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The Worst Is Yet To Come – Very Soon
Jack Altschuler - JaxPolitix - 15 November 2020
Late Addition
The “Million MAGA March” has concluded with great bluster, chest thumping, hate
spewing and the absolute rejection of all facts that don’t comport with
demonstrators’ predetermined beliefs and conclusions. It was something of a “Yea
for us, we’re so so tough and so powerful and so right” celebration of self. If it
looked to you like something from another world, it’s because it is. Traditionally,
America hasn’t looked like that.
In the run up to the November 3 election I wrote a satire about how to deal with
the people harboring denial of reality, rage and that barely disguised threat of
violence that lurks ever-present and is always trolling for a target. But as we go
farther through the looking glass I’m beginning to think that the satire is less
satire and more sense. I recommend to you a review of that piece. Meanwhile, all
that MAGA muscle flexing will pair perfectly with what Der Trump likely has in
Times, WaPo, WSJ and others, stop wasting time on Trump’s voting fraud distraction.
Focus on identifying the outrage he’s planning for January 20.
page 1Trump has once again managed to distract the world with his baseless claims of
voter fraud. He did it after the losses he sustained in primaries in 2016. He did it
after the drubbing he took in the 2018 mid-term election. Now he’s doing it
following the repudiation of him in the 2020 election. We’ve seen this movie and,
frankly, it’s boring.
So why in the world should we chase down yet more of his bright shiny object lies?
Doing so is far worse than a waste of time.
It’s an abdication of our responsibility to get ahead of and stop his
next scam.
Given the short time available, that next scam will be his worst and it will be here
in a few days.
The Worst Is Yet To Come - Very Soon
Trump has fired the Secretary of Defense and several other high level people in
the Department of Defense and has replaced them with know-nothing yes men,
people loyal only to him. Same for our National Security leadership and he fired
the head of our cybersecurtity team, as well as the leader of the agency that
safeguards nuclear weapons. That’s a lot of compromising of our national security
protections all at once. Why would he do that with only 2 months left in his
You know that he’s desperate to retain power, because he’s facing an
encyclopedia of indictments the minute he steps off Marine One on January 20.
Plus, he’s told us plainly that he wants to be president for life and that maybe he
won’t leave. He always telegraphs the wrongdoing he’s going to commit and we
ignore that at our collective peril. So, given his stated intention to stay in power
forever, what do you think he might do?
From Wikipedia (lightly edited):
“The Reichstag fire was an arson attack on the Reichstag building, home of the
German parliament in Berlin, on Monday 27 February 1933, precisely four weeks
after Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. Hitler’s government
stated that . . . a Dutch council communist was the culprit, and it attributed the
fire to communist agitators . . . The day after the fire, the Reichstag Fire Decree
was passed.”
You need to know about the Reichstag Fire Decree:
page 2“The decree nullified many of the key civil liberties of German citizens. With Nazis
in powerful positions in the German government, the decree was used as the legal
basis for the imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis, and
to suppress publications not considered ‘friendly’ to the Nazi cause. The decree is
considered by historians as one of the key steps in the establishment of a one�party Nazi state in Germany.”
It’s a classic wag-the-dog tactic and I’ve been warning for years that Trump would
attempt to secure all power for himself in just that way. He’ll stage a
catastrophe, then claim that an enemy – perhaps our mainstream press, which he
calls “the enemy of the people” – is behind it. He’ll declare a state of national
emergency and impose martial law. He has sycophants running our military now,
as well as the Justice Department and much of our intelligence apparatus, so it
may be easy for Trump to get away with that.
Good-bye democracy, hello fascism.
Do you think that’s hyperbole? Fantastical thinking? Histrionic?
page 3So did the citizens of Germany in 1933.
In fact, Hitler told them that he would “Make Germany great again.” Sound
familiar? Read the essay. You’ll be shocked at the parallels.
Need more convincing? Have a look at what Timothy Snyder, professor of history
at Yale University and the author of “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the
Twentieth Century” has to say in a Boston Globe essay - click here. And read his
Or have a look at the comments of Steven Levitsky, co-author of “How
Democracies Die” in a conversation reported in MIT News or listen to an interview
of Levitsky here. There are plenty more people concerned about Trump’s threat to
our democracy – just look it up.
We all better wake up to the reality of what megalomaniac Donald
Trump has promised and which is likely just around the corner. We’ve
been watching this coup d’├ętat in slow motion for four years and the
finale will likely play out within the next 66 days.
It’s a horrifying thing to realize that with most of the Republicans in Congress
actively participating in Trump’s fraud and with the courts and major departments
of government effectively neutered, the fate of our democracy may rest solely on
the decision of a few generals to resist an illegal order. As bad and perhaps worse,
if Trump attempts a coup, 71 million Trump voters will applaud. What will we do
with that?
A lot of barrels of ink and miles of newsprint, as well as huge volumes of online e�ink have been used to celebrate the Biden/Harris win. But it isn’t time to sit back
and sigh in relief over a coming Biden/Harris administration or that we’ve turned
away from chaos and cruelty, because that may not happen.
Of course, my analysis may be all wrong. Pray that it is. Maybe all Trump is doing is
collecting donations for his SuperPAC and his re-election fund for 2024. He can
later divert those hundreds of millions of dollars to himself and his family, like he
did with his charity. Or maybe he’s trying to stay relevant so that he can start a
$6 per month subscription streaming service that rakes in a billion dollars a year
from his devoted followers. His grifting would be a welcome alternative to the
destruction of our democracy.