…and it is becoming an American Nightmare
I believe we are all becoming increasingly concerned about the direction our American lives are taking, and that is appearing in our discussions in the Medium Forums. As we are approaching the coming National Election to choose a new president (or re-affirm the one we have), we now are facing perhaps the last opportunity that we, the People, will have to change the destiny of our nation, and to save — to protect — our civil liberties and our well-being as a nation, and as individuals.
All of this mutual contemplation and discussion about the threat of militant social influence by the Chinese through their social tool (Tik-Tok) is enlightening, but it is also disturbing. And it is not the only threat to our social fabric and our basic freedoms that we must deal with. We all need to be aware of the social influences on both sides of the ideological borders that we are facing here.
Donald Trump is an authoritarian — in an earlier time (say, during the period of the Second World War, and the threat posed by Hitler and Mussolini in Germany and Italy) he would have borrowed heavily from Hitler’s strategies for influencing the minds and actions of Americans. But he does a pretty good job of that even now. And lest we forget, our own industrial/commercial system has raised up titans of Commerce who have not merely influenced, but also largely controlled the way we deal with one another as people, and how much wealth we’ve been able to gather for ourselves, how much property we can own, how well we can manage to deal with threats to our physical health, and protect what we own from being ripped away from us by thieves and predators.
Authoritarian/fascist ideology is based upon the concept of “Controlling the Masses” — and it may have several objectives, but ultimately, I think the main objectives are:
* To produce more personal wealth through the acquisition of property and control of the means of production — for the authoritarian who is leading the “charge”.
* To reduce and eliminate competition for these resources, and to grab possession of the physical means of production — the Land, the Water, the physical resources they produce, and the people who must make a living using them.
* To fill the air waves, or the TV “waves” or the “radio waves” with the hate-filled diatribes — the propaganda — that results in an increase in the hate-filled responses of the people that can rise to destroy the existing systems of ownership and management of all the physical resources — and to funnel their productivity through civil unrest and destruction to the authoritarian/fascist leader’s personal bank or stronghold.
It’s STILL All About the Money — who controls the money, who has the lands, and who has the power to give the orders. Here in the 21st Century, we’re still all fighting over the same stuff we were fighting over when we were wielding clubs and swords.
However, we cannot allow this fascist authoritarian in our White House to succeed in tearing down our democracy by using loud, bombastic diatribes in our public forums. Nor can we allow him to unleash his Public Relations Gurus on us to woo and wheedle, and to Impune and Imply with vicious rumors or honeyed words that WE are the ones at fault for making our nation’s social fabric fray and rip apart at the seams.
Our American form of government — our Liberty for All — is in great peril. And Donald Trump is the Leader who is at the center of this peril. While he may not have the prescience to woo us into a complete capitulation and the relinquishment of our civil liberties in toto, Donald Trump is, nevertheless, capable of saying whatever it is that he thinks we want to hear, which implies that he can prevaricate, exaggerate and deny, change the subject and exhibit a blind eye to the obvious facts, and also to hire administrative support (mouth pieces) to promote his agenda and help him build his regime.
I understand that this is a bold, and perhaps harsh, contemplation of the facts of our situation in America today, but we are approaching an event horizon where the outcomes of our choices in this coming election can have devastating effects upon our freedoms and our American liberty as never before witnessed in this country.
We must step carefully and lightly into this coming Election, dear people, and we must have a clear understanding of what we are dealing with here. Our Democratic Union and our civil liberties are at stake more than they have been since World War II.
Choose wisely, and choose well. Your actions and your choices in this year’s Presidential Election will have enormous impact on the well-being of our nation, the safety of our children, and the future of our Democracy.