Monday, February 13, 2017
A few months ago I thought the slaughter of the Civil War, and the agitation of the violent Abolitionists who helped bring it on, were evil. But possibly they had to be violent, because easy-going citizens like me couldn’t be stirred up otherwise. If our grandfathers had the alertness and courage to see the evils of slavery and a government conducted by gentlemen for gentlemen only, there wouldn’t have been any need of agitation and war and blood.
It becomes clear that the installation of a fascist government will not be a revolution or coup d'état; rather, the groundwork for fascism has already been constructed in the ideological worldviews of the majority of Americans. The riposte to the claim that “It Can’t Happen Here” is “It already has.”
It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis
After all, Germany was a state where the law rested on a firm foundation, where a majority in parliament was opposed to Hitler, and where every citizen believed that “his liberty and equal rights were secured by the solemnly affirmed constitution.”