Monday, June 1, 2020

As If On Cue

It can happen here.

It is happening here.

Just today, as if on cue, in response to the protests that have erupted across the nation – protests against the slaughter of the innocent, protests that have been hijacked by violent right-wing extremists for their own malicious ends – der Sturmtrumper threatened to use military force against civilians within the borders of the United States.

He doesn’t have that power – not unless he is asked by the governor of whatever state in which he plans to use armed force – but that has never stopped a Fascist before.  He will claim that power and he will use it.

This is textbook dictatorship.

First you create a situation so dire that people get angry.  Then you inflame that and make it worse.  Then you call out the army and declare yourself God Emperor of Shitsylvania, savior of all that is true and holy.  At first people see it as calming.  Then it descends into brutality and subjection, and good luck with getting rid of that.  Ask half the nations of Latin America how that worked out for them and whether they think we should start down that path too.

It can happen here.

It is happening here.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone.  Der Sturmtrumper and his minions have been baying for this since 2016 and they understand that this is their last chance.  They cannot win in November.  They cannot maintain their grip on power in a free and open republic.  They cannot rule a democracy.

“When Fascism comes to America,” said Sinclair Lewis, “it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”  It’s almost as if Lewis had been watching today’s news reports, as der Sturmtrumper stood in front a church, waving a Bible, wearing his flag pin, calling for the end of the republic.

The bunker-dwelling coward in the Oval Office makes his demands, and the dregs of American society respond with arson, gunfire, and death.

My fellow Americans, we either stand in defense of the republic, the Constitution, and the freedoms we’re promised (and which, as Americans, we need to work to make real for all of us), or it all goes away sooner than you'd think possible.

It can happen here.

It is happening here.

Don’t say you weren’t warned.


LucyInDisguise said...

So. I found myself sitting here trying to come up with some kind of smart-assed remark about that last sentence - and discovered that I am most certainly and definitely at a loss for words. Especially smart-assed ones.

So, not being able to think of anything constructive to do with my time, I decided to review what's over there


in the sidebar if for no other reason than to see if I could jumpstart my brain. Didn't work. Jumpstarting this old brain seldom works.

Then it was if Odin himself shined a spotlight on it - EuReKA!!

"You may find these views offensive."

Well, I most certainly do find it offensive. Not your actual "views", mind you. It's what you're viewING that does not bear bearing. (Boy, doesn't that bring a vision to mind...) [shudders]

(Well, I tried.) [Paul: "Tired and Failed?" Reverend Mother: "Tried and died."] (Figures.)

Thor, help us all.


David said...

Yeah, at some point it all gets so much and you just have to step back, if only for your own mental health. And then you get back in the game, because that's what needs to be done.

Thor help us all indeed.