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Wasserman writes: "Treasonous 'October Surprises' gave Republicans the presidency in 1968 and 1980. A staged 1933 Reichstag fire gave Hitler his dictatorship. This year's likeliest pretext for a Trump coup could be that 'terror caravan' to the south."

The caravan of migrants moving north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala. (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
The caravan of migrants moving north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala. (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

As Trump Sends Troops to the Southern Border, the Caravan Coup May Become His "October Surprise" and Reichstag Fire

By Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

27 October 18


reasonous “October Surprises” gave Republicans the presidency in 1968 and 1980. A staged 1933 Reichstag fire gave Hitler his dictatorship.

This year’s likeliest pretext for a Trump coup could be that “terror caravan” to the south. Through Defense Secretary James Mattis he has just authorized troops to the southern border. No doubt the fireworks—and possible killings—will conveniently escalate as the election gets closer.

Yet another mass shooting (now at a synagogue), mail bombs, silenced media, rapist judges, dead and dissected journalists, more threats to “lock up” liberals, internet chaos, stripped voter rolls, and flipped vote counts comprise this year's goose-step chorus.

The corporate media spread the “Red Shift” Big Lie while a last-minute tsunami of Koch/Adelman/Bezos-funded attack ads spew blatant racism and fascist hate.

The deal is to be sealed with an intimidated electorate, stripped voting rights, and flipped ballot tallies.

That march through Mexico may be the perfect October “crisis” to trigger the coup.

In 1980, Reagan treasonously took power by making sure US hostages stayed in Iran. In 1968, Nixon treasonously sabotaged the peace that did not come to Vietnam. In 1933, Hitler burned the Reichstag.

Now we face destruction of our basic rights and the planet itself – along with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and so much more.

Green/progressive activists are pouring in their small donations, registering to vote, preparing to work the polls, defending registration rolls, demanding fair vote counts and much more.

Hundreds of excellent candidates running as Democrats are waging solid, progressive campaigns. Those inevitably shafted by stripped voter rolls and flipped vote counts must REFUSE TO CONCEDE until every last ballot – provisional or otherwise – is accounted for.

Trumpist hackers (Russian and otherwise) spread chaos. Democracy and Truth are the primary targets. It’s all right out of the Hitler/Rove playbook.

As the pipe bombs fly, Trump is set to open fire at the southern border, filling his concentration camps with innocent kids, spewing the same race-hating nationalism that’s paved the way for so many fascists before him.

This October, it’s no surprise, just business as usual for the latest dictatorial thug.

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+24 # BetaTheta 2018-10-27 13:50
Let's not forget Stalin's 1934 Kirov assassination, doubtless engineered by him, and his justification for the massive purges of the later 30's. Despots have a fine, innate sense of how to manufacture and exploit "crises" for their own advantage.
+9 # WBoardman 2018-10-27 20:42
Taking the migrant caravan seriously
only plays into Trumpian fantasies.

The migrants are more than 1,000 miles
from the US border's nearest point.
-6 # logical1 2018-10-28 20:44
Someone is feeding, clothing, bringing water etc to support this caravan.
Think about it, with dark money from corporations into supposed non-profits hiding donors, then giving to control representatives.
This is a perfect place to cause havoc and make Trump the savior, stopping the influx of illegals..., Caravan supported, started by Republican, corporate machine!
+12 # economagic 2018-10-28 08:44
"Despots have a fine, innate sense of how to manufacture and exploit 'crises' for their own advantage."

Indeed they do, and Naomi Klein even wrote a book about it almost a decade before the ascent of the one who threatens this country with home-grown totalitarianism for the first time. Sinclair Lewis wrote an acclaimed novel about it 70 years before that. And yet some people still insist they could never have seen it coming.
+28 # Citizen Mike 2018-10-27 17:49
Such a desperate move would not convince anyone and only undermine public confidence at an administration that is obviously grasping at straws. Democratic candidates must hang tough and not concede any tally which seems to be questionable and is too different from what is shown in exit polls.
+40 # futhark 2018-10-27 19:20
Please do not omit the most consequential political surprise in American history, the 9/11 attacks that gave us endless wars in the Middle East that have killed millions while enriching weapons manufacturers, and the PATRIOT Act, which as vastly expanded the operations of the state surveillance apparatus to the detriment of Constitutional rights.

Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is an organization devoted to investigating the 9/11 events and drawing logical conclusions from verifiable data.
+12 # Glen 2018-10-28 06:31
Thank you, futhark, for reminding everyone of a man made disaster that literally changed the world. The research done on this catastrophe is monumental but a task that is worth the effort. Problem is, not enough people believe the research, even when arising through Pilots for 9/11 Truth. Naive citizens around the world have extreme difficulty believing their leaders could be so deadly and plan against their own country. Once it does happen, though, folks go through that fear and loathing and then adapting - or sadly joining the leaders in pounding citizens.
+4 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-10-29 22:47
Yes, Glen. Two paraphrases of observations made by Adolf Hitler.

'What luck, for governments, that people are so stupid.'

'The greater the crime perpetrated by the leadership, the less likely it is that the people will ever believe their leaders to be capable of perpetrating such an event.'

In brief, tell big lies and people won't be able to believe it is a lie.
0 # Glen 2018-10-31 07:30
"Trust and obey" but it won't go away, because, yes, people are rather stupid, especially in present day U.S. The proof is in Trump supporters. They believe lies.
+1 # DongiC 2018-11-05 00:56
And are they stupid. And stubborn in their stupidity and mendacity!
+9 # lfeuille 2018-10-27 23:32
He's trying but his followers and international allies are pushing his caravan scam off the front page. With the Khashoggi murder, the would be pipe bomber and the synagogue massacre happening one after another he can't direct media attention to where he wants it. He created a monster that he can't control.
+11 # elkingo 2018-10-27 23:34
How many instances of probable cause must there be to arrest this man for a veritable spectrum of crimes, not least of which is genocide, i.e. Yemen?
-4 # aljoschu 2018-10-28 00:46
I know it's not popular:
"In 1933, Hitler burned the Reichstag." - Yes, it is possibly true that Nazis burned the Reichstag, but it is, after all, equally possible that they didn't do it, that leftist terrorists did it. Sorry, but we simply don't know for sure. Like with several other allegations against president Trump. It may be a shame that he got elected like it was a shame that Hitler got elected. Very probably democratically elected. Hoewever, that this happened, in both cases, was also a direct consequence of what their predecessors had done before and over many years! Who could honestly refute that Bush, the honorable Obama, that madame Clinton were not earmongers, war criminals and mass murderers? That all three had abandoned the American working people and threatened the middle class? Who can deny that leftists wanted to turn 1929 Germany into a communist state?
In both cases the Left didn't accept the result of a democratic election because it hadn't turned out the way they wanted it.
And as always in duch pinpointed and highly bipolar times of utter discordia as these lies, sorry, "fake" and "alternative" news, slander, aggressive attacks up to murder, eventually, flourishes.
The citizen out in the country cannot trust anyone any more, unless he has benn a banner carrier of one side anyway.
I belive the only way out of the dilemma is not not to intensify the kakophony. It is to calm down, get your observation right and state in non-toxic words what is.
+5 # logical1 2018-10-28 20:55
Where are you coming from? Trump created the fake news fiasco. He is the fake news, alternative facts, lying doesn't matter, changing what he said despite it being recorded by cameras. He is unapologetic for his lies, lack of fact checking, making up whatever he wants to get constituent cheers.
Do not say this is a time of lies and fake news that has arrived. It is being orchestrated and designed by an unscrupulous president and his sycophants.
+7 # Glen 2018-10-29 06:04
I understand your subject and agree that Trump was allowed in that front door through invitation after preparations by those you listed and many more prior to them. Anyone paying close attention would have seen the wars, attacks, coups, and more, committed by the U.S government, and then turning the pressure on citizens.

Trump is truly the result of it all and is he in our faces with it. His flighty shallow rhetoric and indifference to fellow human beings is breathtaking and intellectually insulting, not to mention dangerous.
+8 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-10-29 22:55
Agreed. Two large steps in the American progression toward right-wing dictatorship: Revocations of prior laws that prohibited widely distributed ownership of America's news media... accomplished in sequence by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

I wonder how many Americans even remember that, not long ago, it was illegal and prohibited for one corporation to own multiple comparable broadcast or newspaper outlets in one market? Today's six mega corporations controlling most "news" everywhere in the US was completely illegal AND actively prohibited until destroyed by administrations of both major parties in the late 80s and early 90s.
+1 # economagic 2018-10-31 17:50
See Barry Lynn's "Cornered" (2010), as in "cornered the market," for further examples of how far we have fallen. Monopoly--absol ute or in effect--was anathema to virtually every political economist from before Adam Smith until the mid-20th century, when the worser part of the profession went head over heels to the dark side. Lynn got fired while working for Don't Be Evil, Inc., for criticizing their monopolistic practices, but was quickly back in action with another sponsor.
0 # DongiC 2018-11-05 01:02
Very well said. I agree totally.
+2 # economagic 2018-10-29 09:45
(In response to the person who red-thumbed aljoshu.)

There is some truth in this comment that is often overlooked. I have been flogging (sic) the many comments that claim certain knowledge of events that cannot be known with certainty--incl uding events in the future--for the past four years. In reality, virtually nothing outside of Newtonian physics has a single cause, a great deal of what we think we know is approximate at best.

The remark about our present inability to trust sources of information that we once assumed were reliable is also on the mark. Besides inevitable biases and agendas (profit before integrity, e.g., Les Moonves' remark that Trump was good for ratings), everything is moving so fast today that much "news" is released before all the facts are available.

Bill Simpich's article on "conscience-fre e bullshit" is also relevant.
+5 # mim 2018-10-30 08:01
My father, among others,thought the Reichstag fire was an inside job, but most knowledgeable writers whom I've read, e.g. historians, err on the side of caution and say that it probably wasn't; it was just a stroke of luck that gave the Nazis something to exploit. Similarly with the 9/11 attacks. Demagogues are skilled at exploiting disasters, even ones they dkon't create.

And though "Reichstag fire" is the agreed-upon name of the event, no one burned the Reichstag. What the arsonist(s) burned was the Reichstag building, or Reichstagsgebäu de. If GF someone burned the Capitol, would we say they burned Congress?
+20 # Dale 2018-10-28 08:15
What would counter this travesty is caravan of many thousands of Americans traveling south to greet and escort the Hondurans to the border and offering to sponsor them as refuggees.
+3 # economagic 2018-10-29 09:48
Sorry, this is the link to Simpich's article, which is about humility in regard to what we believe is truth.
+1 # DongiC 2018-10-30 22:42
Agreed. Now where do you think Christ would be? Sitting comfortably in some megachurch in Oklahoma or among those wretched refugees hiking north, babe in hand, toward the American border with Mexico? I think the latter and the Evangelical community ought to be ashamed of themselves for their glaring lack of christian compassion. They resemble Satan more than Christ on this matter. Ditto for the Trumpster.

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