This is not normal. Keep repeating. This is not normal. We are in a fog. Every day is a “whatever.” Trump is incompetent and dangerous. Can you say that. Surrounding himself with a rogues gallery. Or is this the ultimate plan. See … government really is incompetent, so we must replace it with “something new.” Drain the swamp. Hardly. You have mucked it up more.
In 1932 this is how it quickly unfolded. An aging and ailing Paul Hindenburg, a WWI hero, amplified the end of the Weimar Republic.
In a series of complicated negotiations, ex-Chancellor Franz von Papen, backed by prominent German businessmen and the conservative German National People’s Party (DNVP), convinced Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor, with the understanding that von Papen as vice-chancellor and other non-Nazis in key government positions would contain and temper Hitler’s more brutal tendencies.
Dan Rather has also weighed in with similar ominous warnings:
Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.
Now watch this one segment of Keith Olbermann, today’s featured lone voice in the wilderness. The voice of righteous indignation that no network can tolerate. Because it would scare away venerated sponsors and advertisers. Where is the loyal opposition?