I’ll never call myself a Democrat or a Republican, a right-winger or a left-winger, a conservative or a liberal, because I believe these two sides are ripping the country apart and because I have values that fall under each. I might call myself a Christian and an American, though.
I think of Stanley Milgram’s experiment. Also, in the book “Berlin Embassy”, which was written while the author, William Russell, was serving in Germany in the late 30’s and early 40’s, there’s a scene in the first chapter that I often think about.
Two SA men actually helped a Jewish man who had fainted outside the embassy. They carried the Jewish man into the building and put him in the waiting room, and then they told Russell and helped Russell carry him to the doctor.
Though, in that same scene, Russell notes the Jewish shops that he had seen “these Brown Shirts and the Black Shirts convert into shambles, of the burning of merchandise, of the bruised and broken people who came to us daily for protection.”
“You know, it’s too bad about these people,” one of the Brown Shirts said before the scene ended. “If they only had sense enough to live like decent people, der Führer wouldn’t have to send them away from Germany.”
That sounds so much like what I hear from supporters of Trump. It’s the same ignorance about cultures they don’t understand or accept. But at the same time, I think most would do the decent thing and help people they hate if they happen upon such a person who is in need of help, at least while they’re not expected to be mistreating said people.
It’s complex and complicated, and not at all in black and white.
While I try to maintain my relationships with my Trump supporting friends and family, as a person with disabilities, I feel betrayed by anyone who can vote for someone who is so cruel to people like me.
I don’t know how to deal with it. Part of me wants to just ignore it all and accept whatever happens, but then I see or hear something that rips me apart.
When Hitler was in power, did all of the Germans who supported him recognize that the government was fascist?
I’m seeing comments that question how anyone could mock Trump when he has Covid.
Gee, I don’t know.
Will somebody explain this to me in a way that makes sense? I keep hearing that a third party vote goes to one or the other leading candidates. How does this work exactly? When people vote third party, does someone then dump those votes into Trump’s box or Biden’s box?
Also, Democrats claim that a third party vote is a Republican vote, while Republicans claim a third party vote is a Democrat vote. So, which is it?
I’m not voting third party, but I don’t like how people from the two leading parties shit on people who want to vote third party.
1) Americans love Trump for the same reason Germans loved Hitler.
2) Trump is preaching hate.
3) I used to have too much stuff, but then I saw Jason’s apartment in the Bourne Identity and thought I should live like that.
4) This is all so fucked.
Let’s say we’re in Nazi Germany right now. Hitler is in power.
You have nothing to worry about because you are not one of the minorities that the Nazi regime targets and you are not a political enemy of Hitler’s.
Maybe you’re not a member of the Nazi Party, but you’re fine with what they’re doing. They got rid of the Jewish, who you believe are terrorists, murderers, rapists, thieves, after your women, taking your jobs, disrespecting your country and trying to take it over, and so on. They got rid of the Roma and Sinti, and a number of other groups that you believe are a problem in your country.
Under Hitler, life is good for you. The Nazi Party caters to the working class. They are, after all, a right wing, conservative party. They want a strong, patriotic Germany, which falls right in with what you want.
You don’t care about those other groups. You’re glad they’re gone. They were nothing but a nuisance and burden.
You see no reason to rise up against Hitler.
Now, let’s come back to present day America. Trump is in power.
The Muslims and other minorities in America of this era are the Jewish and other minorities of Germany of that era. Everything Hitler, the Nazi Party and their supporters claimed about the Jewish and others is the same thing Trump and his supporters claim about Muslims and others. It’s propaganda, bigotry and ignorance, and it creates fear and hate for those who don’t hold to the same ways that you do.
Trump has not gone as far as Hitler did, but he seems to want to. Based on things that I’ve heard from supporters of Trump, it seems they wouldn’t mind if he went that far.
That’s why I say Trump supporters are singing Hitler’s tune and they don’t even know it. They keep comparing the Democrat Party to the Nazi Party, but currently the Republican Party while under Trump is the most Nazi-like we’ve had in my lifetime.
I praise the Republicans who have turned away from Trump. Trump is wiping his ass with the Constitution. Just because he’s not going after the Second Amendment, doesn’t mean he’s not threatening other sections of the Constitution. Currently, he’s violating the 1st Amendment, but you’re fine with that, because it’s not your beliefs and values that are being crushed under his foot.
Sometimes I wonder if Trump supporters really know what Nazi Germany was.
They think firearm ownership was outlawed under Hitler. The Weimar Republic had strict gun control laws. When Hitler came into power, those restrictions were loosened to allow members of the Nazi Party and, eventually, “ordinary” German citizens to own firearms.
Trump supporters think Hitler defunded the police. Hitler did the exact opposite.
They think the Nazi Party was liberal. The Nazi Party was an extreme right wing party.
They don’t seem to acknowledge the minorities, such as the Jewish, who were exterminated by the Third Reich. When they make references to Nazi Germany, they’re talking about their own freedoms and rights, which they wouldn’t have to worry about if this was Nazi Germany.
They do not acknowledge that the way Trump talks about minorities and people who oppose him is the same way Hitler talked about minorities and people who opposed him.
They don’t acknowledge that they sound like the Brownshirts of Nazi Germany when they talk about minorities and people who oppose Trump.
Actual Nazis in America do not support Biden. They support Trump.