I have long tried to steer clear of political subjects and partisan rhetoric. But with this country and the rest of the world descending into insanity, I find it more and more difficult to get a grip on my horses. I feel I must speak my mind on what I consider to be one of the gravest threats to the continuation of the Great American Experiment set in motion 240 years ago by our Founding Fathers.
I never thought I would see the United States of America descend into fascism. I was wrong. I am not the first person to coin the term “the American Mussolini.” That distinction belongs to Dana Milbank, a opinion writer for The Washington Post, who affixed the moniker to Donald Trump back in early December 2015 when he pointed out that the candidate was “pulling the party to the black-shirted right by playing on fears of foreigners and racial and religious minorities.” He refers to Trump’s physical and behavioral similarities to the clownish and bullying former Italian dictator who coupled his own fate with that of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime in Germany . . . his “chin-out toughness, sweeping right-hand gestures,” his ego and his fondness for pointing out the stupidity of his opponents. Some have been quick to compare Trump’s overt fascism to that of Adolf Hitler. Having long been a student of fascism and that which results from it, I have been guilty of this myself. But Hitler, despite his inherent evil, was no fool. Mussolini was. And so is Donald Trump. He is a fool and a fascist. Furthermore Milbank points out that Trump is quick to show contempt for facts while feeding on the “pervasive sense of fear and overwhelming crisis” of his followers who, in my own humble opinion, show their ignorance more than their apprehensions. Trump, like Hitler and Mussolini, finds a scapegoat for all that is wrong in America . . . usually foreigners and Muslims both foreign and domestic. I have to agree with Milbank. It is “necessary to call Trump the racist, bigot and demagogue that he is.” Milbank’s assessment was repeated a month later by Andrew Roberts in The Telegraph (UK) who claimed to be dumbfounded and embarrassed by Trump’s “egotistical vulgarity” and “obscene self-regard,” finding Mussolini as perhaps “Trump’s secret template.” Their words, not mine. But I can’t help but agree.
This is a sad day for American democracy and the fate of our republic. America is no longer a beacon to the world. The rest of the world is laughing at us. None of us will be laughing for long.
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