PAULA MEHMEL: Shoot The Rapids — How Bad Does It Have To Get?

The image of a frog in boiling water shows us how things can heat up incrementally so that you don’t realize how bad it is until it is too late.

This past week, the former president claimed that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, committed treason and that such action in the last called for DEATH (his emphasis.) Trump was angry Milley refused to allow the military to be used in his attempt to declare martial law and enact a coup on a free and fair election.

The fact that no elected GOP official or presidential candidate (well, maybe one or two) even commented on this, let alone condemned it, is terrifying.  The candidates running against him were more concerned that he hadn’t shown up for a debate than the fact that he continues to threaten violence.

Until the last regime, I have always respected political differences, but I cannot fathom how anyone who says they believe in democracy can support someone whose tactics are those of a strongman bent on destroying the foundations of the Constitution.

I truly am terrified for the future of this country if we continue to accept such calls for violence as normal. You promote what you permit and the level of apathy in the face of a clear and present danger means our future as a free nation is at risk.

I believed bad things would happen with a person like Trump as president. What I didn’t believe was how few people would actually step up and put country ahead of party or power and how many more wouldn’t care.

This is how democracy dies. Fiddling while Rome burns.

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