I reference 1930s Germany because the parallels are there, and I have been warning about this even in the late twentieth century, but more intensively in the twenty-first.
*We could have turned it around fairly easily, but we were in trouble when the Supremes stopped the recount and made Bush the President. Few people saw the handwriting on the wall then, and said that could never happen here, “We’re a Democracy!”
Hitler had his lap dog Reichstag to put his desires into law, Bush had his lap dog Congress and Senate to do the same thing. Hitler had his “Enabling Acts” to remove the civil rights of the German People, for their own protection, of course. Bush, et al, had the Illegal, unconstitutional, and misnamed Patriot Act to do the same.
Germany had Adolph Hitler, who, by the time Germany realized they didn’t really want him, it was too late.
*We’ve now got Agolf Twitler and it may be too late.