Remember those old black and white movies from the 40’s and 50’s showing Nazi agents moving through trains in wartime Europe, demanding that passengers “show us your papers?” I could never imagine anything so terribly authoritarian, so horribly fascist, happening here in the U.S., but now it is. Border Patrol agents targeted travelers arriving on a flight from San Francisco to JFK Airport in New York, doing exactly the same thing. “Show us your papers!”
Let’s do that again, just in case you missed something. Border Patrol agents were demanding to see people’s identification as they got off a domestic, I repeat, a domestic flight.
Seriously? In America?
At the same time, the man who many suspect is now running the country, white nationalist and Breitbarter, Steve Bannon, tipped his fascist hand at the CPAC meeting in Maryland when he opined that one of the Administration’s “big picture” areas is “continued deconstruction of the administrative state.”
So Mr. Bannon, is arguing for the “deconstruction” (destruction) of the American Government and its agencies? Really? He is arguing for an all out assault on the United States Government? Can he even do that without being arrested?
He also referred to the press as “the opposition party.” The Administration took that stand a step further today, when they barred the New York Times, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the BBC and Politico, from attending a press briefing, while Donald Trump argued for some kind of regulation (that would be a law), which would be clearly illegal under the First Amendment, barring the press from using unnamed sources.
What next? Der Trumpenfuhrer’s subjects raising their hands and shouting “zeig heil?” It’s going that way you know. Millions of uninformed Americans still seem to think Donald Trump is a great guy. Apparently, they’ll believe anything he says. Anything. Beyond that, Trump is trying to hedge his bets, just in case a few true believers fall through the cracks.
They started by shutting down (shutting out) the press, except for those one-sided outlets that print the one side that the Trump/Bannon gang favors. Then they recommend a law that would make it illegal for reporters to quote unnamed sources. Then they send out agents to walk the aisles of jetliners demanding to see our “papers.”
This is not American. This is insane. This has got to stop.
The White House Press Association must be allowed to decide which members of the press corps attend official press briefings, and those Republicans in Congress who still wish to be considered responsible (honorable) Americans need to support impeachment proceedings, beginning immediately
Don’t think that what happened in Europe in the 30’s can’t happen here, because it already is.
What these guys are doing is so outrageous, so beyond belief, that millions are in denial. People simply cannot believe what’s really happening, some possibly thinking that eventually the Trump/Bannon gang will turn a corner, becoming more reasonable. Except that they won’t. Power corrupts, and these guys are hungry for it. The more they take, the more they’ll want, until the Constitution has been shredded and liberty becomes nothing more than a fading memory of something we once had, like a good public education, decent, affordable healthcare, due process and government of, for and by the people.
And we have yet to see this bully’s tax returns or to know the whole story regarding his true relationship to Putin and the Russian oligarchs, while the jackbooted click of Nazi agents moving through the trains in those old movies continues to echo through the years. The fear of facing reality is apparently shutting down much of the opposition, because this just can’t be happening. Not here in America. It just can’t.