"..without a shot being fired..." Words Matter
History has attributed this quote to then Soviet First Secretary, Nikita Khrushchev. The man who would eventually become Russia's Premier was speaking to Western Ambassadors at the Polish Embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956. Three years later, the Mayor of Los Angeles confronted Khrushchev, who denied saying that, but we found this statement reportedly issued by the Communist Party on September 16, 1959. It appears to be further explaining Khrushchev's meaning of "without a shot":
The rest of his explanation "clarification" is:
Still....what did he mean by "destroy you from within"? What was he saying to Americans in the late 1950s and early 1960s that many Americans apparently missed or didn't get or quietly facilitated?
Nikita Khrushchev was ultimately ousted from office and lived the last years of his life in a small apartment in Moscow. His memoirs were smuggled out of the country in1970 and he died of a heart attack, ironically on September 11th, 1971, exactly thirty years to the day before the deadly 911 attacks on the United States.
Along comes Vladimir Putin with quotes to carry on Nikita Khrushchev's legacy. In December 2011, Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, was positioned to reclaim his role as Russia's president in the March 2012 elections. At a dinner, he allegedly said he could take America down in a 1/2 hour.
In 2018, one year into Donald Trump's presidency, Vladimir Putin explained to the Atlantic HOW he planned to continue Nikita Khrushchev's vow to bring America down. Putin had big plans, including the easy one: "hacking".
The hacker method brings to mind a Facebook encounter with an obvious troll. After checking the list of "friends" on the suspect's page, we noticed nine so-called friends with the same name. Trolls often spell words wrong and use phrases that are obsolete in real American language.
More important than social media trolls are the actual words and actions coming from our government that directly mimic the attitude of the Communist Party in the 1950s. The American people have been lied to by the American government. We know that but all American citizens still haven't connected the dots. Maybe they don't realize the danger in a President talking as if the past were the future, such as the archival thought of "suburban housewives". About the Post Office crisis, the latest quote from President Trump suggests we vote like they did in 1914. Most of our ancestors weren't allowed to vote in 1914, only men..white men.
“ You know, there's nothing wrong with getting out and voting, you get out and vote. They voted during World War I and World War II, and they should have voter ID because the Democrats scammed the system. But, two of the items are the Post Office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting. Now, if we don't make a deal, that means they don't get the money...That means they can't have universal mail-in voting, they just can't have it....." Donald J Trump/8/2020
There were no cell phones or computers during WWII, all Americans were still not allowed to vote and voter suppression was rampant. This is where Donald Trump wants to return. If he could, Trump would order every American to vote for him and every American would obey with everything else. He's a dictator wannabe for sure, but it's still hard to imagine America falling for that. Americans are the most individual and diverse population in the world. Free countries always preached that as a good thing.
Coincidentally or not, we are all living similar lives today...at home, many with no work, many are sick, many are dead and many of those unable to receive medication and other essentials through the Post Office may also be unable to vote by mail or in person. What is happening to us?
If Khrushchev's promises are coming to fruition and we don't even realize it, remember he said the following in the 1960s.
Award winning Journalist, Anne Applebaum has just written a book entitled "The Twilight of Democracy: The Lure of Authoritarianism", outlining the fact that control over our lives is right around the corner Applebaum says many wealthy or educated Americans have quietly facilitated Donald Trump's rise to power and are still in his corner. The poor and middle class probably don't see it, but Applebaum says very successful people are not necessarily intimidated by Authoritarianism. It legally separates them from the have nots.
Quotes are good. They are clues to what will happen in our lives, based on what has already happened and what's happening now. America may be turning another corner this year. The candidacy of Kamala Harris to become the first woman and first African American Vice President, was a vision many years ago of many, including renowned Poet Maya Angelou when she wrote this:
Simple quotes turned into beautiful poetry was the way Ms. Maya Angelou communicated the "right" way to live to anyone willing to open his or her mind and heart. Quotes shape our lives whether negative or positive. Quotes matter.
Donald Trump in a 1973 court case over his discriminatory landlord policies
A dictator's quote in the 1960s and Donald Trump's tweet in 2018 sound eerily the same
Instead of being shocked, we could accept those quotes as warnings and, perhaps, take Maya Angelou's complete quote as the "right" way to think?
November is right around the corner. The answer may be within yet another of Ms. Angelou's insightful words:
Cover photo: Gold plated handgun bearing Donald Trump's face. It was one of several confiscated from a Chicago gang.
Authorities are looking into who supplied the pricey custom weapon
"Thank you Dennis" (A genius in our universe)