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Provoking those willing to take the time to read and learn something.

 

I've consolidated a wide range of information for you to read on a single page.

 

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."

Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, told us that when
we were his age, he was then close to 80, we would all be fighting the "Christian fascists."

AUTHORITARIANIZM IS ALREADY HERE.
WE'RE LIVING UNDER THE RULE OF A DICTATOR.

You'll probably never see what knowledgeable people already recognize. What can be said other than "You fools".

 

Trump openly corrupts DOJ - Feb. 2020

Trump has asserted that he, rather than his attorney general, is "the chief law enforcement officer of the country."
He says he has the right to shape the country's legal systems as he sees fit and intervene
is cases against his friends and pursue prosecution of those he feels are his adversaries.
For the ignorant this is called a "DICTATOR".

The Republican Party has gone from a conservative party to an authoritarian one. "Whatever flaws American democracy has had over the years, we all agreed we wanted a Republic, and not a King.” He adds, "Trump’s bet is that voters will forget that. This last descent into self-serving veneration of corruption should remind us we are well on the way to banana-republic territory.

The latest outrage should also serve as a wake-up call for Democrats: Choose the candidate who can deliver a victory, a commanding victory, over Trump and his ethically degenerate party. Do not get distracted by fundraising methods or ideological purity. Win. Just win. Our democracy (not to mention our collective sanity) depends on it.
[The democrats are weak and wasting time arguing over health care, child care and billionaires so the dictator will be reelected]

 

When will the world see America has become a fascist country? We're already on our way.
The first reporter who's arrested and jailed will be the day they have the answer.

Friends of Trump are rewarded. Opponents of Trump are punished. And the nation’s law enforcement apparatus becomes Trump’s personal plaything. But politicization is now the norm. Last week, Barr assigned himself the sole authority to decide which presidential candidates — Democrats and Republicans — should be investigated by the FBI. In Barr’s Justice Department friends of Trump are rewarded. Opponents of Trump are punished. And the nation’s law enforcement apparatus becomes Trump’s personal plaything.

 

As never before in American history, voters face some disturbingly straightforward questions as they head to the ballot box this November. What’s the price of your values? Would you sell our democracy? And what abuses are you willing to accept so long as your stock portfolio grows? So far, the answers aren’t reassuring.

If all Americans were actually willing to vote according to their values, Trump’s candidacy would already be dead. But here’s the unfortunate truth: We are a country full of millions of people who are willing to look the other way and abandon our values so long as the stock market goes up, our 401(k)s soar and the economy shows no sign of slowing down. Enough voters have already chosen their wallets over our values. They are a key voting bloc that has given Trump a (narrow) path to reelection despite his appalling, disqualifying behavior. They are his amoral secret weapon. We can no longer ignore an unsettling fact. Many American voters simultaneously believe Trump is a dangerous bigot unfit for office and that he should be reelected so long as the economy stays on track. Those voters will likely cast the deciding votes.

But when our luck runs out at some point — and it will — those voters who fixated on their 401(k)s may live to regret the consequences of their choice. By making a Faustian bargain in the short term, they’re sealing a far worse long-term fate for both their wallets and our values. You don’t have to love Democrats to vote to protect democracy. And you don’t have to hate Trump’s economy to vote against his attack on our values. But if you rationalize a vote for Trump to fatten your wallet while sacrificing your values, you should keep in mind that you may be voting to sacrifice both.

Brian Klaas

 

Shawn Rosenberg - Here's a link to the article

Rosenberg, a professor at UC Irvine, was challenging a core assumption about America and the West. His theory? Democracy is devouring itself—his phrase — and it won’t last.

It's easier to pledge allegiance to an authoritarian leader than to do the hard work of thinking for yourself demanded by democracy. Democracy is hard work. And as society elites, experts and public figures who help those around them navigate the heavy responsibilities that come with self-rule; have increasingly been sidelined, citizens have proved ill equipped cognitively and emotionally to run a well-functioning democracy. As a consequence, the center has collapsed and millions of frustrated and angst-filled voters have turned in desperation to right-wing populists. “In sum, the majority of Americans are generally unable to understand or value democratic culture, institutions, practices or citizenship in the manner required. His prediction. In well-established democracies like the United States, democratic governance will continue its inexorable decline and will eventually fail.” "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government".

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The average age of the worlds greatest democracies from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. We're well beyond.

A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

These rulers come to be known as dictators by the way that they wield their power. They sometimes come to power through free constitutional elections then undermine established norms and institutions while consolidating power. They have absolute, sole power over their state. They don't always take control during coups d'etats, revolutions or states of emergency.

Dictators inevitably fall. Dictatorships are doomed. Sure, sure. But they can last a very long time. It's about one hundred years. This is what you have to look forward to from your profound mistakes. Yes you!

 

The German author and journalist, Dirk Kurbjuweit, recently wrote about dying democracies. It's understandable that Germans are more aware of the fragility of democracies than other people in Europe, and they are indeed right to be concerned. As we all should be. It’s good to realise that a significant minority in Europe, east and west, as well as in the United States, appears to view a dying democracy not as a catastrophe but as something to cherish. “Finally, we got rid of the bastards, the swamp got drained.” The weaknesses of our liberal democracies are there for all to see. But there is little to gain from constantly stressing these frailties. We are dreaming if we believe that the other side will conclude: “If liberal democracy is that weak, we should be more careful.” On the contrary, they might think: “If liberal democracy is almost falling off the cliff, we will give it a last push.” Human beings too often take pleasure in giving a push to things that are close to the edge.

Arnon Grunberg

 

In this era of lies and corruption in America let's be truthful about the future and autocracy the Christian right wants so desperately!
The tyranny of the minority, a white and largely rural minority, must come to an end.

“He will feel empowered to do anything he wants to now,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University history
professor and an expert on authoritarianism who has long warned about Trump’s behavior. “We are in big trouble.”

Trump complained during an “official” speech about tax cuts in Ohio that Democratic lawmakers had not clapped enough for him.
“Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn't’ seem to love our country very much,” he said.

 

One index, by the Varieties of Democracies Institute (V-Dem), shows Twenty-four of 179 countries studied between 2008 and 2018,
including the US, have experienced such significant setbacks that they are actually "autocratizing," according to V-Dem, which observes the
world as undergoing its third wave of autocratization. This decay became "dramatically worse" when Trump became president, Diamond said.

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
Sinclair Lewis (1935), from his book "It Can't Happen Here"

Fascism is a form of government which is a type of one-party dictatorship. Fascists are against democracy. They work for a totalitarian one-party state. It stands for a centralized government headed by a dictator. There are several fundamental characteristics of fascism, among them are: Nationalism: Fascism places a very strong emphasis on patriotism and nationalism. Criticism of the nation's main ideals, especially war, is lambasted as unpatriotic at best and treason at worst. It is a form of radical right-wing, authoritarian ultra nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy.

In modern America this is the creed of the radical religious Christian sector who criticize other religions, especially Muslims, of racist and murderous traits they themselves possess and even carry out with their daily atrocities. It's shameful hypocrisy.

 

 

Brazil Is About To Show The World How A Modern Democracy Collapses.
Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is a threat to Brazilian democracy and a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow.

 

Freedom House: The International organization formed in 1941 ranking world freedom.
Use this link

Freedom in the World 2019, featuring Special Release on United States

"The greatest danger comes from the fact that American democracy is not infinitely durable, especially if a president shows little respect for its tenets," said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. "We have seen democratic institutions gradually succumb to sustained pressure elsewhere in the world, in places like Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela. Antidemocratic rhetoric and the rejection of democratic constraints on power can be first steps toward real restrictions on freedom."

Challenges to American democracy are testing the stability of its constitutional system and threatening to undermine political rights and civil liberties worldwide. Democracy in American has declined and the current president's ongoing attacks on the rule of law, fact-based journalism, and other principles and norms of democracy threaten further decline. The ongoing deterioration of American democracy will accelerate the decline of democracy around the world.

Prominent concerns have included Russian interference in US elections, domestic attempts to manipulate the electoral system, executive and legislative dysfunction, conflicts of interest and lack of transparency, and pressure on judicial independence and the rule of law.

The United States currently receives a score of 86 out of 100 points. While this places it below other major democracies such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, it is still firmly in the Free category. Nevertheless, its decline of eight points is significant.

The United States(86) closest peers with respect to total Freedom in the World scores are Argentina(84), Belize(86), Croatia(85), Greece(87), Ghana(83), Latvia(87), Mongolia(85), Panama(84), Poland(84), Romania(81), Samoa(81), South Korea(83) .

(I've included the list below of countries with more freedom than the USA.)

 

US FREEDOM IN DECLINE

At the midpoint of his term, however, there remains little question that President Trump exerts an influence on American politics that is straining our core values and testing the stability of our constitutional system. No president in living memory has shown less respect for its tenets, norms, and principles. Trump has assailed essential institutions and traditions including the separation of powers, a free press, an independent judiciary, the impartial delivery of justice, safeguards against corruption, and most disturbingly, the legitimacy of elections. Congress, a coequal branch of government, has too frequently failed to push back against these attacks with meaningful oversight and other defenses.

Some of the countries you probably didn't know with more freedom than the United States. (what do you know, you believed all the propaganda the U.S. is number one)

Andorra(94), Australia(98), Austria(93), Bahamas(91), Barbados(96), Belgium(96), Canada(99), Cape Verde(90), Chile(94), Costa Rica(91), Cyprus(94),
Czech Republic(91), Denmark(97), Dominica(93), Estonia(94), Finland(100), France(90), Germany(94), Grenada(89), Iceland(97), Ireland(97), Italy(89), Japan(96),
Kiribati(93), Liechtenstein(90), Lithuania(91), Luxembourg(98), Malta(91), Marshall Islands(93), Mauritius(89, Micronesia(92), Netherlands(99), New Zealand(98),
Norway(100), Palau(92), Portugal(96), San Marino(95), Slovakia(88), Slovenia(94), Spain(94), Sweden(100), Switzerland(96), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia(92),
St. Vincent and Grenadines(91), Taiwan(93), Tuvalu(93), United Kingdom(93), Uruguay(98), There are a few more.
If and when you can get out of here these might be good for escape and asylum when the day comes. oh, but the wonderful wall. (think like Berlin wall)

 

I knew someone who really was a visionary. He told his family members it was time to leave. He took his wife and daughter and moved to another country in the 1930's then to Canada and finally America. He resumed his practice in dentistry in St. Louis and became quite successful. His relatives ignored his warning and chose to stay in their homeland. Each and everyone of them died in the gas chambers. I make this point for those who mistakenly criticize mine and others predictions of what lies ahead for our country. Ignore at your peril.

In 1978 I stood in West Berlin and heard the eerie roar of shouting from the stadium on the other side of the "wall" in East Berlin during the celebration of the DDR's 30th anniversary. I've been on both sides of the Berlin Wall and traveled in the Soviet ruled East Sector. The American people who support what's happening know who you are. You don't deserve to live in a democratic free society.

I lived in a country for a number of years that was ruled over by a dictatorship (rated 7 by Freedom House). We quickly learned how to stay quiet and get by without being arrested or imprisoned. If you've not lived in this manner you can't possibly understand or comprehend this until it's right here in your own country. You're going to get what you want, wish for and need to learn. You're going to get what you deserve after he's elected again. There's a saying "people get what they deserve and not what they expect".

My greatest concern is most American's are willfully ignoring what's right in front of them. Or, they're terribly ignorant and lack any knowledge of history. Actually, it's abundantly apparent they're willing to give up democracy to live under a fascist in their quest to force the rest of the country to live under religious rule. It's ironic, these foolish people get worked into a frenzy claiming the muslims want to put in place Islamic, Sharia law, when they themselves are in the process of implementing and forcing Christian law on a nation which was founded on separation of church and state. They think it's patriotic, I have another word. You demean all the solders who's lives were wasted defending democracy going back to WWI and WWII. I've come to accept the inevitable that again I'll be living in an country under autocratic rule, something I never considered would happen in this country while growing up in the 1940's and 50's. I'm not at all proud of what I'm watching America become or closer to the point, what the American people have become. Disappointment doesn't come close.

 

 

How Democracies Die. On Tyranny. How Democracy Ends. Trumpocracy. The Road to Un freedom. Fascism.
A Warning. It can happen here. Authoritarianism in America.

 

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
Sinclair Lewis (1935), from his book "It Can't Happen Here"

 

It is no surprise that in an era in which white nationalism is on the rise, the attorney general advocates for a theocratic state.
This is nothing other than dictatorship. (ruled by crazy Christians) (Saudi Arabia is a theocratic state under Islam)

Definition: A theocracy is a government operated under divine rule or the pretense of divine rule. In practice, the term refers
to a government operated by religious authorities who claim unlimited power in the name of God or supernatural forces.

 

The religious right say he's been anointed by god who wants him to rule over America. (oh my)
here is the link

How fascist is Donald Trump? There's a formula for that.
here is the link

Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America’s slide toward fascism.

To scholars of fascism — who have been ringing the alarm bells since Trump began his climb to power in 2015 — the rally in Greenville felt like an escalation. Like the U.S. just made another leap toward outright fascism.

“I am not easily shocked. But we are facing an emergency,” tweeted Jason Stanley, a Yale University philosophy professor and author of the book “How Fascism Works.” “Journalists must not get away with sugar coating this,” Stanley wrote. “This is the face of evil.”

“Trump has created a corps of supporters fanatically loyal to him who turn his latest racist messages into group rituals (chants, slogans) and who hate the people he tells them to,” Ruth Ben-Ghiat told HuffPost. “All of this is consistent with the leader-follower relationship of fascist regimes.”

“People on all parts of the political spectrum need to really take stock of where we’re at and to decide whether we’re going to go down this road, because we’ve seen other societies going down this road, and it doesn’t end up in a pretty place,” Hooper said.

Stephen King Has A Chilling Theory On What Comes Next For Trump Supporters

First, you stoke hatred and fear of minorities. Then you round them up and put them in camps.
Next, you send out raiding parties to get those who have been driven into hiding. The armbands come next right?

For people oblivious to events, King is referring to those which have already taken place. Surprise!

 

 

“Ciemny lud to kupi”—which, roughly translated, means “The ignorant peasants will buy it.”
The decision to put a conspiracy theory at the heart of government policy was the source of the authoritarian actions that followed in Europe. Polarization is normal. Skepticism about liberal democracy is normal. And the appeal of authoritarianism is eternal. Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will.


A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come. Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.
Anne Applebaum

“He’s going to have tanks out there. It’s going to be cool,” joked one RNC fundraiser on condition of anonymity. He said he received an offer for the free tickets on Friday but did not request any. “He wants to have a parade like they have in Moscow or China or North Korea.”

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University history professor and expert on fascism, said the need to display military hardware is a feature of authoritarians throughout history. “He needs to colonize our lives. He needs to colonize our public spaces,” she said, adding that it was “dismaying” that the Pentagon this year failed to thwart his impulses. “The military has been domesticated. I think the will to resist him has evaporated.”

“Are we headed to fascism? Yes. I don’t think there’s a question,” the congresswoman told Yahoo News hours after she toured the detention facilities run by Customs and Border Protection. If you actually take the time to study the steps and to see how government transforms under authoritarian regimes. and look at the political decisions and patterns of this president. the answer is yes.

Today's definition of Americans;
insularity -
ignorance of or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.

 

 

 

 

POPE FRANCIS: WALL BUILDERS WILL BECOME PRISONERS OF THEIR OWN BARRIERS

For all of you MAGA people. Shame on you. The last time I saw this kind of action was by the East German guards. A wall works in "both" directions.
I was on both sides of the Berlin wall in 1978. I've lived in autocratic countries (dictatorships) because of my career. I've seen It and it's what you want.
It's much easier than living in a democracy where you have to think and make choices. Under a dictator it's a simple life doing what you're told, believing
what your told listening to state TV and radio as you do now. Most of you support what's happening in this country. It happened in 1933. Years earlier, in
1799, Napoleon became president and 1804 he dissolved the republic and appointed himself the emperor. It's your choice. Careful what you wish for. Many
of you may not be alive in ten years but your children and grandchildren will. In their hearts they may hold nothing but contempt for you, if they even know better.

You really should study history but the uneducated never felt it as being important. Unfortunately, it's appears it's already too late. Read Plato, Sinclair Lewis
or Upton Sinclair if you are one of those who aren't with the ignorant MAGA supporters in their red caps. If you aren't terrified you aren't paying attention.

 


This is in my home town in the southwest. The beginnings of a police state.

 

Why do so many Americans want to live under a dictatorship? Crazy religion!

"I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don't play it tough, until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad. Trump - March 2019

"You could imagine Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro or Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying something like this. It's not a stretch to say that Benito Mussolini would toss words like this around. That the president of the United States should say it is profoundly disturbing."

The free press can still report dreadful events, at least for awhile. Those of you who support this authoritarianism apparently wish to live under a dictatorship. I suppose it's understandable because democracy isn't easy. Under the dear leader it will be easier for you to believe what you're told and do what you're told, you don't have to think. Making America Great!

 

Pattie Davis

My father (Ronald Reagan) called America "the shining city on a hill." Trump sees America as another of his possessions that he can slap his name on. A president is not supposed to own America. He or she is supposed to serve the American people.

In their book "How Democracies Die," Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt warned: "How do elected authoritarians shatter the democratic institutions that are supposed to constrain them? Some do it in one fell swoop. But more often the assault on democracy begins slowly."

Trump has been wounding our democracy for the past two years. If he is reelected for another term, it's almost a given that America will not survive - at least not as the country the Founding Fathers envisioned, and not as the idealistic experiment they built using a Constitution designed to protect democracy and withstand tyranny.

My father knew we were fragile. He said: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same."

So, to the Republican Party that holds tightly to my father's legacy - if you are going to stand silent as America is dismantled and dismembered, as democracy is thrown onto the ash heap of yesterday, shame on you. But don't use my father's name on the way down.

 

I see politicians on TV say angrily "This is not who we are".
YES IT IS WHO WE ARE!

Our country now engages in torture, operating concentration camps, imprisoning children and killing school children.
Who or what group will be next. America has become EVIL!

 

Oh, another point, the great tax cut for super wealthy was going to trickle down and put you on easy street.
It was a big con you believed. You blindly believe all the lies you're told to believe. It's at your peril.
The saying goes, ""people get what they deserve and not what they expect".

All of you farmers in the midwest who believe the dear leaders statements that climate change and science are a hoax will find the floods and harsh weather changes are just the beginning. The saying "you reap what you sow" is as true as ever. His economic policies have forced farmers into poverty, foreclosure and suicide. You're loosing health care and still you believe him and god have a plan for you. Apparently so! Good luck pal.

 

We learned after 50 years in business that Americans, especially "boomer" motorcycle riders, buy cheap offshore products because quality means nothing.


Retirement is wonderful


Yes, we did build a headlight modulator designed for Can-Bus and Can-Bus LED.
SignalDynamics sells cheap stuff that can't be used on Can-Bus or LED.
Harley riders wanted cheap crap so we decided to stop building them.
We built the best - Not the cheap.

 

 

We tried to explain the truth about the cheap products motorcyclists couldn't seem to resist buying.
THIS IS WHAT WE LEARNED (it certainly applies to the country's electorate)

In fact, this applies to all American consumers. They'd rather be cheap and support jobs in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Vietnam.
They then complain "the jobs moved to those countries". Hypocrites.