first they came for the lgbt, and I did not speak out because I was straight

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

FIRST, KNOW THIS: “They’re stoked by bit­ter­ness, anger, and the un­bear­able color of others, and they’re buying into Donald Trump’s trope that the elec­tion, in­deed so­ciety, is rigged against them. At his ral­lies, they love to wear obscene-laced tee-shirts, and when Hillary Clin­ton’s name is men­tioned, they come alive with chants of ‘Lock her up.’

They re­vile fact-checking and are dis­gusted, not by Trump’s preda­tory be­havior and de­spi­cable com­ments about women, but by the way the media has re­ported it.

And, when the elec­tion is over, and Trump has moved on to at­tempting to build a multi-media em­pire, or per­haps to an all-expenses-paid Dacha in the Russian coun­try­side, his sup­porters will be holding a bag of steaming anger.” 1

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“First they came for the So­cial­ists, and I did not speak out, be­cause I was not a So­cialist.” – Pastor Martin Niemöller (1946) 2

First they claimed morality

First there was the Moral Ma­jority, who as a group were nei­ther par­tic­u­larly moral or eth­ical nor were they even a ma­jority ex­cept in their imaginations.

Then came the Chris­tian Right, who seemed to the rest of us un-Christianly wrong most of the time.

Then came the Tea Bag­gers, who did not un­der­stand the sexual ram­i­fi­ca­tions of that term and quickly changed their name to Tea Party.

Now we have Donald Trump’s fol­lowers, many as pas­sionate as any of the above. Could they be the foun­da­tion for an Amer­ican ver­sion of the Na­tional So­cialist German Workers’ Party, more com­monly re­ferred to as Nazis?

And if so, would Mr Trump be their leader?

And as the German Nazis called Hitler der Führer, would the Amer­ican Nazis call Trump der Fewer Hair?

Ja? Nein?



1   From the ar­ticle “When the Elec­tion Is Over, It Will Not Be Done” by Bill Berkowitz for The Smirking Chimp (Oc­tober 22, 2016). It in­cludes the sub-heading, “Re­pub­li­cans will have to deal with strug­gling, white, working class fam­i­lies that have bought into the Trump vision.”

2   Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a Protes­tant pastor who was an out­spoken foe of Hitler. He spent seven years in con­cen­tra­tion camps. He is best re­mem­bered for this quo­ta­tion about his and his fellow Ger­mans’ cowardice:

“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.”

The Trump-as-Hitlerian-fascist car­toon is by David Horsey for The Los An­geles Times (2105).


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