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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:21 PM

Sure, he's a disgusting, vile, foul mouthed bigot...

...but at least Mussolini keeps the trains running on time.

And that's exactly what I'm hearing from almost every republican on cable news today.

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Reply Sure, he's a disgusting, vile, foul mouthed bigot... (Original post)
JohnnyRingo Jan 12 OP
Irish_Dem Jan 12 #1
MBS Jan 12 #2
JohnnyRingo Jan 12 #3

Response to JohnnyRingo (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:23 PM

1. Our country is too backward to have a decent passenger train system. nt

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:28 PM

2. Bingo, alas. n/t

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:29 PM

3. It's an old excuse for abetting fascism.

SAY WHAT you like about Mussolini, he made the trains run on time. That was the famous last excuse for Fascism, conveying the idea that while dictatorship might not be very nice, at least it got things done.

Per Snopes it was just a lie from a different dictator in a different time:

After the “march on Rome” (which was itself a myth of fascist propaganda) on 28 October 1922 that resulted in King Vittorio Emanuele’s appointment of Benito Mussolini as prime minister and the accession to power of the fascists in Italy, Mussolini needed to convince the people of Italy that fascism was indeed a system that worked to their benefit. Thus was born the myth of fascist efficiency, with the train as its symbol. The word was spread that Mussolini had turned the dilapidated Italian railway system into one that was the envy of all Europe, featuring trains that were both dependable and punctual. In Mussolini’s Italy, all the trains ran on time.

https://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp

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