#FREEDRev 112.2 – Marc: Never Again, Part 2

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The Jews know a few things about being FREED.  We have a special sensitivity to oppression that’s virtually imprinted on us at a genetic level.

Trump said ‘Never again‘ at the Holocaust Remembrance Day.  But in his Orwellian doublethink he neither understood nor meant the real words.  The Truth hides in plain sight.  Just read what he actually writes and says.

His slogan ‘American first’ was used – not coincidentally – in the 1940s in the islolationist movement that blamed Jewish Americans for pushing the U.S. to fight in World War II.

We are all immigrants, Jews, WASPs, and other Europeans, Africans, and Asians alike.  Trump has already started to come for the Muslims. The Mexicans are queued up next. And then who?

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Pastor Martin Niemöller

A culture of fear, hate, and incompetence is institutionalized in Trump’s presidency. If you waited, what more do you need see? He’s created and staffed a Ministry of Truth that refuses science and creates its own alternative facts. He isn’t satisfied with taking the US back to the fantasy of white Christian 1950s. He is retreating further to the dark 1930s where the response to economic inequality was the charisma of a strongman who rode fear and mob rule to racial annihilation.

This is not politics as usual. These are not regular Republicans. It’s evil, whether it’s a cult of narcissism, the tyranny of the Christian majority, the nihilsm of libertarians, or the next step toward totalitarianism. It must be stopped. In all ways. Now. It is time.

I care because as a rational human being (and an engineer) I believe and live in the world of logic. That’s my reality. That’s what allows me to type on a computer, use email, and send this over the Internet.  That’s what allows him to Tweet.

A lie, broadcast and repeated hundred fold, is still a lie. It cannot be allowed to flourish, cower listeners through repetition, build power, acquire legitimacy, and flood our coastlines through neglect. Yet that’s exactly how dictators work. How he works. And it’s succeeded.

I care because as George Orwell wrote in 1984:

In philosophy, or religion, or ethics, or politics, two and two might make five, but when one was designing a gun or an aeroplane they had to make four.

I care because the suppression of facts, the cult of personality, and the demonization of dissent is plainly wrong. I care because a narcissist who acts like a spoiled brat and pouts and attacks when he can’t be number one – when he should be running the country – should not hold any public office, must less the nuclear launch codes. I care because a racist misogynist xenophobe does not deserve respect and is not a role model for our children. I care because all the above cannot be the legacy we pass on to our children’s children. I care because this cannot be the new normal or we have truly started down that dangerous slippery slope.

I care because this is as true today – if not more – as when I wrote my original article on this a year and a half ago.  Trump has already started to corrode our democracy and institutions so that he alone can rule and banish dissent.  And his cult will follow him.

I care because I’m Jewish and we have seen this before. They have come for us. We know how this can end if we wait too long and don’t stand up to authoritarians.

I care because we have vowed Never again. In the real world. Not Trump fantasy land.

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