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By Daniel J. Smiechowski

May 2, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Treaty of Versailles was signed with almost no German participation on June 28, 1919.  The Great War had ended bringing embarrassment and hard financial times to a once proud nation. German leaders were looking for scapegoats and they were easy to find. Jews, homosexuals, Poles and even the disabled were targeted for extinction during the ensuing 25 years. Sound familiar?

The French have an old saying:“The more things change, the more things stay the same.” The candidacy of presidential contender Donald Trump is not one of assimilation but rather one of annihilation.  It is a furtive movement to maintain America’s white identity. His followers disavow political ideology in favor of a dream of what not America could be but rather what America was several generations ago.

The truth remains that the real and current sleeping giant and danger to our democracy is the so-called silent majority. The same was true of Germany from 1919 through 1945. In reality, most common citizens don’t believe a national catastrophe is possible. When American cities as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee were torched in 1965 and 1968, African-Americans and left leaning radicals were deemed culpable in a culture that obsesses with the rule of law. But what American’s can’t seem to understand is that when you cage and taunt a rat, the rat will respond in kind.  The human condition in our nation is a side show and most self-righteous citizens cannot digest the truth.  The myth of control is seldom if ever taught in our schools so from cradle to grave we cling to the fallacy of the rule of law.

When French banks and American corporate interests tightened the financial noose around a German nation in the 1920s, its leaders found scapegoats as an escape from their misery. Sound familiar? The proposal of Donald Trump to build a wall separating the United States from Mexico is not only immoral, it is hypocritical.  On June 12, 1987 President Reagan, patron saint of the Republican Party implored then Soviet Leader Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall.” Why would the leading country in the free world build a wall? Pope John Paul the Great and Saint Peter are not happy with the Grand Old Party!   Maybe we ought to disassemble Lady Liberty and send her back to France.

Ashes of hate will rain on America upon a presidential administration of Donald Trump and the rule of law will not suffice. Make no mistake that the Governor of California has not put out notice to hire additional National Guards for sake of Fourth of July festivities and likewise for the Cleveland Police Department to buy more body armor.  It’s going to be a long hot summer. Don’t get burned.

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