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Fri Oct 28, 2016, 05:21 PM

Robert Reich speaks to a former Republican member of Congress (this is how dictators get into power)

Yesterday I spoke with a former Republican member of Congress whom Iíve known for years.

Me: What do you think of your partyís nominee for president?

He: Trump is a maniac. Heís a clear and present danger to America.

Me: Have you said publicly that you wonít vote for him?

He (sheepishly): No.

Me: Why not?

He: Iím a coward.

Me: What do you mean?

He: I live in a state with a lot of Trump voters. Most Republican officials do.

Me: But youíre a former official. You're not running for Congress again. What are you afraid of?

He: I hate to admit it, but Iím afraid of them. Some of those Trumpistas are out of their fu*king minds.

Me: You mean youíre afraid for your own physical safety?

He: All it takes is one of them, you know.

Me: Wait a minute. Isnít this how dictators and fascists have come to power in other nations? Respected leaders donít dare take stand.

He: At least Iím no Giuliani or Gingrich or Pence. Iím not a Trump enabler.

Me: Iíll give you that.

He: Let me tell you something. Most current and former Republican members of Congress are exactly like me. I talk with them. They think Trump is deplorable. And they think Giuliani and Gingrich are almost as bad. But theyíre not gonna speak out. Some donít want to end their political careers. Most donít want to risk their lives. The Trump crowd is just too dangerous. Trump has whipped them up into a g*ddamn frenzy.

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Response to Dem2 (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2016, 05:26 PM

1. I'm positive there are a lot more just like him. They're ALL llooking out gfor themselves.

Whatever they have to do or say to get reelected, the good of the Country be damned.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 29, 2016, 03:36 PM

4. Thanks!

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Response to Dem2 (Original post)

Fri Oct 28, 2016, 05:46 PM

3. he obviously wants to repeat some nasty history - having learned zilch

Dictators and fascists thrive on your silence

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Sat Oct 29, 2016, 04:59 PM

5. these gutless weasels are hedging just in case Trump wins

We wouldn't want to sacrifice a lucrative lobbying career now, would we ?

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Sun Oct 30, 2016, 10:26 AM

6. Interesting

Funny how the same exchange between Reich and this congressman can be posted several days in a row, and depending on what else is going on...

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