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DON DiCESARE: History is for learning


I have tried to steel myself against the urge to write about “the Donald,” now known as "President Trump," but the events that occurred in Oregon last Saturday drove me over the edge.

FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Don Dicesare

If you are not aware, an “alt-reich” nut-job zealot started insulting two young Muslim women, and two good Samaritans who tried to intervene were stabbed to death.
If there is a heaven, whether it’s Muslim, Jewish, Christian or Hindu, they will surely be there for their heroic defense of basic human rights.
This event is directly linked to the hate rhetoric spouted by Trump for at least the past two years. His constant garbage about walls to keep out Mexicans and his attempted executive order to keep out Muslims, among other things, has played into the hands of these radical Hitlerites, who spout their own rhetoric and give the Nazi salute.
Make America great again? I don't think so.
America was once the bastion of democracy, welcoming with open arms, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, who become the builders of that nation and its greatest defenders.
We may be witnessing the end of America as we have historically known it.
All of it brought about by one man, or perhaps by the many who voted for him, unaware of his history and how his rise to power has preyed on people’s fears.
In September 1916, British historian/archeologist Tobias Stone said: "... Lead people to feel they have lost control of their country and destiny, people look for scapegoats, a charismatic leader captures the popular mood, and singles out the scapegoat. He talks in rhetoric that has no detail, and drums up anger and hatred. Soon the masses start to move as one, without any logic driving their actions, and the whole becomes unstoppable.”
He was talking about Hitler. Does it sound familiar?
The similarities between Trump’s rise to the Presidency and Hitler’s rise to power in Germany are astounding. Both rose to prominence by legal and democratic means and both immediately began attacking the judiciary and the press, the two elements that can put restraints on an overzealous leader with dreams of grandeur and unlimited power and control.
The next step is to find an ethnic scapegoat to blame for all the country’s problems. Trump’s is, of course, Muslims, while Hitler blamed the Jews. It only took a few words from Hitler to his underlings to solve “the Jewish Problem” and we all know the results of their solution.
While many people would say this could never happen in the U.S.A., you only have to look back to the days of slavery and realize it happened once before.
History is a wonderful teacher, if we only take the time to listen and ponder its lessons.
Trump’s history is rife with all of the elements that should have frightened most Americans away, including his prejudice against many distinct groups, his treatment of women, and his bullying tactics in virtually all of his “deals.”
His dealings with contractors on his building projects is a matter of public record. His usual tactic was to offer them a small percentage of what he owed, or he would declare bankruptcy and they would get nothing. Ethics seemed to play no part in his life before the presidency and I don’t believe that will change.
Trump’s oligarchy, under his control, surrounded by people such as Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Kelly Conway, who will forever be remembered for coining the term “alternative facts,” will be run like he ran his private life. What an indictment of the intelligence of the American voter.
The American type of Republican democracy, priding itself on its checks and balances to control the actions of the president, is, in my opinion, and to use a Trumpism, a "total disaster."
This president will not be controlled by anybody. If he is not stopped, he will lead America down the path of destruction, perhaps not physical destruction by war, although this is a possibility, but economic and social destruction.
America is becoming the laughing stock of the world and its self-proclaimed position as leader of the free world is being challenged by the ever expanding influence of China, who, incidentally, is espousing free trade globally, while Trump wants to retreat into a protectionist shell.
His grasp of economics is the same as his grasp of the English language: very basic, very simple and at a sixth-grade level.
Wake up, America! The fox is in the chicken coup. Time to get him out of there before it’s too late. The ultimate check and balance is impeachment. Its potential use is there for a reason.

Don Dicesare lives in Corner Brook and is a member of The Western Star's Community Editorial Board.

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