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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    • Isn’t it amazing. Truly, the more things change the more they are the same. It’s cliche because it’s absolutely true. I wish all of Trump’s followers could see this film. Maybe it would wake them the hell up.

      Those of us with educations know about WWII and other despotic regimes of even further back. With the dumbing down of American education. people, like Trump’s supporters, think he’s saying something new and refreshing. No, he’s saying something very old and very ugly.

      • “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”
        ― Joseph Goebbels

      • “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
        ― Joseph Goebbels

      • “We shall go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time,or as the greatest criminals”
        ― Joseph Goebbels

        I think the latter, but I am biased…

      • “Every age that has historical status is governed by aristocracies.
        Aristocracy with the meaning – the best are ruling.
        Peoples do never govern themselves. That lunacy was concocted by liberalism. Behind its “people’s sovereignty” the slyest cheaters are hiding, who don’t want to be recognized.”
        ― Joseph Goebbels

      • “Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.”
        ― Joseph Goebbels

        • Propaganda should be popular — indeed. Give ’em their bread and circus. Wow. You’re coming up with some great material today, Wolf.

          • I’d be a lie if I said I did, but I read all about WW2 as much as I can and found these quotes on a website.

      • In case you haven’t noticed, as the result of a shamelessly rigged election in Florida, in which thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily disenfranchised, we now present ourselves to the rest of the world as proud, grinning, jut-jawed, pitiless war-lovers with appalling powerful weaponry – who stand unopposed.
        In case you haven’t noticed, we are now as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazi’s once were.
        And with good reason.
        In case you haven’t noticed, our unelected leaders have dehumanized millions and millions of human beings simply because of their religion and race. We wound ’em and kill ’em and torture ’em and imprison ’em all we want.
        Piece of cake.
        In case you haven’t noticed, we also dehumanize our own soldiers, not because of their religion or race, but because of their low social class.
        Send ’em anywhere. Make ’em do anything.
        Piece of cake.
        The O’Reilly Factor.
        So I am a man without a country, except for the librarians and a Chicago paper called “In These Times.”
        Before we attacked Iraq, the majestic “New York Times” guaranteed there were weapons of destruction there.
        Albert Einstein and Mark Twain gave up on the human race at the end of their lives, even though Twain hadn’t even seen the First World War. War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the First World War so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun.
        Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don’t you wish you could have something named after you?
        Like my distinct betters Einstein and Twain, I now give up on people too. I am a veteran of the Second World War and I have to say this is the not the first time I surrendered to a pitiless war machine.
        My last words? “Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse.”
        Napalm came from Harvard. Veritas!
        Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler.
        What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without senses of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations and made it all their own?”
        ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

        • Thank you for quoting Vonnegut. I love his stuff. I read everything of his in print when I was about twenty. What an incredible mind and social sensibility.

          • “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”
            ― Kurt Vonnegut

          • My thought on that is that a writer will always come up with something more to say — although I follow his drift. I only started writing about politics when this shit show started up. Before that I was content to observe and read other people. I became enraged and obsessed with this Trump idiocy in 2016 and you know the rest.

          • Yeah me too, I pretty much did the same thing and it’s funny, no it’s not funny but because I’ve read so much about Hitler and his gang, I seem to find parallels between them here and there in their lunacy.

          • There is cause to fear Nazism. Steve Bannon made no bones about the white supremacy origins of much of his philosophy.

          • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
            ― Anne Frank

          • Wow. I didn’t remember her saying that. What a luminous being she was, so young and straight thinking, and to meet such a tragic end. No wonder her diary got translated into 70 languages and is still an inspiration.

      • “…being in a position to know and nevertheless shunning knowledge creates direct responsibility for the consequences…”
        ― Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

          • Imagine that, pearls of wisdom from the most evil man in history and his brutal gang of thugs….and that pic of Trump, look at his facial expression and how he is holding his hands, Hitler had a personal photographer take 1000’s and 1000’s of pix of him, for him to study and imitate whenever he made one of his speeches, it was all faked, his emotions, his expressions, his supposed sympathy for his people, all of it. Hitler blamed the Jews and the Bolsheviks for everything, Trump blames immigrants and people of color, while bullying everyone to try to get his way. Just saying…

          • And on a lighter note…

            “An old battleax of a woman said to Winston Churchill, “If you were my husband I would put poison in your tea.” Churchill’s response, “Ma’am if you were my wife I would drink it.”
            ― Winston S. Churchill

          • Actually, that “old battleax” is reportedly the Viscountess Nancy Astor. But, she’s also believed to have given Churchill as good as she got. One time, Churchill is supposed to have told her that having a woman in Parliament (she was the first woman to take a seat in Parliament–but not the first elected) would be like having a woman intrude on him in the bathroom to which she responded, “You’re not handsome enough to have such fears.” Another time, Churchill supposedly asked what disguise he should wear to a masquerade, and she said, “Why don’t you come sober?”
            The Viscountess (who was American by birth) was most assuredly a product of her era. Anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-Communist, more than a touch racist (later in life, she spoke in Rhodesia and boasted of having come from a slave-owning family), an ardent Prohibitionist. A member of the Conservative Party but she actually had friendships with female members of Labour and even a few Socialists. And despite being accused of being a Nazi sympathizer, it turned out she was supposedly on an SS “hit list” (a list of prominent British officials to be captured, imprisoned, and possibly executed if the Nazis managed to conquer Britain).

          • Terrific anecdote. I didn’t know any of this. History is wonderful, because the interactions between the characters are better than any fiction you can write.

          • Another response to the complaint about a woman in Parliament being like a woman intruding on him in the bathroom might have been along the lines of, well, it’s said that politicians, like diapers, need to be frequently changed, for the same reason … it would have fallen flat because the Brits call that the “loo,” not the “bathroom,” but it did just occur to me.

  1. 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.

    • Isn’t that something? My God. If you had told me as a kid growing up, we would be having this conversation, I would not have believed it.

  2. 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.

    • The Kochs are something else. You know that they influenced Brexit with Cambridge Analytica bots, all that? They want to own the world — the entire world, not just the portion of it that they do.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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?

          • 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 the developed world, and it’s growing. Hill is a co-chair of the LGBTQ caucus; she’s also in House leadership as co-representative of the freshman class, along with Colorado’s Joe Neguse, another rising star.

          • 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

          • 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.

          • 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 will lay eyes on them), and Illinois’s atrocious Rodney Davis, who beat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan by 8/10ths of a point last year, and Betsy is running again. Fingers crossed!

          • 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.

    • 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.

      • Yeah, that point always gets glossed over whenever the impeachment question comes up anymore. WAY too much magical thinking in the arguments presented and more than a little intellectual dishonesty on how they could make their alternative work for everybody. It strikes me that people aren’t thinking with this. They’re reacting…and that plays into our enemies’ hands if we are not careful.

        • It drives me insane when people disparage Pelosi for not impeaching Trump. Both Trump and Barr are running wild because they know the Senate won’t vote for impeachment. It’s as simple as this.

          • I share your frustration, Ursula. Too many people want to “do something” to make themselves feel better. Me? I want to win…and that sometimes requires sitting very, very still until the right moment.

          • Defeating McConnell needs to be as big a priority as defeating. Trump, and from the looks of the money Amy McGrath has been raising, a lot of people recognize this. McConnell is every bit as destructive to our country as Trump, if not more so.

  5. 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

    • Read trumps tweets from today. You will swear you are reading the parody account. The man is either doing self parody or he’s insane.

        • How can the old white guys in the Senate let Trump keep going any longer? His trip wire was snapped a week ago and his garbled comments have been huge red flags of a disoriented and dangerous, flailing shitgibbon, acting like laws no longer exist, and his ED’s are running his shit show now ….

          He is dead to rights and totally wrong for our country, via his admitted and found out relationship with Epstein and his young girl playground paradise … his lecherous eyes as they check out, even his own daughter’s body and any younger girl near him …

          Makes my skin crawl, I can’t even imagine how gross his abuse and rape parties were for those young girls, who may be having those nightmares yet today … his smarmy snarling face on the TV everywhere is a freak show for a LOT of people …. I wonder where he sends the young girls he lets out of the concentration camps? Maybe they are there one day and gone the next morning? The GITMO camp should be cancelled because there will be NO oversight at all, send them there, then send them out to the highest bidder, via a dummy company, paying into Trump Industries’ deep pockets, thanks to DJT … little girls, disappeared forever …

  6. It’s a far reach to try to spin this short film’s speaker-character into what the President says. There’s not one example where President Trump’s words coincides with the words of this fictional character. If you can stretch your brain to suggest this then you are in great danger of drowning in Leftist deception. Not only does President Trump not talk like this character but he says the exact opposite. He has stated over and over and over that he wants people to come to the US. He wants to build a wall with a “great big beautiful door” for people to come in legally. He has been befriending people of all races for decades. He has a history of being all inclusive throughout his many decades of public life and has even won an award for such. My advice: Don’t take articles like this at face value. Don’t let people with pre-conceived notions paint false impressions about what President Trump says. Listen to President Trump’s actual words. They are loving words of inclusion to all people of all races. And also, be a person who is desirous of truth, be a truth seeker. Make knowing truth a priority in your life.

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