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

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1,155 thoughts on “THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

    • Demonizing one’s opponents with an H-bomb is easier than trying to find common ground, or to work productively through a political system that – as you eloquently point out – prevents an American Hitler.

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      • Mike, I was at odds with your reply, they did exactly what you have mentioned. In the first two years after the war the U.S. helped with Japan’s economy with land reform giving control to the people as farmers and away from business conglomerates who advocated for Japanese expansion. They created a free market capitalist system, promoted rights for women, and on and on.

        For all this to happen though they had to surrender first. I believe in the notion the reason for the bomb drops to reduce casualties for us because the Japanese would not surrender. The estimates of Americans dying during an invasion of the Japanese homeland was astronomical and the bomb drop prevented those. Look at us Today? I find it interesting our allies of China and Russia are now the foe while our enemies of Japan and Germany are now the allies.

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        • I believe that Mike Miller is referring to using the term ‘Hitler’ to attack someone, as in saying F-bomb to refer to the word ‘f–k’ (self-edited). He is not referring to the hydrogen bomb, or the atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of WW II.

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      • We currently have a President who does not understand the US governmental system. Because he is a bully and has surrounded himself with others, he believes that the Executive Branch is superior to the Legislative and Judicial. He is, at this very moment, making demeaning statements and trying to bully the Judicial Branch for doing their duty of protecting the Constitution and the laws of the US. We have not seen this type of unfettered grab for power, without the necessity of war. We are in a Constitutional crisis. Pray, pray, pray that the Constitution prevails. I have been a registered Republican for more than 25 years. I earned a law degree from a top tier law school in 1984. Prior to the ramping up of the 2016 campaign, I researched DJT, and found that he was a ruthless competitor who often used the mere cost of litigation to deter contractors, workmen and others with legitimate cases from using the justice system. I found in my research that he had little compassion for his fellow man, including his extended family. I found, like many others, a man who had no respect for women, using them, exploiting them for many decades. He may not be a “hitler” but he has many, many traits that are similar. He also has the highest degree of narcissism, called malignant narcissism, of any President during my life time, even worse than Nixon, as described by John Dean, Nixon’s counselor. NO, I do not think that this is a time to just “get over it” or to cooperate for cooperation’s sake. This is a time to be extremely vigilant. So, I do not think that he is wanting to throw millions of people in gas chambers, but he is wanting to change the very checks and balance system that would keep us from having a “Hitler”. Let us also not overlook that he is establishing a pattern that whenever he has a disagreement with a foreign leader, he threatens military action. It will not be long before one of them calls him on his threat. He has already threatened intervention on three different continents, not even the US can handle that on its own. He is also alienating our long time allies. We cannot back all of his bravado without them, but we may not have them for long.

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        • “We currently have (sic) a President who does not understand the US governmental system. Because he is a bully and has surrounded himself with others, he believes that the Executive Branch is superior to the Legislative and Judicial. He is, at this very moment, making demeaning statements and trying to bully the Judicial Branch for doing their duty of protecting the Constitution and the laws of the US. We have not seen this type of unfettered grab for power, without the necessity of war. We are in a Constitutional crisis. Pray, pray, pray that the Constitution prevails.”
          The Constitution prevailed. Obama, his pen and his phone are gone and America survived.

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        • WOW! A lawyer with a degree from a top tier school and you think Trump’s temporary suspension of immigration is unconstitutional? Did you not pay attention in class or do you despise DJT so much that you refuse to acknowledge the truth?
          As for your accusation of not having any compassion, one need only to google “Trumps acts of goodwill” to have enough returns to keep you reading for hours about his compassion and acts of kindness. You apparently just choose to keep yourself intentionally ignorant. ( I am giving you the benefit of the doubt here)
          Ultimately, if you refuse to even research anything that may be contrary to the dirt you are looking for, you destroy your own integrity and leave anyone that is looking for truth no alternative but to discount everything you say as incomplete and therefore irrelevant.

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          • So you know more than the lawyer? Is that what you are saying? Did you notice that the JUDGES STOPPED the ban? I wonder why? It is YOU who refuses to pay attention and realize you are being CONNED by a PROFESSIONAL CON ARTIST. Trump wants to turn our Republic into a Theocracy.

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            • Dorian, since the Johnson Amendment is not even enforced, what is the purpose of even having it? The Amendment was added in the 50’s, most likely a political move. There are many things legal now that would never have been accepted back then. Things change. Sometimes, things go back the way they made sense, before someone decided their own agenda would be served by changing it. I for one am glad we have a president who cares about our country.

              As for the judges stopping the ban: that does not make the judges right. Murderers and rapists are let of the hook by judges. Are they right? The temporary stay on allowing people into this country IS Constitutional. Our Constitution applies to US, not them. It applies to legal citizens/residents of THIS country. Our Constitution is not a free for all for the entire world. It is OUR rights. Every country on the planet has the right to limit or refuse any immigration. To say otherwise is flat out wrong. To say otherwise would mean you would not be able to lock your door, and anyone would have the right to walk on up into your house.

              And yes, for a lawyer, she is Constitutionally ignorant.

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            • Every president is a professional con artist. Every Senator and most Representatives too. It’s practically a job requirement with the way our democracy is set up. Hard to take anyone who bashes Trump for such a quality seriously if they don’t also see it in all the rest.

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            • What do you mean it’s not being enforced? What do you think legal Gay Marriage is?
              What makes you think that it is a good thing to go back to those times?
              Do you want to go back to slavery too?
              Can you prove that it was just a “political move”?
              America is NOT a christian country. The founding father mention christianity ZERO times in the constitution and make it CLEAR that NO law can be made for or against religion. Religion belongs in the insane asylum, oops sorry, churches, NOT in our government.

              You are obviously not a fudge or lawyer. The constitution prohibit discrimination based on color or sex. Why do you want to discriminate against others? That is the question YOU need to ask yourself.

              Provide evidence that crooks and rapists are let of the hook by judges. We have the largest jail population in the world. Where do you get this nonsense?

              Americans KILL more Americans than ANYONE else. Why don’t you ban Americans from going to any other country? According to your way of thinking, they are obviously a terror to the world.

              This country is made up by immigrants, it is where we get all our geniuses, Einstein, Tesla, Edison, and on and on and on. Without them the us is NOTHING.

              Where is YOUR family from?

              Why don’t YOU get out of this country?

              The only constitutional ignorant is YOU.

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            • You know the definition of a Therocracy? You obviously didn’t finish your education.. and Lawyers are idiots just like the rest of the population.

              You’ve proven that you are irrelevant to this conversation… schools are teaching children to study for tests that are given so the government can tell them how much $ they can have and what to teach.. thank you Trump for getting politics out of the classroom! And if the JUDGE,,, who stopped the order oversteps his bounds he may be looking at prison time at most. Removal from the bench at least.. you don’t tell the POTUS how to run the country.. but wait! He doesn’t have a full cabinet because Democrats are refusing to do their job. No work.. no pay! That’s what happens with regular joe who doesn’t perform their duties.. getting fired would actually be the what happens to old Joe..

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            • Unconstitutionally? Jajajajajajaja!!! The one that needs to learn constitutional law is YOU. You are a full retard.

              Yes, do it, go kill yourself. The world would be a better place without Trump nut jobs.

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            • Why do I need to make a stronger argument, when the courts have already settled it? YOU are going against the courts and pretending to know more than the courts. That makes you into a FULL retard. LMAO, how is that for a coherent argument? FULL RETARD YOU ARE

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            • So you accept that, by your “logic”, “reasoning” and “argument”, if the court’s final decision favours Trump: “That makes YOU into a FULL retard. LMAO, how is that for a coherent argument? FULL RETARD YOU ARE”!

              Not forgetting:

              “Jajajajajajaja!!! The one that needs to learn constitutional law is *YOU*. YOU are a full retard. Yes, do it, go kill YOURself. The world would be a better place without CLINTON/OBAMA nut jobs.”!

              There, fixed it for ya!!!

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            • And if elephants could fly. The FACT is the did NOT favor your nut job.

              Cased closed.

              You fixed nothing, you are behind what just about every psychologist calls a FULL NUT JOB.

              Who is more of a NUT job, the nut job or the one that follows.

              Obama has done more for this country that all republicans put together.

              YOU are an idiot.

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            • It’s not a coherent argument at all…YOU seem to think that the courts are infallible and that this was not a politically motivated stunt by the most liberal court in the US.

              BTW, I thought liberals were supposed to be the “PC” and inclusive group – guess it’s OK to make disparaging and off-color remarks to your enemies? No wonder the world views you as a hypocrite.

              Enjoy your shitty life and I’ll be sure to touch base with you again after the SCOTUS overturns this decision – hell, the 9th district already issued a Mea Culpa and asked for the full court to review their decision (an absolutely unprecedented thing for panel to do).

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            • I don’t have a shitty life, maybe you are reflecting! LMAO NOTHING is infallible, but I will put my money on the courts over a FULL RETARD like Trump ANY DAY of the week. Enjoy your insanity.

              Says a guy from a group that harassed Obama for 8 years calling him everything under the sun.

              HYPOCRITE YOU ARE

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            • Sure, I’ll believe you as soon as you figure out the difference between “reflecting” and projecting…LoL – and you’re calling other people names…perhaps you should look in the mirror

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            • Got me there, yeah, projecting. So there, by your own criteria, you now must believe me. I don’t have to look in the mirror, these people deserve every name calling in the book. ANYONE following someone who calls a war veteran a coward for being captured, makes fun of a disabled person and calls an entire race of people rapist and murders, deserves what they have coming to them.

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            • The job-shopped judge did what he would be expected to do. It will most likely get upheld by the Ninth Circuit, which is the most overturned circuit in the country.

              Any reasonable evaluation based on case law indicates that the president has a surprising amount of leeway on this matter. It’s open and shut that the executive order was absolutely constitutional.

              And though it should not matter one whit, I am an attorney. The fact that someone is an attorney is meaningless – both Ginsburg and Scalia were attorneys, but they disagreed on the fundamentals of the law. “I’m an attorney” should not be accepted as a building block to a winning argument in any way, at least until we can all attorneys agree that hay grown privately for private use is not subject to congressional law based on the Commerce Clause. (See Wickard v. Filburn.)

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            • Sure, an argument from authority on it’s own is a fallacy, a consensus would carry the weight, but not over the evidence. Unfortunately, this country has become the epitome of illogical and emotional reasoning (or lack thereof) and the fact that there is no real precedence of any violence coming even close to what other americans have done to it’s own country, won’t matter. A HITLER and I’ll say it again, A HITLER nut job like Trump will trump any reasoning and sink the ship while laughing hysterically.

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            • No. Whether it inconveniences someone is irrelevant. The question is, under the Constitution and current US Code, does the President have the authority to suspend people from coming into the country. From what I’ve been reading, the plaintiffs have an uphill battle, because the legal minds are that he does. You may not like it, how it was written and how it implemented may have been ham handed and I’ll advised, but it doesn’t make it ILLEGAL.

              The Johnson Amendment….enacted by Lyndon B. “I’ll have them n***** voting Democrat for the next 200 years” Johnson in 1954, it prohibits tax deductible organizations…such as but not limited to Churches from engaging in direct political activity….which by and large has not been enforced. Otherwise Al “Bullhorn and Bullsh*t” Sharpton’s little Harlem moneymaker would lose their tax exemption. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Al has had just about every Democrat Presidential Candidate speak from his pulpit during every single election. Don’t know about the other side, but I figure it would have been covered ad nauseum by the media if it had happened. Which basically means that the Democrats are getting a boost that the other side isn’t.

              Dorian, somewhere out there is a tree, working tirelessly, selflessly, making the oxygen that you breathe. You owe it an apology.

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        • Very nice to read something with a bit intelligent pith and vinegar.
          Thanks for the read Regi .
          On our newly elected Prez I basically have a wait and see policy.
          However for all the breathy pundits making comments on a perfectly well written piece.
          here’s something someone important wrote over 100 yrs ago. It seems to me most posts here are not aware of. It goes like this.
          “I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
          from “The Life of Voltaire,” Evelyn beatrice Hall

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            • Dorian, I would love to pick apart your rhetoric, but it’s just so wrong, it wouldn’t be worth the time. I advise you to do some serious studying and open your mind a bit. Stop conversing with like minded people and get some meaningful discourse in your life. I know it’s difficult to accept when you’ve been lead down the wrong path for so long, stuck in a dark cloud of b.s., facts and talking points.When you stop and retreat for a bit, add in a little common sense and wisdom, you will sleep much better, and you will no longer sound like a blithering idiot! Go Pats!

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        • You are not going to get these dumb asses to admit what they did to this country. They will never acknowledge the fact that they fucked this whole country except for the wealthy and the corporations and business that continue to get away with the oppression of the people. Even when orange man comes to eat them they will blame Obama’s grandmother and Hilary’s aunts and uncles. That’s what makes them the dumb of America and a clear example of how hitler came to power.

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          • Pardon me, but Donald Trump has not had time to mess up this country. Corporations and wealthy people have always had the upper hand. To even attempt to lay that at Trump’s feet is ignorant.

            Hitler again. How about picking up a history book on Hitler. Until Trump starts rounding you up for the concentration camp and killing liberals for being liberals, you can trust that he is not Hitler. Not even close. Now, if you want to use your analogy for a ‘Hitler’ like movement, let’s use abortion. That is Hitler like. Women killing babies for no other reason than they are babies. Inconvenient babies. Oh wait, Hitler killed inconvenient people too.

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            • Except that fetuses aren’t babies. The entire problem with abortion issue is that both sides are right if you see the world from their point of view, and trying to treat the opposite side as if their beliefs have any basis in your worldview is you living in a bubble.

              If you believe fetuses are babies, then yes, it makes sense to think that abortion is murder.
              If you do not believe fetuses are babies, then yes, it makes sense to think that it’s a women’s rights issue.

              Both sides are right. As such, the only choice is that the government does not interfere. The worst thing is having the government force one group’s beliefs unto another.

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            • The problem is Alex, that both sides are not and cannot be “Right”.
              You can equivocate all you want, but SCIENCE proves that life begins at conception. If it didn’t, we would be cross breeding dogs with cats.
              The fact that you may not like what science dictates as fact does not change the fact even slightly.

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            • The fetus is incapable of living outside it’s mother’s womb. It is therefore still a part of the mother’s body. BTW, how many unwanted children have you adopted, Andrea?

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            • Whether the fetus is part of the mother’s body is irrelevant. Even if it’s a separate person with full human rights, those don’t include the right to live inside another person’s body without her consent. That’s how you justify legal abortion without getting into the question of “is the fetus human?” or “when does life begin?”.

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            • How many refugees are you taking in? Your question is stupid. Because I disagree with systematically murdering children means I should take on your responsibility? I raised MY kids, I did not kill them. I got knocked up, and I accepted responsibility for it. That is the problem with this country today. It has become acceptable to pass responsibility onto everyone but yourself.

              As for adopting in this country, when it becomes cheaper to adopt than to kill, I am betting many more people would be willing to do so. Ask yourself WHY it is cheaper to kill babies than to save them? In fact, how about we take all that money spent to kill your unwanted babies and use it to raise them? Why not do that? Or is it easier on your conscience to not have to face your own short comings and bad choices? With the amount of birth control available in this country, for FREE, there is NO excuse for getting pregnant and killing your kid. And before you even start, incest, rape and medical need are less than ONE PERCENT (1%) of the abortions performed in this country. You are just an advocate for baby killing.

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            • Vicki Mitchell the argument that a “fetus” (aka. baby) can not live outside of the mother’s womb is self defeating! A baby, that has been born, can not live outside of the mother’s womb without constant care. It is incapable of independence so by your definition a birthed baby is not a baby as well!?!?

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        • I find your understanding of the Constitution severely lacking and your lack of acknowledgement for the damage Obama did with his outrageous executive orders and foreign policy blunders astounding. President Trump campaigned on the promises he is keeping to the American people.

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          • What’s outrageous about making healthcare available to more people? Do you like a country full of sick people? What foreign policy blunders?

            Your understand of the constitution is the problem. BTW, Obama was a graduate with honors in CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.

            Do you actually think you know more than him?

            This is why we laugh at you.

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            • The affordable care act is not self substantial. It was poorly designed. I’m pretty sure that as much money that was spent on advertising, failed websites, salaries paid and the fees paid by the government to incompetent contractors would have been better spent on the Americans who had no health care insurance. That said. With the next cycle of increased premiums… an estimated 18million Americans will be without healt insurance by 2018… we started with 3 million uninsured? There has to be a major overhaul of the program or scrap it and Start over with something that can be self sustained. Otherwise, we are screwed.

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            • It does seem like you are trying. Stop the emotion and focus on logic. You have no understanding of Health Care Finances. You are creaming yourself over a very expensive coupon. Welfare trash don’t need insurance. They get free healthcare at any hospital. Insurance is only a coupon. You pay so much (the copay) and you can get so much healthcare. But if you can’t afford the initial payment why buy the coupon? If we are going to pay the copayment, why have the insurance in first place? Just to support the insurance companies?

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            • Healthcare has ALWAYS been available to everyone, so go ahead and save yourself further embarrassment and don’t use that argument in the future.

              How do you know Obama was a “graduate with honors in CONSTITUTIONAL LAW”? Because he said so? His transcripts are sealed, so there is no proof….

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          • And yet trump continues to claim he has something better, just like republicans did while continuously trying to kill OC, whenthey actually have NOTHING. Something is better than nothing, and if anyone has to pay the $50/month penalty, it is still better, because if you do become i’ll, you can still opt into the system and have a chance to survive. Without OC, you would DIE, period, end of story.

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        • Totally disagree with you…are you aware of the millions $$$$sent to the middle east by bho. ??isil was helped by this person. It was time for 63 million people to go to the polls and do something. We won. Get over it

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        • While YOUR comment is not without merit and legitimate, because it is YOUR concern, a US citizen’s concern, for that alone it is a point, yet, it has little if anything to do with the article.
          Off topic.
          “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.”

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        • Marsha, you and the “highly” educated people are the very reason why Pres. Trump is in office today! Comparing Pres. Trump to Hitler is extremely offensive. My grandparents and parents were highly affected by Hitler. My grandfather hid jews in his barn (putting his own life on the line) to help them to Sweden for safety. Someone turned him in and he had to go underground for a long time while my grandmother didn’t know whether he was dead or when he would come back home…and run the big family farm alone with five children. Name calling is not going to help anyone! I don’t care one bit how “educated” you are. As a matter of fact, you’ve READ what you know. I was told by my grandparents and parents first hand. When have you ever sacrificed anything? It’s so easy to sit there and hide behind your computer. As far as your view regarding Trump and women. Have you totally forgotten about Bill Clinton and Hillary for that matter too? He literally left a stain in the White House. #kindnessbeginswithme I will pray for you and your hatred!

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    • Trump’s actions do not and will not rise to the level of Hitler’s, but his character and personality are flawed and as a result he cannot be trusted. Erratic and capricious are not good qualities and together they can cause much harm.

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        • Trump speak is what comes from honest people. The guarded doublespeak that has come to be respected by mainstream news and it’s followers is tripe. Real people with courage do not mince words with children clamoring for attention and favors. PC speak has corrupted our language to the point of prosecution for reprimanding a child in public. Trump speak is not the danger it is made out to be. It is the lack of Trump speak that allows the lies and fraud to gain strength in the culture.

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          • What is the difference between “polite” speech and PC speech? Should I use pejorative words to describe people and ideas that don’t agree with me? Trumpspeak is not a danger until it gets in the way of civil discourse. The world is full of lies and frauds, but it is not the fault of words, but of men.

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            • polite is choosing a sequence of words that honestly express your idea…….PC is choosing a word with many meanings or often keeping silent lol. It is the fault of man, but the product of the low quality communication status quo

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            • Words take time to say and comprehend. Fewer words save time and can make comprehension much faster. Actions speak louder than words but can be just as hard to comprehend. Polite speech is weak and slow acting. Social life is like a high stakes poker game with a time limit (death). The bluff is part of good & fair play if winning is the goal. It’s an art and just that simple.

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      • Everyone has flaws to some degree or another.
        Funny that you only see flaws and nothing good, yet millions of people see the good things and agree with them. Do tell, what does your refusal to acknowledge any good traits about Trump ultimately say about you and your flaws?

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          • Yes- Hitler promised everything that Clinton and Sanders promised. But everything “free” comes at a cost to someone but I see you are a mindless liberal so you wouldn’t understand that. As for Trump being Hitler look at your lemming little liberal burning, looting and creating chaos just because you feel wronged. Life is a bitch! And for liberals we know for sure the next four years will be a bitch like the last eight were for the thinking people of this country. We endured a pen and a phone government (real good for Constitutional lawyer- NOT) that ignored the Constitution and legislated as he pleased.

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            • It’s not free, we pay taxes, the thing is to use that money for US, not for war or to make the rich richer.

              See the difference? Bernie had the numbers worked out. it’s as if you want to be poor and used by the rich. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s self destruction and liking it. This is why trump himself says that he could kill someone and still not loose his followers. It’s unbelievable. They feed you this ridiculous notion that if we tax the rich, they won’t give us jobs. That is just utterly obnoxious. The rich are rich and they know how to make money, it’s the minorities that need the help, NOT them! You help them, they will keep taking you for a ride.

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            • Feel wronged? They are taking all of the rights we have fought for! Why can’t you see that? You don’t want big government, and yet you want government regulating a woman ovaries! You don’t want government, and yet you want to tell people who they can marry.

              Make up your MINDS!!

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            • “… legislated as he pleased.”

              Not true. He had a roadblock Congress much of his time in office, which opposed anything he tried to get passed.

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            • “… legislated as he pleased.”

              Not true. He had a roadblock Congress much of his time in office, which opposed anything he tried to get passed.

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            • Have some integrity and be part of the solution, not the problem. I’ve tripped upon this blog and found it to be a vigorous debate about ideas by people desiring an educated forum of ideas. It has challenged my own thinking (thank you Regie!). And then you want to pollute it with labeling ad hominum epithets, completely debasing someone you don’t agree with as “a mindless liberal”, calling them lemmings. I came here with an open mind and you are attempting to shut down healthy debate with your fallacious attacks. If you can’t sit at the adult table and converse like one, we can invite you to go back to some other echo chamber forum.

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          • you just CAN’T compare Hitler to — ANYone. Really. He CAN’t be compared to ANYone, simply because there was no other situation like the one he encountered and slipped into. He wasn’t German, he was Austrian. He lied a lot. He was rejected a lot- Universities, Military, you name it. When he ran, the “Elite’ laughed at him. called him belittlingly ‘ the Bohemian Private”. He was a sleek, slinky, charming psychopath and manipulator who made it big- on the backs, bodies, lives, fears of millions of human beings. He was a Private in the Military, he was elected because there was a great depression worldwide, WW1 had just ended (started by Austria , not Germany, btw, since a Serb killed the Austrian Archduke and Austria had a pact with Germany to ally), there were no jobs, no funds, most men were dead, wounded or POWs and there were way too many candidates to make an educated decision- he had the gift of gab, manipulation and he used and “made” it. He knew what to say to enamour the masses- “Art, Music, Classics, Beauty, Nobility, Superiority, Ethics, Honor, Morals, jobs, Money, No worries— and: CHANGE” that was his Slogan “CHANGE”. Sound familiar??
            It sounded great. He sounded great.
            Once in place, he did his thing, behind the scenes. Ever watch “The Wave”?? Watch it.
            People suffered beyond measure. The country was in shambles and people in constant fear for their lives, Jewish or not. No men (only those who couldn’t serve or avoided it) , money, no food, lawlessness. The ONLY people who fared ‘well’ in those days were the secretly, fearfully despised ” 200% ers” who’d gleefully report anyone in a heartbeat and send them to their demise. Only 10% of the population were in “the party”- and noone knows the percentage of those who joined out of fear. People shut up, looked down and hoped. Some, like my grandmother, helped- always in the 24/7 fright of risking their loved ones’ lives. Read. READ the diaries.
            I don’t want to hear ANYone ignorantly blabbing how so-and-so is ‘just like Hitler”. believe me, he/she is NOT.
            NOT EVEN CLOSE.
            if you want to call him somethng, if that makes you feel better, call him, for instance , a ‘dictator in the making’, “Emperor Trump”, “Chucky” , invoke 1942 and call him “Trumpevelt”, or any other go ahead. But “Hitler”??? Go check yourself.

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            • Well obviously he isn’t Hitler, he is Donald the Duck Trump with his goons that make up the Three Blind Mice. But the point is that he IS following many of the things that Hitler did, and DID in fact threaten people in his speeches, saying I would “punch them in the face”. This is PURE insanity and a personality PRONE to violence in the HIGHEST sense. This guy in Power is capable of anything.

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        • no proof Jesus existed….so cannot be used in a historical context…..not to mention he didnt lead anything…..maybe 12 people followed him alot lol. But the fact that 12 people who people claim followed Jesus, we can prove they all existed…..but not the one dude they all wanted to hangout with…lol. Save Jesus for church….humans skew history enough as it is. no need to confuse people more

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            • Ya’ll haven’t figured out that he is playing you? Trump is returning fire for fire. Stirring the pot. Making fools of you. The more ya’ll toss out ridiculous accusations the more bull he flings your way. It is amusing to watch. See most politicians would play ball to save face. But Trump ain’t nobody’s puppet. His words are your pussy hats.

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            • Yeah, that is why he drained the swamp with billionaires, and is fighting to keep his muslim ban in place, and its only been 2 weeks.

              Meanwhile I laugh at you folks waiting for the coal and manufacturing jobs to come back. Lol, the days when a white man can barely graduate from high school- walk onto a factory floor and get a $50k job are over. Of course, even saying it outloud sounds ridiculous.

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            • I don’t recall any president hiring or appointing any poor, blue collar schmucks in any positions. Let’s see all those tax returns for those previous employees that presidents chose. I want to see their income bracket.

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            • I am saying it seems like classic shit stirring. The more ridiculous you get the more he screws with you. Look at ya’ll. You are all foaming at the mouth because he is president. He is doing what he promised and you folks are rioting and protesting and signing petitions and making utter fools of yourself, while he is doing the job we asked him to do, and keeping you chasing your ass. It is hilarious.

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            • He is appointing people with ZERO credentials for the positions! The surgeon couldn’t even believe they were giving him the job! And the dumb billionaire had a month to prepare for her interview and didn’t know the basics of education. All she wants is to teach creationism to our children.

              It’s a JOKE, your party is a CLOWN car and this country is so religious indoctrinated, that they can’t tell a joker from a scientist.

              WHAT A DISGRACE! THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT US AND IN FEAR FOR ALL WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED!

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            • The world has been laughing at us for years, long before Trump became president.

              I grew up in the 80’s. Know what they taught us then? That man came from monkeys. Hell they are teaching kids to common core math for crying out loud.

              Half the country believes in evolution. The other half in creationism. Half believe in the bible. The rest don’t, or claim they don’t.

              You seem a bit paranoid.

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          • Why would we foam at the mouth simply because he is president? lol, that’s just childish. We are and I was going to say pissed off, but lol, yeah, that’s what he does… we are angry simply because we KNOWN and psychologists have shown that he is a nut job.

            He is showing just how incompetent he is and we’ve accomplished things that we do NOT want to loose.

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            • “So you ARE a creationist? LMAO! I knew it, your positions can only be held by someone with an IQ of an ameba.”

              Odd that you would insult someone’s IQ, when your posts are chock full of spelling and grammar errors…your writing is atrocious, yet you feel superior to someone else because they believe in God?

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            • I’m responding to various posts from several people, if you think I’m going to proof all this posts, you are gravely mistaken, and the fact that you are looking at my spelling when everyone else spelling here is just as loose, shows that you have no argument.

              Yeah, people that believe in superstition, are obviously behind the 8 ball. They lack scientific understanding of how things actually work, they lack the ability to find how reality actually works, can’t tell what is a lie and what is not because they can’t think for themselves, allowing preachers to rape their children and actually accusing the children for allow it to happen. That’s what happens when you are so far down the IQ level, that you are EASILY persuaded that God wanted your child raped. Just like praying instead of taking them to a hospital; SICK. They are obviously emotionally unstable enough to believe that a jew 2000 years ago, died for THEM. I could go on, but Trump is the nail on the coffin for these people.

              When a man says that he could shot someone on the streets and he would loose no followers, you KNOW with 100% certainty that his followers are THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL.

              BTW, how many languages have you mastered?

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            • “Andrea, jesus wasn’t flawed (if he even existed)? What did he do for anyone? ”

              Nowhere did I say Jesus was flawed. In fact I stated clearly he was not. And what did he do for people? He died for them. Who would you died for?

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            • You misread my comment, I asked how do you reason that this jesus character wasn’t flawed. You weren’t there, anything and everything written about that character could be completely made up and you’d never know. Lastly, you say he died for you, and yet every christian tells me he is a living god. How does someone die and be alive at the same time? If he resurrected as you claim, without a shred of evidence, then his death is meaningless. A death is only worth something if you die. I would die for someone worth it. But more importantly, why are you making a big deal of the suffering of this god who has everything, and would have known that this paradise is real, and not making a big deal of the millions that suffer every day and those who have REALLY given their lives for your liberties. Specially atheist soldiers who KNEW that this was their only life? If your god is real, he literally sat idle while Hitler destroyed the world and tortured his “chosen” people. You want to know a true hero, go to a memorial cemetery for those who fought in WWII. Those deserve our thanks, not this jesus who like I said, cause the deaths of millions. Germany convinced their people that jews killed jesus. This is directly responsible for the holocaust. Get your priorities straight.

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        • Andrea, jesus wasn’t flawed (if he even existed)? What did he do for anyone? All that happened after the story of jesus surfaced was the death of more and more people. Constantine killed millions pushing the idea of Jesus.

          Great going for that guy.

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          • Just a suggestion Dorian…. try reading The Bible from a study point of view. It appears (and I might be wrong) that your Bible knowledge is more in the form of looking at it from the idea of a dime store novella. It generally is a good idea to have solid understanding of ANY material you accept, or reject…. I don’t know you, but just from what I’ve seen here, you give the impression that what you actually KNOW about Scripture, isn’t from first hand study, but from what others told you it said… never a good idea to just take someone else’s word about it… better to look AND meditate upon it for yourself. Good luck to you, whatever you decide.

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            • The Bible is an ancient book written by unknown sheep herders that tells you to use the blood of doves to cleans you. Do you really think I need to actually study a book of that caliber to know is simply toilet paper? How many children need to die from parents loosing their minds from following that book before you wake up?

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    • 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.
      if anyone compares in this regard to hitler, its the clinton’s ! have u seen how many of their past staffers have “accidently” died the last few years when trying to reveal the clintons corruption ?!? extreme democrats of today resemble more of hitlers attitudes than anyone on the right. but they’re the one’s yelling it all the time. need to send all these american democrats to iraq to live there “in peace” lolll with their “peacful” muslim brothers there and see how that’ll work. deluded lunatics all of them. need to smack them all hard !! their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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    • No disrespect to you or you father but absence of immediate symptoms is not the same as abscense of disiease…

      Which of these do not apply in this isnstance?

      EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF FASCISM

      1. Powerful and continuing nationalism
      2. Disdain for human rights
      3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
      4. Rampant sexism
      5. Controlled mass media
      6. Obsession with national security
      7. Religion and government intertwined
      8. Corporate power protected
      9. Labor power suppressed
      10. Disdain for intellectual and the arts
      11. Obsession with crime and punishment
      12. Rampant cronyism and corruption

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      • Let’s see…

        1. Powerful and continuing nationalism. Ummmm… no. Just simple patriotism.
        2. Disdain for human rights. I see no evidence of that. Could argue that the waterboarding thing crosses this line, but that’s fine.
        3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause. We actually do have enemies. Honest. We do.
        4. Rampant sexism. Where is sexism rampant?
        5. Controlled mass media. You think Trump or forces loyal to him control the media? That’s hilarious.
        6. Obsession with national security. Since when is a healthy regard for national security an ‘obsession’?
        7. Religion and government intertwined. This wasn’t the case in Hitler’s Germany, and it’s not the case in modern America either.
        8. Corporate power protected. What’s wrong with American corporations being protected by the American government? Since when are they the enemy?
        9. Labor power suppressed. Trump is doing this, how?
        10. Disdain for intellectual and the arts. Got me there. I have contempt for both, and anyone else who does is fine with me.
        11. Obsession with crime and punishment. Again, since when is it an ‘obsession’ to prefer citizens to live in safety?
        12. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Evidence, please? Or are you talking about Obama and the Clintons?

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        • Thank you for listing what makes a tyrant but your not getting the answers right. I’ll help you out alittle, #7 labor power suppressed, rights of workers suppressed, look up the loved by gop RIGHT TO WORK Look it up and read about it, not Fox news read, the real truth on it. #1 Patriotism defined by who you, a trumper? Hitler was a patriot, ISIS consider themselves patriots, we don’t need your kind of patriotism when it oppresses and obstructs democracy for everyone. Your points are correct your comments after them are B.S.

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        • #8. Having corporations being protected is against a capitalist economy. No business should have protection from other businesses or be bailed out. If our government never tried to put their hand in our economy we’d be in a lot better situation. Hell, show me one government program who’s intentions are good for our economy that has lived up to it’s promise.

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    • Not to sound rude, but simply because your father was present in post-war Germany doesn’t make him an expert any more than knowing where to find China on a map makes me Chinese, sorry to inform you.

      Secondly, the comparisons to Hitler I would agree to an extent, are plain silly. However, there are similarities you completely fail to mention (or perhaps you did. I read about half way through and couldn’t stomach any more of it):

      1. Both Der Fuhrer and Trump won their respective elections without anything close to a majority. Clinton garnered nearly 3 million more votes than did Trump and because of a dilapidated, antiquated system of electoral votes, he won while at the same time complaining to anyone who’d listen about a supposedly ‘rigged’ voting system, even going so far as to claim that somewhere between 3 and 5 million illegal votes were cast. And all without a shred of proof to prove this claim (actual research proves the exact opposite) Der Fuhrer won by actually rigging the vote in his own, and his parties (NSDAP), favor.

      2. One of the first things Der Fuhrer did was to completely take over and shut down the national media, and while he doesn’t even come close to having the power to do this, Trump has done his level best to discredit, marginalize and make an enemy of the media via lies and complete distortions of fact and reality a la Hitler himself. Trump has gone so far as to threaten to not include the media in anything he does, while in Hitler’s Germany you didn’t publish, print or televise anything until and unless you had obtained permission from either Hitler himself or his minister of propaganda, Josef Goebbels.

      3. While Germany was a military ruling class society that Hitler took over, Trump is trying to create a military ruling class by installing a number of generals, etc. in top political positions.

      4. In the time of the Third Reich, 1933-1945, the persecution was primarily aimed at Jews and Poles. In 2017 America, under Trumps watch thus far, it has been Mexicans and Muslims. Either way, both men wanted to eradicate a people and a religion and didn’t seem to care how this goal was met.

      5. Both were clearly white supremacists and created a place where any one that wasn’t white and not Jew could be tortured (which Trump has certainly mentioned a number of times) or killed for no reason other than their skin color or their religious inclinations.

      There are more, but suffice to say that simply because you can’t see the similarities doesn’t mean they don’t exist. And to refer to them as “nonsense” is both short sighted and in complete denial of the recorded facts of the history of WW2.

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      • 1. The electoral system prevents a few states from carrying the entire country simply because those few have more people in them. If your neighborhood had 10 houses, and 9 houses had 1 person each, and 1 house had 30, should the 1 house with 30 people carry a vote? Hell no. THAT is why we have the electoral system. It gives everyone a chance without one state choosing for all.

        2. The media are left wing liberal bias. This is a proven fact. Nothing remotely unbiased gets reported. I remember when journalism was news reporting, not grandstanding and divisive.

        3. How is having someone who actually served in the military in charge of the military? You act like a mechanic should do brain surgery. It is about time we got a Mad Dog in charge. Our leaders have turned our military and defense into a joke. WE used to be a power house NO ONE could or would screw with. Now we are a joke. NOT Trump’s doing.

        4. Trump is not murdering Muslims and Mexicans for being Muslims and Mexicans. He is not murdering anyone at all. He temporarily halted immigration into this country for 90 days, as is his right. It is time this country had a leader that put it’s citizens FIRST.

        5. Again, when Trump starts rounding up brown skinned people to the concentration camps, then you will have me. Until then, you are ridiculous.

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        • So you are a war monger? Is that it? If you want to put your citizens first, ban americans, americans kill each other more than anyone else kills them.

          So you want to wait even though the signs are already there? Good luck with that.

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        • The fact that he lost the popular vote by the largest margin EVER, is why can’t get over it and has LIED to everyone about illegal votes.

          The electoral voting is being debated. It is 200 years old and might not be effective any longer. But why should a small town that contributes almost nothing to the country, have power over places like NY or CA, who produce most funds for the country?

          The way forward must be a compromise where each state can split the delegates instead of being an all or nothing.

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          • In the 1960 World Series, the Yankees scored 55 runs and the Pirates scored 27 runs. Should the Yankees have won the series? They didn’t. The Pirates won it, 4 games to 3. The Yankees just had big blowouts in the 3 games they won. Clinton just had big blowouts in a few of the states she won.

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            • No, it’s the Murdercrat crybabies that are weeping and out in the streets. It’s the losers that can’t get over it. And you’re in denial if you can’t face that fact. Oh, and btw, the World Series was one event just as the election was one event. And in the World Series, there were 7 games as part of that event. And in the election, there was voting in 50 states as part of that event. So, you’re not even close to being correct on anything. Being a Murdercrat will ruin your thinking in all sorts of areas. But I’m not responding again because you don’t even have a vocabulary to express yourself except the gutter language even an idiot can use.

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            • The one in denial is YOU. We are fighting for our RIGHTS. He wants to take the right for ANYONE to marry. He wants to take the right for a woman to make her OWN decisions, and on and on.

              Those are FACTS that you canNOT deny.

              YOU are therefore the one in DENIAL.

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            • So are you denying that he is going to waste money investigating illegal voting even though we have ALREADY done that?

              You are the one that is an idiot, and my cock big enough to gag you lmao! It’s trump that is the insecure bitch.

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          • Define popular. Hillary carried a handful of states. Trumps carried damn near the whole country. The fact that the handful of states that Hillary carried had more people in them does not mean she won the popular vote. It means she won a handful of states that had a major population.

            So in your thinking, money should rule the election? So folks who work the farms and cattle and small towns should have no say at all because they are sparsely populated and do not have as much money as the larger states? Is that seriously what you are saying? They don’t matter so they should should not have a say in the elections?

            Each state DOES split the delegates. It is called the electoral college.

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            • Here is the flaw, my vote and the vote of my county are worthless because the rest of the state votes the opposite way almost every time. There are two highly populated areas in my state and I live in one of them. Is it fair that my vote for president never counts by means of the electoral college? I think not.

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            • When you say, “only a hand full of states” you are ignoring the millions across the country whose votes didn’t count at all in the electoral college system.

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            • Popular as the MOST votes in a COUNTRY. We should pay for all elections. The folks that work the farms are VERY POORLY EDUCATED, so yeah, they push the rest of humanity DOWN.

              The bible belt is the MOST UNEDUCATED bunch of people anywhere. They are down there with any 3rd world country. Science denying, religious nut jobs. They are stuck in the dark ages.

              We’ve been there, and do NOT want to go back.

              Yes, but doesn’t the state awards ALL delegates once the state is counted?

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            • My ancestor was born in Pennsylvania in 1734. Yep. I am a Native American. Literally and figuratively since I have Native American ancestry as well. Wow. Where were your ancestors from?

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            • That is where you are wrong. My ancestors were here over 300 years before I was born. They were here over 40 years before the Revolutionary War. When this land was settled, there were no laws on moving from one land to another. It was wide open, unworked land free for the taking to anyone who was willing to live on it, and make it prosperous. We are talking roughly 140 years before the war of 1812. My ancestors have always been on this land, on both sides of my family. Again, where were your ancestors from?

              Aside from that fact, I believe in immigration. I believe in legal immigration. I have no problem with someone pursuing happiness, as long as they do not break the law doing it. I think the pursuit of happiness in this country should be afforded to legal residents and citizens first.

              Instead of bringing more people into this country, we should take care of the ones legally here first, and get rid of the ones who aren’t.

              Let me ask you this:

              1. How many refugees are you going to invite to live with you?
              2. How many refugees are you going to let hang around your kids?
              3. Which one of your children are you going to send to one of those 7 countries on the list?
              4. If you sent one of your kids to one of those countries, how do you suppose their welcome party would go?

              If YOU would not send YOUR child to any one of those 7 counties, then YOU are a hypocrite.

              Am I a creationist? If being a creationist means I believe God created the heavens and the earth, then yes. I am. Mock it if you want. I don’t care. Your taunts and insults will not change my faith or my belief.

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        • In your mind I am ridiculous. In mine you are ignorant of historical fact. And your accusations of the media being ‘left wing liberal’ blah, blah, blah are nothing but misinformed foolishness. If all you watch is Fox News of course anything that contradicts what they tell you is liberal left wing BS. If all you watch is MSNBC anything Fox tells you is right wing conservative nut job BS. It’s all in what you choose to believe. You will only see the truth when you are ready to put aside the petty labeling of other people and stop the name-calling.

          And your comments about what his rights are, let me inform you: It was not only a travel/immigration ban. It installed a religious test, which is direct contradiction to what the Constitution and past case law says. Had you even a remotely open mind you’d already know this, because this claim of yours is debunked with only a few minutes research into the issue. But then act finding requires you to actually have some interest in what the truth is. Not the liberal truth or the conservative truth. The ultimate truth. You should try it sometime.

          Lastly, your vomiting of Trumps position that our military is falling apart and that we get our asses whipped at every turn and we are weak and not respected by other nations is simply nonsense. We have currently the most lethal and potent military ever put together.

          There’s an old saying that ‘there are none so blind as those who will not see’. You have proven this adage to be true.

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    • You are right: you don’t know anything about Hitler, or the rise of Nazism and fascism.
      So, off the bat, Hitler (and Trump) were/are not sociopaths. They were/are psychopaths [a psychopathic personality manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.]
      The people I know, and share a perspective with, do NOT see Trump as a “soup-Nazi” type. We see him as the proxy for the crafter of a new political order, based on fascism — just like Hitler and Nazism.

      Point by point:
      1. Right now, there’s not much separation, since one party controls all branches of gvt. Trump capitalized on the discontent of the middle class – who he is not going to serve well. Trump is behaving as if his victory is a mandate — which it surely is not.
      2. Trump has entered the political arena on the back of fascist. Violence is the most basic tool of fascism. Like Hitler, around the time of the Beerhall Putsch, Trump has incited and encouraged violence against those who have opposed him – called openly for it, at rallies and speaking events. History does not have to follow the exact dots to be in close parallel. [In fact, I expected that Trump would lose (as Hitler did with the Beerhall Putsch) and fall back to create a media empire to lay out his own version of Mein Kampf.]
      3. Trump does not have an SS. But he enters power with the implicit support of the KKK and every gun toting white supremacist in the country. He just has to say the word. They’ll turn out by the thousands.
      4. Remember when trump mocked the disabled reporter? Nuff said.
      5. It is incorrect to say that Hitler disarmed the public. He didn’t. He disarmed only those he wanted disarmed, and left those loyal to him very well armed. In the US, much of the population has already willingly disarmed itself, because they don’t have to hunt, they rarely have to defend their home, and are disgusted with gun violence. (I still have mine, though, and the little cross on the breast of a kkk sheet makes a damn good target at 50 yards. Otherwise, it’ll be a headshot.)
      So, if you’re deluding yourself that Trump didn’t use fascist tactics to get into office, review the facts.
      And if you don’t think Steve Bannon can’t goad Trump into anything, including Martial Law to maintain power, you underestimate him.
      And if you don’t think congress will pretty much just roll over for him… well they’ve already done that.
      Just sayin’.

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    • I hope what you say is true, in that a Hitleresque type person can’t happen in the US. I am a child of survivors of both the European and the Asian fronts. They both were civilians caught up in the madness of wars waged by sociopaths. My mother lived through the occupation of Holland and the hunger winter, while my father spent the war in a Japanese prison camp for civilians. So, I have witnessed the after effects of what those experiences can do to people. However, I was one of those people who didn’t believe that the American people could be so manipulated and conned by this modern sociopath. It is difficult to feel certain of anything as I watch our system being dismantled and see many people agree to go along with some of this man’s inhumane decisions. I applaud those who stand up to him, but I fear that the punishments will become more severe. And if Hitler already a loyal cadre of henchmen, it’s not a stretch to watch this man also pick a similar group of thugs to help him try to destroy our country and our relationship with the world. I wouldn’t be so certain of anything anymore.

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  1. It was all going so well until German forces hit Stalingrad. When you make incredibly bad decisions, it will eventually get you. Trump has that potential. He wants to make war on Iran. Israel is pushing this. America needs to say ….NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    • Whatever else Trump does, he ain’t gonna go to war with Russia. Clinton, on the other hand, wanted to establish a no-fly zone over Syria, the enforcement of which would have involved shooting down Russian planes. Just one of many reasons I’m a lot less scared of Trump than I would have been of Clinton.

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            • Well, I play bridge and board games; if I’m screwing those up, my partners and opponents will let me know. I sing karaoke; trust me, if I’m messing that up, I’ve got lots of company on any given night.

              And I comment on blogs. A fun hobby, and even more so when I draw a reply like yours.

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          • You realize Syria is a sovereign state, and declaring a “no fly zone” and flying sorties in the air space of a sovereign state is the same thing as declaring war on it, and it’s allies (which means declaring war on Russia).

            What am I saying though, you’ve already shown you don’t understand that.

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            • If it’s done thru all the pertinent approvals, Russia is not going to go against the world. it’s not a pissing match between the US and Russia, this is way more complicated than that.

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        • Clinton never met a country south of the equator she wasn’t willing to bomb the shit out of, she would have followed in the footsteps of Obama who conducted combat operations, aka war, against more countries than any other President in US history. Obama was the one who ordered the murder of American citizens via drone attack and there is every reason to believe Clinton would have followed up with additional murders. Clinton is the biggest hawk to run in decades.

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        • I’m not sure what you do Earl but your reply is childish. You made a blanket statement about the post without qualifying it and attack the person who posted it as though this one post sums up everything about them. Try explaining what it is you disagree with and do so in a manner that displays your intelligence rather than making you look like a trolling cyber bully. You might actually get somewhere that way.

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    • Where has it been said that he wants to make war on Iran? By closing travel for 90 days from the hot spots that the Obama administration declared as having the highest potential of terrorist actively traveling from those locations? A 90 day hold so that the US can put into place a system that will vet people traveling from those hot spots to America? The only problem was it was poorly implemented. I’m pretty sure that isn’t a call to war! It’s a leader doing exactly what he vowed to do when he took office. Protect and defend our country from enemies both foreign and domestic. A little more thinking and less listening to CNN and the left… you would see the common sense of his actions! He’s going to war on terrorist.. and I back him 100%!

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      • You even back his 3am petulant tweets that sound like they came from a 13 year old? Policy is one thing, but his level of immaturity is really embarrassing to me as an American. I’m always amazed that people, in the name of a position, can say that they back him 100% without qualification. That’s the part that’s scary that a charismatic leader can affect people to loose the gift of objective thought.

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        • I back protecting Americans from terrorists.. but what do I know I’m just a hard working woman who has been married to the military for almost 30 years. I don’t “tweet” but I do know that if we continue to allow any and all immigrants into America without placing a secure and safe way of “vetting” these people.. America will start looking like France. I’m not sure what rose colored glasses you’re looking through but it’s only a matter of time and planning before we have mass murder and bombings begin in the US. I know that my sister who is in Afghanistan is in danger every minute she’s there because she is American. The base was bombed last week and she lost 2 good friends, America lost 2 good soldiers. So, unless you have a way of seeing the future… I’m for closing the boarders, deporting illegal immigrants, a zero tolerance for anyone related to any terrorist organization to be walking free on American soil.. 30 years of supporting the military, my Husnand and having half my family protecting your right to be a dumb ass gives me the right to free speech. Trump has done more in his first minute in office to protect America than the previous occupant of the White House did in 8 years.. so when you have something more intelligent to say.. feel free to speak your mind.. but please, if we’re going to call anyone petulant let’s call that the Obama administration.. and the crying, whining, Democratic Party who refuses to do their job.. thank you for showing us how little you really know! Bless your heart!

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          • I am sorry about your sisters friends. War sucks.
            Stop here if you don’t want to read the rest of my flippant reply (the first line is sincere).

            The French know that war sucks. They also know that being occupied sucks. I love France, its a really cool place, you should go sometime. Ok, Ok maybe not Paris, but I hated LA too. We don’t allow any and all immigrants into this country. They do get vetted. In fact our vetting is so good that not one terrorist has come from the 7 country’s that have been banned. But Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Pakistan (not banned) have all generously offered up terrorists. We try to make our immigration policy keep us safe (sometimes it fails), What cost, how much are we truly willing to give up to be safe. I would rather be free than safe, but hey I get why all those snowflakes want their safe zones. Another thing…Where are the moderate terrorists anyway. I mean they are always from the far right, the far left, or some extreme religions viewpoints. Extremist’s tend to get cranky when people don’t believe what they do. Our own homegrown terrorists are a bigger threat than the foreign ones. You know like the Oklahoma City bombing, and all those black people killed in that church by that NAZI. Or all those black churches that got burned down..(they burned down a mosque just the other day) Or what about those Mosques and Synagogue that have been threatened day after day. The country is just not safe.

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            • I’m going to be. Flippant in my reply.. don’t read if you don’t want some life lessons. I grew up just next door to Ft.Hood army base. Yup, Army brat too! As for domestic terrorist.. the Luby’s shooting took place when I was home for a visit. There wasn’t much to Copperas Cove and Killeen then.. Luby’s was a nice place to have dinner, I was supposed to go to dinner at Lubys the day of the shooting. As it stands we list a very good familiay friend and the loss was devastating to his family and ours. Luby’s was a gun free zone so no one was carrying in the restaurant.. if they had things might have turned out differently.. I live in Oklahoma City right now due to Tinker AFB. I’ve met and made many friends here. One, a woman that lost both of her young sons on the day of the bombing. Her children were in the daycare and she had stepped out to have lunch. She’s a strong and beautiful person inside and out. My sister, husband stationed at Ft.Hood was on the base and at the medical clinic the day of the shootings that have been labeled ” workplace Violence ” and not terrorist activity. I call total bullshit on that!.. I regress..
              My sister was on lockdown at the base as those murders were taking place, hiding under a desk and calling everyone to let us know she was OK and she loved us… has my life been affected by mass killings? Yes! Do I think you have a real clue about what it is to live while worried that a family member is in danger on American Soil? Probably not since you are so eager to “live freely” has any part of your life been affected by terrorist activity or even a whack job on a killing spree? Probably not.. so, I don’t think you know what it is to live through something as horrible as any of these things that have touched my life. How is stopping all immigration from the hot zones causing you to live life less fully? I’m sure that if you are so set on allowing open borders that you are eager to place your safety to live freely. You are risking your fellow Americans their right to live at all… I’m pretty sure that we’re done having this conversation. You obviously have no survival instinct and are not going to be able to tell the difference between living free and also protecting your life to do so is the smarter thing to do. Good luck with all that you do!

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            • I am sorry that your life has been so affected by terrorist activity. Every incident that you mentioned was caused by domestic terrorists. Americans did this to you. Not a single act of terrorism has been committed by immigrants from the seven nations that Trump attempted to ban. Not one. These immigrants have been vetted, and I don’t believe in open borders. These immigrants pose no risk, but your neighbors clearly do. I can see why you would want to be armed. I have been thinking about getting an AK 47 myself. you see I am way more worried about government terrorists. My mothers first husband was taken away in the middle of the night by Stalin’s thugs. She didn’t let that stop her. Her second husband was killed by the SS. She didn’t let that stop her either. She risked her life to escape the Soviet Union. Is that close enough for you. How about this: My Grandfather lost 7 of 8 siblings during the Holocaust. I’ll survive just fine. My family has been doing it for generations. We all have a story. I see that you are angry, sad, fearful and righteous. Your story is valid. But a ban on Muslims solves nothing. Your personal attacks only build my character and fortifies my resolve not to go down that path. I am open to continuing this conversation. Are you?

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        • I agree Kevin, backing someone 100% can be irresponsible because everyone has off days as well as their little qwerks (i.e. petulant 3a.m. tweets). Trump needs to stop tweeting all together in my opinion and I dont back Trump 100%, I take each of his actions on a case by case basis and look for impact and intent. I find it equally reckless to be 100% against anyone, especially the President (regardless who it is) that is self defeating and destroying cities just because you didnt get your way is pure childish.

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        • So he tweets. It keeps you all flurrying around in a tizzy. Can’t you tell when someone is flucking with you? You want to bash him for fighting back. What did ya’ll expect? That you could bully a weaker person and get away with it? Make you feel macho? Surprise. He ain’t running scared. It stings when the bullied punches back doesn’t it? I don’t care what he tweets as long as he continues putting this country and it’s legal citizens and residents before ALL others.

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    • Trump isn’t wanting to make war on Iran… Iran is the one being aggressive !! So you think we should set back, allow Iran to develop long range Nuclear weapons thinking they’d never use them on us…. That is totally ignorant…. Wondering what will happen when North Korea launches a couple of missiles at the US… Guess that will be Trumps fault ?? Using your mindset, is like saying, I can go to someone’s house and shoot them and it will be THEIR Fault….

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    • Hitler was a reject at Universities and the Military – only made it to Private in his career. Hence the insanity of invading Russia right before Winter- he had lost track of how many bodies he had left (Canonfodder” and had to resort to 12-16 year children. he was an idiot with a psychopath’s “gifts”.
      Enough.
      Comparing Hitler to ANYone is like comparing Apples to buckets.

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  2. Hi. Someone just posted this on FB. I am blown away! This is brilliant. It’s kind of shocking to see someone so young and so wise… Not sure how you escaped the brainwashing in universities… Thank G-d for young people like you. You should submit these piece to major publications…

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  3. I have to agree with you that comparing Trump to Hitler is absurd. While some people are making the literal comparison, I believe some are using “Trump is like Hitler” as shorthand for comparing his presidency to Fascism. It’s probably too early to make such a claim.

    You say, “America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create.” While this is probably true, it does not mean that a U.S. President can’t take America, as it presently stands, towards something that is the antithesis of what America is. From today forward it is conceivable that a U.S. President can take America towards Fascism, Socialism, or whatever-ism that can be conceived by humans.

    I disagree with #1. While the U.S. Government does have separation of powers and “checks and balances”, I don’t think I would exclude the possibility of someone or some group of people overriding those checks and balances. We’ve already seen U.S. presidents in the 20th and 21st century exercising more power through Executive Orders. Two weeks into Trump’s presidency, we’re at 20 Executive Orders.

    You said that Hilter entered government with his own military construct and that “Nothing like that exists or COULD exist in America…we simply wouldn’t allow it.” One thing to remember is that he continued to maintain his own private security detail when he became President-Elect. While this may not be a force like Hitler, it doesn’t seem beyond President Trump’s financial means to build out this security detail when he’s inside the White House. He has made some unprecedented moves (e.g. no tax returns, ethical conflict rules, nepotism rules) so it seems that there are things we are allowing that “we simply wouldn’t allow” in the past. The bricks keep falling off the checks and balances wall.

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    • Thanks for your thoughful comment, Michael.

      “The bricks keep falling off the checks and balances wall.”

      The intent of the Constitutional checks-and-balance system was to ensure that America’s government never become the tool of an autocrat. We definitely now have someone trying to make the system serve his autocratic purposes. We’ll see how good a system the founders devised.

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      • Only if you have not been paying attention to 20+ years of illegal “pre-emptive” war and “regime change” in places like Yugoslavia (Clinton), Iraq (Clinton and Bush), Libya(Obama) and Syria(Obamaand Clinton) and 20+ years of an increasing surveillance state and erosion of civil liberties could you possibly be idiotic enough to think Trump is the autocratic one.

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          • Or it could fit a previous president who recently vacated the White House, who, after publicly saying that he would not work with republicans and would get everything he demanded…. closed down the government and in that little temper tantrum proved his true intentions. His way or he would make it hurt his country if not allowed to continue with an astronomical spending plan on Obamacare. That, by the way, will leave 18 million people without medical insurance by 2018. Affordable care act? Or biggest lie ever told to the American people?

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      • We’ve already had someone doing that for the past four years (if not eight). It’s just that the major media and the left in general (but I repeat myself) practically worshiped him and didn’t bother to help the public get riled up about it.

        For better or worse, Trump is using the same toolkit that previous presidents assembled and Obama weaponized. Expecting him not to use it is futile. All we can do now is hope he uses it well and wisely (from my perspective, so far, so good).

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      • Paranoid much? I’m going to guess that you cried when Hillary didn’t become the POTUS.. for 8 years American has been ignored, lied to, mis led, robbed, and society in general has been used against the American people. Race baiting, class baiting, hate and turmoil was used to steal our money, safety, choices and our future. The only time Obama was on TV speaking to the American people… it was about race, social class, police violence or shutting down the country because he couldn’t get what he wanted.. NOW after Obama made sure he is part of the elite 1% he touted to hate so much… NOW we have a LEADER that’s not hiding what he is doing. I’m pretty sure that giving up his billions and moving into the White House has been a picnic for him! Then to deal with the whining, crying, idiocy of the Democratic Party who is doing everything to stop any progress… they can’t conceive of an America that is fed up! So they refuse to do their job in any way?? Our country needs to get its act together. Congress needs a swift kick in the ass to do what they are paid for or get kicked out of office! Period. Trump has 8 years of a complete train wreck to clean up! Let him do his Job!

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          • You have had your head up the Obama administrations ass so long that you actually believe the crap spewing venom from your mouth.. I feel sorry for your parents. To have a follower as their hope for the future… poor people. As for everything you have said on this blog? Came from the speakers to your ears and you believe it to be the gospel. Do yourself a favor… learn to think for yourself, lose gracefully, the more you belittle people who disagree with you… the bigger dumbass you come across as. Sit down, shut up, learn some respect and speak with an educated mouth instead of the fear filled, brain washed deadbeat you sound like. I’m sure at some point in your life you will understand that intelligent people don’t have to lower themselves to the behavior that you are displaying. You are either young or you need to get help and get medicated.. because you are part of the problem when America needs solutions. So learn to conduct yourself with some self control.

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            • Everything you wrote is garbage. I’ll speak as I want, and the only way to speak to a republican is like Trump speaks. But I guess you only accept if if it’s coming from Trump? You are hypocritical nut job. Get a clue. This is why trump can kill someone and still not loose people like you.

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        • He has given up NOTHING. He has NOT placed his holdings on a BLIND trust. He has complete control of his business and is actually playing you to make MORE money. Putin is the RICHEST man on the planet. Why the hell do you think that Trump is his bitch?

          You were surely born yesterday.

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          • You are brainwashed aren’t you? Keep watching CNN and don’t forget to keep that tin foil hat on! I’m pretty sure that you are the smartest person on this blog! Keep up the good work! Russia is coming for you! You’ve convinced me that Trusting Trump was a huge mistake! OMG! Get a Clinton in office NOW! What fine upstanding Americans they are! Better yet! Screw the constitution and a laws .. GET. OBAMA. BACK. NOW!!!! He played the entire United States for the last 8 years! He needs to finish the job he started and really run America into the ground while making millions..,the Clinton’s made a huge payday too! I’ve been such a fool! You are totally right about everything!!! Said no one to you ever in your lifetime.,except maybe the voices in your head… and I’m done! 👍

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            • I’m not 5. You however have a burning need to prove what a parroting imbecile you really are. You get an A for effort and an F for intellectual content of any post you have made or replied to. You really are that stupid aren’t you? Unbelievable!!! Now shut up and let the adults talk you blithering idiot! I’m sick of your idiotic liberal argument that the sky is falling . The only thing falling is the IQ of anyone unfortunate enough to listen to your paranoia. Shut the hell up ! Your going to need a job one day… this isn’t the way you treat your fellow American, women or anyone else if you EVER want to be take seriously. Your nothing but a childish dumbass with a keyboard. So go away until you can CONTRIBUTE something besides the rhetoric that you have memorized by heart.. idiot.

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    • Trump definitely has some fascist tendencies as do virtually all politicians running for federal office. However, compared to Obama, Clinton and Obama he is Thomas Jefferson to their Benito Mussolini. The left are the ones who consistently advocate for more government control of everything: more control over the economy, rewarding their supporters and punishing their opponents, forcing businesses to act in the best interest of “society” instead of the best interest of the owners, pushing for collective privileges and entitlements ate the expense of individual rights.

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      • But there’s the trap of the ideological worldview, isn’t it ? Thinking that “our” guys are better than “their” guys ensures we fall for the deceptions championed by “our side” (why wouldn’t we, if we believe those are somehow “better”). And insures we won’t hear or think about what “the other side” says (why would we, when we’ve convince ourselves they’re totally evil).

        On Jesus’ say-so, I recommend a determinative worldview of “Truth” and “lies” (John 14:6 and 8:44).

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    • He is not taking a salary. So we are not paying for his personal security or his paycheck. Why should he not pay for his own security? These are people he has employed for however long. He has a relationship and trust built already. You think he should fire them? As far as I know, there is no law or policy that says the president can not have private security. Hell, it isn’t costing us money to pay for his detail.

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      • It is not a matter of can he afford his own security- its why he wants it? Maybe because if the Secret Service witnesses illegal acts, they have to report them. Cheapskate Trump who won’t even pay little girls who sang at his rally does not keep these men on because he is fond of them. That is naive.

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        • I’m pretty sure that he kept his personal security team as a smart man would do going into an obviously aggressive position. He’s not a politician hence the lack of political correctness, he had his own money, fame, and yet he put all of that on the back burner to get America out of the tailspin of destruction it was in. The media, the left, and hired hench men couldn’t stop him from being elected president. Why? Americans that have been lied to, oppressed, victimized and beaten down by the Obama administration and the Democratic party finally realized that he was good at giving speeches.. he was horrible at keeping even 1 promise. I’m sure he enjoyed all the extravagant vacations and golf days! Not everyone can admit that they were wrong.. those are the ones who are the loudest at screaming he’s Hitler. That said.. if you truly believe Obama was the best president ever. See the affordable care act? How we were able to keep our doctors? It was affordable. For as long as it took him to get out of the WH.. and he made his friends very rich! If left to run its course.. by 2018 18!-20 million Americans would be without healthcare.. who is left to clean it up? Trump… so for all of our sakes. Support the person elected to run this country. Not ruin it!

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        • The Secret Service has gone nowhere. Where do you get the idea that they are not involved in security at the WH? Or anywhere else? The fact that Trump kept his security team in place doesn’t mean the SS is gone. They just have extra security is all.

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  4. Interesting article, the validity of you conclusions on Hitler, Lincoln and others leaders mentioned should not be judged on what they had to do to move their country to a better political state, but what their envisioned objective was to preserve their county’s culture or to force cultural changes. I am curious as to what you like America to demographically look like in the future. I could then see better where you are coming from.

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  5. The reason this author can write an article such as this is because we DO have the Hitler role model to look back upon. His references to Lincoln and Churchill were PRE-Hitler, and their actions turned out well. We need to be ever vigilant, as Trump and his minions are doing everything they possibly can to turn the clock back to some very dark days. And…one of the reasons Hitler was successful in his goals was because there was little resistance. Thank goodness, not so now! RESIST!

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      • Interesting that it is the Trump supporters who don’t know fantasy from reality, don’t care enough about any cause to get up off their asses, constantly insult the other side with infantile playroom comments and repeated nonsense and cry and barf all over the place when they think they are being insulted by having the truth thrown at them.

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        • Sorry Earl, you’ve gone completely off the rails now! It’s Obama/Hillary supporters who are rioting, burning businesses, cop cars and beating anyone who dares to voice an opposing point of view, just to name a couple of things they’re guilty of. Sedition…treason…lawlessness on every single level…typical of today’s liberal progressives, NOT “Trump supporters!”

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          • The rioting at UC Berkely and earlier at the “DeploraBall” was conducted by Anarchists, who would consider Obama/Hillary supporters neo-fascists at best. There is enough finger pointing. Sedition and treason have specific definitions and I don’t see the left actually doing any of that. Maybe a little lawlessness, but hey who hasn’t.

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            • Interesting that the conservatives are trying to deflect their black church killings and mosque burning s onto the KKK and NAZI’s. A conservative by any other name…It works both ways. If you stop pretending that anarchist are on the left. I will stop pretending that the KKK and the NAZI’s are on the right. These groups want our democracy to fail. I want our democracy to be an example of what is possible. I believe in civil discourse. Do you?

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        • Democrats and liberals are the epitome of cool, calm and collected.. until they lose. Then they cry, scream, throw up, burn flags, buildings, their own homes… and then blame it on republicans and conservatives.. the hilarity factor is amazing ‘n

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      • This video only serves to divide, it was hardly the state sponsored and hardly the norm. It only serves as red meat for the masses. Let’s move on to actual issues, nothing to see here folks.

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      • Not true. When Obama became president, that is when all these crazy white people showed up with GUNS to protest his presidency, challenge it, and and the tea party was created out of this sense that “our way of (white) life is being threatened…I mean the constitution!

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    • It helps to look at what people are actually DOING. Which side is forming mobs that perpetrate violence against individuals who have made the mistake of wearing a certain hat or wanting to listen to someone give a speech? Maybe we should try to resist that.

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      • Google ANTIFA or Anarchist. You will see what I am talking about. The highest goal of many anarchists is to deny Fascists any platform to sow their ideas at any cost.

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  6. Regie,

    You had me nodding my head vigorously and eager to share this post until you got to the part about Lincoln.

    “Lincoln … imprisoned political opponents without due process. He suspended habeas corpus.”

    Who are you referring to here? The Civil War era featured robust criticism of the president and great success for the opposition party in numerous free and fair elections held during the conflict. Are you talking about Clement Vallandigham? Not jailed. You should read more about what happened there and General Rosecran’s role in causing his ultimate exile. Suspending habeas corpus is in the Constitution for a reason: when the capital is surrounded by enemy forces and undefended some would argue that’s a pretty good time for it. You act like it was arbitrary and unjustified and the truth is more complicated.

    “He was personally responsible for the deaths of six hundred thousand people.”

    Abraham Lincoln is responsible for every death in the Civil War? So FDR is responsible for every American death in World War II and every death Americans caused in the war? This is a strange and severe allocation of responsibility.

    “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.”

    Wrong again, on two counts. First, many of the delegates who attended state secession conventions were elected on platforms of maintaining the Union. In Tennessee, a referendum had declared against convening a secession referendum. The state was effectively captured by its civil government and fused to the Confederacy against the will of the people. Oops!

    Moreover, on the issue of public opinion, the attack on the American flag and American service personnel at Fort Sumter was done because the Confederate Cabinet had been briefed that public opinion had cooled and even Alabama was ready to return to the Union.

    Second, the CSA were not “countries.” The Articles of Confederation were understood to be a “perpetual union.” Name an instance where the Constitution provided less cohesion and durability than the Articles. You can’t. Likewise, the only way a state can leave is by amending the Constitution.

    “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.”

    You just kind of made this one up. The land that became the Nevada Territory was acquired from Mexico when Lincoln was a member of Congress. Nevada may have hastened to statehood to have their opinion count in the 1864 election (kind of an important one, not sure why their participation is seen as a bad thing). A simple consultation of the Electoral College results will show you that Nevada’s didn’t matter.

    “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.”

    So Lincoln did all these awful things but you agree with it? I think this part of an otherwise really strong article would work so much better if you simply focused on the contemporaneous criticism of Lincoln (which was extreme). Better yet, excise him entirely.

    An article that claims to be against hyperbolic and ahistorical comparisons should not mention Lincoln in the same article with any of our modern leaders.

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    • Lincoln is one of my heroes. He did what he had to do to preserve the last, best hope for mankind. I believe sometimes only he, himself knew that. And the fortitude to keep pressing on when the whole world around you thinks you are insane …but YOU know you’re right …is something unique and genius in history. I’m simply painting Lincoln as one of his detractors might …from the surface …without context.

      It’s not always the “how’s,” “whos” and “what’s” that natter. Understanding the “why’s” is the most important part.

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      • Mr. Hamm,

        I very much appreciate your point of view on Mr. Lincoln and your unique perspective on Hitler. Very interesting, and I agree with your personal findings. You may find more support for your thoughts in the book “A First Rate Madness” written by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi. Here is a paragraph from an on-line essay of his. I think you’ll find it fascinating.
        “Many great leaders have been mentally ill, mainly with severe depression and sometimes with mania. This is not an entirely controversial statement. It is generally accepted by historians that Abraham Lincoln had severe depression, and so did Winston Churchill. Both were suicidal at times. Some other figures are less well-known but the documentary evidence is relatively strong: General William Sherman was removed from command because of concerns that he was insane. He appeared, in retrospect, to have experienced a manic episode with paranoid delusions; he also had,throughout his life, episodes of severe depression, along with occasional suicidal thoughts. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King both made suicide attempts in adolescence, and each had at least two severe depressive episodes in their lifetimes. ”
        None of those are the issues ascribed to our President at this time, but he is definitely being judged as somewhat crazy. While this book was written long before Mr. Trump was even on the political radar, I think it speaks very well to his ability to run our country in this time of crisis. I have been trying to get people to read it and broadcast the parallels, but have not been able to convince very many so far. Please read it, and let me know your thoughts.

        Thank you, and keep writing.
        Sincerely, Cindy Rea

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  7. Very well written treatise. The problem we have today is that it is hard for some people to shake the last eight years of Obamaism. These same people cannot comprehend the concept of progression and leadership. Something we haven’t had since President Carter took office.
    Suddenly America has a different set of morals brought on by the news and social media that we must contend with.
    I agree that America could never have “Hitler” for a leader, but the left side of Congress, the Democratic Party, and the leftist supporters have been building (for the last eight years) socialist country far worse than the Eastern Communist Bloc countries fought for years to tear down.
    The bricks of the checks and balances wall will endure the test of time and strife as they have since the wall was erected.

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    • Most of Western Europe is socialist, Japan is socialist, Canada is socialist, Mexico is socialist….Really not the worst thing. The eastern European Communist bloc (which no longer exists) is still socialist. What we need to avoid is a totalitarian regime of any stripe (either left or right). Did Trump not get inaugurated , of course he did. Are the Democrats going to use all the legal tools they have to stop Trumps policies: Of course they are (and that includes peaceful protests and the court system). Morals are debatable in this country, and half the point of our Constitution is to make the debate civil. Lets just go with the Constitution.

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  8. A few problems with this article…1) WE are creating many of the refugees…so when he says talk to the person creating the refugees, that is us. 2) tRump/Bannon are implementing strategies similar to Hitler’s. Of course it’s not exactly the same, but the number of parallels is alarming. Given that Hitler’s speeches are tRump’s favorite bed time reading, and Bannon is a white nationalist, I’d say that the person whop wrote this article is in massive denial.

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    • The civil war in Syria, and ISIS in Iraq and and throughout the Middle East and North Africa are creating the refugees. What strategies similar to Hitler’s are they implementing? What parallels are alarming? Lower tax rates? Reduced regulations? Improved border security and enforcement of existing laws?

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      • I think you are not paying attention. The creation of chaos, the dissing of the press and attempts to undermine the free press, the implementation of religious litmus tests for immigrants, the elevation of white supremacists within the government, they are moving to ban abortion and contraception, and all the lies about who has committed what acts of terrorism in the US and other lies, the profiteering tRump is engaged in using his job as a way to illegally funnel money to his private holdings…these are just a few of the things that nazis did that the Bannon/tRump administration is doing.

        The US has killed over 4 million muslims in the last 16 years by bombing their countries…yeah we are creating refugees. It seems that you are attempting, like the author of this piece, to normalize fascism. Sorry, it isn’t going to happen. The push back is on and growing.

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    • Hang on. How are WE creating refugees? When Trump starts rounding you up for the camps, then we can worry about him being Hitler. Until then, Hitler is 6 million Jews up on Hitler. Although it is interesting to note that our country itself has killed more people than Hitler ever did, over 58 million, through abortion.

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      • The minute he tried to put a creationist in schools. The minute he has put Bannon, and known lunatic in power. The minute he wants to abolish gay marriage (I’m not gay), the minute he wants to abolish the Johnson amendment, the minute he wants to spend BILLIONS on a stupid wall that any cartel can render useless with a damn tunnel, the minute he calls latin american people rapists.

        I could go on.

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        • The minute you need to take to get your facts straight.. or several hours! And why are you sensitive about being thought of as gay? You support gay rights. You are the poster child for the past 8 years! It’s funny. You know nothing but what the media tells you. You repeat word for word what you hear and never look up to see the other side of the coin. Blind faith is a cold one when it leaves you with nothing but lies, half truths and when the veil drops… so does your pedestal. Try talking to real people and not getting your ass handed to you. I’ve been here for several presidencies. the Truly horrible ones are revealed in the end for the things that they were party to… Obama is going to be the biggest in history.. and an entire generation fell for it. Sad little fact of life..

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  9. You pretty much lose all credibility when you make ridiculous claims that Hitler nationalised healthcare and education, and disarmed the population.

    This is just more alternative facts, written to claim that Hitler somehow bears more resemblance to the Democrats than to Trump.

    So basically you’re a liar, and your attempts to draw away attention from the very real similarities between Hitler and Trump, are clearly not a good faith discussion.

    Mind you, there are frightening similarities, but there are a lot of differences as well.

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    • Well – Dude, Hitler DOES – if one wants to compare! Consider: the Dems want to disarm the people; they expect the govt. to take care of healthcare and education – even to the extent of defending a public school system with one of the lowest achievement levels in the world; but if you really understand the young man’s treatise here, he DID emphasize several times that a Hitler could not possibly come out of our system, an assertion from which only a sensationalist could conclude that he’s comparing Hitler to the Dems. But chill, Dude; Hitler didn’t bear THAT much resemblance to the Dems – after all, he returned Germany and its lands lost in the First World War to Germans, and jobs to Germans, and welcomed only the well educated and those with work skills: NOT what the Dems want to do! And you close YOUR piece by comparing Trump -whose daughter married a Jew- to Hitler; I think Adolph would be apart from that parallel, and when you make such comparisons, give EXAMPLES! Didn’t you learn this in composition classes in high school or college? Methinks you need a course in the theory of national socialism.

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    • You have some googling to do my friend. The Nazis were in fact the creators of nationalized healthcare. No one who supports nationalized healthcare is going to want to admit this but it is in fact 100% true.

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    • Just because someone wants to nationalize healthcare doesn’t make them Nazis.

      My only point in the piece is that we often try to overlay our own political bias on top of NAZIS. But does anyone in their right mind believe that Trump or Obama or Bush or any American president wants to commit genocide or conquer the world by force?

      All I have said in this piece is find a different comparison. Trump has a basket full of issues. But I don’t believe he’s killed any political opponents so far. By the time Hitler had been in office for two weeks he’d killed several along the way.

      Hitler is his own can of worms. Let’s not constantly open it to discredit our modern political opponents.

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  10. A very articulate piece – your father gave you much. When I hear Hitler nonsense about Trump and the oft-used “Nazi” label assigned to him early in the campaign , I just ask the snowflake or millennial crybaby or older Woodstock refugee-hippie who is glibly and ignorantly throwing the term around what self-respecting Nazi would permit his daughter to marry a Jew; usually they say no more – perhaps because a little light comes on in their video-tired brain and they realize they really don’t understand what a Nazi is nor what Hitler really was – as you illustrate here. Thanks!

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    • I would agree that Trump is not a NAZI. But I can easily argue that he is a fascist. Given the definition of fascism: as the merger of the corporate and the state power. Just look at his appointees…he loves billionaire business guys. He wants to gt rid of Dodd-Frank. He believes in “Right to Work” laws. He wants to get rid all that troublesome regulation that costs business money. He wants to run the country more like a business. (or is it the other way round) Mussolini was a fascist…he didn’t hate the Jews(until he was forced to by Hitler). Franco was a fascist, but he did not go out of his way to kill the Jews. Hell the Israelis aligned themselves with the Christian Phalangist in Lebanon and let them do the dirty work.
      On the other hand you could argue that Hillary Clinton is fascist too. Oh damn…I have painted myself into a corner.
      I think we all need to be careful about what we label people. Crybaby’s, Snowflakes, Woodstock refugees and Nazi’s are all labels that have little use in civil discourse.

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  11. So, you’re telling me that someone is being compared to Hitler? On the Internet?

    How can this be?!?

    You must invent a time machine, Mr Hamm. (Being a musician, I recommend you build it out of a Hammond B3 organ, a Theramin, and a Marshall stack.) Then you must use that time-machine to go back to 1989 and alert the world to this appalling form of rhetorical malpractice.

    (As undeniably tempting as it may be, you must resist the urge to attempt to go back in time and actually kill Hitler. Any fan of Doctor Who will tell you, Hitler’s death is a fixed point in time. You will be crushed by the the Timey-Wimey Ball before you can even try to kill Hitler. Although you could get away with punching him, if you saw fit.)

    So (after punching Hitler) you must go back to 1989, because in 1990 a fellow named Godwin will have already described this phenomenon and it will go down in history as Godwin’s Law:

    “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.”

    If you can beat Godwin to the punch, history will instead remember this as Hamm’s Law:

    “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1… and while I’m on the subject, remember that Donald Trump is not Hitler. So, don’t compare Donald Trump to Hitler, okay?”

    Sure, it will be weird for the first… twenty six years… but when Trump is elected in 2016 you will be hailed as a visionary. And also, anonymous trolls on the Internet will know better than to do to Trump what they do to… pretty much everyone else in every online platform ever.

    Congratulations, you’ve just brilliantly destroyed a strawman that was so common and so trite for so long that it was actually obliterated over a quarter of a century ago.

    Tell me, what is your position on Milli Vanilli? Will their music stand the test of time?

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  12. My mother was a Lebensborn child. She suffered throughout her life because of this. It scarred her for life and had a tragic impact on not only her but her children too. I have her diary and pictures of her in what I always referred to as “the breeding camp.” So when people refer to people as being Nazi’s so freely I know that they “KNOW NOT WHAT THEY SPEAK ABOUT.” Come take a walk in my childhood and listen to the grief that it left my mother. Yep, it is insulting to those who truly suffered under Hitler and they weren’t all Jews. Hitler practiced gassing the German people before he started on the Jews. The ironic thing about it is that the woman Hitler made my mother into would have been gassed in Hitler’s Germany.

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  13. I do agree – Hitler and his commie buddies, in hell , have raised the bar almost impossibly high for the normal, everyday, despot to pass.

    The bad news is that there a lot (I do mean a lot) of people like – Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Bormann, Speer, Ribbentrop, etc … that are waiting/acting in the wings … and the bar isn’t as nearly high.

    BTW: Tell your father “good job”.

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  14. This is garbage with some truths and a lot of slanted truths. The entire purpose of this shit is for Trump lovers to justify their existence. The true comparison is in the methods and personalities of the 2 “men”. They are almost alike, and look at how much has happened in 14 days. What do you have to see in order to believe that Trump will far surpass the evils of Hitler if he gets time?

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        • Earl, I think you are hallucinating in the direction of a very dark path. I don’t know you, so I can’t tell if you are trolling or actually believe what you wrote above. I hope it’s the former.

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        • Earl, please get you caregiver and have them adjust your meds. Reagan was Hitler, Bush I was Hitler, Bush II was Hitler, Dole, McCain, Romney, and now bush is Hitler. Fascism is a version of socialism, the closest American equivalent is Progressivism. Look to your favorite politicians if you want to see someone who would act evena little bit like Hitler. Or better yet, look in the mirror, as it is obvious you are projecting your own deepest desires onto Trump and anyone else you disagree with.

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    • I’m not sure why you are still trolling these comments. You lost all credibility when you said “No, the situation is like Hitler and Germany in ALMOST EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE WAY.”. It’s glaringly obvious you are a left wing troll who is under Democratic mind control.

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  15. It’s a bit hard for me to get past the claim that your father is an expert on Hitler’s Germany because he toured it as a child performer….

    My father is an expert on it because he was born into it and grew up in it. His father raised five children in Hitler’s Germany and during the height of it he risked everything to smuggle food, letters and people in and out of the local concentration camp. The camp prisoners were so grateful that once liberated, they actually stuck around just to form a protection detail to guard his house so that avenging werewolves wouldn’t kill him. I don’t think anyone who didn’t live through it as a German can really have any clue. Even among those Germans who did suffer through it, so very few actually actively resisted. So many more were complicit and even more were simply ignorant dupes.

    The American Left’s use of Hitler to demonize their opponents is deeply offensive to me on so many levels. First and foremost Hitler was one of them, a socialist. But beyond that, their cavalier distortions of both history and present policy is beyond despicable. It is the lowest and dirtiest form of scumbag manipulativeness. It should be criminal.

    America is in danger of becoming something worse than Hitler’s Germany not because some principled Christian Conservatives give a damn but because of the Left’s pernicious and obtuse will to repeat the mistakes of history, pretending stupidly that Socialism isn’t actually responsible for more slaughter and oppression in one century than all other governing theories combined throughout all the rest of human history. That and the fact that the vast majority of Americans are ignorant of history themselves and unmotivated to consider anything more weighty than the latest trending celebrity gossip.

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  16. Very, very good. THANK YOU.
    From the comments section I can see that many didn’t ‘get’ what you are/were saying, sadly. I’ve been fighting with myself, especially since Trump’s election, of whether I should throw MY 10 cents in ( inflation). My grandmother smuggled people out of Germany with a kind of unspoken “underground liberation group” similar to the ‘railroad’ blacks had here. My father grew up in those days, he was 5 when Hitler came to power. He was a history ‘obsessed’ human similar to your father, I grew up being spoonfed the facts about the Hitler days, about Nazis, about the suffering of the civilians, regardless of their religion. We lost many family members, because they dared defy but didn’t do it secretely enough NOT to be ratted out.
    It takes interest, energy, time and a real desire to investigate to learn who Hitler was, what happened, how it happened, and what Nazis REALLY are/were.
    Only very few in this country care to invest that time,interest and energy.
    Much easier to parrot, label , accuse and detest without all that cumbersome knowledge. (yes, sarcasm. ““I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood.”
    ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye)

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  17. That Hitler started exterminating the infirm is totally true. Mom’s cousin was born with hydroencephalitis and was cared for by his devted grandmother. He was 5 and aside from his condition, was in good health. A doctor with some sort of police came to the door and told my grandmother that he was taking the child to the hospital for tests. He died shortly after going into the “hospital.” No explanations, just your little boy died. Mom’s grandmother was devastated by this. There is a village tucked away in the south of Germany, Uberlingen, where many little people fled to and were kept safe. My friend and I were struck by the many little people we saw while passing through. Mom explained why there were such numbers in one town, of course today they can go where they please, but my guess is that their children are happy living there.

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  18. I recognize the appeal to authority there, but my son looks about the same age and his dad, me, has studied National Socialism for clues to the war since 1984. I voted against The GO-Pee and Dem candidates, but my focus is not on the personalities but the ideologies in the platforms, laws and writings. National Socialism was a Christian Socialist collectivist uprising against war preparations. Their scapegoat choice was ethical in orientation, on the belief that extirpation/extermination was needed to make the world safe for altruism, an innate virtue in goodthinkful races. Papering this over with distractions imports the risk of history rhyming again, which we can see. Google Trump Christ or positive Christianity and you’ll see what Germans saw in 1932. nobeliefs.com is packed with photos of Positive Christianity. Consider, for extra credit: what was the main economic cause of the Balkan Wars that escalated into WWI?

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  19. An interesting analysis. But one which I think misses the Most Important point, which is that Hitler was able to garner the support of the most extreme/violent in society even while appearing fairly benign to most, in large part by manipulating “news”, by creating an alternate reality, (alternate facts if you will). By the time those most realized what he was doing it was too late to stop the train.

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  20. I found your article interesting and shared it with friends of ours who’s father was a Holocaust survivor and this was her reply.

    Interesting read. I think the flaw in this argument is the idea that history repeats itself exactly. It does not. There will never be another Hitler, there will never be another Stalin or Mussolini or Churchill or Lincoln. The notion that we are looking for someone to rise under the same circumstance and with the same rhetoric is exactly what keeps us unaware that history is actually repeating. I would say that we should not be looking for similarities in leaders, or even in governments, but instead in suffering. When the history of totalitarianism repeats itself the one constant is the suffering of people.

    I think we should look at how our current leader considers the suffering of his own people and those of the world. Does it seem that he gives pause for the vulnerable of our society? He mocked a disabled man, he mocked a captured war veteran, he mocked a deceased soldier’s family, his choice for Secretary of Education is completely unversed in the basic tenets of modern education including the IDEA act (which provides for free public education for those with disabilities), the list goes on and on. And then, we can take a look at the compassion he has for those suffering around the world. Whether you think that we need to ban refugees for our safety (the phrase itself is pretty disgraceful “ban refugees”, seriously), our current president has not expressed even the slightest bit of HUMAN concern for their suffering. Nothing. Not even a “Well, I know that things are really really bad for them. Sad. But I don’t want ’em here” tweet.
    Then, we can look at actual similarities between our current leader and totalitarian regimes. His constant invocation of ‘law and order’ to save us from our gang-ridden burning cities (I happen to live right in the middle of ‘gangland’ and I’ll tell ya, I feel pretty safe, I don’t even lock my car on a regular basis), his berating of the media, his own media personalities Spicer and Conway and the constant unabashed lying, his firing of the acting attorney general not because she failed to do her job in any capacity but because she failed to follow his orders, etc etc etc.

    And so, are we looking at another Hilter? No.
    But we are looking at the first Trump. And it doesn’t look great.

    – Kiki Stash

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    • I stopped at:

      “He mocked a disabled man, he mocked a captured war veteran, he mocked a deceased soldier’s family,”

      In a perfect demonstration of fairness and equality he COUNTER attacked a disabled person in EXACTLY the same way as he COUNTER attacks others who are flailing around looking for something concrete to attack him for, and in a way that bore NO relation to his disability!

      He (shock, horror) COUNTER attacked a competing politician.

      And he COUNTER attacked a man who chose to stand up on a national political platform in the full glare of the cameras and tried to use his oppressed wife and hero son as sword and shield in his attack on Trump!

      Do people have NOTHING solid to attack this guy with?!

      This is as bad as the pussy attack (substitute Mandela, Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama into actual factual reports of the discuss and see what it “proves”!)!

      Is it any wonder he won the election (and, no there hasn’t even been a popular vote campaign yet, never mind a popular vote)?!

      If this kind of attack is the best his opposition can come up with he would have won against a decent candidate never mind Clinton!

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  21. hitler wasnt hitler till he was hitler
    the world ignored the signs till it was too late
    1. trump has a private security force
    2. trump has demeaned the courts and does not believe in 3 equal branches
    3. trump has a propaganda force that creates “alternate facts”
    4. trump has demonized groups based on their race and ethnicity
    5. trump has called on supporters to do violence
    6. “america first” was first used by american nazis in the 30s
    there are many more examples
    he who does not learn from the past is condemned to repeat it

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  22. This is pretty good and I mostly agree with it excpet this. “He was personally responsible for the deaths of six hundred thousand people.”

    Wrong. Sherman wanted permission to exterminate every “man, woman, child, and dog in the south as they weren’t even human.” He wanted to do it by any means possible and that included burning elderly people out of their homes in the freezing winter so they would die of exposure (I’ve read letters by Union soldiers describing it and how horrible it was), and totally destroying all food supplies to starve the civilians and soldiers alike. Over 600,000 soldiers died. Over 300,000 civilians died and no one ever counts that cost in Lincoln’s war. Lincoln didn’t care about freeing the slaves and said so. The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in contested areas, the south. Why he is romanticized so I will never know.

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    • To help prevent Trump heading in the directions he wants to, it would be more helpful to stick to facts rather than sinking to his level using unproven writings from many years ago. Religious books were written and modified to serve unscrupulous people-controllers in the days of the writings, edits and selective translations. That was a slower version of what is happening now with all kinds of information in the internet age.

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  23. I am ill – as is the United States is right now. When I mention what is wrong with myself, there is always someone who doesn’t want to hear it… They say “there are people far worse off than you are, you should count yourself lucky and shut up”

    Such a response as this misses the point entirely. America has been pre-conditioned to not understand, strongly dislike and fear many other nations by many leaders in the past and Trump is using that in built HATE FOR other people, IN the subjects he has inherited, to sway public opinion in his favour using the largest and most sophisticated propaganda machine ever used on earth.

    His methods have already triggered one terrorist act that I know of, by a 27 year old white supremacist who is a student in Canada. He killed 6 and injured 17 more, in a mosque. The hate is strong and being made much stronger all of a sudden by Trump and his psychometrics methods that he funds directly.

    He is even turning his own people on one another, laying the groundwork for ridding the country of people who’s money he cannot get with his personal business interests.

    He himself is not Hitler, Khan, Musselini, some Viking leader or other, he is Trump. His name is already in history and more books will be written about him. People will study him as they do other evil leaders. The president is setting a precedent of what will not be allowed to happen in the future. The invasive technology that he is using was not a fair method to get elected and there should be a legislation preventing his use of everybody’s personal information and digital habits to influence them immorality, and when enough people catch on, illegally.

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  24. I’m guilty of this line of thinking too, as are a lot of Americans.  Some counterpoints, however: 

    Trump’s political (and business) career has been economically and legally just as violent as Hitler’s rise to power.  He has the love of the alt-right  (many of whom are legal gun owners *and* can we please call a spade a spade?  They’re racists and bigots and fascists, stop legitimizing them by using their word!) who are not really afraid to “read the signs” from Trump and end up carrying out a pogrom because their “people’s man” told them to.  He’s appointed a civilian to the NSC and given him a voting seat, which is completely unprecedented and, frankly, dangerous for everyone on the planet that isn’t white, rich, and straight, given what that civilian’s worldview is.  Trump also mentions “loyalty” a lot, which is a concept I’m sure he wouldn’t understand if it literally dressed up as his daughter and stripped in front of him, given his decision to destroy the clean drinking water sources and hunting grounds and streams of many of the people who elected him in the first place.  I’ve a strong feeling his concept of loyalty can be measured in dollar signs.

    On the other hand, there would probably be mass riots if he tried to disarm the population, and a socialized healthcare system is something I just can’t see Trump’s masters whispering in his ear.

    Just some stuff to think about.

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  25. No two ‘monsters’ in history have been the same. But I do believe he is dangerous in ways that the USA still has to work out.

    Favouring big business connections in government posts that should be looking after citizens interests seems to be pushing the ‘oligarchy’ agenda.

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  26. Well, that was an interesting read for sure. It is also filled with a lot of inaccuracies and misunderstandings of why the current comparisons are being drawn between Trump and Hitler. The comparisons made are generally from both a psychological assessment level, that of the overall political climate, and the methodology that Trump uses to stir support. The author of this blog fails to grasp this as he more or less blunders his way through his post drawing upon very specific (and inaccurate) parallels between the Nazi parties tactics to seize control of Germany in a violent coup d’etat and a legal election. Trump has been a democratically elected leader so a good chunk of his “points” are irrelevant. Not to mention, some of his points are completely erroneous to the comparison at hand (Fundamental point #4). Also, trying to establish his credibility because his Dads self professed obsession with Nazi Germany and he learned through “osmosis” is pretty funny.

    Onward to my point. The reason why Trump has parallels drawn between him and Hitler is that they have both been psychiatrically analyzed by professionals and share a prognosis of narcissistic personality disorder (Dr. Bilal Ghandour – Shrinktank, Dr. Dave Verhaagen) based on their actions. Hitler was deemed to have psychopathic narcissism (not a sociopath) with other psychological ailments such as OCD (Dr. Stephen A. Diamond – Psychology Today). When you combine that with their general rhetoric of applauding the use of violence to intimidate your opposition, use peoples’ general ignorance and fear to create hysteria, bully people with opposing views, and creating a language of racial intolerance and division that your platform is based on well…expect to be compared to one of 1900 centuries famous tyrants for using the exact same tactics.

    Also, I find it very interesting that this obvious supporter of Trump attempts to demonize Bernie Sanders (a staunch supporter of Canadian style social democracy) by using phrases like “then nationalized healthcare and education. (Two-out-of-three of those are Bernie Sanders moves…)” when Trump himself has stated he wants to repeal Obamacare and nationalize health care under a universal healthcare system (60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley).

    Lastly, comparing Lincoln to Hitler and Trump to Churchill shows a painfully obvious misunderstanding of the people he draws comparatives too. Churchill was most definitely a gruff and difficult man to deal with, hence his nickname of “The British Bulldog”, but Churchill was groomed, from childhood, to be a politician and had a history of military service that created that no nonsense persona. Who knows, maybe he thought it was a clever analogy because they both come from wealthy backgrounds. Bottom line, this guy has absolutely no clue what he is talking about and hasn’t read history to draw on to make a sound argument.

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  27. Hi WWII historian here. And while you can agree or not agree about parallels to Hitler, I’m here to simply comment of your facts about Hitler, his rise and his action. You are factual 100% wrong about nearly all of that. A few examples The weimar republic did have enumerated powers and checks and balances between the president the chancellor and the reichstag. The SS was formed after he became chancellor in 34 and was not militeratied until 1937. You facts are bad, you can draw what ever conclusion you want about what ever politicien but your working background of 1930’s and 40’s germany is awful and you should really read more books yourself rather than rely on Osmosis

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  28. First, I am glad your dad was able to tour Germany following WWII. Most of my family was either walking along side or riding on a tank through France and Germany. Including, a family friend who won the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    1.) The reason Germany was a failing state is several fold:
    a.) They were sucked into WWI by Austria following the assassination of Franz Ferdinand.
    b.) By most accounts, Germany would have won WWI if it weren’t for the US involvement.
    c.) The US (especially Woodrow Wilson) did not handle the end of WWI well and allowed
    countries such as England and France to force Germany to pay for the war. This led
    Germany into a depression.
    d.) Many Germans believed that many “outsiders” were the cause of their financial issues.

    2.) Violence and campaign. While, there is no doubt Hiltler’s campaign was physically violent, so are most coups. Trumps campaign was extremely violent and at time he incited the violence.

    3.) Trump has had body guards most of his life. Besides, he is one of the one percenters. Money is often much more powerful than a militia.

    4.) Jews have been persecuted for many things through out time (including the black death). Probably the largest reason for Hitler killing Jews was because he needed their possession to fund the war and he did not want them fighting against him so the best solution is to kill them. Trumps has made fun of handicapped people and under his healthcare plan a portion of the population will not be privy to the best healthcare.

    5.) The US will not disarm its population because it can’t but what they have been doing and will continue to due is make ammunition difficult to obtain and expensive. The government buying large sums of ammo (for what?). The government is also making it difficult to purchase some medications including certain antibiotics.

    So. anyone can slant history in their favor but the fact is so far Trump is acting as a dictator and if he really does believe Putin is okay we are in trouble!

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  29. Because the people protesting, and their ilk, want a Democracy; and know that as long as our Republic stands that will not happen.

    We are literally at war in our country trying to defeat the Progressive Socialist Democrats and their ilk.

    These people follow this ideology and pray at the altar of those who also champion Socialism, Marxism and Communism.

    It’s time for the Conservatives in the United States of America to wake up and understand that this movement has moved the United States of America closer to this change be damned our Constitution. Be vocal about these people and their movement. They are the Progressives (Republican and Democrat), Socialists, Marxists, and Communists who inhabit our nation.

    I firmly believe the conservative media needs to be discussing this with all their readers, it is and has been the primary reason our colleges, universities and now our public schools have been taken over by the ideologists who have been indoctrinated in this ideology and preaching it to our young and old across our nation for over 50 years.

    My military leadership instructor once said “to defeat your enemy you first have to know who they are and how they think are”.

    According to Saul David Alinsky in his “Rules for Radicals”, “How to Create a Socialist State,” There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you can create a socialist state.

    The first of these are the most important:

    1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people.

    2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible. Poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

    3) Debt – Increase debt to an unsustainable level. That way you will be able to increase taxes – and this will produce more poverty.

    4) Gun Control – Remove the ability for citizens to defend themselves from the government. That way you will be able to create a police state.

    5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (food, housing, and income).

    6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

    7) Religion – Remove belief in the God from the government and schools.

    8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    Does any of this sound like what has happed in the United States of America?

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    • Those comments are kinda silly actually… Denmark is a great example of why most of your bullet points are poorly qualified (although the Danes are anything but poor). Other countries are free and socialized as well. I’m all for Capitalism, but your list reads more like a boogy man scare tract.

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      • You can’t be free AND socialised!

        Look at Sweden. I’ve recently read an article o rioting against the police and an attack on “citizens”.

        While the native Swede who attacked “citizens” had his full name and age published the only clue as to the rioters identities (none of whom were arrested) was a mention of the fact that the area where the riots occurred was the most segregated in Sweden and a quote that the “locals” didn’t want police in the area.

        Apparently it’s quite common for people who disagree with government “policies”, even anonymously, on social media, to be outed, attacked by the press, and driven out of their jobs, especially if they are in the public sector.

        In Germany neither the police, nor the press, mentioned the widespread new Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne and many other cities until long after they had been reported on social media abroad, and even then the police downplayed the extent and sriousness on government orders.

        And apparently the Swedish authorities have been sitting on news of similar scandals for years.

        The Dutch (and British, and several other “socialised” countries) even go so far as arresting politicians for not being “centre” enough – though that only works one way, and they seem to have moved the centre a long way.

        And I don’t think your Danes differ much from those examples!

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  30. Very good article. Completely agree that Trump is not Hitler, not even close. However, I don’t agree that “it can’t happen here.” It’s a comforting thought, but not accurate. Venezuela is a great example. Once a popularly elected authoritarian filled the courts with his partisans, it was game over. The same here. If an “activist” (read “political crony”) declared the 2 nd Amendment meant that only a government militia had the right to bear arms, what is the immediate recourse? What if such a court declared that equal treatment under the law trumped the free exercise of religion, as they were close to doing under Obama? What if executive orders are ruled to have the force of legislative law?

    No, it CAN happen here. That’s why the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

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