Hitler’s lesson: Bigotry didn’t end with the Gypsies

Trump wanted to send 4 people of color “back to where they came from,” though three of them were born in America. Trump feels that because they are not white, they are not real Americans.

Trump is a bigot.

There may be a bit of bigotry in most of us, with members of the various religions and nationalities often feeling some antipathy toward each other, and with skin color being a separation issue for America’s majority.

But most people understand what’s right and wrong, so they mask what may be in their hearts, and perform with civility and decency.

Unfortunately, when any nation is burdened with a leader who puts his stamp of approval on bigotry, the populace tends to follow, and that is where we are now, with a leader who makes no secret of his bigotry.

I am Jewish and many of my friends are Jews. Some are Trump believers. When I ask them why, they say things like:

“He made our military strong” (Despite the revolving door of Defense Secretaries, but who needs leaders, anyway?)

“He cut taxes” (for his rich pals and himself, not so much for the middle classes and the poor.

“He grew the economy” (continuing with a friendly Congress what Obama accomplished with an enemy Congress)

“He’s been good for Israel” (by moving U.S. facilities to Jerusalem, which accomplished nothing for Israel or for peace).

“He’s tough on terrorists” (meaning he’s tough on Muslims and Latinos).

And of course the inevitable,  “I hate Hillary and Obama.”

But the real reason, I am sorry to say, is that Trump hates the same people some of my friends hate — the Latinos, the blacks, and the Muslims — and so long as he is tough on Latinos and Muslims, he always will have backing from his followers.

Sadly, many people have not learned the lesson that Hitler taught us: Bigotry didn’t end with the Gypsies.

First, they came for the Communists, And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then 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 out for me

by Martin Niemoller

Hitler himself, never killed a single person, but he managed to convince the German people to imprison and kill gypsies, gays, Catholics, liberals, blacks, Jehovah Witnesses, the physically disabled, the mentally disabled, the elderly, prostitutes and their children, and anyone who spoke against the leader (Fuhrer).

Are you a member of any of the above groups?

Perhaps, if you neither are Latino nor Muslim, you might feel safe in America. And if you also neither are gay nor black, you might feel even safer.

But my warning to my Jewish friends is, do not accept bigotry. History shows that wherever any people are brutalized for being members of a race, religion, nationality or culture, eventually the ax falls on the Jews.

For more than two thousand years, it’s always been the Jews.

You may feel safe, because Trump’s daughter is Jewish, and perhaps that has modified his behavior.

But Trump has made bigotry acceptable. He has normalized hatred. Will the next President follow Trump’s hate script, but add the Jews?

There are crazies out there — many seemingly average folks, who would ignore, cheer or participate in the imprisonment, torture, and even murder of Jews. History is replete with examples. Will they be egged on by the next American fuhrer?

Never feel you’re safe if you live amidst bigotry. The Jews of Germany felt safe until they weren’t. The Japanese of America felt they were safe. The American Indian felt safe after each treaty was signed. Legal immigrants felt safe.

Just because you are a white, Protestant male does not prevent a bigoted President from declaring you an enemy.

Trump has declared Latinos and liberals, gays and Muslims and even the free press enemies.

Are you Catholic or Buddhist? Black or yellow or red? Did you or your parents immigrate from a “shithole” country? Have you ever criticized Trump?

You could be declared an enemy.

Bigotry ignores boundaries. It is a contagious disease. It floats in the air. It creeps under the door and through the floorboards, uncontrollable, often invisible and deadly.

Though the horrors at our southern border might be happening to other people now, once the bigotry beast is loose, you are not safe.

Bigotry never is satisfied. Cruelty never is satisfied. Enough never is enough. Allow Trump’s bigotry to continue and it will engulf the whole nation. It will engulf you.

It already has begun, and before it’s done, who will speak for you?.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

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6 thoughts on “Hitler’s lesson: Bigotry didn’t end with the Gypsies

  1. Well said

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    On Jul 16, 2019, at 3:38 PM, #Monetary Sovereignty – Mitchell wrote:

    WordPress.com Rodger Malcolm Mitchell posted: “Trump wanted to send 4 people of color “back to where they came from,” though three of them were born in America. Trump feels that because they are not white, they are not real Americans. Trump is a bigot. There may be a bit of bigotry in most of us, wi”

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  2. Sadly, I fear the “First they came for…” parable doesn’t work on American Democracy Anymore. Too many Americans have become excised of conscience. Too many are utter “douche-bag citizens”, life is good for them.

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      1. OMG. We have “numbers” from our “Representative Democracy”: only ~94 out of 438 voted to impeach! Even a simple vote to do the right thing “Shames” them.

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  3. Good article. Here’s a sample. Read the whole thing.

    The problem with correctly labeling Trump a racist.

    Now that we know for certain that the president of the United States is going to spend the next 16 months running for re-election by leading fascist rallies around the country, whipping crowds of thousands into a giddy frenzy of hatred by weaponizing a demonic mixture of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and right-wing ideology, the rest of us confront the question of how best to respond.

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  4. Today’s Chicago Tribune contained an article that says it all.

    No daylight between backing racist, being one
    Rex W. Huppke

    Donald Trump stood there Wednesday night behind a lectern, silent, as a crowd of Americans at his rally erupted in a chant directed at a Somali-born Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota: “Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!”

    It was chilling. An angry mob wanting an American citizen whose views they disagree with run out of the country. It’s the kind of thing that gets out of hand. It’s the kind of thing that gets people killed.

    Trump lit the racist fire that led to those chants earlier this week, sending a series of tweets telling Rep. Ilhan Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen, all women of color, to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” a textbook racist trope.

    Coward that he is, Trump squawked defensively, claiming his tweets weren’t racist and, heck, he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body!

    So why didn’t he stop those chants Wednesday night? Why didn’t he put out the fire he lit?

    Racists tend to be cowardly like that, happy to spout hateful rhetoric but unwilling to admit they flat-out hate — or fear — people different from them.
    Own it, man. Without conviction, you’re just peddling snake oil.

    But no, Trump won’t fess up. And, as we learned this week, neither will the Republicans who march in lockstep with him. They saw no racism. Anyone calling Trump a racist is the real racist, right? Or maybe an anti-Semite, which, given that this president has praised torch-wielding white folks who chanted “Jews will not replace us!” as “very fine people,” is an upside-down piece of dishonest hypocrisy.

    Oh, the Republicans say: I don’t like all the things Trump says, but I stand behind the president.

    As if there’s daylight between “being racist” and “supporting a racist.” If you believe that, get ready to spend your days in darkness.

    This week was a breaking point for America’s soul, and we got a good picture of who is standing on which side of the divide. The Republican Party is with the racist president — all in.

    And the Americans at the racist president’s rally Wednesday night? They’re even more all in. So much so they’ve lost sight of what this country is all about.
    Nothing about the four congresswomen Trump has targeted makes them un-American. Nothing they’ve said suggests they hate America.

    But angrily chanting “Send her back!” while the president of the United States stands there and soaks it in? That shows a certain kind of hate.

    Will those Trump supporters admit to being racist? Maybe a few, but not many.
    I have to ask: You clearly don’t mind expressing your point of view, so why not just accept the title? Why not embrace it? If you feel so strongly about an issue that you’ll stand up with thousands of others and chant something hateful, why not wear the label like a badge of honor?

    Here’s a place where Trump could show real leadership. Admit it, Mr. President. Tell the world what it already knows. Say the words: “I am a racist.”
    He won’t. Neither will the Republicans who support him, nor the crowds at his rallies.

    Cowards, every one.

    But they’re Americans, just like me. Just like Ilhan Omar. Just like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. And they have a right to believe what they want to believe and say what they want to say.

    I’m not going to call for them to be kicked out of the country, no matter how much I detest what they’re saying.
    That not how things work here.

    That’s something I would expect the president of the United States to know. And not stand by like a coward as that ideal gets stomped to dust.
    rhuppke@chicagotribune.com

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