We are known by the company we keep. At least that’s what my mom always told me.
This morning, I just saw Russian agents meeting with the #BLOTUS in the White House. This is one day after firing the head of the FBI who was investigating his treasonous ties to Russia. From the photos I could not tell who had the biggest smiles. The #BLOTUS was definitely enjoying hosting his friends.
What is blatantly obvious, however, is that the current leader of our nation is far more comfortable with dictators, thugs, and strongmen than he is with the rule of law and the dictates of the Constitution.
The #BLOTUS covets absolute power. Anyone with the courage to challenge that power will be eliminated. FBI Director Comey wasn’t the first to feel his ire, and sadly will not be the last.
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Least we forget, it only takes one match to start a conflagration that can burn through hundreds of thousands of acres of forest.
Less than 100 years ago the entire world was convulsed in one of the most terrible and costly wars in the history of the planet, all brought about by a megalomaniacal dictator who legally took the reigns of power in Germany.
Do not assume the same cannot happen again.
If it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck…then it’s time to make some decisions about whether you really like listening to ducks.
“Those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it” is as true now as it has ever been. The unbelievably strident rhetoric and unabashedly racist and sexist positions promoted by Donald Trump are frighteningly familiar to any student of history. Listen to the early speeches of Adolf Hitler and make the comparison yourself.
This is not the kind of leader I want for the United States. His clearly stated and well known values do not reflect my values, nor hopefully, the values of the majority of citizens in this country. I am glad someone has the sense and the moral courage to tell it like it is.
Listening to the current Republican presidential debates one can draw a frightening comparison to the early growth of Hilter’s Nazi Germany. The hatred, racism, bigotry and name-calling is ugly, divisive and wrong.
Such rhetoric appeals to the fear and baser instincts of the unintelligent and uneducated, but does not reflect the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation. No nation will be called great that demonstrates the values of greed, fear and zenophobia being so loudly proclaimed by the two remaining Republican candidates for the highest office in the land.
Turning a blind eye in the late 1930s led to the deaths of untold millions and a global war whose impact is still being felt. All of us need to open our eyes and see what is happening. We need to open our ears and truly listen to what is being said.
Then we need to do whatever is necessary to insure our nation doesn’t take the low road. It’s the road that leads straight to hell.
We live in an age when values have changed, and continue to change. It is now acceptable to display boorish and uncivil behavior in public and even get applause for it. Today it is acceptable for public figures and nationally recognized political candidates to spew vindictive and racist remarks without fear of backlash.
I, for one, am tired of the hatred, the bitterness and repulsive rhetoric. I am reminded of the early days of Nazi Germany when Adolf Hitler used the same bombastic invective and appeal to fear to inflame his listeners.
We are better than that. When candidates for the highest office in the United States base their campaigns on fear, on hatred, on racism, on indiscriminate destruction of entire populations, it is time to speak out.
I do not want a President who unabashedly flaunts immoral actions and behavior to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I do not want a leader who uses xenophobia and racial prejudices to appeal to the uneducated.
I may be in a distinct minority, but I remember a time when when such a person would be held up for ridicule and laughed off the stage. That such a clown is now taken seriously is a true indictment of the depths to which our nation has fallen.
If we elect such a man to lead our nation we deserve whatever befalls us.