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    The Reverend Dr. Mary Foley, a Roman Catholic womanpriest (yes, there is such a thing) published an excellent article in the National Catholic Reporter this morning that ties the January 6 riots in Washington D.C to several events in our country's past history. In her words, "we have met them before".

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    L'histoire ce repette, yes it does here all the time. I've never been in any other country where they "grab" the past all the time and refer to it all the time, but continue doing so. My guess is that the " outdated old English system" is the cause. Using an outdated 1776 copy of the worthless British system is asking for troubles in 2021. Like sending an corrupt President home with an super pension and all kind of benefits for the crimes he committed, let alone the murders he arranged and the billions he stole.

    Again if you look at the proceedings and the result of it in the end; why spent all this time and money while people here know how it ends. If you are an "normal" tax payer here and did what Trump has done you would be in jail for an hell of a long time. So why treat an President as if he's not guilty at all except with lots of words and B.S.

    Instead drag all the rioters as well all the "supporters" and "instigators" like FOX News and NewsMax and Jordans, Gaetz, Hawley and Cruz into the courts.

    By letting Trump of the hook, which is likely happen, then all the culprits will still roam the streets and "L'histoire ce repette" again and "again". Sorry an terrible "dumb ass" country!

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    On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a story that is well known.

    Booth went to drink at a saloon near Ford’s Theatre. At about 10 p.m. he walked into the theater and up to the president’s box. Lincoln’s guard, John Parker, was not there because he had gotten bored with the play and left his post to get a beer. Booth easily slipped in and shot the president in the back of the head. The president’s friend, Major Rathbone, attempted to grab Booth but was slashed by Booth’s knife. Booth injured his leg badly when he jumped to the stage to escape, but he managed to hobble outside to his horse.

    Here's "the rest of the story":

    Booth, who remained in the North during the war despite his Confederate sympathies, initially plotted to capture President Lincoln and take him to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, on March 20, 1865, the day of the planned kidnapping, the president failed to appear at the spot where Booth and his six fellow conspirators lay in wait. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to Union forces. In April, with Confederate armies near collapse across the South, Booth hatched a desperate plan to save the Confederacy.

    Learning that Lincoln was to attend Laura Keene’s acclaimed performance in Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater on April 14, Booth plotted the simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H. Seward. By murdering the president and two of his possible successors, Booth and his conspirators hoped to throw the U.S. government into a paralyzing disarray.

    On January 20, 2021, roughly 15,000 Trump supporters converged on D.C with the intent of disrupting the counting of the electoral college votes, which would throw the U.S. Government into a paralyzing disarray.

    Although Biden himself was not in danger because he was not in the building, some of the protestors were eager to track down Nancy Pelosi, the third in line for the presidency, and they threated to hang Mike Pence, who was second in line to succeed "the former guy".

    John Wilkes Booth was burned to death in a barn fire set by authorities, and a few other people got arrested, and were hung.

    So far, more than 400 people have been arrested for the January 6 riot, and it's going to take a very long time before all those cases are settled.

    The man who actually caused the riots, Donald J. Trump. has been charged in two separate lawsuits for inciting the riot, but those cases won't be resolved for a very long time, likely more than a year.

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    Like I've said before "judgements" here take an awful long time or "fades out" over time, because of lack of interest or that other things get priority. Yes this is and remains another S-America, which uses chaos as an excuse. Digging in the past only proofs such. Since this country never had an war or invasion by others, it never could start with an clean slate as Europe or Asia experienced. Therefore it is stuck with the inbred "island" mentality/outdated laws and worn out shoes.

    Like I've said in another "thread", Trump and his cronies never will see "real" judgement; it will be like touching an hornet nest, so "they" just let it go and live with it as all other crooks here who get away with everything. Sorry to be negative but the truth hurts.

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    There is a bit of irony in the fact that if you type "history repeats itself" into the search bar, you'll find 5 threads with the same title, so even the threads repeat themselves.

    The Hitler Youth was formed in 1922, and lasted until 1945, when the organization was outlawed. It was partially a paramilitary organization, and was open to male youths 14 to 18 year old.

    The idea, though, has not gone away. in Russia today, it is known as Yunarmiya, or Youth Army.

    Stepping onto a podium in heavy boots and military fatigues at a ceremony outside Moscow, six teenagers accepted awards for an increasingly important discipline in Russia: patriotism.

    For days, students from around the country had competed in activities like map-reading, shooting and history quizzes. The contest was funded in part by the Kremlin, which has been making “military patriotic” education a priority.

    Over the past eight years, the Russian government has promoted the idea that the motherland is surrounded by enemies, filtering the concept through national institutions like schools, the military, the news media and the Orthodox Church. It has even raised the possibility that the country might again have to defend itself as it did against the Nazis in World War II.

    Although sanctions against Russia have been proposed in response to its aggression toward Ukraine, a Russia TV host recently said, " Western powers have no idea how to scare a people that lost more than 20 million of its men, its women and its elderly and kids in the last war.”

    In Moscow recently, more than 600 people from across Russia gathered for a government-sponsored forum aimed at promoting patriotism among youth. Sergei Kiriyenko, Mr. Putin’s powerful deputy chief of staff, praised the attendees for doing “sacred work.”

    Moscow has a tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Like the one in American, it is guarded on a constant basis. Unlike the one in America, though, the guards "goosestep" their way around the tomb, evoking memories of Germany in WWII.

    The changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

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    I've been on this website only sparingly in the last several months, so I apologize if I am repeating someone else's post. I was doing some reading about the rising trend of fascism in the United States and came across this more recent article by Robert O. Paxton, who is considered an historical expert who wrote the book on fascism.

    Robert o. Paxton, January 11, 2021: I've Hesitated to Call Donald Trump a Fascist. Until Now

    You should read the entire article, but here's an excerpt:

    "Trump's incitement of the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, 2020 removes my objection to the fascist label. His open encouragement of civic violence to overturn an election crosses a red line. The label now seems not just acceptable but necessary. It is made even more plausible by comparison with a milestone on Europe's road to fascism—an openly fascist demonstration in Paris during the night of February 6, 1934."

    The title of the thread is "history repeats itself." Indeed, it does.

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    The issue that ultimately forced Nixon to resign were the "Watergate tapes" which became the "smoking gun" in the investigation of his knowledge of the Watergate break-in.

    Ironically, tapes will also likely be the main reason that Trump faces some real legal consequences, although the 2 investigations in New York, as well as the work of the January 5 committee will also do some damage.

    Fanni Willis' potential case focuses on Trump’s attempt to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes — just enough to change the outcome of the election in the state. The investigation also examines, the AP reports, “a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.” And it includes Trump’s statements at a campaign rally calling on Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to change the outcome and his various calls to Georgia officials in December.

    A spokesman for Trump has dismissed the investigation as a “witch hunt,” but Trump should be nervous. Several factors make the Georgia case arguably easier to prosecute.

    The prosecutor has Trump on tape implicitly threatening the secretary of state, saying that failure to find extra votes would be “a criminal offense” and “a big risk” to Raffensberger and his lawyer. Moreover, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who was on the call, was likely present for any discussion leading up to it, as were Trump’s lawyers, who would not be able to invoke attorney-client privilege if the court determines it was a criminal conspiracy.

    Unlike the federal case concerning instigation of a violent insurrection, Trump’s direct participation is not at issue in Georgia. While intent is still a hurdle for prosecutors in the Georgia case, the nature of Trump’s demand suggests he was not seeking an accurate vote count, but a count that would make him the winner. As constitutional scholar Laurence H. Tribe previously opined, “It’s very hard to understand that conversation any other way when he says ‘you and your lawyer’ are going to be in basically criminal trouble if you don’t somehow, ‘find’ one more vote than the number by which I lost to Biden, according to your count.” Trump’s demand, Tribe says, was “really strong-arming extortion, a violation of the election laws.”

    As remarkable as it may be, a single state district attorney may have the best shot to hold Trump criminally liable and deter future failed candidates from trying to overthrow an election again.