THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

I am not an expert on Hitler. But my father is.

He toured post-war Germany extensively in 1957 and ’58 as a child performer. And he often recounts the stories. He befriended  teenage Lebensborn children (if you don’t know what Lebensborn children are …well …before you post anymore about Hitler you should read about them). He visited an SS widow and got a peek at her husband’s uniform and Luger (that he’d committed suicide with), she had stored in an old trunk, in the attic.

These and other intense experiences in Germany sent my father on a life-long quest to understand this sociopath (Hitler) and the country that allowed itself to be dragged into one of the darkest chapters in world history. My dad is a Hitler/Nazi buff the way Indiana Jones’ dad was a Holy Grail buff.

As the son of a man with this hobby (one might call obsession) I learned a lot about Hitler and the Third Reich just by osmosis, growing up. My father would weave WWII stories into his sermons. He would talk about new books he was reading on the subject. When I was nine-years-old I bought him a book on the battle of Stalingrad for Christmas. Not a tie or a pair of socks. A book …on the battle …of Stalingrad. Yeah …it was kinda like that.

The thing my father and I have often discussed, through the years, is the eye-rolling art of comparing American presidents to Hitler. It is such an absurdity we find it amusing …and frustrating. It’s often just a punch line. Like the Soup Nazi wasn’t really a Nazi. He was just mean. The Nazi part made it funny. You know …over-the-top. Like “grammar Nazi” or “spelling Nazi.” Nobody is really a “Nazi.” It’s our representation of something we consider jarring, strident, intractable and inhumane.

But the truth about Nazis isn’t funny at all. It’s bloody and horrible and gut churning. And it involves machine guns and butchery and inhumanity on a scale that takes your breath away. Nobody is really a “soup Nazi” …unless they served it in a concentration camp.

The idea of comparing an American president to Hitler is just as absurd …from any angle, in any context. The American system ITSELF pretty much prevents “Hitlers” from showing up. And America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create. An American ANYTHING or ANYONE is hard to fit into the Hitler model. It’s just not apples to apples.

There are some fundamental things to understand about Hitler:

1. He took over a small, failing state that didn’t have separated government, enumerated powers or checks and balances. It’s difficult for a guy like that to show up here, in this system.

2. His entire political career was violent from the beginning. There was always death in his wake. He didn’t just suddenly “turn” violent. It was a pattern …as it always is with sociopaths. This is THE most important thing to watch; the violence. I always keep an eye on who is rioting …breaking things …throwing rocks and bombs. It doesn’t make them Nazis. But it signals how far they’re willing to go.

3. He entered office with his own personal military construct (the SS) with allegiance to him ONLY. They would carry out things the regular military would never carry out: i.e. the murder of private citizens and political opponents. Nothing like that exists or COULD exist in America. We simply wouldn’t allow it.

4. He didn’t start out just killing Jews. He started out euthanizing people with special needs …for the betterment of the care-givers’ lives. (You can decide which side of the aisle favors the extermination of “inconvenient” people).

5. He disarmed the population, then nationalized healthcare and education. (Two-out-of-three of those are Bernie Sanders moves …But, guess what? Bernie isn’t Hitler either …not by a long shot)

The list goes on and on. But the deal is this:

Hitler was a real life murdering sociopath. He wasn’t just a charismatic speaker who incrementally fell into bad behavior. He wasn’t just a racist corrupted by unfettered power. In other words, you or I probably couldn’t end up being Hitler. A garden variety KKK leader probably couldn’t end up being Hitler either …or a community organizer …or a New York real-estate tycoon. It’s not that easy or simple.

NONE of our American presidents have ever been Hitler. But the people of Germany certainly thought FDR was a murdering dictator when B-17s started dropping bombs on them. This is why you have to KNOW what you believe and why you believe it. Good guys and bad guys are often in the eyes of the beholder. And they often look similar in the fog of conflict. I would imagine Japanese Americans in internment camps wondered if their president was Hitler-like. Nope. Horrible act …but not close to Hitler.

To that point, ironically, the American president who could’ve actually been likened to Hitler (before Hitler) in some of his methods was …wait for it …Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln broke more constitutional law than any other president in U.S history. He imprisoned political opponents without due process. He suspended habeas corpus. He was personally responsible for the deaths of six hundred thousand people.

He invaded countries that had declared their own sovereignty and forced them back into a union they didn’t want to be a part of. He unilaterally annexed Nevada, without 60 thousand residents, (a pre-requisite for becoming a state) in order to carry it and win the 1864 election. In other words, he pretty much rigged it.

And when he was killed by one of the highest paid and most famous actors of his day (ironic …don’t you think?), the actor screamed “thus always to tyrants!” (in latin) because the man thought he was being a patriot for ridding the world of a dictator. But he wasn’t …and he didn’t.

Lincoln did all of those things to end and win the Civil War. And today we love him for it …as we should. Because in the end, his vision was right …even though his methods were suspect in the heat of the moment.

When people think they’re seeing a Hitler, they might actually – sometimes – be seeing something closer to a Churchill. Before WWII everyone thought Churchill was the big bad wolf. His own people hated him and thought he was a Hitler type character (again …pre-Hilter). But he just kept saying, “guys …I’m telling you. This Hitler guy is the real problem. Not me.” And he turned out to be right. There’s a difference between an abrasive leader who makes you uncomfortable …and a despot.

Now, people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler. And the countdown has officially begun, to …well …I don’t know …but something really bad. I get that someone who is combative with the press and who wants to vet refugees and shut down open immigration fits the bill some are always looking for when it comes to finally getting their “Hitler” villain.

But if you study enough about it, you realize the guy vetting and banning refugees is probably not Hitler …the guy CREATING refugees probably is.

If we keep looking for Hitler in every United States president we disagree with, we’re not going to recognize the real one when he actually shows up …in a different country.

R

1,167 thoughts on “THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

    • What is not being addressed in this blog is that Trump clearly suffers from malignant narcissistic personality disorder. His colossal ego must be fed and anyone who doesn’t agree with him feels the insulting wrath of his tweets. This is not Presidential. He shoots first and usually doesn’t even bother to ask questions later. Accusing the press of reporting ‘fake’ news is childish at best and extremely worrying. I am most certainly aware of the atrocities committed by Hitler and his SS, as I studied this period both in college classes and independently. Trump’s rise to popularity and power do parallel Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930’s. Hate-mongering, fear-mongering, racism, suppression of the press — this is not America. This is not democracy. This is fascism. One Oxford researcher, Dr Kevin Dutton, has even declared that Donald Trump exhibits ‘more psychopathic’ traits than Hitler. I mean no disrespect to your father but many historians and experts don’t think comparing Trump to Hitler is nonsense.

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      • Are you talking about Obama and Hillary the leaders of Democrat party ? The ones who bombed the hell of of Syria, Lybia and Iraq killing 100s of thousand of innocent lives and creating the refugee crisis for no good reason? Oh maybe all that money from the Saudis they got had something to do with it. Bottom line the Democrats are the party of slavery and founders of the KKK and still use skin color to judge people by. Their whole ideology is based on tribalism: women vs men ; blacks vs whites ; Americans vs Immigrants ; Gays vs Heterosexuals ; etc. They demonize Christianity as Anti Gay & Anti Women while calling anyone a bigot for criticizing Islam whose barbaric Shariah Law says Execute Gays and Enslave Women So if standing up for American Security, Jobs and American values first is ” malignant narcissistic personality disorder” I think you are the useful idiot “childish” tool of the Leftists and their partners in crime the Radical Islamist who want to destroy America.

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        • Right, so first the Reps want us to get “Tough” on ISiS, then we do it, and then you blame us. Now trump threatens mexico, talks about nukes and it’s not big deal. You people are the most hypocritical idiots known to the universe.

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      • So you have a Medical Degree in Psychology, years of experience diagnosing people through the lense of a camera and not with one to one conversations. And ONE doctor out of the tens of thousands came forward with a medical opinion the same way. The bullshit is very deep here… These are called *OPINIONS* not facts. Have you yourself tried talking to someone about your delusions and sought help? Look for someone wearing a safety pin or a local University; they are offering assistance with puppies, crayons, plush toys and play doh.

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      • You are the delusional one. I am a veteran and a proud one and my wife is too and we were with Trump from the beginning. The most important thing about him is that he is not or was not an insider. He’s a mogul for sure, and probably narcissistic too, but the Main Stream News sources have been at him tooth and nail since day one and deserve everything he dishes out as they do not report news, but form public opinion and even continue to produce fake news. If they would put as much effort into supporting the POTUS simply because he is the POTUS, we’d be doing great and congress wouldn’t even be fighting. What’s more, he’s doing great so far, having done more than any of the last four Presidents in two weeks time, and doing it for $1.00 a year, so shut your pie hole and enjoy the benefits of living in this free country. The best thing about all this is that he is the POTUS and nothing you can say or do will make him not. Become an American or get out.

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        • Sounds like your lack of education has turned you into an ignorant individual who accepts a narcissistic lying scum back simply because he is an “outsider”. What a crock of shit. The only one that is spewing lies is TRUMP NOT the news. You have things Upside DOWN. A $1 a year? Give me a fucking break! How much is it costing us for security at the Trump Tower alone? Get a clue.

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          • Where does he state he’s not educated? Looks to me like your arrogant attitude about formal education lacks reasonable thought but makes plenty of assumptions. And as far as the first reply, how does killing all sorts of innocent people constitute “gettingtough with ISIS?” Oh and had George Bush done that you’d be down on Wall Street comparing him to Hitler and Stalin. Keep calling the kettle black.

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            • So an uneducated person needs to state he is not educated? Hum. Got that. Arrogant? Yo have the gal to call me arrogant, when your trump say that everyone is an idiot except of course HIM?

              Get a clue.

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            • Bush invade Iraq for NO reason. Well, actually, OIL. Everyone was after Obama to stop Isis, that’s what he is doing. Trump is calling for MUCH more destruction. You think Obama is killing? Just wait for Trump. He already started and killed a bunch of civilians.

              Good luck

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            • Dorian Mattar- “You” “gall” “when your trump say that everyone is an idiot except of course HIM?” Should actually read:
              “arrogant? This coming from the man who believes a leader that states: “Everyone is an idiot except him?”- Though, to be fair I’m pretty sure he didn’t state that verbatim so you couldn’t use a quote directly.
              next quote:
              “invaded” “ISIS”- However, on this one if you want to be more correct the more apt term is ISIL since they encompass and have a presence in the Levant.
              Who is everyone? Are you part of that? If you aren’t, then everyone should not be utilized. Maybe try: “The Right,” “Republicans,” “Congress,” “FOX News”

              This is because instead of using facts to make your argument, you attacked a veteran’s level of education. The problem is, when you attack someone on an intellectual basis, you might want to make sure you spell check your work. There are an egregious amount of errors on two very small posts. This calls into question a counter-point: your lack of education. Hope this helps your keyboard warrior-“ing” in the future!

              Regards

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        • why is it that libtards such as yourself Dorian always have to make a point about being educated??….Is this some sort of insecurity issue here??…..and by the way, being indoctrinated isn’t an education….for anyone that calls themselves better educated by limiting free speech a better educated individual , you know such as yourself , closes yourself to deaf ears , even come to violent riots because you desire not to listen or be expose to another ideology, or thought…..wait didn’t Hitler order burning of books in order to silent the dissent!!……….so I’m starting to understand your discomfort and the need to point out your believe to have the superior education……you was brainwashed to believe such!!…..Heil Hitler , Dorian…falling in the same footsteps as Hitlers Brown shirts are doing…..lmao!!

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          • Oh, I think we all know what sort of “education” these people have – liberal arts with a VERY heavy dose of white-guilt, aging-hippie-professor Communism. No wonder most of them can’t spell. Don’t you know that spelling and grammar are tools of the elitist patriarchy?

            America is dead and rotting at its very heart thanks to these scum.

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        • Breitbart is and has been very supportive of Israel. That is how Bannon tries to hide his true nature.

          It was only a matter of time before Bannon started going after the Jews on his staff. Luckily Trump and his Jewish daughter got to him first.

          And yes –> \sarc

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        • Yep! And the real beauty is that none of them – not these fools, not the talking head harpies at CNN, not Hillary or Bernie – will EVER understand they elected Mr Trump every bit as much as the people who voted for him. It’s called backlash, you stupid little bastards, and it’s been a long time coming. The human beings of the world are slow to anger, unlike reactive little zombie sock-puppets, but when they finally lose their patience, watch out. It’ll take more than pepper spray and being hit in the head with protest signs to turn the tide.

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      • “Hate-mongering, fear-mongering, racism, suppression of the press”. This is the Left’s foregone conclusion about Trump, that they think is not even worth debating. Yet, it is not true. Who does Trump hate, other than our enemies? He doesn’t hate Muslims. He hates Muslim terrorists and so should you. He is not racist for wanting to build a wall. He wants legal immigration and security for our nation. He employees and has business relationships with people of many races. Where is any real example of his racism? Trump has not forcibly shutdown the press/media. He calls out the bias. Sometimes his ego gets in the way and he will not deal with outlets that don’t like him, but he doesn’t shut them down. He shuts them out. There’s a difference! The left thinks that if you don’t want open borders, you are a racist hater. If you don’t want public education, you don’t want children to be educated; If you don’t want government healthcare, you want poor Americans to be sick. If you don’t want to do things their way, then you must be evil, insensitive or privileged. Well, guess what, there are other opinions and other ways to do things. The days of the feel good but ineffective/hurtful policies of the left are over, or at least suspended. Get used to it!

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        • Lets see if this makes more sense as a reply to this comment:

          Breitbart is and has been very supportive of Israel. That is how Bannon tries to hide his true nature.

          It was only a matter of time before Bannon started going after the Jews on his staff. Luckily Trump and his Jewish daughter got to him first.

          And yes –> \sarc

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        • Who does Trump hate? Anyone who crosses HIM! ( Schwartzenegger for example) He’s not concerned with “US” Don’t defend him. He’s a petty narcissist and he’s always been a pompous petty a##. When did the right forget that?

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      • Obama is a narcissistic idiot also. So is Hillary; we really need to stop electing these folks
        . BTW at this present time we live in an oligarchy, not a republic. Hopefully we can get back to the republic thing. Thank you Regie for writing the blog. Very insightful. Peace

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        • BULLSHIT, fear mongering is all what Trump used and is STILL using. FACT NO terrorist attack has been committed by those countries, yet he is selling the feat that they are.

          Who is taking our jobs? Mexico, right? LMAO, NO they are not. Go get a job picking cherries and call me in the morning.

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          • For all you limp dick Leftists, I have a question. Why was it okay for Clinton to say this during his 1995 State of the Union address:
            “All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”
            If it was okay for Clinton to say things like this, why is it “racist” if a Republican does?

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            • Because she isn’t Bernnie. That’s why she lost. The fact is, immigration is a net positive to our economy. Anyone saying they take our jobs, should go pick cherries and then let us know how that went.

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      • Where were you when King Obama acted as a anti-democratic leader! I am not using the word fascism because most of you liberals don’t even know what it means. You mention one expert, well the silent majority including experts too would say that your claim is nonsense.

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        • The “silent” majority lost by 3 MILLION votes, greatest discrepancy EVER, and where is your evidence that experts disagree?

          Trump has done more EO in one week, than we can count and has FIRED his opposition for defying the LAW, which has been PROVEN to be the law by the courts as they have DENIED the insane EO brought forth by the narcotic lying scum known as Donald the duck Trump.

          Fascism:
          an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
          synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More
          (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

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      • what a fucking dipshit, like Obama had any less of an ego. In his 10 minute farewell speech, Obama said ‘me’ or ‘I’ 45 times. In his 16 minute inauguration speech POTUS Trump said ‘me’ or ‘I’ a total of 3 times. Anyone who is at the top has a huge ego, that’s what got them there. People like you who lose an election and then whine, cry and throw little hissy fits like your comment are the real nut-jobs that we should all rebuke and avoid.

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          • There is one big difference Dorian. Obama was an American hater and tried to gain as much control over the American people as he could before he lost the House and the Senate and half of his Govenors. Trump on the other hand appears to love this country and wants every citizen to get as much out of their life as possible. Not by keeping them on the TEAT of the country like the Democrats have but insead by giving them opportunities. Your King and Lord Obama and your Socialistic/Communistic and possible anarchist views had different view of the people. Keep everyone down and divide the country on race and wealth. That is why you assholes lost the election by and electoral college landslide. Yes the electoral college is part of our constitution and the way that our country runs election. It’s obvious that you must have gained your advanced education at one of those colleges that didn’t have a single conservative professor and the ones there only spouted their liberal progressive views. You are lost buddy.

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      • Where did you get your PHD from to make a diagnosis of President Trumps personality disorder. Would you be describing the leaders of the diocratic party…Pelosi and fienstien and the great idiot jerry brown…anyone can say anything about a person and except everyone to take it as God’s Truth…this is truly sick to say things like this…it’s called FAKE NEWS…

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      • I think the article just points out to people, like yourself, to relax for some months before attacking him so hard. You’re just fighting in the same game with the same narcissism rules when you do it this way of rejecting him absolutely, right out the gate. We ought to show faith in our constitution and God to be stronger than anything that would be so dramatic/traumatic as Hitler. Obama was a passivity artist and now we have an aggressivity artist. We have ourselves to thank for a watcher in chief. Both guys have a great soul, and that’s what matters the most. The little egos of politicians can never win everything in America. Let’s show conviction in that without riots and more violence…..

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      • I guess that’s your “biased opinion” I’m perfectly capable of thinking for myself….don’t need to listen someone else’s self appointed rant who evidently doesn’t have that capacity.

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      • One guy from Oxford proclaims that”Donald Trump exhibits “more psychopathic traits than Hitler, and that is your basis for writing, “many historians and experts don’t think comparing Trump to Hitler is nonsense.” The author laid out a case about why he considers his father and expert and you quote some guy who’s an “Oxford researcher,” What is he even a researcher of?

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      • Reggie never heard of you,but great article and I will read more.
        Oh Lynn you silly goose. We just finished eight years of a president with the most outsized of ego and personality defects imaginable. He was always the least accomplished man in any room he walked into ,pronounced corp man corpse man, thought there were 57 states, that Austrian was a language like democrats in the 70’s did with Vietnam threw away victor in Iraq and and was the only president who led the United States to eight continuous years of war. Yet he still thinks folks want to hear his hot air and lacks the graciousness that nearly every other president had to know when it is over, you walk away and go home. . That is The behavior of a sociopathic egotist and someone completely lacking humility.

        So to Robert’s point if America can survive eight years of that behavior Trump’s eight years will be a walk in the park without Hitler.

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      • You did not address the government structures we have in place or the part Social Media plays in shaping a culture that will always have at least a significant minority who will keep things in check. Also missing is the fact that we have a historical character named Hitler that allows us to use hindsight to counter actions that may move us away from a culture of trust and cooperation.

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      • Wake up and smell the coffee, Lynn…..did you even read the blog post? How does an Oxford “researcher” have any sort of authority to diagnose someone he has never personally examined or spoke with? As for hate, fear, racism and suppression of the press…those are all traits and tactics of the Democrat party…in spades.

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      • This is a very well articulated and well thought out essay. I am personally acquainted with people who were interned in American concentrations camps, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsin. I’ve seen the tattoos, seen the photos of the liberation of the Jewish prisoners that were taken by my own father, and listened to stories from children who were part of the Kinder-Martz. So, I know from first hand experience what people experienced in Nazi Germany. What I have seen in Donald Trump and his minions is the precursor to worse atrocities than were perpetuated by Hitler. I think the author of this essay has the best of intentions, but he is woefully ignorant when it comes to what’s happening right in front of us. If he is paying attention, he will see that the fascist society we have established in America is well on it’s way to becoming a permanent system of government.

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      • If Trump’s ego offends you, tune him out. And STFU yourself, because your imbecilic hive-mind fearmongering isn’t America either. Oh, and appeal to authority is a logcial fallacy. I can see you have no idea what that means, but Google is your friend. You’re welcome.

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      • Well, first this man is NOT a politician! (Thank GOD) Second, he loves America! That, in itself, counts for a lot, since our last one did NOT! Third, he does care about people,not just himself! Ye, he says things that are questionable, but I would ask, who hasn”t? most all people in gov. have everything they say checked first before it is spoken in public, President Trump just speaks first, then everyone has a fit because he has hurt someones feelings. Really, we need a president who will stand for the American people and now we have one .

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      • Trump Derangement Syndrome rules.
        Every thing you have attributed to Trump, you can attribute to Obama, Hillary, and the Dems.

        Your comment is nothing but a justificatory attempt to keep pushing your hatred.

        Sad.

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      • Incredible, you talk of Fascism, fear mongering, suppression of press, etc, These are all the traits displayed by the left, rioting to stop Milo Y from speaking, along with Ben Shapiro, McGinness, etc, Always accusing Trump of racism, lesbian and gay bashing, etc When in fact he is more concerned with protecting Americans whereas Obama was forever favoring Muslims over Christians in all his decisions. The Christians are the most persecuted group in the world right now. Do a little research on Islam and it will become painfully obvious that they have direction from Mohammed to convert the world at all cost. Just think about it, they don’t like Western values, so why are they coming here, and give me the name of one country whereby the Muslims have intergrated successfully. There is none, some of the Muslim countries in the middle east are even supporting Trump’s move. People on the left fail to do the necessary research to reach an informed decision instead relegating their decision making to the Elites. Do some research people.

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      • You are basically calling Trump every name in the book other than Hitler. I think you read the post, but failed to really assimilate the meaning behind it. Alot of what you say is very subjective: colossal ego – really? Is it colossal or perfectly appropriate considering he has attained the position of leader of the free world. Personally, I like his tweets. I’d rather read 140 characters directly from the president than a one hour documentary from the likes of CNN. They are squarely against him and spin and twist and convolute everything he says in order to smear him at every turn. Labeling these things “fake” is absolutely accurate.

        Fear-mongering? That’s what you are doing with this post and it is the modus operandi of the left. No, I’m not scared of a Trump presidency. Hate-mongering.. nah.. too thin.

        It doesn’t surprise me that you can find someone who calls himself a “researcher” that has labeled Trump psychopathic… you can’t throw a stick right now into a crowd of Democrats without hitting someone with “fascism” or “psychopathic” on their lips. It’s full on mass hysteria on the left right now.

        I think that you sound a bit unhinged, but I’ll give it a try to assuage your fears: Trump’s much hated immigration executive order was recently overturned by a judge. Nationwide halt of Trump’s EO. These are the “checks and balances” that Regie is talking about. But even more importantly: Trump’s EO was not anything like Hitler or fascism. So despite the fact that you consider yourself quite “learned,” you still lack something just as important as intellect or sound research: perspective. As my father says, “smart with the books aint always so smart.”

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      • Your comment is hogwash! Do you realize what the mainstream media is doing to this country by creating all this “fake” news and lies???? They are helping (along with Obama), to tear this country apart. You can say what you want about Trump, but he is the first President in a very long time who truly loves this country. Now, you want to compare someone with Hitler, try George Soros. Who do you think is funding all these riots? And yes, they are not “protests”, they are rioter’s. I can’t understand why people on the left don’t want a secure country, more jobs, more money in your pockets, and a sense of well being for them, and their families. Must be some pretty miserable people out there. The left are the Hate mongering, fear mongering, racist people. If you don’t agree with them, they just start calling you names, beating people up, and making up lies. Really a sorry disgruntled group of people.

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      • Funny, Lynn Dougherty Quin, I had the same feelings towards the previous President, Obama. Change the name Trump to Obama and I could have written your comment– except I would need to include the violent, raging, and fanatical faction of the population who are presently protesting our legal constitutional election! My guess is, like many on the Left commented and desired, if Obama would have declared marshal law and refused to leave, half of the population, including yourself, would have been behind him! Now, that is frightening, and yet so many refuse to see.

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      • No.

        Studying World War Two in college doesn’t make you knowledgeable, sorry. Parroting moronic interpretations of reality also doesn’t. In the 1930’s, America was largely segregated along racial and religious lines. America! Trump is far less racist than a rank and file American citizen in 1935. American citizens who went and fought against the Nazis. America was heavily involved in eugenics as well, the US Supreme Court ruled on its constitutionality in 1927 (Buck Vs. Bell) and upheld forced sterilization of imbeciles. Oliver Wendell Holmes opinion- “Three generations of imbeciles is enough”. Was Holmes also Hitler? Is Trump advocating such insane policies as were the status quo in America while the Nazis were coming into power? No.

        So, if you want to compare Trump to FDR, who rounded up Japanese citizens, firebombed Tokyo and Dresden, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, upheld racial segregation as the norm as did every president through JFK (LBJ was also a huge narcissist, did not become Hitler either), you’d be closer. But FDR wasn’t Hitler either, and FDR was closer to Hitler than Trump. So was Obama for that matter.

        It’s just a profoundly ignorant comparison to make, if you want to know why the whole country has shifted to the right, it’s because leftists quit living in reality and the majority of cognizant people are tired of it. Anyone who isn’t perfectly PC is a white supremacist/racist/anti-everyone. Trump is Hitler. Anyone I don’t agree with is Hitler.

        Keep it up, you’re losing.

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      • “…many historians and experts don’t think comparing Trump to Hitler is nonsense.”

        If so, many historians and experts are partisan idiots.

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      • May I please see your degree in psychology for your diagnosis? Have you personally interviewed Mr. Trump and for how long have you been treating him? I believe all of us have some kind of mental impairment, some minor, others major, some extreme. I’m sure you must me placing some kind of mental diagnosis on me right now because I am questioning the validity of your statements, your judgement calls.

        Also, my personal opinion is that most career politicians have perfected political speaking. You know, skirting the questions, never really telling it like it is. Mr. Trump is not a politician and is is hard to hold him to the same standards (mouthwise) to those who have had decades to perfect their political mouth. Wikileaks shows they have not learned to do that in their written word.

        For the record, I am not a politician and do not have a politically correct mouth. I have worked in the private sector for 50 years and just like to tell it the way I see it. Yes, I have offended other people during those 50 years. Some are still in my life, while others are not.

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      • Where did you hear about this agenda? Is the agenda confirmed by evidence, or by “Some commentators believe…”?

        Yesterday on NPR, I heard whatsisname on the morning program say something like this to his (very calm, very collected, conservative) interlocutor: “What do you think about Pres. Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from several Muslim-majority nations, his contentious phone call with the Australian P.M., and fears that he will trample the constitution?” I have recreated the quote EXCEPT for the last clause – the first part of it is correct in sense but perhaps not in details, whereas the last clause is pretty much a direct quote. I remembered it clearly because it was like being slapped across the face with a dead fish: the first couple of things the NPR dude mentioned were things Pres. Trump has actually done, whereas the last one – carefully juxtaposed with the first two, which were presented more or less factually – was a “some commentators believe” type of statement. I say “carefully juxtaposed” because I think the placement was done deliberately, to give listeners the impression that the last item was of the same character as the first two.

        You MUST listen carefully to the press when they speak about this and, really, any other Republican president. They (or their editorial board), like several commenters here, made up their minds about Trump in advance and sometimes in the face of the facts and will go a long way to protect their worldview. Trump was not my choice, but he is very far from what those I’m speaking of believe he is. It is perhaps worth noting that during the primaries and probably still today, a lot of real dyed-in-the-wool conservatives considered Trump to be a very lukewarm RINO.

        I know little about Bannon yet, but the Left has poisoned the media well so effectively that anything said about him in the press should reflexively be taken with a giant grain of salt.

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      • What I noticed is that your assertion came straight out of your butt, Morrow. It’s people like you and your tiresome whiny stale sophomore-Commie bitchiness that got him elected, don’t you realize that?

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      • Do you know Steve Bannon, or are you just scared of him? Why do you people on the left continue to call people names when you don’t even know them? Neo-Nazi White Supremacist???? Yet you are happy with George Soros? He’s the one running the Democrat party. Look him up and find out just what kind of “person” he is. He’s the one who should scare you, not Steve Bannon!

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    • This is a really well written piece with no agenda nor aggressive undertones. First hand factual statements are always better than history books or historians who have a habit of distorting history to fit their means. My great grandfathers fought in both world wars and their accounts far out weigh anything I have ever read just like a visit to Auschwitz cannot be compared to photos.
      I agree Trump deserves a chance and I think those who don’t like it have not really thought things through. Narcissist he may be, chauvinist for sure, but the devil incarnate he is not for that you must look to the EU!!

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    • Lynn,
      You seem to suffer from a psychological disorder where you see those who have different personality traits from your own as having a psychological disorder. That sounds like a clearly intolerant attitude on your part. Perhaps you should spend a bit more time getting to know successful people who do not share your world view and less time selectively reading books which reinforce it.

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    • This is my first time replying to a blog, embarrassingly, so I ask for you’re forgiveness of my inability to express myself eloquently, before I begin.
      As was stated by an earlier reply, Mr. Trump displays a few characteristics which are reminiscent of the early years of Hitler’s rise to power. He blasts the press on nearly a daily basis, something which Hitler also did. Mr. Trump is a blatant narcissist, who needs his ego constantly ‘stroked’, which Hitler also needed. Anyone who disagrees with Trump is met with sarcasm, demeaning comments, and can be as severe as firing someone who refuses to carry out his illegal commands, which is akin to the way Hitler handled people who disagreed with him, ( in the early years ), later his maniacal actions were, of course much worse. And there are a few other comparisons which, in the desire to keep this short, I will pass on mentioning.
      There are not enough books to read to be as thorough of an ‘expert’ as someone who actually lived through that time or was horrifically affected by the regime. Kind of like ‘book smarts’ vs ‘street smarts’. This does not lessen your father’s or your knowledge of this subject, but also to suggest a thorough, complete knowledge of the time is, if only slightly, erroneous.
      My mother, and going back on her side of the family, are Germans, lived in Germany, since the early 1800’s (& that is as far back as I can go using records and photos), I’m sure even earlier. My grandfather was in Hitler’s Army. I still have family that live there. Many Germans of today, see Hitler-like behavior in Trump, but they stop there. They don’t actually say or believe he is ‘another Hitler’ and actually, neither does anyone. Many present day Germans do believe that using Hitler as the ‘Gold Standard’ for comparisons of political figures who seem to have dictatorial tendencies, is somewhat off, or overdoing it, which I agree. But I think that comparisons of the behavior is what we are seeing. Which should always be on the minds of free-thinking peoples in order to always keep disturbing thoughts and behavior unable to fester and become greater and then to the point of no return.
      If you read this, thank you.

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      • Good comment. My only refutation would be that I have seen these comparisons with Hitler, complete with false psychiatric diagnoses, about every Republican president after Eisenhower – including Ford, for Pete’s sake. People get frightened not because the country is in trouble but because they are losing power. Not the same thing. You can find an early-Hitler warning sign about any politician.

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        • “firing someone who refuses to carry out his illegal commands”
          Except that the President actually has the legal authority to do exactly what he did. One might question his motives, but it wasn’t “illegal.” The President, no matter who it is, actually has some fairly broad legal authority on making immigration decisions.
          And for all those who like to throw around the word “unconstitutional,” you’d do well to remember that our Constitution only applies to people who are actually on our soil. For anyone who is traveling to the U.S. from another country, you are not considered to be on our soil until you have cleared customs.

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        • Thank you for replying, I am truly flattered. I would suggest that President Obama (just thinking off the cuff) was likened to Hitler, so it wasn’t just Republican Presidents.. & yes, of course, I agree, you can find Hitler-like behavior in many politicians and people in general. What I was trying to get across was comparing behavior is not the same as comparing the person themselves.

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        • Republican Presidents only ? Hardly. As you rightly say, “You can find an early-Hitler warning sign about any politician” if you have a mind to. The hysterical cries of the parrot-chorus that “our rights” are being stolen by Obama’s autocratic “overreach” (and worse) are still ringing in our ears. And they’re many of the same parrots currently crying whitewash of Trump’s very real autocratic tendencies.

          That’s a function of the ideologue-mindset, its intelligence (nil) and its honesty (even less). Nothing to do with party or faction: they all have their ideologues, none of whom are worth listening to if you want thoughtful honesty…which some members of different parties and factions also have, if they WILL.

          But with a huge exemplar that stupid lies ensure political success, don’t expect “smart” and “truthful” to be greatly popular with politicians in the near-future.

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      • Obama has all those negative personality traits….or did you conveniently fail to notice that? He’s the biggest narcissist in recent history….probably more so than Trump. His speeches are filled with the word “I”, he brags about “his” accomplishments which are all blatant lies. He bragged about defying his opponenets with his pen and phone, to hell with anyone who disagreed with him…..we could come along for the ride but had to sit in the back….Unlike Obama, however, Trump love the USA. I’ll take him any day, and please, re-read the article. Neither Trump nor Obama are comparable to Hitler.

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        • I’ll just use one example off the top of my head…
          Quoting from The Daily Wire, a conservative news source..
          “Here is a rundown of some relevant numbers in comparing inaugural address.
          The use of the word “I” and “me.” Here is how Trump’s use of these words compared to other presidents’ first inaugural addresses:
          Trump: Three.
          Barack Obama: Three.
          George W. Bush: Nine.
          Bill Clinton: Seven.
          Ronald Reagan: 13.
          Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 13.
          Woodrow Wilson: 5.”
          So, basically, the same amount of “I”‘s or “me”‘s for Trump and Obama.
          What’s more interesting is the use of the word, “we”… again, quoting from the same source,
          ” Trump: 34
          Obama: 42.
          Bush: 23.
          Clinton: 30.
          Reagan: 33.
          Roosevelt: 19.
          Wilson: 25.”
          So, at least in the inaugural address of the two, your analogy is in error.
          I never stated that the article claimed Trump or Obama were comparable to Hitler, so I don’t understand where you are coming up with that criticism of me. Also, I never claimed that they are comparable to Hitler.
          Thank you, however for your reply. I appreciate and respect your opinion.

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  1. Outstanding! But ultimately futile. Trying to argue facts with folks on the left (i.e. the ones calling the Prez “Hitler”) is akin to trying to teach a pig to sing grand opera. It wastes your (and the pig’s) time and aggravates everyone around – including the pig!

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    • And people complain about the left being mean. Seriously. This was a level headed, logical article. You don’t need to go attacking the left. Both sides are guilty of fake news, lies and ignoring facts. BOTH. However, I’ve seen the right’s bullshit be more damaging to larger groups of people.

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          • No. Politically, I tend to agree more with the Democratic party than the GOP. The left’s “lies” are hurting individuals in power. The right’s hurt the poor, refugees, American of color, and the disabled. At least, that is what I have seen of either side. The sample of it that I see on Facebook, twitter, and in person may not be an accurate representation of each group. Honestly, I used to be more in the middle, but Trump’s campaign and then his actions have been pushing me further to the left.

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            • You are soooooo misinformed. But then, your gravatar ID states you live in a fictional fantasy world, and you save bees. The bee thing …. is good … the rest of you ….

              is fake news.

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            • I write fiction – that is why my gravatar states that. Fiction is fiction. I mostly post fictional stories, recipes, and articles about writing or publishing on my blog. That is not fake news, its not news. If you are implying the New York times is fake news, you are the one living in the fantasy world. Now, political arguments like this are keeping from my little fantasy world, which right now, is more appealing than arguing with people who clearly have bought into the “right” fake news, and would rather use an ad hominem attack than facts. If we can’t even agree on what news, we can’t have a productive augment. I’m going to go write some science fiction now. Bye.

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            • You are incorrect Sara. The left have and are hurting the individual by not giving them the opportunities to get ahead and think for themselves. They have made so many people dependent on the state for their wellbeing which in a way turns us all into slaves. They have to keep voting for the party that gives them their food, and money. etc. That party is the Democratic party. They lie and cheat to get their way. They are socialists and globalists, not nationalists.

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            • Am I supposed to think socialism and globalism are bad? And I disagree with you. They don’t make people dependent. Some people get lazy and choose to become dependent while others use things like food stamps and public assistance so they don’t starve to death while they get on their feet. For example, many of the students I work with are or have been on some form of public assistance, whether it be food stamps, wic, mass health and/or section 8. Some of these are state programs. Anyways, because they have these programs, they can eat and live while going to school without working 80 hours a week, get a degree, get out of poverty, get a good job and contribute to society. Without programs like that, they’d be stuck in a nearly unbreakable cycle.

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            • Sorry the Democrat party you associate with are the party of slavery and founded the KKK and still use skin color to judge people by. Their whole ideology is based on tribalism: women vs men ; blacks vs whites ; Americans vs Immigrants ; Gays vs Heterosexuals ; etc. They demonize Christianity as Anti Gay & Anti Women while calling anyone a bigot for criticizing Islam whose barbaric Shariah Law says Execute Gays and Enslave Women So if standing up for American Security, Jobs and American values first is “pushing” you “further to the left” I “honestly” think you are a useful idiot tool of the Leftists and their partners in crime the Radical Islamist who want to destroy America.

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            • “They demonize Christianity as Anti Gay & Anti Women” Seriously? No. A small group of deluded anti- gay and anti-women Christians did that themselves. The democratic party platforms are more “Christian” than the GoP but it seems like a good chunk of the country’s Christians are too selfish to realize that.

              “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. 34 Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

              But hell, conservative Christians freak out at the idea of their tax dollars being used to feed the hungry or care for the sick.

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            • The left’s lies, like Obama being a peace president, rather than doubling down on the bombs dropped on poor ppl?

              The republicans must be really bad to outweigh all that from the sidelines these past 8 years. The pen ‘truly’ is more damaging than the sword, eh?

              Imho, if you let someone on the right push you to the left, or vice versa, you’re just a reed in the breeze, waiting to be trampled by the next animal that passes by. Given a choice of stories, I’d probably rather read a tree, than read a reed.

              Maybe figure out what attracted you to the center before, analyze your true positions on their merits rather than by who else supports them, and then plant the seed of your tree.

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            • I still stand for the same things: affordable health care, affordable higher education, and food for the hungry. The right believes in smaller government and cuts funding from these things. After listing to Trump spout nonsense in the debates, I felt like I had to pick a side, at least for the time being.

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            • Both sides believe in feeding the poor. We just disagree on how to do it. “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”
              The only time we had a bunch of politicians ban an inauguration was the democrats with Abraham Lincoln (republican) because he was an abolitionists and wanted to free the slaves and now Donald Trump. (I’m not saying Trump is anything like Lincoln, just that strife is how the left tries to solve differences). Guess how many democrats voted for black civil rights? You might have guessed it, NONE, NOT ONE!!! So what have the democrats done? That’s right they gave us the KKK and they want to give the poor a fish so they can keep them in slavery. The truth is the lies on the left are hurting everyone.

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            • Neither party is what they were in Lincoln’s day. Feeding the poor isn’t keeping them enslaved. And the way I see it, the dem party platforms are teaching them to fish. Some people get lazy and take advantage of it. Making higher education more affordable and giving more grants instead of loans is teaching people to fish. Other aid programs are keeping them alive while they learn.

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            • “Some people get lazy and take advantage of it.” Yeah, and I’m pretty sure the Democrats knew that in advance of creating the welfare system.

              Why is socialism a bad thing? Which of these two groups sounds more dangerous to you:

              Party A believes in restricting the power and regulatory control of the central government.
              Party B believes in giving more power and regulatory control to the central government.

              Which one of these parties sounds more likely to give rise to an authoritarian central government?

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            • Seriously, have you NOT seen what Trump has done to PROTECT the poor, middle class, yes, refugees, “American of color”, and disabled????? Please don’t keep believing all the talking points of the left. The so called Women’s March was more disgusting and vulgar than what Trump said in the locker room. (and he didn’t have on a vagina costume).

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            • Oh yeah collages, those institutions that made apprenticeships where you made money while you learn not good enough.
              I like how you didn’t comment on most of what I wrote.

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            • And what are you saying about colleges? Your not fully making sense. When I wrote about colleges, I was thinking about some of the students I work with: Young, single mothers who are going to school for nursing. Many of them reply on things like WIC, wellfare, section 8 and/or food stamps, but once they graduate, they will have stable jobs in a field where there is a high demand. Cutting these kinds of programs would doom them to work in the service industry at minimum wage for the rest of their lives, and it would probably be a wage to low to live on, but then, the right doesn’t care about young, unmarried women of hispanic descent. You probably think they deserve a life of McDonalds for getting knocked-up at 16.

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            • Mika Larson, I replied to the part about teaching a man to fish because it was relevant. The other stuff you mention happened a long time ago. No matter where you look in American history, you can drag out one skeleton or another.

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            • If you think that, then you have completely misunderstood the Black Lives Matter movement, and I’m done arguing with you. You just crossed a line from interesting, engaging debate to racism. Respond to this all you want – I’m not commenting back. Enjoy your night.

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    • You act like the right didn’t spend 8 years attacking Obama in the same manner. Since neither side ever wants to admit they act exactly the same, we will just have this round robin of roles for eternity. The ones in power whine because the other side is mean, and the ones not in power will whine because the others are mean…

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      • On what planet did “the right” beat and attack people coming from Obama rallys; vandalize cars and properties that had Obama signs; threaten people going to Obama’s inauguration; throw objects and water at people attending Obama’s inaugural parties; launch protests and riots; stop traffic and commerce in several cities; beat and mace people; mass protests carrying signs that displayed “F*ck Obama”, etc.; or beat Obama supporters unconscious? And where in social media were all of the f-bombs and nasty accusations calling every Obama supporter Nazi’s, racists, etc?

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        • Most of the things you mention in the comment are anarchists, not the left. Those are the people undermining the left. I’m not going to change the things I stand for because those idiots happened to dislike the same candidate as me.

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          • Say what you want to excuse your sorry self, but you are one of them …. the left is the left. It is a cult that follows the failed politics of marxists and the delusional socialists who want free stuff and guaranteed life paid for by others. That, of course has been proven to be insanity, but it lingers because of no nothing fools like you Sara.

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  2. Great articke, very well thought out and delivered.

    One thing: When Hitler came in to power, the SS was actually attached to the SA (coloquially known as the “Brownshirts”) and was not divided from the SA until after 1933.

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    • Comparing Obama to the antichrist or any of the crazy bullshit the far-right said about him was utter nonsense. I wouldn’t assume this author feels otherwise without evidence though.

      p.s. I do crack up when I see “conservatives” saying the “libtards” are babies though when I think back to the bullshit I saw some of my conservative friends posting over the past 8 years.

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      • How many violent demonstrations did your conservative friends conduct against the last president?

        A government attempts to maintain a monopoly on the use of violence. It forgives its own use, while punishing all other uses. Imho, the kind of people who want more govt want more violence too, and those who get control of it are often those who want to excuse their own preferred uses of violence.

        So, what kinds of violence do you go in for?

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    • You have a point and it was/is not ok. There are a limited number of people who are responsible with there words.
      Most people are like water, they flow with the terrain. Only a small percentage weigh their words. I have been guilty, trying to do better.

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    • Yes, comparing Trump to Hitler is nonsense. Wondering if Obama was the antichrist was also nonsense, and was NEVER EVER done by the media, either what is called the “MSM” or what I’ll call the mainstream conservative media, which doesn’t overlap with the MSM except sometimes on the WSJ’s editorial page – only by a handful of hardcore fundamentalists. I call straw man.

      Please take note of things that actually happened and are happening, rather than what you are told to expect: it’s not conservatives starting fires and beating people up (and incidentally not being stopped nor arrested by the police for doing so) and it never was, either after Pres. Obama was elected (either time) or after Pres. Trump was elected. You were told that conservatives would bring back lynching because a black man was president – nope. You are now being told that conservatives will bring back Jim Crow because a white man was elected after a black man’s terms of office ended – that won’t happen either.

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      • I believe in critical analysis/thinking. Each situation is analysed by it’s own merits, not the bias of those presenting.
        I am neither conservative or liberal. All politicians are corrupted. I trust none of them. I do note that there is extremism on both sides. They only believe what their side tells them.

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  3. People aren’t mad that he wants to vet immigrants. People are mad that he just claimed the current vetting process wasn’t good enough without any evidence and left refugees, who had gone through or were in the process of going through the vetting process, stranded. He executed in a way that would spur fear of the middle east on the right and enrage the left. I saw it is an intentional move to further divide the right and left. Does this make him a Hitler? Maybe may not. Thankfully, he doesn’t have his own army. The system won’t let him kill people just yet. However, if you look at some of the less publicized things, he is taking power away from the checks and balances by firing judges and trying to get around dems who might oppose his cabinet appointments. I don’t think we can fully call him a Hitler because like this article says, he hasn’t done a fraction of the stuff Hitler did. However, we don’t know what he would do with his own private army. We don’t know what he would do if he did manage to destabilize the checks and balances. What really scares me is how is playing with the divide between the left and the right – how he is polarizing and destabilizing the country. I know some of the right leaners commenting on this will blame it on the left, but I will just consider that more evidence of the created divide (one which was brewing before Trump, but exploded with him). So is he a Hitler? Not yet. Could he be, Maybe. Is he good for America? No.

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    • I agree. We don’t know and all we can go on is the behavior he has displayed so far which is unacceptable in many ways. He may not be equivalent to Hitler but he has done things that could affect us as Americans for generations to come. He is doing things that may irrevocably change our lives forever and when asked to explain his actions he fails to do this. The checks and balances mentioned in the article were put in place to protect us but continually and very publicly he has made it clear that he doesn’t feel he has to adhere to them. I would not compare him to Hitler though at this point. I would say that he is more close to Lyndon B Johnson who congress wrote a blank check and allowed him to do whatever he wanted while in office. Either way the outcome is not pleasant no matter which side of the river you row your political boat from.

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      • Don’t you understand that the largest amount of “what he has done” is simply to undo the previous president’s executive orders and follow current law? Obama ignored the checks and balances, and his administration repeatedly lost in court when sued over it.

        For example, a decade ago Congress passed a law to build the border fence. Construction was suspended. Trumps says “build the wall”.

        The previous administration wrote executive orders to soften immigration law and border enforcement. Trump says “go back to enforcing the law as written”

        The previous administration sued Arizona (and won), when Arizona tried to enforce immigration law. Apparently, States are not allowed to deal with this, since immigration falls under the control of the Federal government. Cities, counties and even States claim “Sanctuary” status. This is more complicated, but Trump says, if you are not willing to follow the federal lead on immigration, no money for you.

        Now there is the dust-up over his order on “extreme” vetting of people from 7 countries. The roll out was horrible, but the truth is, the number of people effected was very small. It is telling that the folks suing Trump over this are claiming the 1952 law giving such power to the President is unconstitutional, since if it is not, what the President did was legal.

        Except for selecting a Supreme Court justice, what has he done that will “effect us for generations to come” or “that may irrevocably change our lives forever”? You say these things like you don’t believe the previous President was not trying to do exactly that. Your words reflect a weird emotional hysteria. I did not like the policies of Obama AT ALL, but I figured the country could recover from anyone.

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      • I would say that he is more close to Lyndon B Johnson who congress wrote a blank check and allowed him to do whatever he wanted while in office.

        This is why I preferred Trump to Clinton (didn’t vote for either): Congress isn’t going to give Trump a free pass. Too many Republicans can’t stand him for that to happen. Clinton would have been OK as long as Republicans controlled Congress, but if she ever got a Democratic majority it’d be LBJ all over again. (Or Dubya. An activist President with a Congressional majority is a disaster no matter which party he’s from.)

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      • Lady liberty you refer to LBJ and the blank check congress gave him. This reminds me of the last 8 years of being governed by an executive with similar privileges who unlike LBJ negotiated a deal that did not require the semblance of proposing a budget to be addressed by Congress. Something that LBJ at least went through the motions to meet the perception of Congressional authority over Budget.

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    • What judge has Trump fired, pray? The attorney general is not a judge. She’s a political appointee and her job is to enforce (execute) law. If she doesn’t agree with it, she can resign. Insubordination is not an option.

      So which judge did he fire (The president can’t fire judges, he can only appoint them). Federal judges can be removed for ethical or competency reasons, but also not by the president.

      So. Still not Hitler.

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      • I typed the wrong word. I will remember to proof read my comments more throughly in the future. Still not Hitler – I agree. I didn’t say he was Hitler, so I’m guessing you stopped reading after my typing error.

        Your “Insubordination is not an option” comment is the kind of thinking I find problematic. It is the kind of thinking that echoes dictatorship, not democracy.

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        • WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY!!!!! We live in a Constitutional Republic. Democracy is mob rule. We have a democratic society, but our Gov form is that of a representative Republic, which means that our elected representatives are supposed to speak for us. They just got off track and we’re putting them back on track.

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          • WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DICTATORSHIP.

            Yes – democratic society, with a constitutional republic gov. Representatives speak up for us. Attorney General speaks up for the people and gets fired. None of Trumps actions are speaking up for me, not for the majority of people around me, though obviously, they are for some people – those whose votes got boosted by the electoral college.

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        • I agree that ‘insubordination is not an option’ sounds undemocratic. Except, isn’t this echo more properly referring to ‘chain-of-command’ thinking? The Acting Att’y General who was fired made her stand, freely. Predictably, she lost that job in the Executive Branch, an outcome which no doubt she was prepared to accept. Democracy 2, Executive Branch chain-of-command 1, dictatorship 0.

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      • AND she only had a day or two left in her interim position. She picked the most public, most publicity-garnering way to make her personal feelings known. Ask any lawyer (or at least any lawyer willing to comment on constitutional law rather than on his or her personal beliefs).

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          • On the basis that no attacks have been recorded. What is universal about my claim? it is a fact. Unless you can show me that those countries have a record of terror in the USA, your questions is empty.

            How many Americans do Americans kill each year? Who just killed muslims in Canada?

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            • The “all that matters”, “doesn’t even matter” is the universal part of your claim.

              The nationality of persons responsible for past attacks in the US is not the only measure for determining a valid entry. Moreover, it also appears there is reason to believe our consular process in these 7 countries is being hindered or not fully supported by the foreign nation subject to the pause.

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            • If I understand your argument correctly, it’s that no REFUGEE from any of the 7 countries under the stay has ever committed a terrorist act. That is, as noted, a very emphatic and universal claim and it’s probably pretty darn hard to back up. But as a matter of national security, it’s also a huge logical fallacy: the forces of civilization (she says unapologetically) have a pretty good record of catching people who have COMMITTED terrorist acts, and often those who are caught are either killed in the catching or are imprisoned, which one can hope would disqualify them from successfully seeking refugee status. But look at the countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen. Can you argue that these countries are not powderkegs, and that many terrorist acts have originated and/or taken place in them? How on earth does it follow that even if they haven’t successfully exported terror to the US so far, they therefore have no interest in doing so?

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    • I agree. Is Trump Hitler? No. Is it fair to compare him to Hitler, given the horrors that have occurred under Hitler’s regime? No. I don’t subscribe to the notion of comparing trump to Hitler and wish people would not use the term so callously. However, we must be very careful not to whitewash (no pun intended) trump’s rhetoric, attitude, actions, and his message.
      He is still an incredibly dangerous man. Likening to Hitler may be unfair, but that doesn’t preclude the fact that he is a narcissist, clearly a misogynist through his words and actions (saying that he can grab any woman by the pussy because of his celebrity is a man that does not have the best interests of the less fortunate in mind. This is a man who openly mocked a person with a disability on national television. If a person is so callous that he disregards or worse makes fun of a person with a disability, what kind of man is this?
      If you attend your first national prayer breakfast, and your first thought, even as a joke, is to ask the group of very religious people to pray that the celebrity apprentice gets bigger ratings and that the new host is doing a horrible job, this is troubling at least and disturbing at worst. if you are the leader of the free world and you continuously lie to the public to either gain approval, gain support, or turn your supporters against your detractors, you are a dangerous man.
      If the current United States vetting process takes two years, but you falsely claimed that we have the worst vetting process in the world and we have immigrants “pouring “in, you set a dangerous precedent. When you make a known racist and conspiracy theorist your head of the national security council, this sets a very dangerous precedent.
      I don’t think the Trump is Hitler. However, that does not mean he is not a fascist or does not have fascist views.
      I worry constantly that his rhetoric and actions continuously divide this country to the extreme. I worry that he blurs the line between religion and secularism and slowly builds a dangerous bridge between church and state.
      I worry that, as a gay man, my marriage will be invalidated. I worry that women’s rights will be set back 50 years. I worry that racists now feel they have a “later “and have a voice and a platform to express their believes. I worry about more violence in this country against my Minority groups.
      Should Trump be compared to Hitler? No. Should his actions be compared to the nazi regime? No. The negative and dangerous impact that Trump has on this country, however, is serious, dangerous, and damaging.

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        • Ah ok. So you mean Sally Yates. Dislike of the EO aside, she did disobey a lawful order from her boss. But as she was an Obama appointee and obviously very loyal to him, Trump should never have kept her on for the transition. That didn’t go smoothly in the end.

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          • Yeah. The lawful-ness of the order is up for debate, depending on who you are talking to, but I’m going to get into that because I’m don’t know enough about that specific aspect of law. The point I was really trying to make was that the way Trump is executing his orders is creating fear and a divide. Some are more precedented and legal than others. He may not have created the divide, but he is using it, and that is what freaks me out. The “media” has a role in it too, especially TV media.

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            • Heh argue with the boss…

              You have a point, even Michael Savage is warning “too much, too fast”. This kind of momentum will have in-kind pushback. It’s the laws of physics. Personally after 8 (really more as they’re all uniparty) years of zero pushback, I am not surprised at this. It is a pendulum effect. Another law of physics. We live in interesting times.

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      • We have that in common. 😉

        I agree with the other responder, I think you should reread the article, and realize many of your fears are from the MSM’s Fake News narratives meant to divide us and shut down any dissent. The actual organized race crimes today are Soros funded, pro” minority, fueled with anti-white Hate. Not the other way around. That’s classic projection of motive on ones enemy.

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        • This is something I see often: this or that leftist activity was paid for by George Soros. Is this (Soros funding) a documented, known fact, or is Soros just routinely trotted out as a boogeyman by the Right? (Honest question, not rhetorical; I don’t know the answer.)

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          • Fair question. No it’s pretty well known. Soros operates worldwide, not just in the US. I think Russia even has a price on his head. If you read up on how he made his billions, he is a destructor who capitalizes on it. And his world-view seems to be anti-civilization. Soros is the dividing operator. IMHO Trump is just the symptom, like an antibody arising in the body to fight a disease.

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            • George Soros even admitted that he has been rigging elections in this and other countries for 50 years. He also said he was a God and that we couldn’t touch him and his funding of Dems and violent protesters is verified and common knowledge. He, by the way, was a Nazi, even wearing a Nazi uniform when he was younger and proud of the fact that he worked with Hitler, and as far as I am concerned, should have been tried for war crimes a long time ago. Why he’s not arrested already is beyond me.

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    • The left has divided itself out of the loop with it’s insane politics and It’s previous America hating president.

      The left is so mired in ‘new-speak’ that you have no idea what ‘truth’ might just be, or what is the meaning of anything said about anything.

      Trump has had to take on pretty much the entire world, in including his own party, in order to win election. He is continually being attacking and barraged from all sides …. yet he perceivers.

      If you do not FEAR muslim immigration, then you are naive. That is a big problem and that fear is often confused with hatred … it is not. It is ‘fear’ and it is well-founded … the vast muslim jihad tells us daily that they are going to kill us all and they work hard at it all day long … so maybe pay attention to what Mr. Trump is doing and saying and understand that he is working to keep America safe and sane and prosperous.

      Perhaps you have noted all the ‘actual’ insane behavior coming from the left from all quarters especially since November 9th.

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  4. Well written, and good analysis of comparatives.

    The only thing I would have liked to have seen would be some specific examples or details of the things Hitler actually did to reinforce the distance between them. (Eg the Japanese internment camps in the US never, stripped the incoming naked, cut their hair, took their clothes, forced labor from them, placed them in gas chambers etc.) I think a couple of lines like that would have been even more revealing by contrast.

    Well done. I have shared it.

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  5. Regie, thanks for this. References leaders (and not just presidents) in this country a Nazi has caused many an eye roll between my brother and I for years. We were just discussing this again the other day, and the day before that, and the day before…

    Aghast, He said to me the other day, “Does this person (a journalist) have a clue about who and what Hitler really was?” It’s a question we’ve asked of each other numerous times. People far more learned than I am do this daily. It’s an emotionally driven trivialization of both language and history.

    Thanks for the insightful post. I’ve taken the liberty of sharing it and I hope a lot of people will take the time to read it.

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    • “Does this person (a journalist) have a clue about who and what Hitler really was?”

      The short answer is, of course, no (not knowing who the particular journalist is). I have some 30 years of experience of listening to journalism students attending CU Boulder and most of them exhibit an incredible ignorance of history. The strongest sentiments that drive these young people is their irrational conviction they understand the world and their desire to change it for better. Given the ideological environments they encounter in their prospective workplaces later in life, there is little motivation for them to question their self-image and their beliefs.

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  6. You have a lot of faith in the American system but the system is only as strong as the people upholding it. When federal judges said “Hey, this immigration ban is illegal, stop it,” the DHS agents on the ground said “Haha no” and then Trump fired the acting attorney general for saying the ban was illegal. The system didn’t work. Trump overpowered it. It’s only been two weeks. Don’t expect that to be the last time this system we’ve devised doesn’t stop him the way it’s supposed to.

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    • The Justice department reviewed and approved the executive order before it was issued. The acting attorney general, an Obama appointee, was grandstanding to gain points from her side and land a good job after leaving the administration. It is the job of the attorney general to obey the President. When she did not do that, she was fired. Pretty simple. The legality of the order is not black and white, and will, of course be decided. But, it is telling that the people suing over this law are also questioning the constitutionality of the law passed in 1952 giving discretion over immigration to the President.

      The Obama administration lost DOZENS of times in court over Mr Obama’s executive orders. You think his justice department might have stopped him from issuing them or else not defended them in court…. No, they obeyed the head of their branch of government.

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    • The acting attorney general did not say the “ban” (not a ban) was illegal. In fact, the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel found the Executive Order to be legal prior to its implementation. The acting AG said she would not enforce it because she thought it was not “wise or just”. Her exact words:

      My role is different from that of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which, through administrations of both parties, has reviewed Executive Orders for form and legality before they are issued. OLC’s review is limited to the narrow question of whether, in OLC’s view, a proposed Executive Order is lawful on its face and properly drafted. Its review does not take account of statements made by an administration or it surrogates close in time to the issuance of an Executive Order that may bear on the order’s purpose. And importantly, it does not address whether any policy choice embodied in an Executive Order is wise or just.

      The system did work. President Trump’s administration followed the rules of the system, obtaining prior review of the EO by the DOJ, which found it legal. President Trump fired a subordinate in the Executive Branch who failed to enforce a legal order. If she truly believed that she was unable to do her job, she should have resigned.

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  7. “[Lincoln] invaded countries that had declared their own sovereignty…” Rather misses the point of the Civil War, doesn’t it, to style the Confederacy a separate “country” ?

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    • The Confederacy was a separate country, much like America became a separate country from England. Now the reason for them doing it was Wrong (and actually just helped make Slavery illegal faster by giving Republicans a Majority in Congress) but they did 100% have the right to secede. They just made the mistake of you know invading a Federal Military Base, so North had no choice but to declare war on the South.

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  8. Well written and thought out piece. But a few comments if I may.
    1) History does not repeat itself but it does oftentimes rhyme.
    2) In reference to point 1. If you have not already, you might want to give “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis a read.
    3) JW Booth was not the well paid famous actor. His brother Edwin was but we remember JWfor the obvious reason.

    Sorry if this is a repeat but I did not see my first come through.

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  9. Trump is an authoritarian who has hijacked our country with his cadre of billionaires and white supremacists. He also has a private security force, which is unprecedented. He is not Hitler, but he is a threat to our democracy.

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    • You use the word “billionaires” in a derogatory way. It implies they got their money in some nefarious way. Did it ever occur to you that they are smart, hard-working, people of accomplishment? I am all for the President using people who have real world experience, and not lifetime politicians who view the world through an idealized bubble.

      Yes, a “white supremacist” who gets along just fine with every African American who went to see him. He appears, at least initially, to be willing to substantively address issues in the black community and reached out for suggestions and answers. You should ask Ben Carson and Allen West if they think Trump is a white supremacist.

      We are not a democracy. We are a representative republic. The mob rule and anarchy metalities of many Trump protesters are the real threats.

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    • And President Trump does not have a private security force. His protection is provided by the Secret Service, which has been his sole “security force” since he was elected to the Presidency.

      During the campaign (and prior to that) the Trump organization provided private security to Donald Trump and other executives and members of the Trump family. Do you really believe that Donald Trump was the first Presidential candidate to have private security protection?

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  10. Very thoughtful and well put, but it seems to me that you are allowing yourself to veer too much into technicalities? Yes, of course that it is impossible for an American president to be /exactly/ like Hitler. The country, culture, times and socio-political environment of the world is different now. Hell, if Hitler himself were born in America 30 years ago, it is very unlikely that nowadays he would be about to become, well, Hitler. He’d still be a dangerous asshole, don’t get me wrong, but the way and means he’d employ to reach his goals, and hell, even his goals themselves would be different to varying measures.

    Moreover, the fact that our current social order and progressive culture makes hard to imagine someone like Hitler coming up from among us, it doesn’t preclude the apparition of someone just as bad, only a product of this era! I’m sure that Hitler was a product of his era, but the German society of its day didn’t see it coming. No doubt that when things seemed bad they looked at a previous boogieman (Napoleon?) and exhaled with relief when they realised that there was no possible way in which a new Napoleon could appear. Then they got, indeed, not-Napoleon.

    The question, then, is “can an American president be dangerous? For the world and/or his own country?” “Can he be racist or somehow else inclined to believe in inherent superiority over a subset of people and willing to usurp those people’s rights ?” etc, etc. With this, I am not saying that Trump is a calamity of Hitler-level, merely that the people making the comparison are seeing some worrying similarities in the kind of person he is, if not the exact actions. It is an exaggeration, of course and very much an inaccuracy, but there /is/ a reason for the comparison. Focusing on examining that reason is more productive that nitpicking all the ways in which the simile is inaccurate.

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    • Have you ever READ the first edition of Mein Kampf? (and please look at it’s publishing date) … it outlines EVERYTHING that happened. and by 1933 (the year he became Chancellor), this book netted him (Hitler) 1.5 million US dollars ( in the middle of the depression)… so to say that the German people didn’t realize who he was is, at the least delusional . If… during the Great depression in Germany, I am spending ANY money on a book, I am going to READ it, AND when this book is read…. am I going to connect with this philosophy?… or am I going to reject it? The will of the people elected the Nazi party as a MAJORITY in a fractious Reichstag, and in turn Hindenberg appointed Hitler as Chancellor. Was he truly elected…NO, but his party and their philosophy was. Thus a stain in history is made.

      To call Napoleon the ‘boogeyman’ is untrue also…. the boogeyman was the Versailles Treaty of WW1, which took away German political, economic, geographical and military significance. (not to mention pride).

      Donald Trump, is an A..hole, does he need watching?..absolutely…but so would have Hillary.

      But the Gist of the article is a comparison of any US President being like Hitler.

      and in all forethought….no… Not one of our Presidents, telegraphed his whole intention in a book, 6 years before it happened.

      I am not saying some points aren’t valid, but these points come up often, when an opposing candidate is elected.

      So. Let’s stop…. take a breath…. and think

      I need my comfort dog now….. here Lilly! 🙂

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  11. An excellent, honest, and refreshingly blunt post that tells it like it is. I’ve been wanting and waiting for others to talk on this subject. Glad you did. You wrote an excellent piece, sir. Thank you!

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  12. I agree with you Trump is no Hitler. He frankly doesn’t have the enmity in him. But there are a number of things that are similar to the steps taken by Hitler in the 1930’s that give pause. I think most leftists are doing simply that: watching a number of alarming steps being taken by Trump and Bannon that are over-reaching and blatantly disregarding dearly held civil and constitutional rights. He seems hell-bent on shutting down anyone who openly disagrees with him. He uses inappropriate threats to silence people who oppose his ideas. He is using fear to reign; it’s working, which is, I think, why people on both sides seem to be so reactive and thus sometimes way off base. To ignore this as an intentional strategy would be naive at best. And although not unlike many if not all politicians, due to his overt actions, not to mention intentions, there is a lot of concern about the ones he would like to hide.

    In any event I’m sharing your post (to a largely left audience) to encourage intelligent reflection about the differences as well as the similarities. I do appreciate your post.

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  13. Great post! I look forward to reading more.

    3 takeaways
    1 I looked up Lebensborn children. Another awful crime on the world by Germany.
    2 The elimination of inconvenient people and which side does it in US today.
    3 Our own WW2 Japanese Internment camps – if you are ever in the Bay Area in CA it’s worth visiting the USS Hornet. In addition to its own proud history as. Carrier in WW2, it also contains a museum about these camps. A painful part if our history the Best Generation has the cahones to not let us forget.

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  14. Would like to see Bannon, Conway, Miller, Breitbart’s organization (faux journalism), and,last but not least DeVoss’s brother (real militia) and the man behind the curtain, one Mr (MONEY) Mercer all. considered in the lead up to the 4th Reich (NA). Loves ‘splainin’ away to do, eh?

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  15. I’ve no doubt that you’re a good writer, and seem well-informed about Hitler, but this entire post is anecdotal and would benefit greatly from some backup for the statements you’re making. Cite some sources and this would go a long way. That notwithstanding, I have to agree with Mauricio Lemos’ points. The fact that a person hasn’t done *all* the things in this era which Hitler did in that era is meaningless for the reasons you already mentioned as those are much more difficult to accomplish today. Just because a person can’t build a gas chamber doesn’t mean he can’t sequester a group into a ghetto, walled or otherwise contained.

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  16. One other aspect of Adolf Hitler must be kept in mind. He was a complete and utter failure in virtually every aspect of his life. On top of that he blamed others for his failures and for Germany’s malaise, e.g., bankers, Jews, communists.

    I doubt that he ever took responsibility for his own life.

    Indeed, he had so little regard for his own life that he took it by his own hand.

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  17. You’re a jew aren’t you?

    Let me lay the cards on the table, for you and others.

    We =- non-jews, are kinda tired of the jews continuing to stick Hitler under our noses…..all of 70 years after.
    .
    AS IF, you, jews are the ONLY ones that suffered, and died.
    Before Hitler, there were the Amer. Indians – tortured, raped and slaughtered, 100+ MILLION. Holocausted. REALLY holocausted – burned at the stakes.

    Then, there were the Boers.

    And even BEFORE Hitler, there were the jew Bolsheviks – from 1917 – that tortured and slaughtered – in the most HORRIBLRE way- Ukrainians and Russians. The Boksheviks claimed theyw ere atheists, but do’t let that fool you, they were bred and born and raised jew!

    So today, you claim Hitler was the worst, but the “alleged” 6 million jews, was a PETTY number compared to what the JEWS did in Russia.

    The claim of the jew “holocaust” has beeen used so often, that it’s worn. ..over used.It doesn’t have an affect any longer. Cry and moan and rage, as jews might. Jews can’t make us, non-jews, feel guilty, anymore.

    Face it, there have been horrors, committed BEFORE A N D AFTER HItler. He didn’t corner the market. Personally, I KNOW, Stalin and his willing jew torturing Bolshevik jews, were the WORST Genociders in the History of Humanity!

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    • Ummm… the above was really uncalled for. Jews were mentioned in the article in a context that suggested that the holocaust was about way more than Jews. You obviously missed the over-arching point – the crux of the matter, as it were.

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      • Many people in pre-WW2 Europe entertained some mix of the following ideas: Jews represented a distinct people with their own interests and identity, individual Jews on average had greater allegiance to the Jewish people than to their host population, Jews as a group were adept at securing power financially, in the arts, and in the media, and finally that Jews would use the power they attained to further their own interests at the expense of the interests of the host population whenever those were in conflict.

        For many voters, this is what encompassed the thrill of Trump. Voting for Trump forced the elites that had ignored them out to acknowledge their existence for the very first time. Trump’s victory allowed American communities that had been shut out of the national dialogue to have a voice. It’s not just the substance of their message, pro-American, pro-Israel and pro-work, that horrifies the Remnicks of the left. It’s the conviction that they’re part of a social underclass that doesn’t belong on stage. They are not ashamed of their Jewishness. And now their voice is being heard.

        I’ll tell you who the Left fears. Us. They do so however for reasons they don’t really understand, because they’re told/indoctrinated to do so. Milo, that Jewish homosexual that dates black men, is about as far from a white supremacist as you can get. However, he is a nationalist, though more vaguely in support of Western values rather than for any specific nation. His comments hurt certain groups because they’re dead up accurate, and when the left looks at itself in the mirror through his words, their reaction is really their self-loathing in action.

        For all the doomsaying about how racists and hate groups are the worst things in the world, it’s fascinating how there’s almost no actual crimes ever linked to these organizations. A black Trump voter was more likely to get his ass beat by a Hillary crowd than the KKK.

        “I’ve decided to side with the Jewish gay immigrant who has an African-American boyfriend, not the hypnotized zombie-boys in black masks who were clubbing people who hold different points of view. I feel that’s reasonable, but I know many will disagree, and possibly try to club me to death if I walk on campus. ”

        — Scott Adams

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    • I agree with a lot of what you said, but the last thing, about the worst genocide, I strongly disagree. I think the worst genocide in world history, was perpetrated upon the indiginous peoples of this very continent by first the Spanish and then the rest of the Europeans who happen to be a lot of our ancestors.

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  18. I was born and raised in Germany the son of American Citizens who has dual-citizenship and this is what my more then the two years of walking around and talking to people spoken of here, but spending the formative years of my youth, playing on a German Fussball squad and leaving off base in Nordenstadt, Wiesbaden Germany for 13 years. There are distinct and easily pointed out commonalities, between the rise of Hitler and the rise of Trump, there are very similar mannerisms and the way the supporters are emboldened is eerily similar. So you may deflect as much as you wish, but historically speaking and factually speaking this situation mirrors that situation.

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  19. I agree with you about the Hitler comparisons: there was only one Hitler and it is hyperbole to call Trump, Hitler (or calling Obama Hitler, remember those photos?). The same is true when we on the Left are called “Statists” and “Stalinists”. There was only one Stalin and it is wrong to call anybody on the Left a lover of the cruel and cold hearted killer of millions. That is mere hyperbole and doesn’t reflect truth.

    However, (and this is a big however), I think it is fair to call Trump a fascist—more like a wannabee Mussolini than a Hitler. The reasons for that are myriad: a government formed out of a cult of personality; extreme nationalism; allegiance to an exagerated and “strong” military; upholding rights of corporations; a belief in racial purity with a strong scapegoating of minoriities, specific religions, and races (Muslim ban; the wall; suppression of voting rights for minorities); concern for the mental health of the executive; extreme over-reach; a campaign based on misogyny, untruths, whipping up hatred of others. And it all started by questioning the legal legitimacy of the former president based on an emphasis on a Kenyan birth (yet no one had a problem with Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth).

    Trump must be informed, somewhat, by fascism. He had a book on Hitler’s speeches on his nightstand according to his ex-wife, confirmed by a friend, and never denied by Trump. Trump is a little league Post Fascist—and still a very dangerous man who has his finger on the nuclear trigger, which would make Hitler’s crimes look like nothing if Trump ever decided to use Nukes.

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    • There was only one Stalin and it is wrong to call anybody on the Left a lover of the cruel and cold hearted killer of millions.

      I assume you are excluding those on the Left who explicitly and publicly endorsed, supported or excused Stalin and his methods.

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      • To be informed by fascism is not necessarily to be a fascist. Awareness of Mussolini or Hitler is not the same as support. I’m not sure what a Post Fascist would be but I guess someone who limits his violence to letter bombs, heh. JK, sorry.

        I’m sure you are aware that a US president did once use nukes on civilian populations. Worse, there is good evidence it was done well after the war was won, all but for the signing of a treaty to make it official. How would you characterize these crimes of Truman’s? Was he not in the criminal league you speak of, potentially worse than Hitler, vaporizing many thousands and causing many more casualties, in the name of winning a war that was arguably already won?

        It is a good thing our American system is so robust (we should hope) at rejecting potential Hitlers. Because if it weren’t (or isn’t) they’d inherit all they power they’d need to be far worse in far less time, if they did manage to get control of the Executive Pen.

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        • I’m not aware of all that many Lefties, outside of maybe a couple of Marxist/Leninist groups that have fewer members than the KKK, defending Stalin. As an aside, Brezchnev continues to be the best Russian leader according to recent polls.

          As for Truman? Dropping the bomb was a war crime and he should have been charged for it. However, WWII was terror filled with bombing civilian populations used as a tactic of war by all sides.

          And that is kind of weasel-like to say that to “be informed” by Hitler doesn’t mean he is a fascist. There are plenty of other fascist markers in Trump’s though (see my second paragraph). Bannon loves Lenin, and loves power. I bet he has a copy of Schopenhauer’s Will To Power along with Machiavelli’s Prince next to Lenin’s works on his bedside table.

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            • Not quite sure what you are getting at Colorado (and such a wonderful name for a person who has rather repugnant, and questionable, views i.e. the use of “socialist” by the NAZI’s in Germany when they were just cashing in on the popularity of the socialist movement in the 30’s). Authoritarianism, militarism, racial and religious oppression, a cult of personality, oppression of Leftists and Gays and Lesbians, and a free market economy with a preference for corporations are some of the hallmarks of Fascism.

              I am 55. Been a Leftist my whole life. My Grandfather was a Communist in the 30’s and a member of the Farmer/Labor party in Minnesota. So what’s your point?

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            • Repugnant views, eh?

              So you were born in the early 60s, you are a lifelong Socialist aficionado, and you haven’t taken the time to study the platform and social programs of the German National Socialist movement or the The Manifesto of the Fascist Struggle? Well, OK then.

              And what’s my point? Your results in this thread are par for the course among the self-identified lifelong Leftists I know. Red diaper babies have to either suppress these unpleasant facts or experience a bad case of cognitive dissonance that would hopefully lead them out of their ideological garrison. David Horowitz comes to mind.
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        • August 5, 1963
          Dear Kup:
          I appreciated most highly your column of July 30th, a copy of which you sent me.
          I have been rather careful not to comment on the articles that have been written on the dropping of the bomb for the simple reason that the dropping of the bomb was completely and thoroughly explained in my Memoirs, and it was done to save 125,000 youngsters on the American side and 125,000 on the Japanese side from getting killed and that is what it did. It probably also saved a half million youngsters on both sides from being maimed for life.
          You must always remember that people forget, as you said in your column, that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was done while we were at peace with Japan and trying our best to negotiate a treaty with them.
          All you have to do is to go out and stand on the keel of the Battleship in Pearl Harbor with the 3,000 youngsters underneath it who had no chance whatever of saving their lives. That is true of two or three other battleships that were sunk in Pearl Harbor. Altogether, there were between 3,000 and 6,000 youngsters killed at that time without any declaration of war. It was plain murder.
          I knew what I was doing when I stopped the war that would have killed a half a million youngsters on both sides if those bombs had not been dropped. I have no regrets and, under the same circumstances, I would do it again — and this letter is not confidential.
          Sincerely yours,
          Harry S. Truman

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  20. Many more things could of course be said about the ongoing comparisons of Republican Presidents to Hitler—every single one during my adult life was compared to and called Hitler—but the problem is the broader understanding of the phenomena. Hitler, and before him Mussolini, didn’t rise in vacuum. It takes people inclined to support fascist and National Socialist methods and goals.

    Mussolini was a socialist radical all his life, including being the editor of Avanti!, the official daily of the Socialist Party. Those of today’s American Left who either don’t know—and that’s many in my personal experience—or trivialize the fact that Nazi is an abbreviation of Nationalsozialismus, the same way Sozi was a German abbreviation for the followers and the ideology of internationally focused Sozialismus, need to read up on the era, what led to it and its aftermath.

    As a direct heritage of Stalin-controlled Komintern propaganda, to this day the conventional wisdom puts the Nazis on the extreme right, long after the Communist dictator’s death. If you want to embarrass “Progressives” of your acquaintance, ask them to formally define the term Left and Right, and then challenge them to explain what “extreme” proponents of American Constitution-limited small government have in common with proponents of Nazi-style totalitarian big government on the Left-Right ideological scale.

    And when it comes to the means used to achieve those goals, as one example of many of this nonsensical view of the world, it is telling that the self-identified ANTIFA were the only ones employing fascist methods to shut down recent Milo Yiannopoulos events, and proud of it, as they “exercised their right to free speech“, they said.

    My experience is that people whose world view is shaped by what they read in the New York Times and the Washington Post always have difficulty to even understand what I’m saying and I predict the same will happen in this thread.

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  21. Not bad at all here. I have some issue with your characterization of Lincoln’s violations as the right thing to have done, in hindsight. (Please be aware of Bastiat’s Seen Vs Unseen essay.)

    I think you’re a little too forgiving of Lincoln and his use of violent methods. His violations of the Constitution resulting in so much death and destruction are almost certainly tyrannous (if not quite in the league of Napoleon, Hitler, or Stalin). And while Booth’s actions are certainly also tyrannous in that he was willing to violate others’ rights as well in order to achieve his ends, his declaration implying Lincoln’s tyranny seems verifiably apt. Unless we are defining tyranny itself by a minimum of Hitler now?

    How forgiving are you really of Lincoln’s forced union membership? (Would you be as forgiving of a spouse who violently refused to grant divorce, far enough in the future?) Is the way the US ended slavery the ‘right’ or the ‘only’ way that could have happened? Could it all have gone no better at all? Or at least, is it so hard to imagine that there are as many potentially better outcomes as worse outcomes? Maybe it’s setting the precedent that occasional violations, even severe ones, are ok in the long run, that allows so many of us to so easily hand people like Hitler the powerful violent tools they need to implement their tyranny?

    That’s all for my criticism. I hope it was constructive. Thanks for a great article.

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  22. Dear Regie;

    Just pass’n by. Somebody on Gab linked to your “This Hitler Nonsense” post.

    1st. In order to better understand the rise of Hitler, the Nazis and all, read Jonah Goldberg’s ‘Liberal Fascism’. It explains why so many so called “Progressive” movements look alike (and the Nazis were “Progressive” as they come.)

    2nd. A little more personal. I was working in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1980. The factory I was helping was being built by Siemens. The plant manager was an old Siemens manager who had been asked to come back and build this factory in Mexico. I even remember his name. Adolf Schroeder. He told me a story. Germany has a well developed trade school system. He had competed in a national trade school competition and won first place. The award was given by none other than The Fuehrer himself. Nineteen forty four or forty five. Germany is burning. Armies are approaching from all sides, but life goes on. So following the game of Five Degrees of Kevin Bacon…I am at one degree removed from Hitler. Weird. Schroeder was then drafted into the army, survived the defense of Berlin and four years in Siberian prison camps. His life was more interesting than mine.

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  23. The term should be “He is a MOSES”.
    The Jews BRAG about and SELF DOCUMENT THEIR “holocausting” others and then “PLACE A YOKE” on Gentiles for SUPPOSEDLY doing the exact same thing to them.
    FUNNY that everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own book..
    Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

    KILL THE SICK and CRIPPLED
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    KILL HOMOSEXUALS & UNDESIRABLES
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    KILL ALL DISSIDENTS:
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    DEHUMANIZE and then EXTERMINATE ALL NON-MEMBERS:
    SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females “who have not KNOWN a man”
    a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    OCCUPY YOUR VICTIM’S DWELLINGS/LAND
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    GENOCIDE CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    TERRORISM CODIFIED IN THEIR RELIGION
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
    TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
    YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
    And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
    For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

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  24. The American Left keeps dumbing down the definition of “Hitler” just as the American Left dumbs down practically everything else, in its never-ending quest to paint everyone and everything who is not staunchly on the American Left, as the epitome of evil.

    Meanwhile, the American Left is still infatuated with the ideas of Karl Marx — whose philosophies quite literally inspired and bred the tyrants of Communism. Remember Communism? The gulags? The Holodomor? Most of the American Left are either deliberately ignorant about, or maliciously onfuscatory of, the grievousness of Communism’s record.

    An ongoing record, I might add. One which puts Hitler’s in perspective — because compared to Lenin, Stalin, or Chairman Mao, Hitler was a piker. Nobody manufactures mass graves, like the Marxist folk. And today’s American Left is filled with Marxists, either explicitly card-carrying, or implicitly card-carrying.

    Doubtless I will be piously rebutted by a Millennial wearing a Che t-shirt.

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