Liar! Liar!

It’s bad enough that there are people who tell lies. Some tell outrageous lies. A few repeatedly tell lies that everyone knows are lies. Even fewer tell outrageous lies, people know that they’re lies, but agree with the lie as if it were true.

Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) asserts that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

With apologies to Mike Godwin, we have reached that point. Adolph Hitler, in his book Mein Kampf posited that a big lie was best because people would assume that no one “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

I could point out parallel after parallel between the two men, but you’ve probably figured that out already. All I can say is that if you see a lie, don’t believe it, don’t repeat it, and don’t make it acceptable.

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Scorched Earth

In 1939, during the Second World War, the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact–also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact–was signed. Stalin was wary. Hitler was lying. In 1941, Operation BARBAROSSA–the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany began.

Hitler believed that Germany’s blitzkrieg tactic would make short work of the Soviets, and at first it looked like he was right,. However, the deeper the Germans moved into Soviet Territory, the slower the progress. Many people believe it was the Soviet winter that defeated the Germans as it had Napoleon’s Army. It worked against Germany, but there were other factors at play.

The Soviet’s needed time to build tanks and aircraft. If the German Army could be delayed, the Soviets could overwhelm them with numbers. To buy time, the Soviets destroyed their homes and fields as the German army approached. When the Germans advanced, they found that the food was gone, building materials were gone, anything useful was gone.

At Stalingrad, the Soviets employed all of their troops along with the equipment they had. As the Germans destroyed people and tanks, replacements quickly filled the void. The Germans were cut off. The Soviet tanks were inferior to Germany’s, but Soviet industry kept building them and the Soviet soldiers kept attacking. Eventually, the Germans ran out of ammunition, food, and fuel and this the winter made a huge difference. Many starved, others froze, and still the Soviets kept attacking.

What Germans survived surrendered at Stalingrad. Ninety-one thousand Germans were captured. Only 5,000 were returned. The scorched earth policy had bought the Soviet Union the time it needed to rearm and ultimately win.

I am watching your president. He is attempting to execute a scorched earth policy of his own. Unfortunately, there is no advantage to America or the American people. Instead, he is attempting to commit societal suicide–genocide on his own people.

I hope for your sake he fails at this as he has failed at so many other things.

Presidential Quotations

Abraham Lincoln – “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt – “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy – “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

Lyndon Baines Johnson – “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.”

Richard M. Nixon – “I am not a crook.”

Donald M. trump – “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

Death by COVID-19

Over 202,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. That’s an impressive number–you must be proud of yourselves.

That’s nearly double the number of Americans killed in the First World War. In fact it’s nearly 40,000 more than the TOTAL deaths from Revolutionary War (25,000), The War of 1812 (20,000), The Mexican War (13,283), Spanish-American War (2,446), The Korean War (36,516), The War in Vietnam (58,219), The Gulf War (258), and the Iraq/Afghanistan War (6,626) combined.

Of course, the Spanish Flu of 1918 – 1920 is still ahead with 650,000 deaths. The Spanish flu’s existence was debated and denied and simplistic treatments, such as sunshine and fresh air proposed. Sound familiar?

Like COVID-19, the Spanish Flu came in waves, with each downturn hailed as the end only to be followed by the next surge of infections and deaths.

Germany 1936 vs USA 2020

I know many of my views are unpopular. It’s been that way for over 2 millennia–I just come across that way. Why? Because I choose to say what I BELIEVE is factual.

Am I always right? Of course not–no human, whether living or dead–is always right, no matter what some may tell you. Nevertheless, I give it an honest effort. Many of your leaders do not.

For some reason, many of you and your contemporaries, accept what are obvious fallacies, as factual–you know “Promises made, Promises kept.” Try these:

  • Is “The Wall” completed from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico? NO
  • Has Mexico paid for the wall as promised? NO
  • Is employment up? NO
  • Do people feel secure in their homes? NO
  • Are they confident that they can afford their rent or house payments? NO
  • IS healthcare available and affordable for all Americans? NO
  • Did COVID-19 miraculously disappear, as promised? NO
  • Are Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran (AMONG OTHERS)
    pumping false information into the media to affect our
    election outcomes? YES
  • Are your elected officials ensuring an honest election? NO
  • Are some officials benefiting from foreign interference? NO
  • Do you even care?

If you want the shit scared out of you, get a pen. a tablet, and a clipboard. Watch Netflix’s Hitler – A Career and keep track of how many techniques and practices from NAZI Germany are occurring today in America.

I hope that you suffer neither a stroke nor a heart attack, If you do, after watching and thinking about things, you just might care.

It’s up to you.

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Donald Trump, Joe McCarthy, and Don Cohn

American soldiers murdered by the Waffen SS at Malmedy

In the waning days of your Second World War, Hitler tried to break through the Allied lines in the Ardennes forest near a town called Malmedy. This is known to Americans as The Battle of the Bulge.

Some American soldiers, out of ammunition and surrounded, surrendered to the Germans. The Waffen SS (a Nazi paramilitary organization), under the command of Joachim Peiper, massacred 84 of the American prisoners of war by machine gun fire, finishing them by crushing their skulls or shooting them in the head. Miraculously, some Americans survived and, once reunited with Allied forces, reported the event.

After the war, there was a thorough investigation. Every American casualty’s location was marked, autopsies were performed, and Waffen SS members involved identified. A trial was conducted at the former Dachau concentration camp in July 1946. The Waffen SS Nazis were found guilty. Forty-three were sentenced to death and 22 to life in prison.

To make a long story short, after the trials and convictions, there was a move to shift the blame from the Nazis to those who had investigated the crime. One of, if not the most significant players in this was US Senator Joseph McCarthy–yes that Joe McCarthy. When all was said and done, every single Waffen SS Nazi previously convicted of the crime walked free by December 1956.

McCarthy held strong antisemitic sentiments, although he did have a few staff members who were Jewish. The most interesting of these was attorney Roy Cohn–yes the Roy Cohn who was mentor to Donald J. Trump.

It’s an interesting coincidence, isn’t it.

Bring Out Your Dead!

Ah, plagues! You may call them pandemics, but a disease that kills many people and leaves many others debilitated is a plague. Period.

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Bring out your dead!

The depiction of plague deaths in your Monty Python and the Holy Grail is not too terribly far off. Your refrigerated semi trailers are the twenty-first equivalent of the medieval cadaver carts. Plagues are nasty, no matter what the nobles, politicians, or even dictators try to tell you.

However, there is an interesting wrinkle about plagues that effects society at large.

Throughout history, when plagues kill off many workers, the powerful promulgate edicts and other pronouncements from on high to insist that the workers return to their former work at the same dismal wages that they received before the plague. These demands are largely ignored. Why?

When everybody loses workers to the plague,. other business owners, also desperate for workers, offer higher wages. (“You were given a loaf of bread every week? I’ll give you access to an oven and a bag of flour every month! Come to work today and I’ll spot you two beers a week at the local pub!”)

Regardless of the edicts and proclamations; regardless of the threats, the workers go to where the opportunity is better. (For academics, this is Adam Smith’s so-called invisible hand.)

So, today, you are in a similar situation. Do you learn from the past or do you merely repeat the same old, same old, behavior, yet again. You face a significant risk–or maybe a significant opportunity.

I’ll check back in later to see how you’re doing.

Trump’s Priorities

Your president is not one to be distracted.

You are experiencing a pandemic with over 170,000 dead and projections of 200,000 total deaths by early September.

The pandemic has resulted in 16.3 million people out of work. Many are at risk of losing their homes.

Your national economy is in the–well–the equivalent of my sewer.

Your country has gone from the being most powerful nation on the earth to an international joke.

Appearances (at least) are that your president is a lackey of Russian President (for life?) Vladimir Putin.

Other US presidents would focus on correcting these things, but not your president.

Instead, he has kept himself focused. He will not be distracted. He is on a mission. Hence, his efforts are intent on changing the flow rate for shower heads to make sure that his hair is perfect.

Aren’t you proud?

Death – No Big Deal

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump: ‘I did more for the black community than anybody with a possible exception of Abraham Lincoln.’

Death is a fascinating subject, especially to someone who died over 2400 years ago. Been there, done that, still hang around my sewer.

Your COVID-19 Pandemic doesn’t compare to the Black Plague. During the historic plagues, it was advisable to avoid doctors, who were actually barbers. The best they had to offer was to cut open the veins of people who were already sick or injured to “let out the bad humours.”

Medical resources in your time are actually helpful, which makes every unnecessary death all the more egregious.

When I see so many unnecessary deaths; when I see unused resources; and when I see your president shrug it off as “They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is.”

I truly don’t know what to say–and I’m rarely at a loss for words.

Those who were subjected to the Black Death had no options.

You have science and technology. You actually know what to do.

What the hell is going on with you, with your knowledge, and your resources?

You’re willing to settle for “They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is,”

Maybe you deserve what’s happening.

John Adams’ Advice

In the musical 1776, one of the first offerings is John Adams bemoaning the lack of progress toward independency:

I do believe you’ve laid a curse on North America
A curse that we now here rehearse in Philadelphia
A second flood, a simple famine
Plagues of locusts everywhere
Or a cataclysmic earthquake
I’d accept with some despair
But, no, you sent us Congress.
Good God, sir, was that fair?

Sometimes it’s hard to improve on the classics.