Fear and the new ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: John Dellinger, Ann Har­roun,

“Is this the new nor­mal? Not if I can help it,” Dec. 23 Dot­tie Lamm col­umn.

Dot­tie Lamm stated in her col­umn that she is now “fully awake.” She vowed to fight the “in­her­ent dan­ger in … the rhetor­i­cal tone of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Go back to sleep, Dot­tie. It is time to al­low the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to fix the things that lib­eral Democrats and some com­pli­ant Repub­li­cans al­lowed to hap­pen dur­ing the last eight years: a Mid­dle East that has de­gen­er­ated into chaos; rad­i­cal Mus­lim ter­ror­ists killing peo­ple wher­ever they can; a na­tional debt that has bal­looned from $10 tril­lion to $20 tril­lion in just eight years; a health care sys­tem that is bor­der­ing on cri­sis; mid­dle-class jobs flee­ing the United States; a racial di­vide and civil un­rest not seen since the 1960s; po­lice of­fi­cers be­com­ing tar­gets of mur­der; and an im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem and a south­ern bor­der that are out of con­trol. The list of things need­ing fix­ing by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion goes on and on.

It is time to wake up to the re­al­ity that Don­ald Trump is our new pres­i­dent. We need to give him and his ad­min­is­tra­tion the sup­port they need to ful­fill his campaign prom­ise to “Make Amer­ica Great Again.”

BBB Read­ing Dot­tie Lamm’s es­say made me re­al­ize that we who lived through the Great De­pres­sion, World War II, the Holo­caust, and the Cold War are a small mi­nor­ity to­day. Our ex­pe­ri­ence has left us more sen­si­tive to signs of a re­turn to those days than are those who only read about them.

Don­ald Trump is not Adolf Hitler; their per­son­al­i­ties are to­tally dif­fer­ent. But when we wit­ness the re­ac­tions to a se­duc­tive speaker — the ex­cite­ment, un­ques­tion­ing al­le­giance, threats to civil rights and free­dom of the press … and the fears of those threat­ened — there arises in us a fa­mil­iar dread.

Per­haps we are like the sur­vivors of a lon­gago tsunami, who rec­og­nize the signs and try to warn those with no such mem­ory. His­tory can re­peat it­self — even here.

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