Ever hear of Karl Hess? He was an American, and one of a kind; he wrote speeches for Barry Goldwater, protested the Vietnam war, wrote the GOP's platform in 1960 and '64 and later joined the SDS. He was a famous (or infamous) tax protester, who the IRS slapped with a 100% lien, leaving him to survive the last 30 years of his life by barter. (Karl to IRS: "But I'll starve." IRS: "Not our problem." Yikes!)
He saw politics up, down and sideways; from the outside as a newsman and from the inside as an activist.
And here's his gem about Nazis: "Adolph Hitler as Chancellor of Germany is a horror; Adolf Hitler at a town meeting would be an a——hole." --I'd add a caveat: unless he's the only one who shows up at the town meeting.
History gets written by the people who show up. If you're concerned that a movement you think is a good idea might get dominated by people with philosophies you despise, get involved and push back. And if you don't like the movement itself, if you think it's wrong, pull up a soap box! --But show up. Yelling at the teevee doesn't count.
Personally, I'll not leave one bit of the Bill of Rights for jerks to dominate. Bad enough the 4th is under heavy threat, bad enough Freedom of Assembly gets shoved around any time a big enough dignitary comes down the pike -- there's ten on the list, pick one or two and get your shoulder to the wheel.
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