Monthly Archives: October 2018

THIS IS WHAT THE DYING GASP OF DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE

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via Washington Post

Unlike most of you, I was born in a dictatorship country, and spent some additional formative childhood years in a different dictatorship country in a different region of the world – a far crueler monarchy at the time.  Which particular countries they happen to be, or how good life was for me or my family in either are irrelevant.

I learned at a young age not only the positive aspects of absolute strongman power, of which there are a few, but also the darker sides- like not having free speech in public, in newspapers, or on TV; having your religious trinkets thrown into the garbage by airport security; watching religious police roam the roads with canes, free to beat any man, woman, or child they wanted, whenever they wanted, legally, gleefully, out in the open.

I bring up these childhood memories for only one reason: to ring a loud Code Red Alarm Bell for all of you Americans out there who have never lived under a dictatorship or studied one.  Wake up.  The transition is happening right now, in 2018, before our very eyes.

Also unlike most of you, I also took an oath of loyalty to the United States at age 9.  As an American by choice, this is an especially confusing time.

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