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Thread, so bear with me. 1) 45's regime is an attempt to re-create the 1920s. Pres. Warren G. Harding was sexually corrupt and not smart.
2) He had several in his Cabinet that kept the ship of state afloat, but most were as corrupt (some even more so) and saw US as personal ATM
3) Albert Fall, for example, was determined to sell off public lands to big oil in order to enrich himself.
4) Others used their insider positions in the White House for kickbacks & graft. When it's said the fish rots from the head, that happened.
5) Wall St. was wild; banks borrowed to play the stock market, and without regulations sent the global economy into the Great Depression.
6) Under the veneer of a very wealthy nation seethed economic and racial tensions. The agricultural sector was in a depression before 1929
7) The 1924 National Origins Act banned immigration from Asia, limited it from non-protestant nations & privileged Anglo-Saxon Britain.
8) After the 1915 showing of Birth of a Nation, the KKK had a resurgence. By the 1920s it had political power in Indiana and US Congress.
9) Racial violence against African Americans, such as in Tulsa 1921, was often committed by and then sanctioned by the state.
10) Harding's VP was biblically morally rigid & a deep believer that what was good for business was good for America -- even when it wasn't.
11) That "moral rectitude" meant that poverty was solely a personal failing. Charities could step in to help but there was no role for govt
12) Women, even though they had just won the right to vote, were hardly equal in the 1920s. They needed to stay in their subordinate place.
13) The US had renounced the League of Nation. And in the 1930s when Hitler's threat became clear, homegrown fascists blocked US response.
14) So look at 45's policies--embrace KKK, Muslim ban, deportations, militarize police, destabilize US alliances, remove regulations, . . .
15) gut safety net for the poor and say it's because they want govt to do everything for them, attempt to reduce public lands
16) curtail women's access to birth control to put wome back in their place and eliminate the freedom to make choices about their own lives,
17) greatly limit the right to vote to ensure that Jim Crow disfranchisement can once again become the law of the land,
18) create a labor force without rights while the government uses its power to shield businesses from the consequences of horrific practices
19) MAGA looks backwards and creates a false '20s history of prosperity & peace; when it was anything but. This is 45's recipe for disaster.
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