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Once upon a time, there was a nation ruled by democracy. While the country seemed to thrive for many years, there came a time where economic conditions caused many of its people to suffer. The economic distress shortly turned into political turmoil, as its citizens became increasingly frustrated with the situation. The most frustrated people represented a seemingly forgotten demographic of the population, and when they felt hope was lost, a leader appeared and promised them circumstances would get better. He assured them the country would be great again, and with his charisma and dynamic leadership, he quickly gained the support of thousands.
With this newfound support, he soon proved to his followers that the reason for much of their strife was because of certain people who were terrorizing the nation’s well-being. He claimed they destroyed the culture of the country and were feeding off those who worked hard for their successes. This created disdain for the ‘others’ in the country led to mass hysteria, phobias, and pure hatred. He harnessed this as a way to eventually become the ruler of this nation, and as he soon as got the official power, he used the mantra of disdain to create a war with the world.
In the 1930s and ‘40s, this man was known as Adolf Hitler.
Educators teach the everlasting effects of the Holocaust and World War II in schools everywhere. Children and young adults learn how fascism rises in hopes the future generations can learn the lessons of the past and avoid future similarities. But this week, those lessons taught in schools are proving ineffective, as the past is beginning to repeat itself. The man once known as Hitler now holds a new name — Donald Trump.
This parallelism may seem radical, but reread the story and reanalyze the facts. There always comes a time when enough is enough, and that time is now. The days of pretending that fascism is an ideology of the past cannot continue.
The executive decisions ordered by Donald Trump and his administration during his first week of presidency caused shockwaves throughout the world. Between banning immigrants based upon their religious beliefs and removing funding from organizations for allowing women their right to choose abortion, his decisions are beyond the debate of Democrat vs. Republican.
While many people continue to take sides over what is going on in the U.S., there are still many who believe that if a new law does not directly affect him or her, there is no need to worry about it. This, however, is no longer the case.
The U.S. is entering a crucially dangerous time of politics. No, not because a self-proclaimed Republican is in office, but because the person ruling over the Land of the Free is creating a Home of the Enslaved. Trump’s rise to power is not a product of democracy, but a product of a growing fascist regime.
Every decision, every executive action, and every Islamophobic, homophobic, narcissistic comment is an infringement on the Pursuit of Happiness of all people, not just particular demographics, and not in the pursuit of a better economy. There is no “alternative fact” to the unification of more than 60 countries on Jan. 21, when millions of men, women, and children marched in an attempt to show the rising unconscious regime of Trump’s true intentions.
There is no longer a way for one to remain apolitical while ensuring a bright future for him or herself. The next few months contain the most critical moments of history. People must choose to provide Trump the opportunity to ‘prove people wrong,’ or stand up against the rise of history repeating itself.
Choosing to be apolitical is choosing to stay silent, and history proves that silence is a death sentence.