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Ceding power to fascism


Fascism, according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd Ed., 1993 (p. 700) is defined as follows: "1. A governmental system led by a dictator who, having complete power, forcibly suppresses opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism."

In a speech given by President Donald Trump in Minnesota, ostensibly to promote the tax reform bill forwarded by the GOP, he demonstrated every one of those characteristics. I'm old enough to remember Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, and since I heard Trump, in his inauguration (coronation) speech mimic these fascist dictators with his declaration "I alone can save you," I have waited for the GOP majority to rein in this narcissistic madman, which, much to my despair, it has not done.

When will these powerful members of Congress represent the good of the people before he concentrates the wealth of the nation in the hands of the toadies who see their personal advantage in his actions? Will they manage to remove him from office before he abolishes the present protections of our environment, of the poor, of the sick? Before his appointees abolish every regulation, maximizing the greed and venality of the earth-rapers? Before he abolishes the impartiality of the legal system to which we aspire by nominating federal judges who share his agenda rather than respect the law? Before his lack of forethought and restraint and civility and his nasty mouth brings us into a nuclear war?

I sincerely hope so. I hope he can at least be restrained until the midterm elections when, if we cannot impeach him, we can remove those in power who enable and support him.

Istar Holliday

Arroyo Grande

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