Trump’s Gestapo is coming!


In the middle of Trump’s pandemic, his private Gestapo, his own illegal army of storm troopers, are coming to New Mexico. He says they’re coming to rescue us from the forces of darkness; but, that darkness in today’s world of Republican politics is meant to describe skin color and nothing else.

Uninvited, unannounced – no doubt – they will soon enough roll into Albuquerque to do battle with the citizens of New Mexico’s biggest city. The mayor doesn’t want them. Or him, for that matter. No doubt most of the citizens don’t want them, didn’t ask for them.

There may be a few of the racist fringe that infects all of American politics who will wave flags and cheer. That’s an element of American populist politics that has never relented, never disappeared. I hope the forces of law and order, justice and what is supposed to be the American Way prevail before the murder and abduction, the traditional Nazi “disappearing” of insurgent dissenters takes over control of our largest city.

— Eideard

Trump storm troopers ready for their wannabe Nazi role

Mason Trinca/AFP

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.