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Thursday, August 11, 2022

President Biden paused last week, during one of the busiest stretches of his presidency, for a nearly two-hour private history lesson from a group of academics who raised alarms about the dire condition of democracy at home and abroad.

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Comparisons were made to the years before the 1860 election when Abraham Lincoln warned that a "house divided against itself cannot stand" and the lead-up to the 1940 election, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt battled rising domestic sympathy for European fascism and resistance to the United States joining World War II.

The group that gathered in the White House Map Room last week was part of a regular effort by presidential historians to brief presidents, a practice that dates at least as far back as the Reagan administration. Obama convened such groups multiple times, though the sessions fell out of favor under Trump.

Some of last week's discussion focused on similarities between today's landscape and the period leading up to World War II, when growing authoritarianism abroad found its disturbing echo in the United States. As Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini consolidated their power in the 1930s, the Rev. Charles Coughlin used his radio broadcast to spread a populist anti-Semitic message in the United States. Sen. Huey Long (D-La.) also rallied Americans against Roosevelt and showed sympathies for dictatorial government.

Concerns about anti-democratic trends have long animated Biden, who began his 2020 campaign by arguing that a "battle for the soul of the nation" was underway, a play on the phrase used by Jon Meacham to title his 2018 book "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels."

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-11 12:54 PM | Reply

Some of last week's discussion focused on similarities between today's landscape and the period leading up to World War II, when growing authoritarianism abroad found its disturbing echo in the United States. As Germany's Adolf Hitler and Italy's Benito Mussolini consolidated their power in the 1930s, the Rev. Charles Coughlin used his radio broadcast to spread a populist anti-Semitic message in the United States. Sen. Huey Long (D-La.) also rallied Americans against Roosevelt and showed sympathies for dictatorial government.

Now we got Sporkfoot and Alex Jones and their podcasts to do the same.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-11 02:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't need to be a historian to see that.

Even Eberly can see it, even though he'll never admit it.

Meanwhile, Boaz wants democracy to end.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-11 07:48 PM | Reply

According to BOAZ, democracy never started.

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-08-11 08:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I'm glad to see we again have a President who listens to experts.

Too long the needs of the majority have been overlooked by politicians and the wants of minorities treated as a priority.

Trans wants are no match compare to the needs of the homeless.

black wants are nothing compare to the needs of the jobless.

and illegal immigrants wants are nothing compare to the needs of citizens.

That's why so many fell for trumps crap.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-12 03:06 AM | Reply

Rupert Murdoch should be displayed in stocks outside the Capitol as the murderer of democracy. On 3 continents.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-12 06:33 AM | Reply

To save Democracy Joe should use the IRS and FBI to harass his political opposition. Oh wait!

#7 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-08-12 08:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's not happening.
What's happening is you're a lying sack of ----.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2022-08-12 08:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Too long the needs of the majority have been overlooked by politicians and the wants of minorities treated as a priority.
Trans wants are no match compare to the needs of the homeless."

Utter nonsense, Minorities of all kinds have been discriminated against throughout history. Catering to the "majority" is callrd populism and is the favorite weapon of dictators. Demonize a minority (Jewa, hpmpsexuals, intellectuals) and pander to the ignorant majority (Ron Desantis) is the favorite strategy of tyrants.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-12 09:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"and illegal immigrants wants are nothing compare to the needs of citizens."

Illrgal immigrants struggle to simply be treated as human beings. They don't detract from the rights of citizens in any way but they are still human beings deserving of human rights.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-12 09:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"To save Democracy Joe should use the IRS and FBI to harass his political opposition. Oh wait!

"

If you have examples of Biden doing that then post it but you don't so really you just make s**t up and pretend it is factual. That is how liars operate.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2022-08-12 09:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#7 | Posted by visitor_

"Oh Wait" Trump used them to try and crush Democracy!

I know that's what you meant to say but got excited and posted. Something I never thought I would say - the IRS needs more money and power and better pay to fight the corruption of the wealthy in this country. In particular I mean our American Oligarchs.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-08-12 10:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#12. Perhaps. But do they really need to nearly double their staff and post job positions that require carrying a firearm and a willingness to use deadly force?

That doesn't concern you at all?

#13 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-12 10:15 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by Tor

I indeed see what you are suggesting but "Needs" of the Majority? I think you mean wants of a large minority. That large minority doesn't "want" Trans people to have rights. They don't want blacks to have rights. They don't want the illegal immigrants they rely on to have rights either. That is called populism. It isn't popular to help minorities' rights be recognized in many if not most corners but it is the right thing to do. Everyone is a minority in some way.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-08-12 10:18 AM | Reply

#14 One big straw man. Nice work.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-12 03:11 PM | Reply

To save Democracy Joe should use the IRS and FBI to harass his political opposition. Oh wait!

#7 | Posted by visitor_

If his political opposition wasn't trying to overthrow democracy they'd have nothing to worry about. Oh wait!

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-12 06:36 PM | Reply

FTR it was the middle of the night when I wrote that.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-12 06:43 PM | Reply

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