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Why the Pandemic & Economic Crisis Might be Good for Trump

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With everything that is going on in America right now it's easy to get caught up in the moment just trying to make sense of over 100,000 Americans dead and the Floyd protest. In the midst of all of this there have been some interesting Tweets coming from the President which seem to be random and spur of the moment ranting which are being largely ignored by media on both the left and the right. When you step back and look at them with a wider view, they are unsettlingly similar to actions taken by a country smaller than the state of Texas in the middle of Europe in the 1930's.

On June 19, 2018 the President said in a Tweet that "Democrats are the problem. They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can't win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!"

This tweet uses two tactics out of the aspiring dictator's playbook. First, it paints an opposing political party as a threat to the nation and second it dehumanizes a group. The NSDAP did the same thing in the 1920s and 30s, painting communist and immigrants as threats to a nation. At first the Nazi's were easy to ignore but then came hyperinflation as Germany struggled under the weight of reparation payments to the allies as a punishment for the first world war. As the government printed more and more money its value decreased causing prices and unemployment to rise. Immigrants competed with national citizens for limited numbers of jobs and so the NSDAP propaganda found an audience. As the US economy enters into a recession and potential depression which could be as severe as what was experienced in the 1930s, such rhetoric from a sitting US president also finds a receptive audience.

Now with all the civil unrest as a result of Mr. Floyd's murder we are seeing a preview of what the President has in store down the road. In the past he has alluded, and encouraged, his followers (base) to use force to ensure he can stay in office. Much like many other dictators who use an armed force fiercely loyal to them and not the nation nor its laws. He has called into question the democratic process so that in the case he loses the election he can fight to remain in power by alleging voter fraud, even when there is no evidence. By threatening to use the Insurrection Act, he is laying the foundation for martial law. Eventually, he will have to come for everyone's guns. There will be something that will happen which he will use as an excuse to confiscate guns from law abiding citizens. Ironically, I expect that move to be applauded by the left and that the GOP will remain silent (it's what Graham and McConnel do best when it comes to Trump policies that run counter to the GOP main stream anyway).

That is when people will realize what is really going on. By then, it might be too late. I only hope that members of the US military remember their oath, to support and defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC. An order to engage and use military force against the people of the United States is an unlawful order.
© 2021 David Stempnakowski

San Marcos, TX USA 78666