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I am afraid history is repeating itself

I am afraid history is repeating itself

To the Editor:

I have always  been a history buff. It was my major in college. I studied WWII in great detail. It was really just a continuation of “The Great War,” WWI. The Germans lost WWI. It is an undisputed fact of history. The loss of the war came as a great shock to the German people. Government propaganda of the time had convinced them of the invincibility of the German soldier, and the rightness of their cause.  

Most Germans believed that they had been “stabbed in the back” by a combination of “Socialists and Jews” who had conspired with their own government and their enemies to defeat Germany. This totally false conspiracy theory played a major role in the rise of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, which later gained power and then overthrew the existing democratic government. This led directly to WWII. 

I have always been amazed that the German people — as educated, and sophisticated as they were — could be convinced to believe such an obvious lie. But this is what they wanted to believe. The defeat on the battlefield must be fake news. There must be someone else to blame.

By the time you read this the Electoral College will have certified that Joe Biden was elected the future President of the United States. He received at least seven million more votes than the President. Over 60 court cases have been filed by the Republicans to contest the election. Not a single one has proven, in any court of law,  any fraud, that could have changed the result. The Supreme Court has, on at least two occasions, dismissed their suits. No proof of any conspiracy has been produced. 

Yet, over 70 percent of Republicans truly believe that Joe lost, that there was widespread fraud, and that there were grand conspiracies, including Republican officials, to throw the election to the Democrats. I fear history is repeating itself.

Louis Vitale


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