Trump’s most important reminder

Who would have thought two years ago that a U.S. president would publicly side with a Russian leader against NATO, the EU, and the intelligence communities of the U.S.? And that tens of millions of Americans (mainly Republicans who had long been hawkish on America’s global rivals) would immediately back him up?

Let this be a reminder of how quickly history can change course and how quickly masses can be mobilized to do what seemed unthinkable a year or so earlier.

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4 thoughts on “Trump’s most important reminder

  1. I would have thought it, two years ago. The warning signs of this man’s ignorance were there, but American voters were too busy toying with their smartphones and playing around on Facebook. Evidently, they still are.

    “The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble…Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward.” – Adolf Hitler, from “Mein Kampf” (1925)

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      • Definitely. I think all political leaders do, both good and bad. I added the Hitler quote more to reference the “masses,” and in response to Daedalus Lex’s question “Who would have thought…?” Crowd mentality is feeble, and can help bring demagogues to power. We’ve just seen it happen in America.

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