Thursday, March 2, 2017

Three Amigos

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Three Amigos 

“It’s true, I am the Ernest Hemingway of 140
characters.”--Donald J. Trump.

It is a modern tragedy that so many people seem to
be bored with History. History departments are all
but shrinking. Yet, I believe that when history is 
studied diligently, it reveals answers & solutions for
most of our present problems. Rejection of, or apathy
toward its lessons always will/does lead to folly, then
repetition of past mistakes & inevitable chaos.

Today, we are immersed in one of the most unique,
frightening, volatile and dangerous periods in this 
proud country’s 250 year history. Yes, we did survive
the regimes of Richard Nixon & George W. Bush, but
just barely. We still sport our deep scars.

It is essential, in my view, to pay closer attention to the
words of all dictators, demagogues, & dastardly author-
itarians--who seem to rise up first as Populists and
Patriots before they get us in their grip, then gleefully
unleash insane, nearly unimaginable horrors.

                Adolf Hitler

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall
victims to a big lie than to a small one.”
“Strength lies not in defense, but in attack.”
“How fortunate for governments that the people they
administer do not think.”
“Success is the sole earthly judge of right & wrong.”
“The victor is never asked if he told the truth.”
“Who dares to say that I’m not under the special
protection of God?”
“As a Christian, I have no duty to allow myself to be
cheated, but I have a duty to be a fighter for truth.”
“Great liars are also great magicians.”
“Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity 
& cowardice.”
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough,
it will always be believed.”
“All propaganda has to be popular and has to
accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least
intelligent whom it seeks to reach.”

                   Benito Mussolini

“Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb
in our hands, & an infinite scorn in our hearts,”
“The key to the Fascist Doctrine is its conception of
the State. The State has to be absolute--individuals
& groups are relative.”
“I do not believe in perpetual peace. War is to a real
man what maternity is to a woman.”
“The Liberal State is but a mask, behind which is no
face--it’s a scaffolding, behind which there is no building.”
“Democracy is beautiful in theory, but in actual practice
it is a fallacy.”
“The truth is that most men are tired of liberty.”
“All must be within the State, nothing outside the State.
and nothing standing against the State.”

                     Donald J. Trump

“As for ISIS, I would bomb the shit out of them.”
“When you’re famous, you can get away with anything.”
“John McCain is not a hero. I don’t like losers.”
“I know more abut ISIS than the generals know.”
“I have a good brain”
“Actually I have a good hairline.”
“You just grab them by the pussy.”
“It’s a funny thing, but I get along much better with the
middle class and poor people than with rich people.”
“It’s always good to be underestimated.”
“Believe me, I will enforce the law, but at the same time
I will be considerate & compassionate to everyone.”
“No one has more respect for women than I do.”
“When someone challenges me, I fight back--and I can
be brutal, be tough.”
“We all know that politics today is a disgrace. The truth 
is that good people don’t go into government.”
“If you let people just pour into your country, soon you 
don’t have a country.”
“If you need Viagra, you must be with the wrong woman.” 

Sometimes people think
they need change so badly that
they don’t choose wisely.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub MTB


brudberg said...

Many conservatives believe that they will get what they want, that they can control the demagogue... in the end they are send to prison just after the liberals...

Kim Russell said...

Oh my, this is heavy. It is also so good!

Frank Hubeny said...

I didn't know all those people said those things. They are catchy phrases which is, I suspect, the point. They are too catchy. They get people to side with a particular politician without paying attention to the consequences, to what the politician is doing in their names.

Jane Dougherty said...

People believe what they want to believe, follow whoever they think will give them what they want, and in their choices of what they want and the kind of morality they want to adhere to too many human beings show utter stupidity, crass ignorance and brutishness. I think your piece rather points that out.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Good write Glenn.
“We all know that politics today is a disgrace. The truth
is that good people don’t go into government.”
I guess this quote highlights that he is self-aware...
Kind regards
Anna :o]

Grace said...

Good research on the quotes Glenn ~ I know that supporters of Trump are blindly loyal due to their faith, while forgetting every awful things he says ~ Also they only tune in to their alt-right channels and news, so everything about Trump is all good and right ~ I am sick about politics these days ~ I hope there will be better choices for presidents and leaders in the coming years ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Well and truthfully said. The haiku is perfect. I don't know if I can handle much more of this guy, praying something changes to get him out.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

What a splendid piece of writing! (Including the quotes – used as you have done, in context ). I don't care if it's prose or poetry or both – it's well said and very much needs to be heard.

kaykuala said...

Somehow DT gets lumped together with the two infamous personalities. He is not to their level of notoriety but given the distractions and unnecessary tweets he might be fast catching up. Incisive post Glenn!


rallentanda said...

All those quotes are very interesting. Thank you and good luck ! said...

Someone commented about all the quotations...they are catchy. Yes - like the spider's web, woven to ensnare. One of the interesting things I note, is how the man can pivot. Let's accuse President Obama of wiretapping and deflect away from Russian ties. Outlandish and continual lobs often hide the ground balls.