Right now I think this country needs a good lesson in how to avoid a fascist dictatorship. And we can’t look to 1930’s Germany to get an example. They didn’t avoid it. They got Hitler even though he did not have a Twitter account to use for making himself der Fuhrer.
So let’s tell a story about fascists and infringe on copyrights at the same time by telling you a Smurf story.
There was a time in Smurf village when their local politics became entirely too polarized into only two factions. One side was made up of the good-time Smurfs who had all the money. They called themselves the Pub-Lickins because they liked to win elections by cheating and through massive donations from the richest Smurfs among them, and also because they loved to lick up all the liquor at the local pub. The other side was called the Dumb-o-crats because they let the Pub-Lickins get away with every dirty trick they tried. When Papa Smurf finally retired from running the government as a benevolent Dumb-o-crat, the Pub-lickins cheated their way into control of the government with help from Gargamel, who would later be accused of collusion to help Trumpy Smurf win the Smurf Presidency.
It didn’t take long for Trumpy Smurf to prove to be a potential Fascist dictator. The first warning sign was the way he constantly lied about everything. He claimed Gargamel was a friend to the Smurfs. He also said he was the biggest winner in Smurf election history, and everybody would benefit bigly from his highly profitable rule.
Brainy Smurf, who started out as a Pub-lickin supporter of Trumpy, began to question the Trumpy ties to Gargamel. He opened an investigation. Trumpy then fired him. Later Brainy was mysteriously killed and eaten by Azrael, Gargamel’s cat.
Then Jokey Smurf began making fun of Trumpy relentlessly on his late night talk show. He made fun of him mostly by accurately repeating the news about what Trumpy’s administration did and said every single day. Azrael, Gargamel’s cat, mysteriously killed and ate Jokey too. And Trumpy successfully proved the allegations against him false by shouting “Fake News!” very loudly and very often.
At long last, Robert Mueller Smurf began investigating the election hack by Gargamel and the subsequent obstruction of justice committed by Trumpy with the aid of Azrael, Gargamel’s very hungry cat. He revealed that Gargamel had secretly intercepted the ballot boxes and removed all the votes for Smurfette. Thus Trumpy won by a margin of one vote to nothing. Clumsy Smurf had been the only one stupid enough to vote for Trumpy.
So, the election was nullified. A new, fairer election was set up. Hefty Smurf belted Azrael the cat in the head with a rock before anyone tried to vote. Then, the election was re-done with Hefty Smurf running against Smurfette. Gargamel was kept totally in the dark about everything having to do with the Smurf election. Robert Mueller Smurf put Trumpy Smurf in prison for the rest of his life. And Hefty Smurf won the election, because his backers in the Pub-Lickin Party had more money, and Hefty promised the biggest tax breaks, even though the tax relief would not help the average Smurf living paycheck to paycheck.
But at least the Smurfs managed to keep their democracy from becoming a fascist government for perpetuity. And Gargamel eventually master-minded a plot to break Trumpy Smurf out of the mushroom penitentiary, after which Azrael, Gargamel’s cat, ate Trumpy, not so mysteriously. Shortly thereafter, Azrael died of food poisoning. And the Smurfs then had no more fascist dictatorship because Hefty called his rule “compassionate conservatism” which Jokey Smurf would’ve pointed out is an oxymoron, except that Jokey Smurf was dead at that point.