of my comments (most of them) post immediately, but a handful — like the one I just posted after this — are “awaiting moderation”? It seems totally random

Bareshark
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Very good, Anastasia…this is the kind of alliance building that is going to carry the day, I believe. I see way too little of it with the current pissing matches within our ranks. Handled correctly, these will be next decade’s power playees.

anastasjoy
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I hope so. I am closely following a lot of the new congresspeople — older ones as well. Since fair elections are my #1 issue, I’ve especially been following my own congresswoman, Marcia Fudge’s, voter rights hearings around the country. She had some impressive colleagues with here, including Terri Sewell, who was SO passionate and brought down the house, Jamie Raskin, who is super-informed about constitutional law, and Ohio’s own Marcy Kaptur. Alas, the panel is bipartisan so she also brought along two useless blobs of nothing, Ohio congressmen Anthony Gonzales and David Joyce (probably the only time any Ohioan… Read more »
anastasjoy
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For those who don’t know, Sewell represents Selma, Alabama, and is the first African-American ever elected to Congress from that state. She has a deep commitment to voter rights, which have historically been tromped on there.

Bareshark
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Mine are crossed too…toes as well!

underwriter505
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A pretty face doesn’t HAVE to be a liability PROVIDED that pretty face has a brain and heart behind it willing to put heavy hitters into every major position, and then stand back and let them do what they are put in to do. I sometimes think one can learn more about a candidate from the women and men she or he surrounds her/himself with than from her/his platform, though that’s important too.

Markm Mitchell
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Trump must be impeached and jailed.

William Wallace
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I love the Goebbels quotes from Lone Wolf. Thank you. Tony Schwartz (author of “The Art of the Deal”) said he doubted Trump has read a book in his whole adult life. BUT, he had a copy of Mein Kampf on his nightstand. This could be the only book this wanna be dictator ever read. “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough. it will be believed.” Adolph Hitler.
“Fake news” and “witch hunt” jump to mind.
Mein Kampf was the Nazi bible and seems to be Trump’s
William Wallace