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When authoritarian regimes take hold, there’s a phenomenon that philosophers call the “blank-out,” the moment when cognitive dissonance clashes with sanity. A dictator’s subjects refuse to use reason and begin spouting slogans instead…even when a child could see the folly in their arguments.

In today’s clip, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters surprises Fox News host Bill Hemmer by calling President Trump’s proposed military parade a total waste of money. Peters adds that public displays of force with military officers showing-off weapons is a bad habit of fascist states like North Korea.

But Trumpers may perceive little difference between their POTUS and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, except that the former stands for Team America. In short order, Hemmer melts down and babbles to the Colonel on air, admitting that good ol’ blind American exceptionalism lies at the heart of Fox’s right-wing fantasies.

Michael Flynn

Photo by Tomi T Ahonen/ Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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