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This should scare us senseless-

“We believed in the letter of the law, and we tried to do our jobs well, but the whole system seemed to have gone insane. People were tried for war crimes even though we weren’t at war…We all went along with it, because we were afraid of losing our jobs...we all became part of it. Nobody escaped.”

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" I did nothing wrong". Hmm! Sounds familiar. The total corruption of our legal system has unfortunately already begun. Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society, neo-Nazi members of Congress, and Trump have started the process. They are both determined and ruthless. Therefore, we need to be the same in protecting our institutions.

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Who benefits? Lawlessness must become unfashionable, again in local communities, families and friendship circles. It should be a shameful action -- to break the law, at the lowest level and highest level. Accountability, no exceptions.

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Spoke to a cashier today, lovely grandmotherly type --- in chitchatting on weather, she believes the recent California mudslides were caused by "Biden seeding the clouds." Lots of work to do before November. Listen, talk, learn everywhere you go. November is coming quickly. Connect.

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Scary stuff.

AG Garland had a golden opportunity to get us rid of Donald Trump by assigning that special prosecutor for Jan 6 on day 1.

I’m so puzzled why that didn’t happen

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This could not be more concerning knowing how close we are to this possibility becoming real. It can happen here.

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Ruth, your story of Pinochet dying before he could be held accountable reminds me of Kissinger in Greg Grandins book, Kissinger's Shadow.

I just got back from Laos, which along with Cambodia suffered more bombing than WW2. All secret. Kissinger was never held accountable for this as well as his role in Chile.

Will Biden & Company ever be held accountable for their unwavering support of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Gaza?

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If Trump 2.0 happens, there will be so many authoritarian models to choose from. Will it be Chile under Pinochet? Argentina under the Junta, China under Mao or Xi Jinping, the USSR under Stalin, Russia under Putin, Hungary under Orban, Romania under Ceaușescu, East Germany under Erich Honecker, Albania under Hoxha, so many more to choose from. Which will the Donald choose? Will he use the Blueprint for American Fascism (prepared by the Hitler Foundation, I mean the Heritage Foundation)?

Whatever the future holds - and hopefully our weakened, brutalized democracy has enough strength left to defeat Trumpism - it seems that rising, stochastic political violence will be impossible to avoid.

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Today, Special Prosecutor Robert Hur released his report regarding the Biden classified documents investigation. Basically, he determined that Biden would not be convicted of willfully maintaining and disseminating classified documents because he believes a jury would not convict a kindly old gentleman who demonstrates a faulty memory. This is a huge opening for Trump to prosecute Biden if Trump is elected again. The documents were discovered on Biden's properties well within what would be the statute of limitations should Trump occupy the Oval Office in 2025. Conclusion: a new Trump Presidency will surely indict Biden with this new report from Hur as its basis. Moreover, it is a huge political win for Trump and his sycophants and microphones, allowing false equivalence between the Biden classified documents investigation and Trump's more serious handling and obstruction of obtaining classified information. And of course other political indictments of enemies and legal favoritism for Trump friends will undoubtedly occur as indicated by his pardons of Steve Bannon, Roger Stone and most egregiously, Paul Manafort in the later days of his first administration. All of these prosecutions and/or favors will be accompanied by a significant volume of demonizing and tribal rhetoric that identifies the rightful prosecution of law-breaking "enemies" of the "right" and the redemption of "patriots" who have been "wronged".

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The US backed the lawlessness in Chile for several reasons. One had to do with their copper mines being nationalized under the Allende administration, and our industrial elites not liking that decision. The other reason was the paranoia of our deep state about Soviet influence. So we backed fascism in Chile but also assisted in esablishing it. James M Buchanan helped rewrite their consitution to reflect an authoritarian view that favored an elite class and supported a cut throat neoliberal economics. Milton Fiedman was there to assure that they followed the neoliberal economic roadmap that US elites wanted. Our elites did not want democracy in Chile, nor laws to protect the citizens. Our elites could care less if Pinochet was a sociopath and thug, and in fact I believe they enjoyed it.

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The former military prosecutor's words... We've heard another iteration:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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