In a piece for The Daily Beast this Monday, Joel Kotkin argues that although America has more safeguards in place, the nation has many similarities to Germany right before it fell to Hitler in 1933.
“A polarizing would-be despot as national leader, rising anti-Semitism, an out-of-control upper bureaucracy, a politicized media and education systems, an economically stressed middle class, widespread dalliance with extremist ideologies and the rise of armed militant groups,” Kotkin writes. “America’s descent to authoritarianism is far from pre-ordained, but the reality remains that it could happen here, and perhaps already is.”
Like Germany in the run up to Hitler’s takeover, America is seeing “the collapse of any set of common beliefs,” Kotkin continues, adding that like Hitler’s enablers, American politicians are treating “treason against the republic as a minor offense.”
Kotkin also criticizes the left, writing that many progressives can be “nauseating and dangerous” in “their contempt for constitutional norms by calling for ‘packing’ the Supreme Court, eliminating the electoral college and even overhauling the Senate to favor more populous urban states.”
Kotkin goes on to describe today’s “racial obsessiveness” as “a dagger aimed at the central premise of democracy.”
“America’s history is largely defined by the continual struggle to expand basic rights to outsider groups, starting in the 19th Century with Irish, Jews, Germans, Poles, Italians and hosts of other Europeans and later to African-Americans as well as non-whites from Asia and Latin America.”
Kotkin is careful to point out that President Trump is no Hitler, “but his sometimes vicious comments about Muslims and Hispanics have been seized upon by white nationalists as justifying their racist point of view.”
Read his full piece over at The Daily Beast.
Trump ‘engaged in incitement to domestic terrorism’ — no wonder he’s losing Michigan: Heilemann
What will Trump do between now and Election Day, and what is he willing to do if he loses on Election Day, asked MSNBC's John Heilemann when talking to host Nicolle Wallace on Monday.
Wallace noted that on Sunday night, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on "60 Minutes," where he explained he couldn't even take a walk with his wife without having security because of the attacks he's getting from the right-wing.
"Genuinely, as we hurdle into the final two weeks where we think that all of the October surprises have to be played out -- we've had them all," Heilemann began. "But given the way 2020 has gone, I'm assuming we'll have at least maybe a Martian invasion between now and election day. I think -- it never hurts to remind people of the context here."
Steve Mnuchin extends his overseas trip — despite failing to reach a deal on coronavirus stimulus
Raw Story reported on Oct. 16 that U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin left the United States after repeatedly failing to reach a stimulus agreement with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Now, it appears Mnuchin has extended his trip to the Middle East by an extra day. The media has not been given any information on his whereabouts or with whom the meetings are taking place.
Mnuchin was expected to travel to Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20. Negotiations were expected to resume upon his return to the U.S. on Oct. 20.
Trump makes his closing pitch to ‘suburban housewives’ at rally: ‘Women, I like women — I like women!’
President Donald J. Trump made his closing pitch to who he called "suburban housewives" at his Arizona rally Monday. He bellowed, "Women, I like women -- I like women!" in a classic Trumpian move while his supporters cheered.
"Listen, here's the story. They said 'suburban women' -- I used to call them 'suburban housewives,' I got killed all the time. I said, 'ugh, I better go politically correct.' Is there one woman here who minds being called, if you're married at least, a 'suburban housewife' 'cause..."
The crowd erupted with "No!"
"The only ones who mind are those characters... there's a lot of people up there - the press, right? Those are the only ones. The rest of them don't."