05/20/2016 07:53 am ET Updated May 21, 2017

'Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned to Repeat It'

Reading the morning paper is getting increasingly depressing...and scary. Take today, Friday, May 20:

- The furthest right wing (fascist) political leader to emerge from the increasing "rush to the right" in many of the world's democracies, (including our own), Norbert Hofer, is the leading candidate for Prime Minister in, of all places, Hitler's birthplace, Austria.

- Robert Kagan, a Senior Fellow at Brookings, writing in the Washington Post, pens an op ed which says exactly what many of us have been thinking about American politics. It is titled: "How fascism comes to America" and talks about the unbelievable "normalization" of a complete lunatic as the realistic possible president of the United States

- My own congressman, Bruce Poliquin of Maine, is one of 7 Republicans in the House who changed their vote at the last minute to defeat a critical procurement process bill that would have protected LGBT workers who work for defense department contractors. Why?

- In Israel, just when you thought the longest-serving Prime Minister (Netanyahu) in the history of this once great, idealistic democracy couldn't get worse, it gets worse. He names a "Trump prequel" style politician, Avigdor Lieberman, to the second most important post in Israel, Defense Minister, in a bid to save his increasingly unpopular coalition government

I was a history major in college because I believe deeply believe in the words of George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." How could this all be happening again? We cannot...and must not... be silent.