Here is some mid-century history, summarized by an October 2017 U.S. News and World Report article: "To put it very simply, there were five basic, highly effective moves that allowed Hitler's rise. First, the Nazi party allowed a coarse, uneducated leader to rise to prominence on a white privilege, nationalist wave. Second, the conservative establishment party foolishly thought it could appease him by sharing power. Third, that same Nazi party destroyed media credibility to silence critics. Fourth, the Nazis literally burned the establishment congress to the ground. Fifth, it seized authoritarian power by using unchallenged propaganda to precipitate an existential threat allegedly emanating from those outside the white Aryan race and outside the nation's borders."

Anything here ring a bell?

Statesman Edmund Burke's 1790 quote is a familiar one: "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."

Just the messenger.

John Hinners