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Mon Feb 17, 2020, 09:43 AM

Ronald Reagan's Daughter Patti Davis: Presidents Didn't Used to Be Dictators

According to Patti Davis, writing under the telling headline, “Presidents Didn’t Use To Be Dictators,” she once had a dinnertime conversation with her father who explained to her, “Dictators are never benevolent, that’s why they’re dictators. They want to control people, hold onto their own power, and not allow people to be free. America has the most perfect government.”

“I knew a lot about dictators when I was a kid. My parents had a friend who had numbers tattooed on her arm. She was at our home often, and I knew the story about how she was put into a concentration camp with her family when she was a child, and only she and her mother survived. I had seen photographs of Nazi soldiers herding Jewish people into cattle cars. I asked my father once why the people didn’t turn and trample the soldiers—they outnumbered them by a lot. He told me they were too afraid. When people are frightened, he said, anything can be done to them,” she wrote before making the connection to the current political climate.

“Almost on a daily basis now, we hear about how frightened people are of Donald Trump—Republican Senators, people working in the White House in various capacities, apparently many in the Department of Justice,” she explained. “They fear his wrath and his insatiable appetite for revenge. Those of us who are horrified at the dismantling of our democracy fear him because he may very well be destroying more than we can ever rebuild.”

“We run the risk, it seems to me, of forgetting what the presidency is supposed to be. We are so bombarded with the crudeness of Donald Trump, his cruelty and wanton disregard for the tenets of our Constitution, that the image of a president who has a moral compass, reveres our democracy and follows its laws is fading from our collective psyche,” she added, before warning, “We will never save this democracy until we remember what it feels like to have as our president someone who puts democracy above personal, selfish interests.”



MORE:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ronald-reagans-daughter-patti-davis-presidents-didnt-used-to-be-dictators?ref=home
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/trump-walloped-as-a-dictator-in-blistering-column-from-reagan-daughter/

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kpete Feb 2020 OP
Blues Heron Feb 2020 #1
Iliyah Feb 2020 #2
katmondoo Feb 2020 #3
2naSalit Feb 2020 #4
ck4829 Feb 2020 #5
ck4829 Feb 2020 #6
Boomerproud Feb 2020 #7

Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 09:59 AM

1. Reagan helicoptered his own people in a fit of anti-weed dictatorin'

I wouldn't point to him as anything other than the first of the puke figurehead-style presidents that were to come.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:02 AM

2. That's fine and dandy . . .

What are the Republicans gonna do about it?

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:27 AM

3. In my mind Reagan opened the Pandora Box to show the way to what we have as President today.

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Response to katmondoo (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:58 AM

4. +1

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Response to katmondoo (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:58 AM

5. Indeed

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 11:23 AM

6. As mentioned above, this all starts with her father though

A celebrity-president with a cult of personality.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 11:48 AM

7. How do we get over the fear and reclaim our country?

Hmm Patti?

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