As a very young man Bill Clinton was on his way to college in England as a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship, and on the ship he met a very seasick and very short guy who was also going there on a Rhodes scholarship, Robert B. Reich. Bill extended himself in helping the guy because he was so sick, and they became lifelong friends.


When Bill became president he appointed Reich as Secretary of the Labor Department, for which he was eminently qualified and served very well. His has always been an insightful and iconic voice. He has written several books that sold well for nonfiction. The title of one always makes me laugh when I think of it, a book that was published not long after he left his position on the cabinet: Locked in the Cabinet (Remember, he’s very short) You gotta like a guy like that. This is something he wrote that was published very recently as an Op Ed piece in the Baltimore Sun:

1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern–claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.

2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.

3. Call anyone who opposes them “enemies.”

4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.”

5. Hold few press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.

6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.

7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.

8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.

9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of a religious minority, and the banning of refugees with particular beliefs.

10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.

11.  Appoint family members to high positions of authority and power.

12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.

13. Put generals into top civilian posts.

14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.

15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.

These warning signs should be of concern to everyone, regardless of political party. In fact, historically, conservatives have been especially vigilant against potential threats to our constitutional rights.


[The editor of Columnist With a View received this article from a close friend who clearly documented its source in the opening paragraph. The author is, of course, Robert B. Reich.  The editor received it without a copyright imprimatur and believes the piece is being reprinted, and widely circulated, without attribution on Facebook. As a result, it is most likely now in the public domain. There is no intention here, or with person(s) involved in the circulation of this important material, to use it without appropriate citation to its author and the site of its first publication, the Op Ed page of Baltimore Sun.]