CAN HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
Robert V. Wills
Unless the Democratic party can accomplish impeachment or come up with a more appealing candidate next year, we run the risk of repeating the ugly scenario of the 1930’s Third Reich.
No one under 90 personally remembers how a charismatic house painter hypnotized a great country by slogans, racism, doublespeak, and war on the press, the courts, and the intelligentsia. But I do, and I am astounded that this America is as vulnerable to an unhinged, unprincipled, demagogue as it has proven to be. And very worried, because as evil as Trump is, he is also a clever showman and charlatan when dealing with uneducated and worried segments of the United States.
It’s no coincidence that Trump admires only dictators and hates the press. He is truly a dictator-in-training.
Rick Steves of PBS Travel has seen the ugly trend and produced a DVD titled, “The Story of Fascism in Europe,” describing the rise of the Third Reich from start to finish. I recommend that sooner or later every reader of this blog see that DVD. It plays often on KCET and lasts only one hour.