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

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


“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?


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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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