Letter: Fascism has come to United States

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To the editor:

In 2016 Donald Trump was only a candidate; heavy-handed and rude, using strength of personality to bully competitors into silence. It reminded me of the film, "The Gangs of New York." Politics was a "winner-take-all" business and the poor were never winners. I sensed 19th century attributes in this new Republican addition. He was off the cuff. Flippant. Abusive.

He painted with the worst of our fears. "Others"b— immigrants, Muslims, war heroes — made America's downfall. He beat opponents one-by-one, mostly with insults, winning the nomination and the backing of the party.

The new rallies had pomp, color and applause, but also unfounded accusations, half truths, chants of "Lock her up!" and attacking the media. Lastly, he called out Americans who voiced opposition inside the rally. These he gave to the crowd. "I'll pay your legal fees!" he said.

Donald Trump: this real estate mogul and TV celeb, was no Republican. Neither was he a Democrat. No, my friend, Donald Trump is an old world, 20th century style Fascist.

As I watched this bombast rant, he pulled on the same passions from the 1930s. I remained silent. Writing to the editor sounded alarming. Besides, who would vote for him?

2018: Dems win the House. New leadership. New justices, too. Sen. Mitch McConnell tables 400 bills from the House; green energy, minimum wage, infrastructure, election security, cyber defense things like that.

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If you're under 35, you may not have people who remember a world of fascist passions. "Us first, all others out,"."The press is the enemy," "Obey the party line."

You don't remember stories of the Italian "black shirts." You haven't heard from those whose hearts pounded, hearing the glass shatter on "Kristallnacht." Book burnings, midnight arrests. You don't know what it's like when the leader is the state.

We are now seeing that mentality which fermented in the 1930s. Donald Trump has finally paid someone enough to declare absolution in the well of the U.S. Senate and now has the blessing of that body:

"If a president does something which he believes will help him get elected... in the public interest then that cannot be the kind of `quid pro quo' that results in impeachment.." Alan Dershowitz.

I don't know about you, and I'm no constitutional scholar, but I'm certain that our Founders had something else in mind.

Welcome to the New Monarchy.

Jeffrey Brace,

Pittsfield


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