If the Tea Party wins:
Belize looking better and better
By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver / The Rag Blog / September 15, 2010
With the results of the primary elections tonight, the “Tea Party” is poised to become the Republican Party.
Lots of people look at the TP movement and see danger, and lots of people look at 2012 as potentially the American “January 20, 1933.” We are possibly a step closer to that. What many do not consider is that the election that foreshadowed the Nazi victory of 1933 was the election of 1931, when “Nazi crazies” won sufficient seats in the Reichstag to become the largest party. That is when they crossed the line toward complete electoral victory.
Myself, I remember long conversations with that famous director, Billy Wilder, whom I was fortunate to know in the 1980s. He recognized the Nazis for what they were in 1928, when his friends still thought Hitler was a joke. He harped on the Nazi danger to the point his friends called him a “crank” — then there were the 1931 elections, and some friends got worried. Then when the 1933 victory happened, he packed everything he owned in a steamer trunk and bought a one-way ticket on the Paris Express that same night of the victory.
If the Democrats have a brain (unproven at this point) they can defeat these loonies this year, but if they don’t, and these people get into office, then this is America’s “election of 1931,” and watch out 2012.
I strongly recommend to all that if these people win in November, you be sure your passport is current before 2012.
Remember what Sinclair Lewis wrote in 1934: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
Belize is looking better and better. Hey, if we all go down there, we can move into our own neighborhood and start our own pub!
[Thomas McKelvey Cleaver is an accidental native Texan, a journalist, and a produced screenwriter. He has written successful horror movies and articles about Second World War aviation, was a major fundraiser for Obama in 2008, and has been an activist on anti-war, political reform, and environmental issues for almost 50 years.]