As shown on TV, President Donald Trump facilitated the armed invasion of our nation’s Capitol. Perhaps this invasion opened people’s eyes to the growing fascist movement. White supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK have been committing acts of violence over the last several decades.

An incomplete list of right-wing extremist violence would include the 1995 Oklahoma bombing, 2008’s Knoxville Unitarian Church shooting, 2012’s Sikh Temple shooting, 2015’s Charleston church shooting, 2017’s Charlottesville car attack, the 2020 armed-terrorist occupation of the Michigan Capitol and attempt to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and the 2021 armed attack on our national Capitol, which included the goals of assassinating Vice President Mike Pence and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

People in all age groups have fallen victim to the fascist propaganda of demonizing opponents (Jews, African-Americans, Democrats, immigrants, Hillary Clinton, and others), repeating a big lie (“Trump won the election”), making adherents believe they are victims (“stop the steal”), and the need to fight (to save the nation). Fascist movements develop an accompanying group of thoroughly indoctrinated adherents to intimidate and harm opponents (Proud Boys).

Trump floated the trial balloon that public schools teach a standardized “patriot” curriculum. What are the chances indoctrination would not be included? After Trump lost the election, he sent up another balloon, that he could develop a new “patriot” party. Does this sound familiar? What are the chances this party would not have the covert goal of dictatorship?

The harm of this fascist movement may last for some time. Many Republicans in Congress have supported it. All local and federal jurisdictions must have contingency plans, including information and resources to deal with domestic terrorism. Politicians and adherents at all levels should be held accountable for breaking laws.

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Do we really want to vote anti-democracy politicians into office?

Donald E. Maypole

Lake Nebagamon

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