Trump storm troopers ready for their wannabe Nazi role

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A new word, doomscrolling, describes the way we compulsively tickle our phones into providing a non-stop stream of dire health and disease statistics, grim economic predictions, images of food lines and exploding emergency rooms.

With so much doom to scroll through, it’s hard to know when to stop and pay attention, but one story that jumped out at me – and, I hope, at many others – is the account of how demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, protesting racism and police brutality earlier in July, were tear-gassed, beaten, seized off the street by unidentified, masked federal agents in camouflage and fatigues, hustled into unmarked vans and detained for hours. The agents were reported to work with the US Marshals Special Operations Group and Bortac, the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.

Government-funded thugs, assaulting citizens, still conjure up repellent images of Hitler’s Brownshirts stomping their fellow Germans, and the street kidnapping of civilians has been the hallmark of authoritarian dictatorships…

The essential political division in this benighted nation is not between those surprised – or not surprised – by Trump’s deliberate march into fascism. The parade ground of history, once again, divides between an opposition supporting constitutional democracy and supporters of the wannabe absolute ruler at any cost…even if fascist rule is the result. It will satisfy their racism, ignorance, simpleton admiration for military rule.

2 thoughts on “Trump storm troopers ready for their wannabe Nazi role

  1. Burqueño says:

    “US Senator Martin Heinrich lowered the boom on fellow Democrat and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales Tuesday, calling for the Sheriff’s resignation because, Heinrich claimed, Gonzales has invited President Trump to place federal troops in Albuquerque to fight crime as he has done in Portland and is threatening to do in other cities.
    But in a phone interview last night from Washington where Gonzales was preparing for a meeting today with the President and Attorney General Barr, he called Heinrich’s claim “outlandish” and added, “I have no idea where he got that from.” (New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan July 22, 2020)
    Gonzales’ White House meeting comes on the heels of a TV ad buy from the Trump campaign in New Mexico that concentrated on the violent crime issue. Trump is making a long shot play for the state in the November election.
    CBS News reported that Albuquerque is one of the cities mentioned for possible federal troop placement in a Department of Homeland Security memo.

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