With Donald Trump throwing yet another child-like Twitter tantrum over an SNL skit about him, we're watching the dawn of a new era in American politics. A weak thin-skinned man is about to occupy the White House. And he doesn't like it when people mock or disagree with him. It hurts his feelings. His temperament tells us there will come a time when he lashes out, especially after he takes the oath of office.
With the powers of state at his disposal, we need to be better informed about what's coming down the pike. This TED presentation "How did Hitler rise of power" is good place to start ...
Just in case you have some friends who don't get it, the 14 identifying characteristics of fascism below, from Lawerence Britt, is something of a classic now, and a nice place to start. I'm listing the primary points below without commentary because, as you probably recognize by now, the script is writing itself.
With reference to #8 "Religion and Government Intertwined" keep in mind that while Italy's Benito Mussolini began as a militant atheist he took the Catholics under his wing once "the bishops ... blessed the fascist Pennants."
We also need to recognize that while Donald Trump seems to have no problem quoting fascists like Mussolini, the fascist trends we are seeing now didn't start with Donald Trump. The 14 characteristics listed above have been evolving for some time now, albeit with softer overtones. Crony capitalism under the guise of deregulation, the militarization of nationalism, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, voter ID laws, and fewer voting places didn't happen overnight.
I don't like being the bearer of bad news, but what's left is the coming economic collapse (and it's coming), which will turn all of this into something really ugly.
If we don't stand up and call Trump on his tantrums and choices now, make that "really really" ugly.