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I have always believed in the political truism that “unless we are currently discussing Hitler, no candidate should at any time invoke the name of Hitler.”  It cheapens the truly despicable and evil acts committed by and for Hitler to just randomly throw his name around as a way to score points against an opponent. It disrespects the memories of the 6 million humans annihilated on his orders. In short, it’s a giant act of a-holery, not to mention intellectual laziness, to breezily compare people to Hitler.  To wit, Obama is not like Hitler. Rush Limbaugh is not like Hitler. Even the risible Ted Cruz is not like Hitler.

So I am not going to compare Donald Trump to Hitler.  I’m just going to post a couple quotes from Mein Kampf and a smattering of Nazis for you to ponder as you look upon the candidates for the highest office in our land.

All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.

As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.

As you mull these words, ask yourself if you have seen the following before (with helpful notations from the Nazi Party’s 25 demands and quotes from Hitler himself):

  • Blame a specific “non-American” minority group for all of your nation’s problems. Declare that you have the solution–and it involves expelling them or publicly identifying them (Mexicans and Muslims).
  • 4. Only those who are our fellow countrymen can become citizens. Only those who have German blood, regardless of creed, can be our countrymen. Hence no Jew can be a countryman.
  • Whip rally attendees into a frenzy. When heckled by a protester, incite the group to beat the protester. Afterwards, double down and say, “Maybe he deserved” it. Say your supporters are “passionate’ people. Refuse to acknowledge this as un-American behavior.
  • “The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.”
  • Announce that “we will have to do things that have not been done before” under your leadership. These things include shutting down houses of worship for religions deemed to not meet certain criteria for religiosity, banning people of certain religions from coming into the country–even if they are US citizens.
  • 24. We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race. The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within

People often incredulously ask how Hitler could have come to power. Were the Jews so lame, so weak, that they couldn’t fend off a politician? Were the German people so genetically evil that they were more likely to fall under the sway of Nazism? Folks, THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED. You are witnessing it today, here, in the United States of America.  Hitler rose to power because good people did nothing. They allowed his rhetoric to stand unchecked. They believed his “temporary” measures were not part of a larger plan, even though he made no secret of those plans. They allowed their nationalist feelings to trump (ha!) their human decency.

Almost every single one of us has asked ourselves what we’d have done if we had lived in Germany in the 1930s. And we pat ourselves on the back, secure in the knowledge that we’d have done the right thing. Well, this is the time to walk that talk. This is the time to step up for greater humanity. This is the time to rise above nationalism in favor of Americanism. Our country is better than this. We are better than this. Donald Trump is a dangerous, ignorant and very powerful, wealthy man. He has no limits because he has no shame. You cannot shame a person who has none to speak of. And so we must deprive him of his platform, shout him down at every turn, and stand up for the United States of America and the Americans we claim to be.  We must reject Donald Trump and everything he stands for. We must not wink and turn away when someone says they support him. We must stand up for this country and its values: freedom, equality, opportunity; values Trump’s supporters apparently have no issue with destroying in order to “save” us. Do not be a party to this cancer on the body politic. Do not be a party to this angry, reactionary movement. Stand up and be counted in the legions of good and decent Americans who outnumber Trump and his supporters.  STAND UP.

We face so many challenges as a country to be sure. But we don’t need Donald Trump to make America great again. America already is great. Specifically because we are–and always have been–a nation E Pluribus Unum: from many, one.

From my girl Mo: replace

 

*Edited to add: http://deadspin.com/we-will-pay-the-reporter-who-asks-tom-brady-about-his-f-1746846771  I love the Patriots and am second to no one in my admiration for the work of Tom Brady on the field. But this is a question that must be asked. We must discomfit the comfortable, call everyone to account. Do you or do you not support the policies of Donald Trump? Let’s get everyone on the record.

 

 

 

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