Is history repeating itself? Conventional wisdom among post war historians believe that most Germans 'did not know' about National Socialist crimes of violence; nothing precise, that is, simply because they did not ask any questions." And this is how it all begins…
A leader is erected, and initiated by fear, onto the national stage.
Actions towards specific groups of people grow increasingly egregious, yet at a rate that simply cultivates dissidence, rather than immediate hate.
Violent and offensive words are used, yet dismissed when questioned; as to not spark a need for an abrupt cause for concern, among the masses who follow blindly.
And justifications are made for more walls, more space, and more distance between everyone watching…causing speculation and apprehension between everyone, and everything.
And eventually we are all enemies, no one supporting the other, and eventually finding our own shallow corners to hide in.
And first they came for the Jews…
We are in a much more grave situation than the media is discussing. Stalin and Hitler were two men with diametrically opposed ideologies, yet both playing to their own political needs created a Pact in 1939, which eventually set the stage for World War 2. And the relationship between Putin and Trump seem to be narrowing in on a complete mirror image of their individual strategies.
Yet, it is not simply one or two men to fear, but his millions of blind followers who, much like the whole of Germany, are actively, and passionately, choosing to ignore the signs of dictatorship. A radical, persuasive, dictator who relies solely on the mass of the people to “not” question, to turn a blind eye, and seek refuge in our common ignorance…
I am in complete and utter dismay as I listen to the arguments for the tyrant who dismisses the cries of 74 million people who voted against him, ignoring entirely the fact that he won by a historical loophole, and rewriting his actions (with clear evidence to the contrary)…as his followers watch, and listen, and purchase in bulk.
I am officially no longer as afraid of one man, as I am now of his followers. And I believe it is incumbent upon us all to bring to the surface the truth of what is happening, as so that we are not carelessly led down the same historical fate as the Germans.
Democrats and Independents, intelligent thinkers, and hopeful leaders….I implore you all to never stop talking. To NOT ignore. To never turn a blind eye. To call out the injustices. To always speak your mind. To always hold to the truths to be self-evident on a new level we have never truly understood before, so that they cannot be simply flirted with and potentially stripped away.
If this election has taught us anything, it is that there is still so much work to do. And now as we stand on the precipice of change we must acknowledge that we have come so far, but not as far as we had once thought….and our current mandate to stay vocal, and educated, and responsible for one another, is no longer escapable.
We must protect each other! History repeats itself, for those who ignore it.
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.
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