Trump’s second impeachment risks giving half the US a ‘stab in the back’ narrative like that which took hold in Germany in 1919

Trump’s second impeachment risks giving half the US a ‘stab in the back’ narrative like that which took hold in Germany in 1919. By Scott Ritter.

In 1918, the German Army was defeated on the field of battle. Censorship and the dissemination of false and misleading information blinded the German population to this reality. They did not trust the words of their elected officials because there was no viable evidentiary proof presented of this defeat, leading to a cognitive dissonance that produced an outright denial of their military debacle. This mindset was furthered by statements made by German leaders to returning soldiers that “no enemy has vanquished you.” Thus was born the “stab in the back” legend from which the Nazi party of Adolf Hitler drew its motivation and strength.

In 2020, Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection. Four years of anti-Trump resistance at the hands of the Democrats in Congress, combined by an anti-Trump bias in the mainstream media, had conditioned Trump supporters to be distrustful of these election results. The post-election censorship of any discussion regarding the legitimacy of the 2020 election result only fuels the mistrust and misgivings of Trump’s supporters. This suspicion was furthered by the repeated statements of the President and his supporters that the election was stolen from them.

America is teetering on the edge of a political abyss which, once crossed, there will be no coming back. If 75 million Americans believe that their political future is being nullified by vengeful politicians in Congress, then the ideological foundation is being laid for the birth of an American “stab in the back” legend which will produce a divided nation incapable of ever being reunited.

If many people no longer believe that they can change things by voting, then they must look to other means. If elections are rigged, then persuading people and organizing campaigns is a waste of time.

If a large portion of the population believes that elections are rigged — even if they are mistaken — then democracy is in deep trouble.

The Democrats haven’t even tried to explain how the Presidential vote was fair, or to make it more transparent in future. Instead, they banned discussion and abused or belittled anyone who complained. No correspondence will be entered into — our vote counters and our media say we won, so there.

The last two months many have seen the death of democracy in the US. These are historic times. Not much good news around at the moment.

hat-tip Stephen Neil