We’ve become so overwhelmed by the peripatetic pace of the Trump insanity that sometimes we need to step back slightly and look at the gestalt of our evolving national tragedy. From early on in the Trump candidacy I have been raising the alarm that Trump’s rise has had elements that have eerie similarities to that of Adolph Hitler.
“As tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events.” Here.
“Multnomah County GOP chair James Buchal, however, told the Guardian that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives to “abandoning the public square”.
“I am sort of evolving to the point where I think that it is appropriate for Republicans to continue to go out there,” he said. “And if they need to have a security force protecting them, that’s an appropriate thing too.”
Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”
Asked if he was considering such groups as security providers, Buchal said: “Yeah. We’re thinking about that. Because there are now belligerent, unstable people who are convinced that Republicans are like Nazis.”
Ignoring the irony of Buchal complaining that complaining that many on the Left are seeing Republicans as NAZI’s, we see this Republican Official thinking about hiring radical right wing paramilitary groups to protect Republican leaders from public harassment by constituents. The stabbing incident in Portland was done by a racist member of the type of group Buchal is thinking of hiring.
When I read Buchal’s intentions I was sadly reminded of another earlier era in Germany during the rise to power of Adolph Hitler and his NAZI Party. The Sturmabteilung or SA for short, was the street-fighting, paramilitary group who protected Hitler and his NAZI Party in their rise to power. They also were the thugs who attacked Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals and Leftists as the NAZI power was consolidated:
It played a significant role in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Their primary purposes were providing protection for Nazi rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties, especially the Red Front Fighters League (Rotfrontkämpferbund) of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), and intimidating Slavic and Romani citizens, unionists, and Jews – for instance, during the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.
The SA have been known in contemporary times as “Brownshirts” (Braunhemden) from the color of their uniform shirts, similar to Benito Mussolini‘s blackshirts. The SA developed pseudo-military titles for its members. The SA ranks were adopted by several other Nazi Party groups, chief amongst them the Schutzstaffel (SS), which originated as a branch of the SA before being separated. Brown-coloured shirts were chosen as the SA uniform because a large number of them were cheaply available after World War I, having originally been ordered during the war for colonial troops posted to Germany’s former African colonies“.
The attitude of this top Republican official in a large, cosmopolitan City is actually quite typical of the many statements that some on the Republican right wing have been making since the election of a Black President and the hysteria that accompanied it in certain corners. While many might think that I am being hysterical myself, paranoid from the election of a man I despise, I would disagree. The signs are there of the possibility of a coming fascist takeover of our country and unless those of us of good will are alert to the clarity of these signs, we will all be overwhelmed before we have a good chance of combating it. Resistance is our only and safest option, as much as it might make us uncomfortable and that Resistance needs to be built upon our awareness of the dire threat facing our nation.