With the invasion of Ukraine, Evelyn Uddin-Khan’s recent opinion reminds us to heed the warning signs of the past.
One day in the summer of 2004 I was wandering around downtown Manhattan, waiting for out-of-town family and a visit to the theater.
I wandered into a bookstore, bought a few books and found this post card entitled “EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF FASCISM”. On the front of the postcard were the following:
POWERFUL AND CONTINUING NATIONALISM
DISDAIN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
IDENTIFICATION OF ENEMIES AS A UNIFYING CAUSE
SUPREMACY OF THE MILITARY
CONTROLLED MASS MEDIA
OBSESSION WITH NATIONAL SECURITY
RELIGION AND GOVERNMENT INTERTWINED
CORPORATE POWER PROTECTED
LABOR POWER SUPPRESSED
DISDAIN FOR INTELLECTUALS & THE ARTS
OBSESSION WITH CRIME & PUNISHMENT
RAMPANT CRONYISM & CORRUPTION
The following quote was on the back of the postcard:
“Based on research of seven fascist regime including Hitler’s Nazi Germany nad Mussolini’s Italy. The Bush / Cheney regime exhibits all of these traits. Work to stop them while you still can.” Dr. Laurence W. Britt, SCW copyright 2004
That was 2004. That was the Bush / Cheney regime.
Here we are in 2022 and we are now facing the Trump regime, the continuing Big Lie of fraudulent elections, and a Republican attempt to take the voice of the people out of our voting process in ways detrimental to small d democracy.
In order to stop the Trump fascists taking over this country every American citizen must speak out and join the fight to save our democracy.
If we the American people believe in Democracy, believe in freedom of speech, believe in liberty and justice for all, then throw in equality and all those good things we enjoy. The time to stop Donald J. Hitler and Trump Mussolini is now.
America and democracy are up for grabs. Commit to doing something in 2022. We have no time to lose.