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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away . . .


Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away there was a nation that at one time had a proud and brave people…


“I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”
​FDR-1st Inaugural Adress 1932


​To this:


“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump said. “And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
​Donald Trump-GOP Front Runner 2015


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"The fact is that we need appropriate vetting and I don't think orphans under five are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point. But you know, they have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?"
Chris Christie-GOP also ran 2015


​From a party that claims the current administration is “weak” ( or schwach in the original German)​ and not projecting “strength” (​Kraft) or “leadership” (Führung)  but ​​regardless of what word you want to use the GOP (and unfortunately a sizeable portion of the population) has turned into a bunch of pant wetting cowards.

For the life of me I cannot understand how the nation that defeated the Nazi’s, Imperial Japan and out lasted the Soviet Union has managed to quake in horror about some propaganda internet posts from a nihilistic death cult like ISIS.​  The level of fear and paranoia that has swept the GOP and large swathes of America about Muslims (Syrian refugees in particular), is breath taking.

I remember taking a history class about the origins of WWII and one of the most common questions in the class was how could the German people follow the Nazi’s?  As recent events have shown it doesn't take much to fan the flames of paranoia and fear!  People are prone to a herd mentality, if the herd goes in a certain direction your first instinct is to follow it, its almost an unconscious natural reaction to do so.  The irony is there is no such reaction to the daily slaughter caused by firearms in this country, how many mass shootings (that by any definition is terroristic in nature) have we endured over the last 20 years?  Yet collectively the nation just shrugged because freedom.

 I guess it depends on who does the killing...if your named Mike or Joe...”Freedom” but if its Mohammed or Achmed...”OMG we are all going to die! Do something!” simply astonishing!



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