IMAGE: German pastor Martin Niemöller, a once supporter of Adolf Hitler, but later his foe.
Some eighty years ago, a country besieged by the consequences of a lost war was rising and beginning to show its ugly head in Europe. It was led by Adolf Hitler. Not everyone followed that man’s pied piper’s bewitching song, but those that did made sure that others in Germany and nearby nations followed suit. Millions and millions of people died, in gas chambers and in the fields of war because of the doings of that evil man and those that blindly obeyed him. Once that crazy human aberration was gone and his threat contained, we all promised ourselves that similar menaces would never again be allowed to rise.
But it’s rising again, in America. Donald Trump is leading the hunt. Though his base is fraught with the unschooled, the ignorant and the naïve, his hype has survived the trials of a long-drawn campaign and, in some way, his noxious political messages continue to attract the hearts of some Americans. There is no doubt; his flute’s tunes are pleasingly soothing the ears of some white only mobs.
Under other circumstances, Trump’s words and disparaging messages would have gone unnoticed, except by those dreaming of the not so good old days in an America that no longer exists. But, at our time, at an evolving juncture of world order and of fixing the wrongs left behind by yesteryear’s era of unmitigated colonialism, the vexations posed by the reality showman from New York are threatening the once sound footings of a nation devoted to liberty and a government for all of the people.
We must stop Trump and duly vote against his candidacy to become the next president of the United States. If most of us don’t try to do so, there’s a chance he might beat his opponent and win the election. It’s an outside chance, but still a probability. My advice, for the good of all of us, is to say “No” to Trump and to his Nazi ways. We must speak out against The Donald and his indignant oratory. We all must say “No” to him and his inflammatory talk.
In Nazi Germany, few were willing or able to try to stop the Fuehrer’s growing grip of the reins of power. From the travails of that period in history comes the following statement (quotation). It was written sometime in the mid-nineteen forties by Martin Niemöller, a German nationalistic, protestant pastor who had first supported Adolf Hitler, but who eventually became his foe. He was arrested in 1937 and sent to a concentration camp. Niemöller was freed by the Allies in 1945. This is a version of that statement:
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.
Those are words that again come to mind as The Donald, the Republican Party’s nominee, attempts in a kooky way to become President of our nation. It’s scary.
We have two choices: one, not to speak out against Trump and his baseless and heinous tirades and allow him to continue to enrage the hearts and minds of disgruntled Americans. Two, to call him on his bluff and let him know that no uninformed, two-bit clown, trophy wife collector and prime time reality showman will ever hold the highest office in our government because we, the people, will not allow that to happen.
We need to tell him that now. Over and over again.
We also need to support our words with actions in November. At the voting booth.
Author: Pedro Chávez