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Letter: War against the media threatens our republic

War against the media threatens our republic

Hanna Arendt’s phrase, “the banality of evil,” with its nuanced depth, yields startling conclusions when applied to the regime currently metastasizing in Washington.

In case you think “evil” is an inappropriate descriptor, think carefully of the last years of the Weimar Republic and the degree to which many otherwise intelligent people underestimated the Nazis. If you think “Nazi” is an inappropriate descriptor, think carefully of the parallels between our so-called president’s spokesmen and the fictive Ministry of Truth of 1984 or the all too real Joseph Goebbels of the 1930s. “And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed … then the lie passed into history and became truth [aka alternative facts].” – George Orwell.

A declaration of war against the press is a declaration of war against the ability of the people to decide for themselves. The “Trumpeters” believe they are simply doing their jobs, that there is no objective reality, and that if they can control the narrative then what they want us to believe will become the truth. Massacres will slip into and out of official history. Bans will and will not be bans. Opposing views and facts that don’t support the party line are called lies or “fake news.”

Trump proclaims that Trump and only Trump can fix the disaster caused by mere politicians. He will save us all. He falls just short of intoning, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14). Not since the fall of Rome has the fasces been so prominently on display.

John Marvin

Cheektowaga

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