Why it is so VERY, VERY, important that we get out and vote in this mid-term election.
This is a comment from a reader on Marcy Wheeler's blog and he explains why we can't just sit back, hope for the best, and not get out there and do all we can to keep our beautiful country safe from those who will, if they get the chance, turn our country into something ugly. We have seen it happen throughout history and we have seen it happen in other countries during our lifetime...BE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE !!
"Communism and Nazism may both have philosophical roots, but opportunists have repeatedly “embraced and extended,” tuned, and applied these ideas to establish social power and control over others (be they willing or not). Communism may always ultimately fail because it doesn’t produce a satisfying long-term response to the question “what’s in it for me?” The Nazis sidestepped this question by focusing and exploiting hate, fear, insecurities rooted in perceived past failures and embarrassments, and nationalism. Trumpism is very much like Nazism in these regards. Trumpism is a coalition of opportunistic, self-dealing, hypocritical, sociopathic grifters with an innate talent for manipulating fools and unprepared minds, but with the advantage of powerful, real-time tools for getting and disseminating information. And, like Nazism, Trumpism has a symbiotic relationship with wealthy parties (individuals and corporations), who have no qualms over using any tools to engage in corruption and expand their wealth and power. Communism, Nazism,and Trumpism are all likely to be unsustainable, but have and will inflict incalculable damage before collapsing.
Democrats have a weaker position in part because rationality and sacrifice, which are needed to address systemic problems, don’t motivate with the power of fear, hate, anger, greed, and selfishness. And, unfortunately, critical thinking skills and altruism appear to be mostly learned, not innate, so Trumpist/GOP efforts to censor information and control curricula hurt Democracy (but are great for any form of kleptocracy)." *
* L. Eslinger
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