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Trump and Mussolini: 11 Key Lessons from Historical Fascism

Italian fascism provides a better model for our moment than Nazi Germany—and the comparison is not encouraging.

By: @Anis_Shivani for @AlterNet
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Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
〰️ Benito Mussolini

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I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of #fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945. I choose fascist #Italy rather than #Nazi #Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison.
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The discussion in the EU about how to address the problem of the rule of law in PL has mainly focused on deploying punitive measures. This inspired me to write a paper for @Carnegie_Europe within its #Europeandemocracy project which calls on a more comprehensive strategy. #Thread
1.Don't get me wrong. The EU cannot turn a blind eye on democratic backsliding in its own members. EU treaties provide EC with legal instruments 2 address the problem&EC has been doing its job vis-à-vis. But it will fail to restore #ruleoflaw if it only sticks 2 punitive measures
2.The EC needs to ensure that the Polish public understands the EU’s motives for intervening. Poles are pro-European but they are vulnerable to the PiS narrative that Brussels has no right to tell Warsaw what to do ( I refer to some polling in the piece)
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Kavanaugh Foes Fill Senate Gallery With Sounds of the Insane pjmedia.com/jchristianadam… #RuleofLaw via @pjmedia_com
I was in the Senate gallery this afternoon when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. You would have thought I was at an exorcism in an insane asylum.
If there was any doubt that the opposition to Kavanaugh was unhinged, uncivil, disruptive, rude, and borderline nuts, my experience in the gallery made it clear.
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The Reichstag Warning ⚠️⚠️⚠️

By @TimothyDSnyder
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On February 27, 1933 the German Parliament building burned, Adolf #Hitler rejoiced, and the #Nazi era began.
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#Hitler, who had just been named head of a #government that was legally formed after the democratic #elections of the previous November, seized the opportunity to change the system. “There will be no mercy now,” he exulted. “Anyone standing in our way will be cut down.”
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The next day, at Hitler’s advice and urging, the #German #president issued a decree “for the protection of the people and the state.”
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!!NEW Q DROP!! 10/6/18 00:05!! Last Chance To Save America!!
Justice K >>>Highest Court in the Land.
Law & Order [majority] [U.S. Constitution] safeguarded.
IT WAS OUR LAST CHANCE TO SAVE IT [Non-Force] #WeThePeople #TogetherWeAreStrong #QAnon @realDonaldTrump Cont.
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Think HRC win >> SC appointments >> SC 'Corrupt' TILT [ex: LL]

Now comes the real PAIN.
Now comes the real TRUTH.
BOOM
BOOM
BOOM
BOOM #QAnon #WeThePeople #TogetherWeAreStrong #TogetherWeWin
3. They want you DIVIDED.
DIVIDED by RACE.
DIVIDED by RELIGION.
DIVIDED by CULTURE.
DIVIDED by CLASS.
DIVIDED by POLITICAL AFFILIATION.
DIVIDED YOU ARE WEAK.
TOGETHER YOU ARE STRONG. #QAnon #WeThePeople #TogetherWeAreStrong #TogetherWeWin @realDonaldTrump Cont.
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(1) Live tweeting the Senate tonight. @SenateMajLdr has to file cloture by a deadline tonight in order to hold the #ConfirmKavanaugh vote Saturday.

Watch the livestream and videos here:

c-span.org/congress/?cham…
(2) Cloture in the Senate is a procedural step that you can learn more about at the link below. The senate.gov website is the best resource for learning about Senate procedure and a lot more. Same for house.gov.

senate.gov/reference/glos…
(3) Watching live Senate floor proceedings is boring as hell, as they pass bills for naming Post Offices, & so on. But every now & then, they confirm a SCOTUS judge. And this time, they will affirm our great #BillOfRights #DueProcess & the hard-won #RuleOfLaw. Seriously. 🇺🇸🦅
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#QAnon
"Trust the Plan."
"Trust Wray."
"Sky is Falling Week."

Let's interpret.
qanonposts.com
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Anyone who supports #JudgeKavanaugh should not be concerned w/a one week investigation as long as:
- #POTUS has control over the rogue #FBI.
- #RuleofLaw is restored.
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The #WhiteHats are now in contol...including of the #FBI. Witness the ouster and/or referral for prosecution of #Comey, #McCabe, #Strzok, #Page, #JamesBaker, et al (T makes it hard to ID ALL of the traitors).
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(1) Here's a multimedia thread about the Kavanaugh hearing on 9/27/18. The body language of our opponents is so obvious it takes no professional skill to read it.

Photos and videos that support my opinion follow.

#ConfirmKavanaugh #ProsecuteFeinstein #RuleOfLaw #BillOfRights
(2) After preparing the photos I will add to this thread, I noticed this video that was published today. "Bombard" is an outstanding body language analyst & has done several videos re the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

A must watch:

bombardsbodylanguage.com/2018/09/30/bod…
(3) This is also a must watch. I had already formed the same view of Ford's testimony before I saw this video. Ford is a faker and tried to use a "little girl" voice & body language to MANIPULATE us all.

I DO NOT tolerate manipulators. Female, or male.

bitchute.com/video/5uv6SHt1…
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🎯Lies🎯

What are likely provable lies Kav told under oath?

👉🏼Drinking on week days

👉🏼His definitions of Boofing, Devils Triangle, Rolfing.

👉🏼Excessive drinking = black outs likely

👉🏼His outrageous claims Dems are retaliating for the Clintons

👉🏼Renate alumnus
🎯Lies🎯

Kav’s little lies:

👉🏼July 1st = calendar aligns ard female senators.

👉🏼Judge’s grandma lived nearby

👉🏼His unwillingness to go to the FBI

👉🏼His yearbook entry speaks to his ‘Animal house’ rather than ‘American pie’ character.

👉🏼Under penalty of felony?
.
🎯KavLies3🎯

Kav’s questionable temperament:

👉🏼His aggressive arrogance toward female senators.

👉🏼His belligerence on full display—likely he is a mean drunk.

👉🏼Yale classmates said Kav drank to excess.

📌Kavanaugh hearing: A moment of reckoning for American women
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TIME TO EXPAND OUTREACH :

This link provides ALL SENATORS in which we need to call, email, and sent tweets with our firm position :

pastebin.com/HdKUsZXE

When you send message, be firm but polite.

#HoldTheVote #ConfirmKavanaugh #NoHitJobs #MAGA #RULEofLAW
The BIN holds, names, telephone numbers, contact me links, and soon, twitter handles for all.

YOU NEED TO REMAIN MOTIVATED. Just 30 minutes tonight or this weekend...! and we CANNOT REST...! I do NOT know how to instill the URGENCY in each and every one of us....! #WAR
AK:

Murkowski (R-AK),Lisa,R,AK,522 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510,(202) 224-6665,murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.c… @lisamurkowski
Sullivan (R-AK),Dan,R,AK,702 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510,(202) 224-3004,sullivan.senate.gov/contact/email,… @SenDanSullivan
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We need to stop with this "everything bad is leftism" thinking & take a more nuanced approach if we're going to start winning again
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The American Bar Association gave #Kavanaugh glowing review after glowing review

They know he's a solid judge

They know there's no case here
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If they refuse to comment the left will dox their employees, harass their families and generally try to destroy them
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Trump: Day 614
-206th Day at Trump Property
-Claims China Interfering in Midterms
-Calls Avenatti a "Third-Rate Lawyer"
-3rd & 4th Kava Accuser Emerge
-3rd Interest Rate Hike of the Year
-ICE Using New Restraining Devices
-Tariffs on Metals Cost Ford $1B
-Press Conference a Wreck
Add...
Day 719 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Add...
Day 571 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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(1) Thread #6 about the #TaosCompound #NMCompound case, starting 9/12/18.

Catch up with Thread #5 here:


Learn the whole story by starting with Thread #1 on 8/14/18 here:


#RuleOfLaw #NewMexico #RememberAbdul
(2) Update as of today:
>The 5 defendants will remain in custody pre-trial in the firearms case that is in the FEDERAL jurisdiction.
>Further federal charges are possible.
>Further STATE jurisdiction charges are possible.
>Dumb things are still being said by LWNJs & RWNJs.
(3) Yes, there are nutjobs at the far end of both sides of the political spectrum.

I disavow bigotry against anyone that is SOLELY on the basis of their religion, race or any other "constitutionally protected class."

It's wrong AND it could ruin the prosecution case.
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Juncker delivered his last #SOTEU2018 speech. Here are my major takeaways in a tweet #thread @CER_EU
1. As media had previously reported #Juncker decided not to focus on what his Commission achieved but on what still needs to be done to convince European citizens to say 'Yes' to the EU when they go to the polls next year.
2. I agree that it is not a good moment for pats on the back and I agree with #Juncker that member-states have in many respects held the Commission up from delivering on Commission's promises.
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⭐️LodeStar⭐️

[QAnon] Pence’s favorite word, or could it be NH IT DM?

KAC admits that Woodward is credible & his book is ‘damaging’

📌Stone, Infowars and QAnon are all in the barrel

Prosecutors say ‘family values’ Rep. Duncan Hunter spent campaign cash on mistresses.
⭐️LodeStar⭐️

Release the #Kavanaugh emails

JL:”Grassley, says they are producing the records required by law under the PRA
Durbin reminds him that they've actually circumvented that law & the process is being run by Kavanaugh's close friend & former employee, Bill Burck.”
⭐️LodeStar⭐️

Sen. Durbin:”Between 2001 and 2003, Republican Senate staffers hacked into and stole 4,670 files on controversial Bush judicial nominees from 6 Democrats, including me.

This scandal amounted to a digital Watergate, not unlike Russia’s hacking of the DNC.”
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Recently released new #Article7 @EUCouncil document in which Polish government's dishonest explanations accompany a misleading Powerpoint - doubt Council members have ever been confronted with such obviously deceitful material/behaviour before
@EUCouncil I mean come on... The Polish government's White Paper contradicts (not to mention multiple public statements made) the Polish government's "explanations" given to Council members
@EUCouncil No doubt community of judges/legal professionals will be impressed by original points made by Polish gov's legal eagles whereby judgments can be effective without being implemented or published but not enforced because of a Gov "annotation" denying their lawful/binding nature...
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#Poland: Gov using Constitutional Court (Gov-controlled?) to block Supreme Court from suspending law giving Gov control of judiciary. Thoughts from EU law PoV 1/17
There are two legal challenges underway vs Poland Gov’s attempt to capture the judiciary: 1. PL Supreme Ct case 2. @EU_Commission infringement vs Poland. But this hasn’t been filed with CJEU yet 2/
(There’s a third challenge - Commission’s proposal for *political* action by Council under article 7 of Treaty of EU.) 3/
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🔥Illigitimate🔥

💣Cohen implicates Trump in VIOLATION of campaign finance laws

💣Trump is an unindicted CO-CONSPIRATOR

💣Throws the LEGITIMACY of the election into question.

💣Cohen pleads GUILTY to bank fraud w/ intent!

💣Manafort CONVICTED on 8 fed charges!

📌IcebergTip
🔥Illegitimate2🔥

AS: “Cohen’s guilty plea appears to implicate the President in a knowing violation of campaign finance laws, w/ the payment of hush money to advance the Trump campaign. This is the 1st guilty plea directly alleging potential criminal activity by the President.”
🔥Illegitimate3🔥

The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III
🌟🌟🌟

LB: “Russian mob.
Who rolled Genovese/LCN in '90s.
Blood money pushed through Ukraine, laundered by Genovese made-man, Paul Manafort - and old Genovese business front, Trump Org.”
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Hey you insane deranged Open Borders Progressives: yoo hoo!

Pay attention to what I'm about to say to you.

IOWA IS NOT CALIFORNIA. You *can't* count on Democrat/Progressives to get this guy off & minimize the fallout from this.
Progressives are right now struggling to defend the usual weekly bloodbath in Chicago by screaming about the NRA. It's not working any more.

And now this.

This was the LAST thing you needed.
BUT YOU MADE YOUR CHOICES AFTER KATE STEINLE and Trump's election.

You *chose* to go 'all in' in Open Borders Lunacy and Sanctuary Cities & undermining the immigration laws passed by our elected representatives.

Now you will reap what you've sown.

/end
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Important article by @KirkseniyaSF comparing the Russian opposition with the Resistance.

The Russian opposition to autocracy crumbled. Will the Resistance fall as well?

I think the answer is no. I offer 4 reasons why.

Thread /1

1. One key diff. btw American & Russian opposition? The Resistance is broader and larger than the Russian opposition to Putin. The Resistance is the clear majority in the US.

2. Second, there's more institutional support for American opposition than there was in Russia. /2
That's explained partly by America's much deeper tradition of liberal democracy compared to Russia and it's long autocratic history.

Not only are liberal civil, political and legal institutions holding up under trump's autocratic assault, they have resisted along with us. /3
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(1) The #TaosCompound initial detention case is a test of our commitment to the #RuleOfLaw & the great US Constitution.

Have you read the full court order?

My controversial opinion: Scalia, Gorsuch & Kavanaugh would have ruled the same as Backus did.

kob.com/kobtvimages/re…
(2) I object to child abuse, manslaughter, terrorist training, and Democrats as elected officials.

I support state & federal prosecutors presenting the best possible cases to protect the public and prevent further crime.
(3) I admire, respect, & indeed love the late Justice Scalia, Justice Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh. For their skill, consistency, courage, and humanity.

Their greatest strength was & is faithful adherence to the rule of law, without fear or favor.
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Insread of facing the normal disciplinary process as the FBI director had said, #PeterStrzok was fired by Deputy Director Bowdich.

It's no coincidence that Strzok helped lead the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 📰goo.gl/rucPwn 1/3
Strzok is the THIRD high ranking FBI official involved in the Hillary Clinton / Trump investigations to be fired.

Trump is getting people fired who have the ability to discover he committed crimes.

This is not normal. 2/3 #MondayMotivaton
Make sure you are signed up for rapid response alerts in case Mueller or Rosenstein are fired. 3/3 #RuleOfLaw #PeacefulResistance
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💰AssetSiezure💰

Putin, Manafort & Trump have ties to RU’s Mafia King Mogilevetch going back decades to the early 2000s & 1990s.

45 hired only the ‘best people’ FRAUDSTERS, TAX EVADERS & MONEY LAUNDERERS

Mueller plans to call IRS, FBI, FinCen witnesses at Manafort trial
💰AssetSiezure2💰

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Under Investigation for Tax Fraud

TEY: Lordy, Lordy, we hope there are “scans”😎

Manafort needs to be understood as a symptom of a global epidemic of kleptocracy—a ‘Russian’ virus that he imported into the United States.
💰AssetSiezure3💰

@20committee told us TWO yrs ago Manafort’s sidekick was RU GRU agent Konstantin Kilimnik, spent a decade advising Yanukovych, lobbied for Pakistan’s ISI, & was a hired ‘fixer’ for rebels in Angola, Ferdinand Marcos, and Zaire’s dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
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