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Who Says It Can't Happen Here?

We have endured 40 years of creeping authoritarianism and it now appears that it may run right over democracy. We must resist and act in solidarity.
to read Harvey Kaye's article published on February 28, 2017 on Common Dreams, click on
 http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/02/28/who-says-it-cant-happen-here

Donald Trump's candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of a fascist-tinged authoritarian regime over liberal democracy. It's a fear Sinclair Lewis turned into a 1935 bestselling novel, It Can't Happen Here although, as Lewis told it, it sure as hell could happen here.

It did not happen, however. Not then, at least. Electing Franklin Roosevelt as president and taking up the labors of the New Deal, our parents and grandparents not only rejected the sirens of authoritarianism, they actually extended and deepened American freedom, equality and democracy. They subjected big business to public account and regulation; expanded the nation's public infrastructure and improved the environment; empowered the federal government to address the needs of working people and the poor; mobilized farmers' organizations, labor unions, consumer campaigns and civil rights groups and fought for their rights, broadening the "We" in "We the People."

Harvey J. Kaye is professor of democracy and justice studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the author of the newly published "The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great" (Simon & Schuster). Follow him on Twitter: @harveyjkaye

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"since the Great Depression" ?? wtf 05.Mar.2017 11:26

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any American with their head screwed on correctly,

became fully aware of the Corporate Capitalist Plutocracy as of the so-called 'election' (actually was an appointment/installation by SCOTUS) of November-December 2000, and subsequent 11 September 2001 events, illegal invasion and military occupation of Afghanistan, the 2002 Iraq war illegal invasion vote by Congress and follow up spring 2003 illegal invasion and military occupation of that country.


oh and not to mention the 2004 presidential election between two Skull & Bones 'opponents'.


why is Common Dreams 'suddenly' so interested in "Great Depression" analogies?

Fear-mongering and accusing Obama of wiretapping to divert attention 05.Mar.2017 11:57

marc

We have to learn to speak positively and to commend our brother history professor Harvey Kaye!

FYI:
In case anyone got overly sidetracked by the Russian spy drama, the following bills HAVE been introduced:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion ("Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act")
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

Soros Attacks Trump Via The ACLU! 09.Mar.2017 20:27

blues

I have discovered that the Deep State's security/media apparatus' virtually global all-out assault on Trump is generally not denied even by many of the people who really hate Trump.

The people can actually see that they are being cynically indoctrinated in real time. This in itself could turn out to be the most significant event since 9/11.

They pretend to despise Trump because they can't deal with the fact that they temporarily lost control of the American public. The Deep State Media is constantly attacking Trump, while conveniently ignoring the Deep State itself, which generally rules us.

I am not a Trump supporter, but this is just insane! How far can this insanity go?

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ZeroHedge.com -- ACLU Actively Assisting With Soros-Driven Protest Organization After Accepting Funds From The Open Society Institute -- Mar 6, 2017
 link to www.zerohedge.com

Startling developments have revealed that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has moved beyond their original charter as a legal advocate for individual rights under the Constitution to actively taking a hand in training and organizing protest groups throughout the country. Their shift in focus came just over a month after reports emerged that George Soros was sinking tens of millions into the group through his affiliated organizations. Articles prominently featured by the ACLU announcing the shift towards actively organizing anti-government protests are authored by a former employee of Soros-funded groups. The startling shift indicates that the ACLU has decided to participate in Soros driven protest movements with the goal of subverting American democracy and driving regime change in the United States.

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The ACLU itself has received massive amounts of funding from George Soros. A February 6th, 2017 article from Zerohedge cited research from LifeZette and the Capital Research Center indicating that Soros's Open Society Institute has sunk over $35 million into the ACLU alone and millions more to other liberal organizations directly involved in filing lawsuits against various policies of Donald Trump all around the country. The massive donation drive is part of Soros' overall effort to "reshape the American justice system" by buying district attorneys in races across the country.
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Check out:

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ACLU / People Power -- Join People Power
 https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/join?source=root

On March 11, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. This event will launch People Power, the ACLU's new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country and take the fight against Donald Trump's policies not just into the courts, but into the streets. We're organizing grassroots events in communities across the country to watch the livestream together. Please join us!

Sign up to learn more about People Power and the Resistance Training livestream on March 11 at 5pm ET. We'll follow up with you about opportunities to volunteer and attend events near you.
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So. George Soros gives the ACLU $35 million and they promptly "take the fight against Donald Trump's policies not just into the courts, but into the streets". Of course, if they dispose of Trump, we get -- Mike Pence as president. He would be so much better? Consider:

Vice President Mike Pence voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution, which called for the use of military force in Iraq.

Pence went on a widely condemned trip with Senator John McCain to Iraq in 2007.

In a 2002 statement on the floor of the House of Representatives (reported in the Congressional Record), Pence told his colleagues "... I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe."

"[Indiana governor] Mike Pence's time in office has been so toxic that Hoosier Republicans are publicly begging Donald Trump to save their party," [by getting him out of Indiana] said Drew Anderson, [Indiana Democratic] communications director.

Barack Obama was the last president 21.Mar.2017 12:25

gwai lo

Way to go Americans!
Thanks to Dictator Trump, the White House is a country club for the wealthy, and Trump has made the USA the laughing stock of the world.

Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk 21.Mar.2017 12:28

gwai lo

The Stooges have taken over the White House.
Trump = Larry
Pence = Curly
Sessions = Shemp
Bannon = Moe