Thursday, November 17, 2016

ADDEDNDUM "MY CONCERNS"




Regarding yesterday’s “My Concerns” blog as well as all the recent ones since 11/8 I would like to explain that I do not want to seem to be a “doom monger”.

My hope is that my fears will never come to fruition. After all this nation has survived the likes of Nixon (70s), Joe. McCarthy (50s) and Father Coughlin (30s).

Nixon was the apostle of autocratic government. McCarthyism tainted many unjustly as communists.

Father Coughlin one of the first to understand the power of radio in the 30s preached antisemitism, support of the policies of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito. Up to thirty million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s. The broadcasts have been called "a variation of the Fascist agenda applied to American culture.

Since I lived through these eras and because of Hitler who had promised to return “Germany to its Glory” –sounds familiar; at that time of economic turmoil despite his not being favored by a majority of Germans, Hindenburg the President appointed Chancellor of Germany. The outcome; millions of people died and I spent two years in Europe away from my wife and babies being shot at. I consider my concerns not fears- to be legitimate.

This is why I have harped on Trump and to date much has happened to strengthen my concerns. I will not dwell on this subject but return to it as I seem fit.

5 comments:

  1. Still with the Hitler comments I see. You are a disgrace. And who are the people getting beaten in the streets for supporting Trump? Certainly not Crooked Hillary supporters.

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    1. Dear Anon. Obvious your reading is clouded by your fascist fixation.Too bad you were not involved in WWII combat or as a survivor of all the different ethnic and religious groups that felt the purification of Germany's Nazi regime. Once again who are you?

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  2. It is ironic that Trump was officially elected on the anniversary of Kristalnacht and he shattered Hillary's glass ceiling. Did his ex wife one say that he kept a book by Hitler on his nightstand? Those who deny the similarities are a repeat of those who denied it in the past.

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    1. Doc From speaking to many people who voted for Trump it is obvious it was a lesser of two evils choice. It is my opinion that at least 2, and possibly 3 other Republican candidates, could have beaten Hilary and obtained larger popular vote. We could all be sleeping better had that occurred. That said, I think it premature to abandon faith in the system. The genius of our founding fathers, though, somewhat subverted by the courts, prevails. There is check and balance system which restrains, and a process in Congress which compels debate, review and a period for public criticism. Moreover, in 2 years, if Mr. Trump performs in an obscene way, the public will get another bite at the Congressional apple. There is an enormous difference between the situation in Germany in 1933 and the United States today. World War 1 was precipitated by a string of alliances amongst the major powers. These alliances were made not because these nations loved each other, rather to maintain a balance so that no combination posed an overwhelming threat to the others. The Kaiser, Tzar and King of England were cousins. When events began to unravel the Kaiser implored both the king and Tszar to stop their military mobilization. The Tzar made a feeble attempt but was overwhelmed by his military. After all the only way to obtain medals is to fight a war. After a long delay the Kaiser's military said that given the continued Russian mobilization they had no choice but to mobilize and Europe initiated the slaughter of an entire generation of their men. After the war Wilson was ineffectual. Lloyd George and Clemenceau dictated the terms of the peace. They whacked up the middle east for oil, which is the root cause of the troubles today. Draconian reparations were imposed on Germany.
      The Germans were starving. Britain and France blockaded Germany, exacerbating the German grief by preventing relief from arriving from the U.S who was willing and attempting to provide it.
      ( The Hoover Commission ). 300,000 German people, mostly women and children, starved to death, or died of disease, between 1917 and 1921. The communists inspired by the Russian Revolution had formed an active party and there were riots in the streets. The country was in chaos. It was ripe for a demagogue and as we all know they got one. I don't think that the United States, while divided in many ways, has reached the point of desperation where our representatives, even those on the far right, will permit Mr. trump to trample our basic freedoms or plunge us into a despotic dictatorship. Further, I don't think it is his intent, or even if it were, that he has the political skills to attempt it. Lastly Doc. I don't think your comment that anonymous remark suggests he has a Fascist fixation. The commentator is pointing out that some of the liberal left, champions of the Democratic system and political tolerance, are violent. Harken to Abraham Lincoln whose wisdom is eternal: There is no grievance that is the fit object of mob law. A second refrain from the British in WW II is also appropriate: Keep calm and carry on. Bill Kruse

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  3. Bill once again I appreciate your astute comments and agree that the roots that led to Hitler and WWII was The Treaty of Versailles plus the artificial state creations of the Ottoman empire's near east.As to Anon his first two sentences "Still with the Hitler comments I see. You are a disgrace." merits my remarks. I agree that he is right in condemnation of those who have violently reacted to Trump's victory.That should not be America.

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