Linda, there was a time when arrogant Americans said how stupid were the German people to allow Hitler to take over. The primitive ego is a sitting duck for the strongman ploy, no matter how fake.

It’s not about IQ. It’s really about intellect, an intellect that can rise above base hardwired emotion. Indeed some of the smartest folks in the world still lack a reasonable intellect.

By a combination of freaky circumstances we are getting a taste of the old German experience.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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