And why exactly should "LEFT-WINGERS" be careful? – because behind the scene, Trump has been busy establishing a propaganda mechanism more potent than Joseph Goebbels' propaganda machine that was the mouthpiece of Hitler's Third Reich. AND HE IS DOING IT BY MARGINALIZING THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND LABELING IT AS FAKE NEWS; ALSO BY CAPTURING ONE OF THE PREMIER NEWS CHANNELS IN THE COUNTRY: FOX NEWS.
And exactly how far down the path is Trump in creating what many see as a "CULT-LIKE FOLLOWING?" A very long way! - take the results of the 2018 midterm election. The midterm elections usually result in big losses for the governing party, but this wasn't so in the 2018 midterms; while the Democrats did manage to gain a majority of seats in the House – 234 Democrats to 199 Republicans - that was a gain of only 2 seats more than the current Republican margin, and this despite the retirement of 44 Republican members from the House. And then there was the gain of 2 seats in the Senate for Republicans, bringing the total number of Republican seats in the Senate to 53, creating a Republican majority there of 53 to 47.
What this means is that the Republicans will be able to stop any Democratic threat to the new Trump populist bloc - or as cynics would say, his "CULT-LIKE FOLLOWING" of "hayseeds" and "deplorables."
FAKE NEWS! – that's the slogan Trump and his followers are hurling at the Democrats. The Nazis used a similar marque against the liberal press in Germany; they called the left-wing press the "Lying press" (German): lit, Lügenpresse, ('press of lies'); it was a pejorative political term used by the Nazis against the media.
Sadly, the kind of Lügenpresse being used by Trump inevitably produces a manichean mindset in his followers that is energized by HATRED – a HATRED against one's opponents: a HATRED that turns people into monsters - a sickness that inexorably metastasizes like a cancer into the whole of society
Sadly, very few Germans proved capable of withstanding this appalling pathology, a pathology that enlarged the Nazi vote in a three year period to four times its size in 1929.
There were, however, some who opposed Hitler right up to the end. Take, for example, the newspaper, Munich Post. Unlike its local and international contemporaries, the Munich Post took the Nazis seriously.
They knew his influence would not ebb and continuously warned the public against Hitler's ideology and actions. The Munich Post ("Münchener Post" in German) was a socialist newspaper published in Munich from 1888 to 1933.
Their opposition to the Nazis was initially founded on ideological differences but swiftly evolved to become a personal struggle, one governed not merely by political differences but worry over Germany's decaying democracy.
They singled out Hitler as the "leader of the German fascists" and began attacking his influence as early as August 1920. When Hitler took power in 1933, the Nazis controlled less than 3% of Germany's 4700 newspapers. However, despite a large number of non-Nazi-affiliated newspapers, media opposition to Hitler was insufficient. Most of these newspapers were violently suppressed and their supporters and owners sent to Dachau.
The term Lügenpresse used against newspapers such as the Munich Post is eerily similar to the term fake news - and as bizarre as it seems, today the term Lügenpresse has by now traveled across the ocean to Trump rallies and social media posts from Trump's legion of right-wing supporters, and it's being aimed at the mainline media and the Democrat Party.
The hard-core base of Trump supporters is estimated at 30% - ie., supporters who would vote for Trump no matter what - while an additional 14% of the electorate can be counted on to support him in most elections, bringing his base to a whopping 44% of the electorate.
The mainline media seems bamboozled by these facts. These are voters who vote for Trump as a PERSON and not necessarily for the policy agenda he might be championing. This is the kind of PERSONAL loyalty that Hitler elicited from the German people when they bestowed upon him the title Führer.
Interestingly, using the fact that Trump's followers now constitute 44% of the electorate, he has by now out-performed Hitler who was unable to amass more than 37% of the German electorate in 1933.
Thomas Frank writing for the elite liberal British newspaper The Guardian has commented on the stubborn blindness of Socialists and Liberals with regard to the Trump phenomenon; he has written:
"The people of the respectable east coast press loathe the president with an amazing unanimity. They are obsessed with documenting his bad taste, with finding faults in his stupid tweets, with nailing him and his associates for this Russian scandal and that one. They outwit the 'simple-minded billionaire'. They find the devastating scoops. Their op-ed pages come to resemble Democratic fundraising pitches. The news sections are all Trump all the time. They have gone ballistic so many times the public now yawns when it sees their missiles lifting off."
"An AlterNet article I recently read was composed of nothing but mean quotes about Trump, some of them literary and high-flown, some of them low-down and cruel, most of them drawn from the mainstream media and all of them hilarious. As I write this, four of the five most-read stories on the Washington Post website are about Trump; indeed (if memory serves), he has dominated this particular metric (2017 – 2018) for at least a year."
Frank asks himself rhetorically,
"How can our opinion-leaders believe something so unanimously, so emphatically? The truth is that the unanimous 'anti-Trumpness' of the respectable press is just one facet of a larger homogeneity among the liberal elites that has been growing for years;" a bubble that disconnects them from ordinary Americans.
But the power of the liberal press - which has proved over the years able to destroy all of its erstwhile opponents - has been breaking up on the shoals and rocks of Fortress Trump.
Frank agrees; he writes:
"The fact is, the news media's alarms about Trump have been shrieking at high C for years now. It was in January of 2016 that the Huffington Post began appending a denunciation of Trump as a 'serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, birther and bully' to every single story about the man. It was last August that the New York Times published an essay approving of the profession's collective understanding of Trump as a political mutation – an unacceptable deviation from the two-party norm – that journalists must cleanse from the political mainstream.
"But it hasn't worked. They correct and denounce; they cluck and deride and Trump seems to bask in it. He reflects this incredible outpouring of disapprobation right back at the press itself ... And the news media's reputation sinks lower and lower as they advance into oblivion."
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss says acerbically -
"... that Trump doesn't seem to share his presidential predecessors' appreciation of the necessity of a free press as contemplated by the country's founders."
Nonetheless, Trump audaciously continues to label all the media that opposes him as FAKE MEDIA - and it seems that the range of things that Trump is declaring FAKE NEWS is growing. Last month he tweeted about "fake books," "the fake dossier," "fake CNN," etc., etc.
An NPR analysis found that in the month of August, Trump sent out 46 tweets containing the words "fake" or "phony," far surpassing his previous record. In October 2017, Trump tweeted about things being "fake" or "phony" 30 times.
How specifically is it that he can get away with all this? – it's because Trump has something more than all his predecessors had: a unique ability to deliver his complaints against the so-called mainline media directly to the public via friendly hosts on FOX NEWS and through his social media streams. "He's got social media that reaches PERHAPS 100 MILLION PEOPLE," said Beschloss. "We've never seen a president before with that kind of weapon."
Fox News represents an unprecedented development in American politics. An entire television network, with an established audience of millions, has devoted itself to the glorification of one man: Donald Trump.
Ordinarily, state-run propaganda needs to be subsidized by the government. But Fox News has found corporations willing to support its content with huge amounts of advertising dollars: for instance, the Royal House of Saud.
The network plays an indispensable role in creating an alternate reality for Trump supporters – and it appears to be working. No matter what Trump says or does, his support from about 44% of voters never waivers.
BUT THERE IS A GRAVE DANGER IN TRUMP'S WAR ON THE MEDIA – despite the fact that the mainline media so richly deserves to be discredited.
Brendan Nyhan, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies trust in the media says:
Moreover, given the hate-filled rhetoric of the liberal mainline press against both Christians and Trump – who styles himself as a champion of the Christian Church – most Christians are not too troubled by this fact, just as most German Christians were not at all bothered by Hitler's tirades against socialists and Jews in the Weimar Republic (1919 – 1932). [Please see our article "A WARNING TO THE JEWS IN AMERICA: THEY ARE PROVOKING AVERAGE AMERICANS TO TURN AGAINST THEM." ]
But as time wears on and the nation falls more and more under the spell of Trump, Christians will no doubt be called upon to accept more bizarre activity, just as German Christians were called upon to do. [Please see our article, "Trump as the antiChrist." ]
The sad fact of the matter is, FOX NEWS is now serving Trump's political ambitions much as Joseph Goebbels' Reich Ministry of Propaganda served Hitler's ambitions during the Third Reich. Propaganda in the service of Donald Trump: that is precisely what FOX NEWS is supplying to the political ambitions of President Trump.
Edward Bernays has written that propaganda is -
"The conscious and intelligent MANIPULATION of the organized habits and opinions of the masses."
The earth's Svengalis' use propaganda to produce an "US vs THEM" dynamic in the "body politic" – an effort to damn one's opponents and energize one's supporters. One's supporters one loves; one's enemies one HATES.
James Frederick Douglas writes that the mindset of -
"... [Trump's supporters] have "bought into" a Manichean Theology that cannot exist without an object to HATE; it insists on systematically demonizing its enemies who are thought to constitute an ABSOLUTE evil which must be utterly and completely destroyed."
Douglas labels those who HATE Trump as "THE UNSPEAKABLE;" it's a theology that cloaks itself in the garb of Christianity and labels those who oppose it as "ENEMIES OF CHRIST" and the "AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE." By now this theology of hate has all but subsumed the American church and the Republican Party. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]
Jesus Himself describes the VOID in one's soul that is created by manichaeism:
"When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he [ie., the unclean spirit] walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
"Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, HE FINDETH IT EMPTY, SWEPT, AND BEAUTIFIED.
"Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: AND THE LAST STATE OF THAT MAN IS WORSE THAN THE FIRST ..." (Matthew 12:43-44)
So it is with all those who allow such a VOID to exist in their souls:
That the New Testament repudiates the theology of hate that is now enveloping Trump and his followers is made abundantly clear by Christ's commandment that we as Christians should -
"LOVE OUR ENEMIES, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and pray for them which despitefully use us, and persecute us ..." (Matthew 5:44)
And unless we do, we have no right to call ourselves the -
"Children of our Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:45)
Brothers and sisters in Christ; remember the words of that old Baptist Song:
God bless all of you,
In His love,
WE URGE YOU TO TAKE A STAND AND PUBLICALLY WITNESS AGAINST THE CHURCH'S ALMOST UNREASONING SUPPORT OF DONALD TRUMP. [PLEASE SEE OUR ARTICLE, "TRUMP AS THE ANTI-CHRIST."]
SPEAK OUT (ie., WITNESS) AGAINST THE DECEPTION OF THE FALSE PROPHETS OF TODAY'S CHURCH LIKE JOHN HAGEE.
The WHITE ROSE SOCIETY was a group formed by students Hans and Sophie Scholl and a band of Christian friends and professors. Their common goal was to stand against the Nazi regime that was terrorizing their country in the early 1940's, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY TO DECLARE THAT CHRIST WAS THE SUPREME POWER AND NOT ADOLPH HITLER. They secretly wrote and printed leaflets behind a church organ. They would then take as many as 2000 of them at a time and randomly distribute this bold writing in cities such as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Vienna, Frieburg, Saarbreuken and Mannheim. As a result of taking part in these activities, seven of its members were executed between February 1943 and October 1944.
THE QUESTION HERE, AS IT WAS FOR SOPHIE AND HANS SCHOLL IS THIS: DO YOU FEAR MORE THE WRATH OF MAN OR THE WRATH OF GOD??
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Shearer is a graduate of the University of California where he earned a Bachelor's degree (1964) and a Master's degree (1967) in history (Davis and Berkeley). He also attended the United States Defense Language Institute in Monterey where he studied German. He served as an intelligence officer in Europe; in Asia he served with the 525th Intelligence Group, Special Operations Branch, and at the Phoenix School at Vung Tau (SEA). In addition, he served as executive officer for the Sacramento field office of the 515th Counter Intelligence (CI) Group in Sacramento and later as executive officer for 515th CI Group's Regional Office in San Francisco. Shearer held Top Secret, Special Intelligence, Codeword security, Eyes Only clearances; also Cosmic, NATO and Atomic clearances.