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The Lesson of Vichy France

When Hitler and Nazi Germany conquered France at the beginning of World War Two, the Germans divided France into an occupied zone and a free zone. This free zone was governed largely by a puppet government that supposedly was independent but was mostly cooperative with the Nazis. Now the big question anyone must ask themselves is why would anyone, conquered by an enemy, suddenly turn around and willingly cooperate with their conquerors?

Some French people fled and fought with the British and Russians against the Nazis. Many other French people stayed in France and formed the French Resistance that sabotaged Nazi plans and rescued Allied airmen whose planes were shot down over France. These French Resistance members risked their lives to continue fighting against the Nazis.

Yet who were the people governing Vichy France who would eagerly and openly cooperate with their Nazi conquerors? To answer this question, ask yourself this. If America were conquered by Nazi Germany today, which type of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis?

First, which group of people in America fear and hate minorities such as Jews, the disabled, homosexuals, and immigrants?

Second, which group of people in America believe that women are not equal and should stay at home?

Third, which group of people in America believe that safety can only occur by shutting down borders, that a free press is a direct threat to the government, and that labor unions should be abolished?

If you’re still having a hard time answering these questions, then chances are good you fall into that group of Americans who would be most likely to support the Nazis if they conquered the United States.

In France, the Vichy French government that cooperated with the Nazis consisted largely of right-wing, conservatives because the beliefs of the Nazis largely mirrored their own conservative beliefs. Thus when given permission by the Nazis to pursue their own conservative agenda against their own people, the Vichy France government had no problems cooperating with the Nazis.

So if everyone agrees that the Nazis were evil, then what does that say about any group of people whose own ideas and beliefs largely mirror those same ideas that the Nazis embraced?

In the United States, which group of people would be far more likely to cooperate with the Nazis because they share similar beliefs? Liberals or conservatives? Left-wing extremists or right-wing extremists? Democrats or Republicans?

If you accept the belief that the Nazis were evil, then you must also accept the belief that anyone who embraces the same principles of the Nazis must also be evil. If so, what does that say about the people of Vichy France who embraced the Nazis?

More importantly, what does that say about the people in America today who would be more likely to cooperate with the Nazis if they had a chance to do so?

To learn more about Vichy France, click here.

Don’t Fear Donald Trump, Fear His Supporters

The real problem is never Donald Trump or any leader, but the people around him who give him permission to do greater and greater horrors. After all, Hitler couldn’t round up 6 million Jews and exterminate them by himself. North Korea isn’t an oppressive dictatorship because of one dictator, but because a literal army of people agree to keep the current oppressive system in place for their own selfish reasons.

The two biggest threats are always:

  • People who directly benefit from the actions of the dictator (currently most of the Republicans)
  • People who agree to go along with the dictator because they keep hoping it won’t turn out badly after all, even after all evidence indicates that things are heading in the wrong direction

At what point did Germans realize Hitler went too far? Even though many Germans knew of Jewish persecution, the roundup of Jews, and even the extermination of Jews, how many Germans continued to accept Hitler as their leader?

Donald Trump isn’t a threat by himself but by his giving permission for his supporters and followers to blatantly violate both American and human values. It’s no surprise that the number of attacks on Jewish community centers and cemeteries has skyrocketed since Trump’s election. Donald Trump didn’t do this. His followers and supporters did because they now believe it’s okay to openly express their hatred towards others because, as they often say, “their candidate won.”

The closest supporters of Donald Trump are the ones directly benefiting from his actions, such as his own family members (Ivanka Trump whose clothing line is manufactured in Asia, which Donald Trump and the rest of the Republicans conveniently ignore while Trump browbeats other companies for not building factories in America).

Another group benefiting from Donald Trump are the Republicans whose grip on power allows them to push forward their own agenda. Whether they agree with Donald Trump or not is irrelevant since they aren’t actively opposing him.

Yet these closest supporters of Trump are still powerless to change the country. That’s why the greatest threat to the American Constitution isn’t Donald Trump or his closest followers, but his many supporters who want to discriminate against others and want a reason to justify their own fear and ignorance.

These are the people who are spraying Nazi graffiti on Jewish properties and yelling profanities at others in public. Yet even these people aren’t as dangerous as the silent people who simply refuse to oppose Donald Trump for various reasons that generally fall under the category of “He’s our President so we have to support him.”

Remember, Adolf Hitler was once democratically elected to power so the many Germans who refused to oppose him were simply helping him by not trying to stop him. These Germans could also have said, “Hitler is our leader so we have to support him.”

It’s the silent and accepting majority that’s the real danger to this country. Any group of people who willingly and knowingly look the other way while allowing any leader to cause misery, pain, and suffering to the weakest members of society is simply complicit in that leader’s own vile actions and agenda. Not speaking up is not as bad as actively rounding up immigrants and separating children from their mothers, but by not standing up for others, this silent majority remains the biggest danger to freedom of all.

It’s the duty of every American to speak up when they disagree with their leaders. Failing to do so means tactic acceptance and approval, and you can see how far the silent majority of Germans allowed Hitler to go with the Nazi party.

So the question today is this. How far can Donald Trump (or any President) go before you’ll believe he no longer has the best interests of this country at heart?

For many Trump supporters, they’ll always believe Trump has the country’s interests at heart, even in the face of contradictory evidence. Yet for many others, where will you draw the line?

Many Germans never drew the line with Hitler and allowed him to go completely unchecked. How far will Donald Trump go with the silent permission of Americans?

Why You Can Never Use Facts With a Donald Trump Supporter

People like to believe that they’re logical, rational, intelligent creatures. Then again, people like to believe in Noah’s Ark, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny as well.

The fact is that when people make a decision, they often do so with no idea whether they’re making the right decision or not because they have no idea how much (or how little) information they actually have to base their decisions on.

Because people don’t know how much they know or don’t know about a given topic, they can only make decisions based on incomplete data. The problem isn’t that everyone uses incomplete data but that far too many people believe they’re making rational decisions based on complete information.

That’s like crossing a busy highway, believing you’re invincible to getting hit by a car, and then getting hit by a car. The moment you fool yourself into believing you’re 100% right when you’re not, that’s where the problem comes in.

Once people make decisions based on incomplete data and fool themselves into believing they’re making obviously logical choices using complete data (when they’re not), the next slippery slope to delusional thinking occurs when people identify with their choices.

Instead of making a decision (based on incomplete data and being aware of it) and being willing to look for facts that may contradict their beliefs like a scientist testing a hypothesis, most people come to a decision based on incomplete data, then identify with their decisions.

If you confront these people with facts that contradict their beliefs, they’ll simply ignore any and all facts. Once many people make up their minds, they’ll actively and rabidly resist changing their minds because that would mean admitting they were initially wrong, and being wrong means a loss of identity and ego.

So the next time you run across a Donald Trump supporter, don’t bother parading facts to make your case because facts will never change the mind of someone who steadfastly believes they’re  always right all the time. Facts simply remind them that they could be wrong and admitting being wrong is a direct threat to a person’s identity.

Can you change someone’s identity? Nope, and because far too many people associate their beliefs with their identity, you can never change someone’s beliefs either, even with a mountain of facts. As long as you threaten someone’s identity, they’ll never listen to you and will likely dig in and further entrench themselves with their mistaken beliefs because holding on to a mistaken belief is far better (in their minds) than admitting they could possibly be wrong.

This innate fear of being wrong is what limits people. As long as you’re afraid of being wrong, it’s far better not to try anything at all. If you do nothing, you’ll never be wrong. (You’ll never be right either, but that’s besides the point with people who fear being wrong.)

If you fear being wrong, you’ll defend your beliefs with violence if necessary. Education and facts can never overcome stubbornness and fear, and that’s exactly what motivates so many people.

Confronting people with facts will never change their minds because they’re already convinced that they’re already right. Trying to change someone’s fixed mind is like trying to change the mind of a rock. The only difference is that a rock still has the possibility of changing for the better.

To read more about why people dislike being wrong, click here.

Why We Need Donald Trump

Many people are hoping Donald Trump will get impeached or be forced to resign. While this might seem like an improvement to liberals, there’s actually a good reason why liberals need Donald Trump to stay in office, because without a highly polarizing figure like Donald Trump in the White House, it’s harder for liberals and progressives to rally their base.

Back in World War Two, the British and Americans came up with all sorts of plots to assassinate Hitler. Many of those plots were never executed but many of them were never started for one reason. The Allies correctly guessed that keeping Hitler in power was more detrimental to Germany’s future than taking him out.

Hitler micromanaged his admirals and generals, second-guessing them because he (like Donald Trump) believed he was smarter than everyone else, even in situations where he had no experience.

Hitler lost confidence in his navy so he refused to let Germany’s major ships attack for fear of losing them. Hitler held back Germany’s jet fighter program that could have introduced jet fighters much earlier in the war and turned the tide against the Allied effort to take back Europe.

Hitler kept making such poor decisions throughout the war that he was actually an asset in helping the Allies defeat Germany. The Allies feared if they eliminated Hitler, someone far more intelligent would take over, and having an intelligent leader running Germany would be a far greater threat than having a bungling Hitler in charge instead.

And that’s why the world needs Donald Trump to stay in office. As long as he spews vicious attacks on immigrants and the media, and insists on delivering lies that are easily proven false, Donald Trump reveals the true face of the GOP leaders around him.

The GOP cares only about profits for themselves while blaming non-whites for all the problems in the world. Having Donald Trump bluntly state this in public is bad enough, but when GOP leaders remain silent, that’s even worse because it reveals the GOP’s true intentions all along.

The GOP never wants to help people. They simply want to rewrite laws for their own benefit and enrich themselves in the process. Donald Trump makes this obvious. Removing Trump from the White House means the GOP can go back to saying politically correct statements while still pursuing their same deceptive agenda enriching themselves at the expense of everyone else. Without Trump making this obvious, liberals and progressives will likely go back to sleep and falsely believe the Democrats are the solution when the Democrats are little different from the Republicans.

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats ostensibly want to help people while enriching themselves while the Republicans want to help themselves while enriching themselves.

Trump simply highlights the fact that America has never been about freedom, liberty, and democracy so much as it’s always been about imposing our will on others by force and deception. Both the Republicans and Democrats share the blame equally, but Donald Trump makes this obvious to everyone.

Removing Donald Trump means the US government risks going back into “let’s pretend” mode again where they pretend to care about people while secretly enriching themselves anyway.

Donald Trump is necessary to highlight the huge problem with both the Republicans and the Democrats because both have mutually created a system of government that enriches themselves at the expense of the people they’re supposed to serve.

We need Donald Trump to continue highlighting the real motives behind our so-called government leaders from both sides. Right now the Republicans (and many Democrats) are mostly silent in challenging Trump, which means they silently agree in his naked power agenda.

We shouldn’t fear Trump so much as we should fear all the people around him who aren’t doing a thing to stop or challenge him. We don’t need to get rid of Trump. We need to get rid of the people in Congress who support him.

The big threat to any nation isn’t a single leader, but the people who support that leader. After all, Hitler didn’t exterminate six million Jews by himself and Trump can’t do anything without the active cooperation of many people who put their own interests ahead of the country, and those are the people we need to get rid of far more than we need to get rid of Trump.

How to Pick Up Women Who Support Donald Trump

Donald Trump has made numerous sexist comments about women, yet close to half of all women in America decided to vote for him anyway. That makes as much sense as black people in Louisiana who voted for David Duke, a renown Ku Klux Klan leader.

Since so many American women supported Donald Trump, this opens a huge opportunity for men to pick them up in bars. In the interest in helping men get laid in America, here are some pickup lines you can use on women who support Donald Trump:

  • When you smile, you light up a room faster than napalm dropped on a village in Vietnam.
  • Your skin is softer than the children working in my factories.
  • Are you an angel? Or are you just wearing your Ku Klux Klan hood and robe out in public?

By appealing to a woman’s sense of vanity and support for Donald Trump, you too should have little problem convincing a Donald Trump supporter to go home with you at night.

The Real Purpose of Any Government

The first priority of any government is self-preservation.

The second priority of any government is enrichment of the people running the government.

There is no third priority.

Anything governments do that actually helps people is really designed to keep that government in power and/or enrich the people running the government.

Governments never work for the people. The people work for the government.

In the eyes of the government, its citizens are expendable. The only time citizens are not expendable is when they’re needed to protect the government or enrich the people running the government.

It’s a simple system. It only requires citizens to remain unaware of their real purpose. Loyalty and patriotism are ways to convince citizens to sacrifice their own lives for the good of their government.

When was the last time any government risked destruction to protect the lives of its citizens?

You can never trust any government because it’s impossible to legislate away corruption, greed, and selfishness.

You can only trust people. The moment people become part of any government, they’ll only do a good job based on their own moral and ethical values, which is impossible to predict or control through legislation. Making laws can never eliminate the worst parts of human behavior.

Therefore the whole purpose of Congress, which makes laws, is meaningless if they don’t define the moral and ethical values of the nation at the same time.

Governments are only as moral as the people running them. To run a government intelligently, the people running that government must be intelligent and rational.

Most governments are not intelligent or rational because most people are not intelligent or rational.

People get the governments they accept. If the people’s standards are low, then the government’s standards will be equally low.

Ultimately, people are in control of the world, but only if they recognize this fact and exercise their power to choose.

It’s all up to you.

Keep the Federal Government Out of Our Lives

One of the more common themes you’ll find from conservatives is the idea that the Federal government has too much control. The right-wing wants the Federal government to butt out of state control over education, religion, and discrimination. That way the states can educate people the way they want (keep them ignorant) allow religion to freely flourish (as long as it’s not a religion they don’t like), and pass laws to allow them to discriminate against anyone they choose (especially gays).

So if states want the Federal government to butt out of their lives, how come these same states like the Federal government spending billions every year building weapons, maintaining military bases, and researching every more effective ways to kill people we don’t like?

Certainly if states don’t like the Federal government telling them they can’t discriminate against gays and lesbians, they should also be fighting against a Federally-controlled military-industrial complex too, right?

Imagine if the Federal government butted out of the military. States would be forced to organize and equip their own militias. Without Federal money, the individual states would never be able to afford expensive aircraft carriers, billion dollar stealth fighter jets designed to combat a threat that isn’t likely to happen, or waste money building nuclear missiles that can blow up the world a thousand times over.

Instead, states would be forced to keep their militias at home so American soldiers wouldn’t be sent overseas to invade countries in a pre-emptive strike that will turn out to be based on faulty intelligence, not to mention the immoral idea that attacking other countries is a valid defensive strategy.

Without Federal money, states would never have hundreds of military bases around the world with troops stationed there, wasting Federal money that could be better spent building our infrastructure at home like roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals.

Perhaps the right wing has a point. If we got rid of all our Federally-funded programs that prop up the military and defense contractors while bankrupting the nation and impoverishing its own citizens, states and their population might really be better off.

So how come states aren’t arguing to reduce Federal spending on the military? After all, they do want the Federal government to butt out of their lives, right?

Religious Freedom vs. Discrimination

Indiana’s governor Mike Pence recently signed a bill (in privacy away from the scrutiny of the media) that protects the right of individuals for religious freedom. That’s great news because that means the Taliban, al-Qaida, and ISIS can now move to Indiana, force everyone to submit to Sharia law, and have full and complete protection from government intrusion under this new religious freedom law.

Perhaps we can even get Boko Haram involved so they can move to Indiana, kidnap hundreds of schoolgirls, sell them into sex slavery while forcing others to become the sex slaves of Boko Haram fighters all under the protection of religious freedom. After all, we wouldn’t want to think Indiana discriminates against Boka Haram because all they want to do is practice their form of religion free from government intrusion.

With the Taliban, al-Qaida, ISIS, and Boko Haram taking over Indiana by shooting men, kidnapping women, and recruiting young children to join their ranks, Indiana’s governor Mike Pence should be more than pleased that he’s allowing religious freedom to protect these groups from government interference. After all, why should the government control what people can say or do when historically religions have been doing that for years?

Perhaps the Mormons can move to Indiana too and start practicing bigamy, which the United States government had earlier forced the Mormons to stop practicing. That’s definitely a clear case of government intrusion into the lives of people who just want religious freedom.

The Ku Klux Klan also practiced their own twisted form of Christianity to justify terrorizing blacks in the South. The burning cross is merely a symbol of Christianity so the KKK should be free to burn crosses on everyone’s lawns in the name of religious freedom.

With so many groups currently banned from practicing their full beliefs until now, Indiana will soon become a religious mecca of complete freedom from government interference. Maybe when the government admits they have no right to interfere with religious freedom, we can even make it legal for the Jehovah Witnesses to visit Mike Pence in Indiana. After a long session talking to a Jehovah Witness, even Mike Pence might want to think twice about granting religious freedom to others without government oversight whatsoever.

Are You a Prostitute?

Are you working with prostitutes? Unless you’re actually walking the streets in fishnet stockings and high heels, chances are most people will say no. Then again, if you look at the definition of a prostitute, the answer is more likely to be yes. the only difference is that the prostitutes you see at work are far uglier and less likely to get you sexually aroused just by looking at them.

At the most literal level, a prostitute is someone who exchanges sex for money, so that pretty much covers at least half of all marriages on the planet with a high percentage of prostitutes marrying politicians, professional athletes, and celebrities. If you go by the strict definition of a prostitute, chances are good you’re not working with any.

However if you avoid the literal definition and consider the concept, chances are good you are working with prostitutes. A prostitute is someone who does something just for the money, so that pretty much covers 90 percent of your co-workers. If you’re honest with yourself, you can see if that covers you too.

Prostitutes in the workplace typically want to make money fast by doing as little as possible, so that covers most union workers and executives right there. The typical characteristic of a prostitute is someone who:

  • Just wants money
  • Cares only for themselves
  • Willing to do what it takes for the money

Using that definition of a prostitute, you can see that practically every workplace is riddled with prostitutes. Instead of wearing short skirts and too much make up, most workplace prostitutes are parading around in standard business clothes, working in a job they don’t like, and tolerating it because they just want the money so they can use it to do what they really want to do, which in many cases is to go see a real prostitute.

If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like that doesn’t fill you with passion and a sense of purpose, guess what? You’re probably a prostitute just showing up for the paycheck and health benefits and doing as little as possible to earn your paycheck. If you don’t want to be a prostitute, then here’s what you need to do.

First, find something you’d be willing to do without being paid for it. By choosing something you love, you’ll increase the chance that you’ll be good at it.

Second, find a way to take what you love and provide a service or product to others. If you love what you’re doing, it will be easy to promote your service or product to others. Based on your passion and enthusiasm, they may likely be swayed to buy from you. The more people buy from you, the more money you’ll make doing something you enjoy doing anyway.

The next time you go to work, first look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re the prostitute. If so, then it’s time to find a way to live life beyond just sacrificing your life for a paycheck. If sacrificing your dreams for money is your idea of a worthwhile goal, you might as well start walking the streets and servicing every scummy character who gives you money to perform unnatural sex acts with them.

If you’re not truly enjoying your work, you’re already a prostitute so you might as well go all the way and start exchanging sex with strangers too. What have you got to lose if you’ve already sacrificed your dignity and self-respect for money?

 

The Importance of Jobs

Listen to most politicians and they seem most concerned with creating jobs. The main purpose of the Keystone XL pipeline is to create jobs, regardless of the environmental issues and whether we need the pipeline to transport tar sand oil in the first place. When politicians argue for greater defense spending to build nuclear missiles that cost billions and will never be used, they justify it because it creates jobs. When they want to relax environmental regulations it’s because it costs companies jobs.

Since creating jobs is so vitally important to politicians, why not create jobs by hiring people to watch the politicians? One group of citizens can be hired to make sure politicians don’t sleep with their interns. Another can track politicians to make sure they don’t visit prostitutes. Still another group can follow politicians around all day long to make sure they don’t use illegal drugs or have affairs with other women because that would violate the family values so many politicians love to parade out every election year.

We could also hire people to check into every politician’s statements to see if they lied like Brian Williams did when he claimed he was in a helicopter that got hit when it really did not. More people could be hired to check if politicians are accepting bribes or violating the spirit of democracy by accepting kickbacks and granting favors to friends. Citizens can also be hired to check if politicians are giving jobs to friends and relatives that pay extremely well for doing nothing but soaking the taxpayers.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways politicians can create jobs by simply hiring people to make sure the politicians are actually morally and ethically upstanding like they pretend to be. That alone could create enough jobs for the entire nation and eliminate unemployment forever in this great nation of ours.

So if politicians are serious about creating jobs, this is the answer. The fact that politicians won’t embrace the idea of hiring an army of people to monitor them shows that they’re really not concerned about creating jobs anyway, but if you had just a smidgin of intelligence, you probably already knew that.