Pages from my journal . . . .

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . .

who acquit the guilty for a bribe but deny justice for the innocent.” ~ Isaiah 5:20, 23

He crushed opposition with violence and projected an image of himself as a powerful, indispensable leader by fostering a cult of personality, celebrity, spectacle. That is, showmanship.

Sound like anyone you know? I’m talking about Mussolini. I’ve been thinking of him lately and the correlations between him and our current president’s immediate predecessor. Although the historical precedents and political circumstances differ, the comparisons in terms of character and style are downright scary.

Okay, enough talking in circles. Just as Mussolini took overtook the Fascist movement in Italy during the 1930s, Trump exploited the ultra-nationalist, alt-right movements in the United States in the 2010s.

Fascist regimes thrive on disorder and the chaos they foment, only to claim they are the only ones who can “fix it” ~ vis-a-vis both Trump and Mussolini. If things work out well, take all the credit. If things go badly, as they indeed did, blame everybody else.

Arrogant contempt, greed, hunger for power use deception to cause confusion and distrust. Trump exploited existing economic fears during the period leading up to the 2016 presidential election, just as Mussolini used prejudice against minority groups in Italy and sowed discontent among the populace to seize power.

Furthermore, both neutered institutions that challenged them. We have seen how Trump copied past ethnic-nationalistic movements in pre-WWII Europe, goading with “stand by” and “fight like hell” and shaking a fist at rally after rally, culminating in the insurrection in D.C. on 6 January 2021. Can you imagine where we would be today had he succeeded?

And he’s still fighting to regain control. Lord, have mercy.

Author: www.rosesintherainmemoir.wordpress.com

Celebrating just over fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. I launched this INVITATION TO THE GARDEN blog the summer of 2017 on WordPress.com. I look forward to hearing your stories, too!

2 thoughts on “Pages from my journal . . . .”

  1. Agreed! And the Republican party, in attacking the DOJ and FBI for executing the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, has demonstrated the ultimate factor to earn it the label of fascist: a willingness to condone/encourage violence to retain power. Every voter must understand how high the stakes are this November.

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