Sunday, October 16, 2016

"What the hell has happened to my country?"

I feel like crying out, "What the hell has happened to my country?" First it was George Bush the Second who unleashed the holier-than-thou Christian conservative Bible thumpers who think it is a peachy idea to replace the U.S. Constitution with their interpretation of the Bible.

Now, along comes the despot Trump who has unleashed a sewer load of deplorable troglodytes who think it would be a dandy idea to start a bloody revolution if they do not get everything they think they have coming to them if a psychopath is not elected president so that this country could be taken back to pre-civil war days. Surely you have read about those halcyon days when women had no rights, to anything, and the people of color were enslaved and bound with shackles and chains?

For those of you sitting on the sidelines who think that all will be hunky dory if Trump wins the election let me share with you the words a Wesley Chapel lady wrote to the Your Letters section of the Sunday, 10/16, Tampa Bay Times. " I have been active supporting Democratic candidates since 1972. This year, I am afraid to put a simple Clinton/Kaine bumper sticker on my car because I fear retaliation from a certain element of Trump supporters."

How sad, how tragic is that? Trump has inflamed the masses who feel our current government leaders have not done enough, quickly enough to undo eight years of carnage caused by Bush and his sycophants while the Republicans in Congress have done everything in their power for the last almost eight years to destroy every good thing that has come out of the White House.

And along comes Trump who, it could be argued, is taking pages from Adolph Hitler's playbook. Too far fetched you say? You might find this link to be informative: Who Supported Hitler and Why?

Here are a few gems:
  • Hitler was able to present an image of himself as a superhuman, even god like figure. He wasn’t portrayed as a politician, as Germany had had enough of them, instead he was seen as above politics. He was all things to a lot of people – although a set of minorities soon found that Hitler didn’t just not care about their support, but wanted to persecute, even exterminate them.
  • Hitler wasn’t seen as a socialist, a monarchist, a democrat ... instead he was portrayed and accepted as being Germany itself, the one man who’d cut across the many sources of anger and discontent in Germany and cure them all.
  • From the early thirties the Nazi Party could count on a large range of support ... and it could do it because of clever presentation of ideas, the legend of their leader, and then naked threats. Groups who might have been expected to react like Christians and women were, at first, fooled and gave their support.
  • Most people had issues with (Hitler's) government, as ever, but were happy to overlook them and support Hitler, partly out of fear and repression, but partly because they thought their lives were okay. But (the excitement didn't last).
Does World War Two cross anyone's mind?

I can only hope that the Obama administration has a contingency plan in place to call up National Guard and reserve units along with active duty military to quash any seditious plans espoused by Trump supporters. I would also like to see the Department of Justice levy charges of Seditious Conspiracy against Trump under 18 U.S. Code § 2384:

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

How in the world has this country sunk so low? We have become a country to be ridiculed because of Trump, but on a positive note for Trump and his deplorables, we have become a country to be feared ... by friends and foe alike. This is not the America I was born in and grew up in, and served, in both the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Air Force.

These are perilous times.

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