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To show due reverence for the horror foretold by the great pogrom of Nov. 8, 1938, I should in fact say Kristallnacht writ small.  But  the death of a great democracy is no small thing either; and  let us not give short shrift to events of Nov. 22, 2000 -- the day  of the so called bourgeois riot --  when a platoon of Republican thugs invaded the canvassing board of Dade County, Florida, and by violence halted the ballot  re-count then going forward --   thereby effectively squelching the chance that Al Gore's Florida vote tally would ever surpass  George Bush's.

My point is this: those of us who take seriously the possibility of our beloved America slipping in Fascism, must search out a signal event, and make of it a rallying cry -- a meme if you will -- with which to help resist the onset of the single party corporatist state.  And I must here re-assure my readers that however Green my rhetoric, I am neither Green, nor Socialist, but  loyal Democrat, and in fact, a well functioning cog in the wheel of Capitalist free enterprise.  But, as  noted elsewhere, the presidency of Ronald Reagan was for me the first real indicator of the fragility American democracy, and the first real warning that it could -- under the influence of skillful enough demagoguery -- be supplanted by a homegrown totalitarianism which I have come to call  "Apple Pie Fascism."

Let this date then -- Nov. 22, the day on which, four years ago, Florida tipped irrevocably --   be one of remembrance, but also of hope, and of re-dedication to the long and difficult fight which awaits us.

Originally posted to magnetics on Tue Nov 23, 2004 at 01:11 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Month and day are right... (none)
    ...but the year is wrong.

    November 22nd, 1963 is when things went finally and irrevocably to hell.

    "We will fight them, sir, until hell freezes over. And then, sir, we will fight them on the ice."

    by Raybin on Tue Nov 23, 2004 at 01:17:23 AM PST

  •  I agree withyou 100%. (none)
    I have always thought that that event was the turning point for our democracy, followed up quickly by the Supreme Court decision stopping the
    recount. The country is paying a price for these two evil events. It's almost like a classical tragedy.
    The question is: can we turn it around? Most Americans don't see it the way we do here. Will there be a next election?
    The more I observe, however, the less I fear a fascist dictatorship, and the more I fear that this crowd will destroy our country through their incometence.
  •  Breaking Glass (none)
    Good point. I've often thought of that, too. That whole petite overthrow of democracy (or any serious thought about our actions at the time) opened the door to the chain of events we now witness.

    And just when I try to calm down and not get so dramatic, someone posts the "Dear Leader" billboard, which I find utterly shocking.

    November isn't such a great month, is it? I'm going to have to take this angst out on something -- watch me beat up the turkey.

    Thank you for your post, Magnetics.

    "On some hill of despair the bonfire you kindle can light the great sky - though, of course, to make it burn you have to throw yourself in." - Galway Kinnell

  •  not "Kristallnacht": retitle please (none)
    For Kristallnacht

    please find another way of talking about the Bush brothers /Supreme Court coup of 2000

    •  Agree; (none)
      the Beer Hall Putsch (Munich, 1923?) is a more appropriate metaphor.  But the German police stopped that one and Hitler landed in jail.

      "Never mind the trick, what the hell's the point?" Joseph Heller, Catch-22

      by wozzle on Tue Nov 23, 2004 at 04:54:04 AM PST

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  •  the blanket of complacency (none)
    The way the media all co-operate in the pacification of alarm scares me most. At all other times they are shrilly pumping routine news, but in a true crisis, they hum a dirge and move on. Until this year, I thought this high-handedness was just misplaced civic duty. Now I have seen how much the media have to supplicate whoever is in power, however that power was achieved.
  •  Uhm... (none)
    This comparison lacks any substance, and in fact is horrible. We democrats should stop using Hitler references, because History is a stream of SINGULAR (but not independant) events, and the human mind desperately trying to chain them and form some causality. This topic is a cheap way of getting attention. You suck.
    •  I think you are wrong. (none)
      While it is not a Kristallnacht in the sense of immediate destruction and fear, I remember watching this event live on television and thinking the "brownshirts" have arrived.
  •  You should be ashamed of yourself (none)
    This comparison is not only completely senseless, it's insulting.

    "I don't want to bring politics into this, I'm just here for the drugs." Nancy Reagan, at a "Just Say No" event, 1985

    by Jack109 on Tue Nov 23, 2004 at 03:14:40 AM PST

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