A Bucket List for Wanna-Be Dictators

“Trump Is really a costume away from a full-on dictator.” – Bill Maher, American comedian, political commentator, television host

A Comment from Linda McKellar, a Niagara, Ontario resident who is a regular visitor to Niagara At Large

Posted July 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Bill Maher (host of the HBO political talk show Real Time) has a list of prerequisites for wanna-be despotic dictators –

  • -Declaring the press enemies
    -Appointing unqualified family members to positions of power
    – Suggesting elections are rigged/suppressing votes
    – Rallies of sycophants
    – Uses his office for his own personal financial gain
    – A narcissist who puts his name and face on buildings
    – Aligns with other strongmen and dictators
    – Claims minorities are the source of the country’s problems
    – Has a state propaganda TV network
    – military parades

Now with his military parade, he only has one more on the list to go….a uniform with shiny buttons, unearned medals, and a big hat.

Linda McKellar is a Niagara, Ontario resident and retired nurse who remains a strong advocate for quality, universal health care. She is also an avid follower of public affairs who frequently shares here views on Niagara At Large.

You can read the commentary on Niagara At Large that inspired Linda McKellar to share the above response, clck onhttps://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/07/04/this-fourth-of-july-america-seems-more-lost-than-ever/ .

A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large –

Bill Maher’s list, as shared by Linda McKellar, reminds me very much of a poster I found at a store on Cape Cod, Massachusetts called The Earth House, which has real hippie’bohemian atmosphere there – both around what they sell and the great people who run the place. 

One of the signs held up by protesters last year after Ontario Premier Doug Ford , without any forewarning, took a meat axe to the number of seats on Toronto City Councilless than three months before last October’s municipal elections.

The origin of the poster is not clear to me (maybe you can send a comment to NAL if you know more about it) but I have read that it was on display and was sold in a shop in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

The poster begins with a header that reads; ‘Early Warning Signs of Fascism’, followed by a list of items that may be familiar to anyone who closely follows not only Trump, but some of the characters that we have, or have recently had in elected office on the Canadian side of the border, including right her in this Niagara region over the past four or more years.

So please study and hold on to this list, as well as the one above, because it may come in handy.

Here is the poster –

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“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

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