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Yes, It Can Happen Here
Biggovernment.com ^ | March 31, 2010 | by Michael Zak

Posted on 04/02/2010 8:24:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

n 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote a novel that envisioned a political tragedy akin to the Obama administration. It Can’t Happen Here is the story of Berzilius Windrip, a Democrat senator nominated for the presidency.

A charming, charismatic demagogue, he is elected by promising lots of free goodies for everyone. Once in power, President Windrip ruins the economy, neutralizes Congress and cracks down on dissent. He makes himself dictator, with assistance from a civilian national security force. Berzelius Windrip mmm mmm mmm!

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: fascism; government; lewis; obama; politics; reichstaggers
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1HT27qPsSE

1 posted on 04/02/2010 8:24:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1HT27qPsSE


2 posted on 04/02/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

49 BC is coming back at us again. For the uninformed, that is when Julius Caesar began a Civil War that ended with him declaring himself Dictator for Life.


3 posted on 04/02/2010 8:27:33 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Professional Engineer

ping


4 posted on 04/02/2010 8:28:28 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: mlocher
Julius Caesar began a Civil War that ended with him declaring himself Dictator for Life.

Remind me: How did that work out for him?

5 posted on 04/02/2010 8:30:54 PM PDT by LouD ("against all enemies, foreign and domestic...")
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To: Jet Jaguar

I’ve been thinking a lot about “It Can’t Happen Here” - I think it’s time to reread it.


6 posted on 04/02/2010 8:32:11 PM PDT by LouD ("against all enemies, foreign and domestic...")
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To: LouD
How did that work out for him?

LOL! -- I refuse to answer that for fear I will be accused of causing a violent coup d'etat.

7 posted on 04/02/2010 8:33:34 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Read online:
http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lewis/sinclair/happen/


8 posted on 04/02/2010 8:33:59 PM PDT by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: mlocher

I firmy beleive that many members (and their families) of both the Senate and House have been threatened by violence or worse.


9 posted on 04/02/2010 8:34:25 PM PDT by unkus
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To: LouD

Quite well, untill the ides of March.


10 posted on 04/02/2010 8:35:35 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: LouD

et tu, Brute?


11 posted on 04/02/2010 8:35:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: unkus
I firmy beleive that many members (and their families) of both the Senate and House have been threatened by violence or worse

It would not surprise me.

12 posted on 04/02/2010 8:38:21 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Jet Jaguar

BUMP!
(Thank God for the Second Amendment)


13 posted on 04/02/2010 8:38:56 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: unkus

Ubanga has pushed the envelope of communism way, way too far.


14 posted on 04/02/2010 8:40:01 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: unkus
I firmy beleive that many members (and their families) of both the Senate and House have been threatened by violence or worse.

Stupid. Why warn them?

15 posted on 04/02/2010 8:40:45 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: donna

Thanks!


16 posted on 04/02/2010 8:40:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: mlocher

I agree that our situation is too close to the late Roman republic than is comfortable, but Barack Hussein Obama is not fit to carry Gaius Julius Caesar’s subligaculum.

Caesar was personally brave, fought for his country, was militarily competent, won trials as an attorney, could balance a budget, wrote his own books and was without question a citizen.


17 posted on 04/02/2010 8:42:10 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (What is a slave, but someone robbed of his labor to sustain the idle?)
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To: Jet Jaguar; LouD

Wasn’t this book supposed to be warning against a rightwing dictatorship.


18 posted on 04/02/2010 8:45:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I dunno.

But, I read it.

Many years ago.


19 posted on 04/02/2010 8:47:03 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Also good: “The Arrogant History of White Ben,” by Clemence Dane. Written in the 1930’s, a story of a scarecrow that comes to life, gets elected dictator, demonizes crows.


20 posted on 04/02/2010 8:48:42 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

1968 TV movie SHADOW ON THE LAND.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063589/


21 posted on 04/02/2010 8:49:35 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Thanks.


22 posted on 04/02/2010 8:50:06 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar
I liked this variation - The Manchurian Candidate
23 posted on 04/02/2010 8:55:42 PM PDT by tpmintx (Liberalism: Envy, backed by governmental authority. (I'm green; are you?))
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To: mlocher

I think the senate made him dictator for an extended period - ten years or something. That would make it essentially for life.


24 posted on 04/02/2010 9:02:07 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: nickcarraway

It was in a sort.

The leader was a wrap yourself in a flag type.

But, the result is akin to the zero.


25 posted on 04/02/2010 9:04:41 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Psalm 144

“subligaculum”

You have surpassed my Latin Vocabulary, and left me wondering. Huh?


26 posted on 04/02/2010 9:09:11 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: vladimir998

I went back to my history book and you are correct. The duration was 10 years, but the term was Dictator in Perpetuity. The Senate eventually took him out — literally.


27 posted on 04/02/2010 9:09:19 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Jet Jaguar

It appears that Mr. Lewis was much more a Prophet than a Novelist.


28 posted on 04/02/2010 9:13:15 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway

Actually, Windrip is a populist, who promises every citizen $5000 a year. I think we’d call him a “progressive.” IIRC, he’s a National Socialist - and more than a little reminiscent of Obama.


29 posted on 04/02/2010 9:14:07 PM PDT by LouD ("against all enemies, foreign and domestic...")
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To: gitmo

Stupid. Why warn them?


It’s the intimidation, stupid!


30 posted on 04/02/2010 9:16:55 PM PDT by unkus
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To: patton

“subligaculum”

You have surpassed my Latin Vocabulary, and left me wondering. Huh?

*************************

Briefs, essentially. I could not find an equivalent to jockstrap.


31 posted on 04/02/2010 9:17:58 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (What is a slave, but someone robbed of his labor to sustain the idle?)
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To: Psalm 144

I had to go look it up - I hate not knowing.

Diaper, g-string, or bikini bottom - depending on context.

LOL.


32 posted on 04/02/2010 9:23:30 PM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: mlocher

Yes, I think it is said he died at the base of the statue of Pompey the Great. Pompey’s revenge from beyond the grave.


33 posted on 04/02/2010 9:23:35 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: vladimir998

You know your Roman history very well. I tip my hat to you!


34 posted on 04/02/2010 9:26:14 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: unkus

I agree. It is also obvious that the DOJ is threatening judges. Remember Judge David Carter? He reversed himself on the need for discovery after the law firm (Perkins-Coie, who is hiding Obama’s records) sent one of their clerks to work for him. Obama seems to know nothing is going to happen to him by the way he ridiculed the Supreme Court publicly. We are in a fight for all our freedoms and our very lives.


35 posted on 04/02/2010 9:26:33 PM PDT by charlie72
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To: gitmo

Get it now?


36 posted on 04/02/2010 9:31:56 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

How can you tell? From their say-so?


37 posted on 04/02/2010 9:35:46 PM PDT by GregoryFul
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To: mlocher

I know some. I wish I had studied it more! I always found the story of Mariu-Sulla-Pompey-Caesar fascinating. And I always felt kind of sorry for Marius as he went mad and Pompey as he went from “always winning” to “not able to catch a break”.

One book I would like to read is The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Michael Parenti, but I am a little wary of the marxist views of the author:

http://www.unrv.com/book-review/assasination.php

http://www.michaelparenti.org/Caesar.html


38 posted on 04/02/2010 9:40:33 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: GregoryFul

How can you tell? From their say-so?


Chicago style thuggery, for one. We’re dealing with Communists for another.

0bama is one evil bastard....that alone excludes nothing being taken off the table. They are ruthless and will get their way if they can.


39 posted on 04/02/2010 9:42:23 PM PDT by unkus
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To: charlie72

We are in a fight for all our freedoms and our very lives.


Exactly!


40 posted on 04/02/2010 9:43:24 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Lancey Howard

BUMP!
(Thank God for the Second Amendment)
***********

Listen to how they disarmed the people when Hitler was in power.

Alex Jones and Kitty Werthmann on the Rise of Fascism

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1758808539498490012#

story by Kitty Werthmann,

http://www.eagleforum.org/misc/states/articles/2003/werthmann-3-11-03.shtml


41 posted on 04/02/2010 9:43:42 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: LouD
I've been thinking a lot about "It Can't Happen Here" - I think it's time to reread it.

I've been thinking a lot about 1930s Germany. Chancellor Obama is busy setting up the trappings of a dictatorship.

42 posted on 04/02/2010 9:48:25 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Jet Jaguar
A great resource...
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg Australia

It Can't Happen Here (the whole book!)

43 posted on 04/02/2010 9:49:21 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: unkus
I firmy beleive that many members (and their families) of both the Senate and House have been threatened by violence or worse.

That's the Chicago way!

44 posted on 04/02/2010 9:51:03 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

I firmy beleive that many members (and their families) of both the Senate and House have been threatened by violence or worse.

That’s the Chicago way!


The new USSA way.


45 posted on 04/02/2010 9:56:39 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

As a Chicagoan, what bothers me so much about Chicago politics is not merely that it is venially corrupt, violent, and tyrannical, but that when Chicagoans talk about it amongst themselves, they know it and think it is funny and not a big deal. I even did it in my more foolish days. Truly, people get what government they deserve.

I am now looking for employment outside of Chicago, but as a financial mathematician, it is hard to find jobs outside of New York and Chicago. At least as far as taxes and standard of living go, Chicago is in fact the lesser of two evils.


46 posted on 04/02/2010 10:05:19 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: LouD

Actually, Windrip is a populist, who promises every citizen $5000 a year. I think we’d call him a “progressive.” IIRC, he’s a National Socialist - and more than a little reminiscent of Obama.


But, but, but every citizen DOES get $5,000 a year right now .... from his stash ... if he deems it so then make it so ......

BTW

I don’t get $5,000 or even $500 or even $5 a year, now that I think about it.


47 posted on 04/02/2010 10:06:19 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: vladimir998
Thanks, I will have to read the book by Parenti.

I have read Livy. It is fascinating, but he discussed Roman Republic history 300 years after the fact. The chronological events are probably accurate; quotes of the enemy are hard to swallow.

48 posted on 04/02/2010 10:11:40 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Best wishes to you, FRiend.


49 posted on 04/02/2010 10:14:31 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

Thank you.


50 posted on 04/02/2010 10:21:02 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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