Ushering in the Fascist, Plutocratic State
According to the FBI, hate crimes rose in 2015 ("FBI: Hate Crimes Went Up 6.8 Percent In 2015; Anti-Muslim Incidents Surge To Second Highest Ever," Huffington Post, November 13, 2016).
We also know that ex-KKK leader David Duke celebrated Trump's election victory; white supremacist organizations see Trump' victory as a "real opportunity"; and Trump has named Steve Bannon, a man who appears to have white nationalist leanings, as his top policy adviser.
When confronted with some of these issues, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "I really think people should put their minds at ease." This reminds me of the German soldiers who tried to calm down new arrivals to the concentration camps, just before sending them to the gas chambers. After several days of silence (why?), Trump gave a seeming half-hearted denunciation of the racial incidents: "If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the camera: ‘Stop it.’” (If it helps?? For heaven's sake Mr. Trump, the incidents are being carried out in your name.")
Paul Ryan, in his attempt to calm the situation down, said: "By the way, that’s not Republicans. We are the party of Lincoln. People who espouse those views, they’re not Republicans." First of all, Mr. Ryan, you are not the party of Lincoln. Anyone who has taken Political Science 101 knows that the Republican Party was fundamentally transformed in the mid-part of the 20th century into a more radical, anti-minority group by, among other things, the absorption of racist Southern Democrats. Second, Mr. Ryan, our nation has heard a litany of insults coming from Republicans these past few years, calling low-income and/or minority Americans "parasites," "wild animals," "lazy pigs," "takers" (your word, Mr. Ryan), and more. And who can forget when Republican "S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer Compares Helping Poor to Feeding Stray Animals" and advised against such help because the poor might "breed" (CBS News, January 25, 2010). Lastly, Mr. Ryan, you yourself pointed out Republican racism, when you said Trump's comments about a Hispanic judge were a "textbook definition of a racist comment."
Marginalizing entire groups of people ("takers"), and casting them as sub-human ("parasites") is often the first step to doing away with them altogether. Heinrich Himmler, leader of the German S.S. and an architect of the Final Solution, once said: "Antisemitism is exactly the same as delousing. Getting rid of lice is not a question of ideology. It is a matter of cleanliness." "Lice?" "Parasites"? Sounds very similar to me.
On top of these racist developments, we also hear that top Trump supporter Sean Hannity (perhaps the next Joseph Goebbels) agrees that top news outlets should be excluded from the White House (there goes freedom of the press). We also know that David Clarke, the perpetually-angry sheriff from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and an apparent contender to lead the Department of Homeland Security, has called for the National Guard to suppress ant-Trump protests, calling them "goon anarchists" (there goes freedom to protest). And Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, and domestic policy adviser, Ken Blackwell, both believe that gays can be "cured." Maybe they'll make special camps for that?
Meanwhile, former Republican congresswoman and full-time lunatic Michele Bachmann has told us that God gave Trump the Oval Office...
In an introduction to the book The White Rose, about a few brave Germans who fought against the Nazis from 1942-1943, and also against the apathy that allowed Nazi abuses to run rampant, Dr. Dorothee Solle writes, "The conservative Christian parties smoothed Hitler's path to power." We have witnessed the exact same phenomenon in America this year. Right-wing evangelicals, like Michele Bachmann and Jerry Falwell Jr., have thrown their support behind Trump, despite Trump's disparaging comments and actions towards so many groups (women, minorities, Muslims, the disabled, etc.).