1. “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” 
    ―Thomas Jefferson

    If only people could remember the lessons of the past, history wouldn’t have to keep repeating itself.

    In1933, Adolf H. became the Chancellor of Germany. Afterwards, he and his Nazi party immediately assumed dictatorial powers over the German people. That very same year, the Nazis opened their first concentration camp. In a time span of less than five years, Germany went from a democracy, to a dictatorship. That’s how fast it can happen. And if anyone thinks that it can’t happen here, then you are sadly mistaken. If you could travel back in time to Germany in 1933, and ask the German people what they thought of Adolf, they would have sounded very similar to Trump cultists today.  “Adolf is the chosen one. Only he knows what’s best for Germany. He will make Germany great again!!!!”  They didn’t realize how wrong they were, until after Germany laid in ruins, and 60 million lives had been lost. All because they traded in their democracy for a dictator.

    “If you can get people to believe in absurdities, then you can get them to commit atrocities.”
    — Voltaire

    History: “Don’t make me have to repeat myself!!!😠  You should know by now how much I hate repeating myself. Repeating myself is getting old.”

    1. Fear mongering, demonizing the opposition?
      Does CNN even listen to their own programming? Every day since the results of the election came out this network (and others) have been guilty of fear mongering and demonizing Trump. This would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous to our country. How do you know when your President is becoming a dictator? This is an example of exactly what you accuse the President of.

    1. The only authoritarianism is by the liberals who want big government..which, means less freedom…bigger government = socialism = communism

    2. @Jeff Woods So, you don’t like liberals?
      Fine, then give us back…

      -Our clean air and water standards
      -Worker Safety protections
      -the 40 hour work week
      -the Social Security program
      -the Civil Rights movement
      -the Equal Rights movement
      -the Free Speech movement
      -Discrimination Protections
      -the School Lunch program
      -Birth control
      -Rural electrification
      -Organized labor
      -Child Labor Laws
      -the Minimum Wage
      -Employee Healthcare Benefits
      -Public Assistance
      -Americans with Disabilities Act
      -Fair Housing legislation
      -the Freedom of Information Act
      -the Voting Rights Act
      -Food and Drug Safety regulations
      -Federally subsidized student loans
      -Collective Bargaining

      and everything else we have done to put power
      back in the hands of the individual, and out of the
      hands of the ruling and corporate elite.

  2. “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.” ―Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

    Umberto Eco Makes a List of the 14 Common Features of Fascism:
    1. The cult of tradition. “One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements.”
    2. The rejection of modernism. “The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.”
    3. The cult of action for action’s sake. “Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”
    4. Disagreement is treason. “The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge.”
    5. Fear of difference. “The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.”
    6. Appeal to social frustration. “One of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups.”
    7. The obsession with a plot. “The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia.”
    8. The enemy is both strong and weak. “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”
    9. Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. “For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle.”
    10. Contempt for the weak. “Elitism is a typical aspect of any reactionary ideology.”
    11. Everybody is educated to become a hero. “In Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death.”
    12. Machismo and weaponry. “Machismo implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality.”
    13. Selective populism. “There is in our future a TV or Internet populism, in which the emotional response of a selected group of citizens can be presented and accepted as the Voice of the People.”
    14. Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. “All the Nazi or Fascist schoolbooks made use of an impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning.”

    “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
    — Frederick Douglass

    “A man’s character is most evident by how he treats those who are not in a position either to retaliate or reciprocate.”
    ―Paul Eldridge

    (The traumatic basis for the resurgence of right-wing politics among working Americans): “The embrace, by working Americans, of policies that hurt their own interests can be understood on the basis of Ferenczi’s model of identification with the aggressor. Intrafamilial child abuse is often followed by the abuser’s denial. Children typically comply with abuse, in behavior and by embracing the abuser’s false reality, under threat of emotional abandonment. Similarly in the sociopolitical sphere, increasing threats of cultural and economic dispossession have pressed working Americans to adopt an ideology that misrepresents reality and justifies their oppression. In society as in the family, there can be a compensatory narcissistic reaction to forfeiting one’s rights that, ironically, encourages feelings of power and specialness while facilitating submission.” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/pcs.2015.53

    “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government”
    ― Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

    “Sociopaths have no regard whatsoever for the social contract, but they do know how to use it to their advantage. And all in all, I am sure that if the devil existed, he would want us to feel very sorry for him.”
    ― Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door

    “…In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience…” ―Kwame Ture

    “Every Nazi who remains alive will kill women, children and old folks. Dead Nazis are harmless. Therefore, if I kill a Nazi, I am saving lives.”
    ―Lyudmila Pavlichenko
    “It is bias to think that the art of war is just for killing people. It is not to kill people, it is to kill evil. It is a stratagem to give life to many people by killing the evil of one person.”
    ―Yagyu Munenori

    1. Daniel Duvalle

      “Wherever you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai

      ”Which one of you bourgeois pricks used my lip balm?” – Kim Jong-un

      “When two guys are on an elevator and one guy farts, everybody knows who did it.” – G. Carlin

    2. @g0679 “People think of education as something that they can finish. And what’s more, when they finish, it’s a rite of passage. You’re finished with school. You’re no more a child, and therefore anything that reminds you of school – reading books, having ideas, asking questions – that’s kid’s stuff. Now you’re an adult, you don’t do that sort of thing any more.

      You have everybody looking forward to no longer learning, and you make them ashamed afterward of going back to learning. If you have a system of education using computers, then anyone, any age, can learn by himself, can continue to be interested. If you enjoy learning, there’s no reason why you should stop at a given age. People don’t stop things they enjoy doing just because they reach a certain age.

      What’s exciting is the actual process of broadening yourself, of knowing there’s now a little extra facet of the universe you know about and can think about and can understand. It seems to me that when it’s time to die, there would be a certain pleasure in thinking that you had utilized your life well, learned as much as you could, gathered in as much as possible of the universe, and enjoyed it. There’s only this one universe and only this one lifetime to try to grasp it. And while it is inconceivable that anyone can grasp more than a tiny portion of it, at least you can do that much. What a tragedy just to pass through and get nothing out of it.”

      ― Isaac Asimov

    1. Boy are you a Dumbo and don’t know anything behind that one. The witness even recognize that is a joke about his cat. And it was only one witness.

    2. @Tony Smith You’re trying so hard to make something out of nothing.

      If I decided that I wanted a Republican who hates progressive liberals on my jury, and I knew that they were a Republican who hates progressive liberals, I could not go back later and say, “I didn’t know they were a Republican who hates progressive liberals, this is unfair, they are a Republican who hates progressive liberals.”.

      That’s what you’re trying to argue, it’s garbage. Get an actual argument or just shut up.

    3. @Pokarot Its like say I hate cops & a case is about Cops they can’t accept me as a Juror no matter what lawyers know the JUDGE CANNOT ALLOW THAT PERIOD

    4. @Tony Smith You’re full of just garbage arguments, aren’t you? Come back when you know what you’re talking about instead of just whining.

    5. @Dave Schultz he got 9 years instead of 50 for lying for trump… which only shines the spotlight on trumps crimes…idk why trump even cares unless dude has dirt on trump cause we all know his supporters will look the other way no matter how many of his associates go to jail.

    1. We did wake up thats why trump is in office and will have a second term. LoL at the libs trying to make us like the joke that is the EU. *nazi btw

    2. It would repeats itself ….. when Trump is gone, yall gonna follow us ..(European Union) with becoming a naziUnion .

      Immigration and the Greendeals are the beginning ! Globalism(controle) against nationalism(freedom) …

    1. @David Rodgers I suggest you look at the actions of Hitler and see how they correlate. Or do you think the Holocaust is fake news, like nut job Trump supporters believe crazy conspiracy theories?

    2. @David Nelson you’re a delusional idiot, “Orange man is hitler”, it is clear you are trying to rewrite history to fit your agenda

  3. The question is no longer. “Are we sliding into tyranny?” but ” Can we still crawl our way out of tyranny?”

    1. @deamonomic soetoro is one of the biggest criminals to ever pull a con on the American People.
      You want credit where do? barry soetoro was the best damn Gun Salesman in the USA. END OF LIST

    2. @sulca charles How do you know he is not a tyrant? Do you know what a tyrant or a dictator is? Do you know what a narcissist is? Do you know what gaslighting is? If you did, then the light would click on and you would see what Trump truly is.

    1. @They’re Always Watching Me Who’s it embarrassing to? Not me…. I’m a deplorable….I wear my Maga hat to Walmart. I wear my “liberalism find a cure” shirt to.
      Obviously you are worried about who is watching you.. I hope you never get embarrassed ever again….. Make sure that all your farts are silent as well and play comforting music in the bathroom to cover the noises you make so that even you don’t hear them.

    1. @upuntil6
      Your IP address has been forwarded to US Secret Service via YouTube admin — it is a Federal Offense to threaten or wish harm to any Federally protected person including Potus .

    1. Dumb..less governement, more freedoms..maybe read some history on this and what the founding fathers intended…

    2. Name one thing as an American Citizen you could do before TRUMP that you can’t do now because of the same. JUST ONE (1)!!!

  4. Pretending for a second that you’re sincere, CNN and your affiliates could easily go into crisis mode, stop airing commercials, and give the mic to revolutionary leaders to call people into the streets.

  5. I believe the professors were talking about this in the 1980’s, telling us to wake up then. CNN where have you been?

    1. So gullible, people will believe anything. There are far to many checks and balances for this to happen. Its all fake.

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