Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Nov. 21: extra

I had not intended to  write a blog today because I'm up to my ears in packing. So this will be short.

Trump has forgiven the prince of Saudi Arabia for murdering a Saudi journalist. It was justified,  he said, because the journalist was an enemy of the state.

What is an enemy of the state? Well, anyone who opposes it - including the elected opposition if there is any.

Where is the law that you cannot be such an 'enemy of the state'?

There is no such law.

And what was the process of law and judgement in this case? There was none.

Ever heard of this reason being used before to murder somebody - without trial, without anything but an order to some thugs? Think hard.

Think Adolph Hitler. think Jews. This is exactly why and how Hitler murdered over 5,000,000 Jews.

Christians in Germany just looked on - and even took part. Trump has that same sort of Christian support. Trump IS the Hitler of our time.

Will Americans rise up against this Hitler? I doubt it. For a start, Bible Belt Christians in the U.S. have exactly the same outlook on foreigners, any foreigners,  and any non-Christians Hitler's Naziis did. I shall be very surprised if this makes even a slight dip in Trumps popularity ratings.

The U.S. has, for 70 years, been committing mass murder all over the world to satisfy the greed of its capitalists. Now, it's turning the final, dark corner with this "enemy of the state" pronouncement, as the U.S.  goes all the way into Naziism.

Don't underestimate this. It's the real thing.

And we're next door.

1 comment:

  1. I'm reading Sebastian Haffner's 1939 memoir, Defying Hitler. It chronicles how ordinary, decent Germans were seduced by Hitler's takeover and transformed themselves into Nazi supporters. Haffner was the son of an upper middle class Prussian bureaucrat living in Berlin. It's a tale of a wonderful cosmopolitan life of a young man - dances, plenty of parties, a commitment to liberal democracy and a youth movement where Christian and Jews mingled freely. Hitler appears on the scene and everyone mocks him, figuring he'll be gone in due course. Only Hitler stays and eventually orchestrates his constitutional coup. Schaffner, by then a lawyer and a junior court official along with his contemporaries is aghast as Hitler begins his persecution of the Jews. Haffner and his friends fear losing their jobs and careers but that doesn't happen. Instead they're treated with collegial deference by their Nazi contacts and many take the outstretched hand. Haffner cannot accept the Nazis and eventually is forced to flee to Britain.

    When I was quite young I was fascinated by Hitler's Germany. My dad was a horribly wounded Canadian lieutenant. I would question how a nation of people with such accomplishments in both the arts and sciences could succumb to such a crude ideology. That led me to question just how different we were from those Germans. In similar circumstances might we fall for the same authoritarianism?

    Haffner's memoir, published by his son in 2000, reveals how this process truly is a mass seduction that can lead so many to abandon every value, every shred of decency, to serve the will of their Fuhrer.

    I'm also reading Milton Mayer's 1955 book, "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-1945. In the years following the defeat of the Nazis, Mayer traveled from the US to Germany where he settled into a community and befriended some 15 Germans who had lived through the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler. He concealed that he was a Jew. Only one of the 15, I believe it was the baker, remained an ardent, anti-Semitic Nazi. It's interesting how these subjects reveal a clear willingness to go along to get along and how the Nazi state demanded so little of them beyond their blind obedience.

    As I work through these books the inevitable question arises whether Americans could or perhaps already have succumbed as the German people did in the years leading up to WWII. It's a question that few of us are willing to consider. Recently I've been shocked to discover some of my Conservative friends, people I've known as far back as the Stanfield/PET era, are now speaking favourably of Trump. It is deeply unsettling.