Antisemitism was always at a low boil just under the surface of German society. It was not created by Hitler, not even “discovered” by him. But it was certainly used by him for his own purposes.
Poor political leaders who have nothing positive in their platform commonly pull out the sturdy plank of naming an enemy to focus everyone’s attention away from their own inadequacies. Few, however, take the creation of a scapegoat to such murderous lengths as did Hitler in condemning all Jews.
One might have hoped that we in America would have learned many lessons from Hitler’s horrendous example. One lesson would be that we should never reject all refugees from the deadly terror in their own country, as we did with the Jews in Hitler’s Germany. Trump and our many racists have failed to learn that lesson.
Another lesson would be that, when we see a leader or potential leader stirring up racism or religious bigotry, we know we are looking at a bloody, cruel, mean-spirited tyrant in the making. Trump fits the pattern perfectly.
A third and seemingly obvious lesson would be that those who prefer stirring up hatred to speaking the truth can only have negative results, perhaps severely harming thousands or hundreds of thousands or millions of people in the process. Again, Trump and Hitler look like twins.
I want to cry out against Donald Trump not on the basis of any political views — I’m actually not much interested in politics and don’t fit well with either our Republican or our Democratic parties. But I do believe that Trump, not actually standing for anything in particular, is stirring up an already-existing anger and racism which he is exploiting and which is in danger of morphing into outright hatred of anyone who is not a WASP, a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
I BELIEVE THE EFFECT DONALD TRUMP IS HAVING IS EVIL. This, obviously, is not a political but a moral view.There is no goodness that will come from the work of Donald Trump, only evil. Fox News and Beck and Limbaugh have been stoking these fires for a long time but Donald Trump is throwing gasoline on them and the results will be terrible.