Top 4 Signs You’re About to Elect a Dictator

Top 4 Signs You’re About to Elect a Dictator

Rachel CohenTuesday,24 May 2016

I have the terrible habit of reading about history. So now that our country seems at a precipice of change, I thought it a good idea to read about how that has played out in the past.

Here’s the thing, I get the whole Godwin’s Law scenario, but I sometimes wonder if we’ve desensitized ourselves to the whole idea of Hitler. Everyone terrible is Hitler. Hitler is the boss who won’t let us go home early, and Hitler is the blustering orange buffoon who may one day be the leader of the free(?) world(?). Oh wait, about that last one…

Really, I initially thought the Trump as Hitler comparisons were doing nothing to further a dialogue. Seriously, could it be that bad? No! Except then I did that history reading thing, and realized that the complacency of people always leads to that same sentiment: things can never really get that bad. Until, of course, they do. And so, my cursory and in no way valid study of the rise of a dictator.

Dictator Move #1: The Country Is In Trouble, And It Is Everyone Else’s Fault

“Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time.

When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time.

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.” June, 2015

“The German nation has no feeling of hatred toward England, America or France. All it wants is peace and quiet.

But these other nations are continually being stirred up to hatred of Germany and the German people by Jewish and non-Jewish agitators. And so, should the warmongers achieve what they are aiming at, our own people would be landed in a situation for which they would be psychologically quite unprepared and which they would thus fail to grasp. I therefore consider it necessary that from now on our Propaganda Ministry and our press should always make a point of answering these attacks and, above all, bring them to the notice of the German people. The German nation must know who the men are who want to bring about a war by hook or by crook.” January, 1939

Adolf Trump

Dictator Move #2: Single Out A Minority Group

“We are not talking about isolation, we’re talking about security. We’re not talking about religion, we’re talking about security. Our country is out of control. They’re not coming to this country if I’m president. And if Obama has brought some to this country they are leaving, they’re going, they’re gone.” December, 2015

“One thing I should like to say on this day, which may be memorable for others as well as for us Germans: In the course of my life I have very often been a prophet and have usually been ridiculed for it. During the time of my struggle for power, it was in the first instance the Jewish race that only received my prophecies with laughter when I said that I would one day take over the leadership of the State and with it that of the whole nation and that I would then, among many other things, settle the Jewish problem. Their laughter was uproarious, but I think that for some time now they have been laughing on the other side of their face.” January, 1939

Dictator Move #3: Discredit International Alliances

“Let me be clear: An agreement imposed by the United Nations would be a total and complete disaster.

The United Nations is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom.” March, 2016

“The League of Nations has never been a real league of peoples. A number of great nations do not belong to it or have left it, without anybody being able to assert that these countries were in favor of a policy of isolation.” January, 1937

Dictator Move #4: Be Sad!

“Sad!” Perpetually, 2015-2016

“It was a terribly sad time.” April, 1933

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

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