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Sat Feb 18, 2017, 02:40 PM

Why Trump is not like Slobodan Milosevic.

Today on NPR's show on the media someone was interviewed about the similarities by Trump and Milosevic. Allowing as how Milosevic was not interested in public opinion (just power) and was very self disciplined, he went on to explain that Milosevic's rise began when he played the nationalism card in Kosovo. Then how he proceeded to proclaim lie after lie, not caring about the opinion of intelligent people or the rest of the world. Yes, there was a difference in that the U.S. has a vibrant free press.

But the big difference, in my opinion, was not mentioned. That is that the U.S. has a strong national identity involving freedom and diversity. I expect EVERY American school child at some point was taught about the statue of liberty and the "Give me your tired..." inscription. Trump is fighting for control not only of disenfranchised white people, but of a population that learned to identify American exceptionalism with American welcoming diversity.

It may be a long fight, and I sure do hope we win!

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Tom Rinaldo Feb 2017 #1
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Bucky Feb 2017 #2

Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 03:37 PM

1. I think you are describing how the USA is not like Serbia

It seems we will soon find out how significant the differences are

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:08 PM

3. Well, OK.

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 04:08 PM

2. I tend to think that view of American History is right

but it remains to be seen if 40 years of relentless right wing propaganda has distorted the American character. we are certainly not as generous and forward-thinking a people as we were when our grandparents ran this country.

I think we can get that back but there are large forces arrayed against us

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