1933 vs 2016


I bet most of you have seen and read enough these past few months the charades , the drama, the squabbles of the GOP Presidential campaign.

Like the debates aren’t enough, we have these Trump’s rallies to deal with. I swear I kid you not, having been an avid follower of World War-II and rise of Fascism, I cannot help but draw several parallels between the movie clips from the 1930’s. When President Hindenberg was overrun was Adolf’s Brown shirts and how rallies turned into machinery of mass propaganda. So what’s different. Well the clips from the 1930’s were in black and white and now I get to see everything in some HD colors.

The venom spewing out of Trump’s mouth catering to millions of Americans that are most likely ill informed and generating mass hysteria is surely no different on how Hitler prayed into the minds of Germans still reeling from the aftermath of defeatism. Under the guise of first amendment and freely abetting “protestors taken out” may resonate well with angry masses but leaders , statesmen on an international stage. This is a scary scenario!

Can he now after the Chicago fiasco attempt to take the high road and goad his supporters to stay put and not get taken in by the protests and resort to punching people in the face. Instead taking the high road would probably be the best response and not continue the unabashed provocative rhetoric that has symbolized his campaign so much.

And then he has the gall to speak of unifying the U.S.A.Its Saturday morning and I can hear Trump addressing his followers at this rally in Vandalia, Ohio. Not much has changed and his tirade continues and now I am more than sure that this will not lead us to unification. In fact I fear a severe Whites v/s the rest. Schism along race and religion is what this could very well lead to.

Having said all that, protestors could very well should not have taken to getting into fisticuffs and creating this mass chaos. For all you know, sensing the Trump support’s moods, this may turn right against them and help him win Ohio this Super Tuesday comprehensively. I am not a political animal but when I see people being led by incendiary rhetoric, I get upset I get angry and not to mention what it does to this country’s status and dignity in the international community.

And Mr Trump- Please stop the name calling. They are your compadres and they mean well too if you do.

Bottomline, let us enjoy this democracy lets be all able to express freely without fear. While we can all have differing views on policies; climate change, guns, Obamacare, abortion, lets be human , lets be Americans. God bless America.


Author: Ashok Iyengar

A published author and a Project Management professional I love to travel, mentor and network. Writing my travelogues, commentaries on political and social issues I create meaningful conglomerations between the west and east. I live in the Washington DC metro area. Just started a new journey with assisting teaching Project Management classes at GWU, Washington DC

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