Sleep Walking to Ford’s Theatre

The American journalist, William Shirer, who penned one of the greatest books of the 20th century, The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich, observed that no other political party “came close to attracting so many shady characters,” as Adolf Hitler’s National Socialists as they accrued power in Germany.

While the Nazis battled for power, some senior leaders such as Joseph Geobbels and Gregor Strasser, advocated allying with the Communists and Socialists. Both factions believed more government control would solve Germany’s problems. But for Hitler this was heresy. He had won the support of prominent industrialists who opposed the unions, socialists and communists. His financial support would collapse if he embraced his political adversaries. The die was cast. The National Socialists and the Communists clashed until Hitler’s Nazi’s finally gained more power and political influence.

Hitler promised a reinvigorated Germany, and he consistently blamed Germany’s leaders for stabbing the country in the back at Versaille. As the Weimar Republic began its gradual collapse, Hitler’s shadow government was waiting in the wings, ready to seize power. Astonishingly, the Nazi’s never earned a majority of the German vote. Hitler took advantage of Germany’s multiparty system and through assassinations, intimidation and effective propaganda coerced Hindenburg and others to cede political power to him.

America shares some unnerving similarities with 1930s Germany with the existing political environment.

A weak and feckless President has depleted our military, abandoned our allies and appeased our enemies. ISIS exploits our weak national security and immigration system by ruthlessly attacking our citizens in California, Tennessee, Texas and elsewhere. Americans feel unsafe and uncertain about the future. Our economy is anemic, and millions of Americans are out of work. Obama has aggressively destroyed jobs in coal country and refuses to unleash American job growth. Instead, he bows to environmental extremists in rejecting the Keystone Pipeline.

Our countrymen (rightfully) feel betrayed by an out of touch ruling class that has engaged in profligate spending and burdened Americans with a 19 trillion dollar debt. Our politicians routinely lie, abandon promises to constituents and commit political adultery with K street lobbyists. America’s immigration process is ridiculously complicated and in need of major reform. We were promised a wall that was never built. The rule of law is ignored by President Obama, and he habitually ignores and disrespects the Constitution. The major parties have frontrunners campaigning on nationalist and Marxist propaganda. The truth is being ignored by the main stream media, but Americans still have time to rally. Many Christians recognize the division, disorder, deception and hatred from both the Trump and Sanders political factions as the spirit of antichrist. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Instead of building a shadow government as Hitler did in Germany, Donald Trump has constructed a shadow party within the GOP. He’s essentially mounting a hostile takeover, much to the alarm of principled conservatives and the GOP establishment.

The arrogant and out of touch GOPe continually anger the Republican base. Just this week, Mitch McConnell and his minions demanded Ted Cruz kiss the ring and apologize to them for calling them exactly what they are–a cartel controlled by special interests. No wonder Americans are so disgusted with Washington. They understand so many Washington work for K Street instead of Main Street. They’re quite ready to beat the daylights out of these political sell outs at the ballot box.

So the party of Lincoln and Reagan finds itself in a deep trance, sleep walking to Ford’s Theater. Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his sycophants, populists, low information voters and useful idiots eagerly await to do the deed. Many Republicans see the imminent demise of the party of Lincoln but nobody can seem to stop it. The spirit of Lincoln–of freedom–is dying before our eyes. Ted Cruz and principled conservatives are waging an intense battle to disrupt the rendezvous and wrestle control away from a propagandist nationalist. It is a battle worth fighting but the odds of victory grow dimmer by the hour.

It’s midnight in America. Will America wake up before its too late?

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Lucius Coverdale

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