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Sowers: Know some history before you vote

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Frank Daniels’ recent Opinion asks us to ignore Donald Trump’s “personality” because it is “policy” that is more important (“Will you vote based on personality or policy?”). But consider this old racket: Some guy slaps you on your back with one hand and picks your pocket with the other. It is now a fact, backed by overwhelming evidence, that it was Trump and his buddies who tried to steal the 2020 election and blame Joe Biden for a steal that Biden never did. Trump, after taking his oath of office, did not uphold our ways and may get away with this bad deed. Do an internet search on “Trump lawyers in trouble” for their role in what Trump tried to do, on the other hand, and you will find many are indicted and headed for bad endings. Trump even told everybody, a month before the 2020 election, that he might challenge the results. And he did. Now, he has said the same thing about the 2024 election.

Trump’s “Make America Great Again” theme was the slap on your back to distract you from his real goal to start many false “belief system” stories. Now, we have fanatical election deniers, more people addicted to “conspiracy theories” and people who give Trump blanket and absolute “innocence” of any wrongdoing without even looking at his case.

Some people have a “personality” that helps them become kings, dictators or part of evil cabals. The first well-documented rig came out of ancient Greece. It started because of Athenian social unrest around 411 B.C. (see Wikipedia and Thucydides, Solon and Pisistratus histories). An attempt was rigged by the rich landlord families to suspend democracy and have, officially, a temporary plutocracy (rule by the rich). But the secret plan was to have the temporary arrangement become a permanent arrangement. That planned “rig” was thwarted.

One-third of the Roman emperors died by poison or daggers. One lasted one day. One got a lot of daggers, front and rear. Rigs were common.

Napoleon Bonaparte was also a big name in history. But, on my dig on the internet, his “stable genius” did not save him from dark endings. My internet search keywords were “Was Napoleon French revolution a fraud.” Guess what? It was a fraud! It was easy to find historical details showing that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini also got into power by fraud. Those guys made a lot of trouble.

That interesting old saying, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” came from Lord John Acton in 1887. He also said, “Great men are almost always bad men.” Just do an internet search on the keyword string, “Trump project 2025 dismantle democracy.” See if that is what you want.

Arthur E. Sowers

Harbeson

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