In 1933 Adolf Hitler was named Germany’s chancellor. Soon after, he presided over an immense rally, as befitted the new lord and master of the nation.
Modestly he screamed: “I am founding the new era of truth! Awaken, Germany, Awaken!” Rockets, fireworks, church bells, chants and cheers echoed his words.
Five years earlier, the Nazi Party had won less than three percent of the vote.
Hitler’s Olympic leap to the summit was as spectacular as the simultaneous fall into the abyss of Germany’s wages, employment, the mark, and you name it.
Germany, crazed by the collapse of everything, unleashed a witch-hunt against the guilty parties: Jews, Reds, homosexuals, Gypsies, the mentally retarded and those afflicted by the habit of thinking too much.—Eduardo Galeano, Children of the Days, A Calendar of Human History
Perhaps it was meant for me to pick Galeano’s work this morning to go with my cup of coffee. This book of days is nothing like the literary pabulum designed to settle the stomach and help one believe that everything is in God’s hands and will all work out according to plan. It is a book of historical records of human activity on days of our past, and Galeano’s sometimes witty, and sometimes biting commentary on the human condition.
Here we are in 2017 when our own Fuhrer continues to tweet obvious lies about crowd size and other proclamations to affirm the immensity of his hands, to distract the populace from his fascist policies and his dictatorial executive orders.
Trump has named the guilty parties that caused the “carnage” in America—The illegals, the Muslims, the Elite, the lying media. Galeano’s list of Hitler’s guilty parties ends with the one group that perhaps presents the greatest threat to Trump’s regime, “those afflicted with the habit of thinking too much.”
Fascism’s greatest opponent is a thinking populace. In 1984, Orwell’s State slogan was, “Ignorance is Strength.” Thinking is an antidote to ignorance, and reading provides immunity against the onslaught of “alternative facts.”
Fortunately, not everyone is asleep at the wheel. There are millions of Americans who are not distracted by Reality TV, Super Bowls and six packs. People who know that there are more important Dynasties to worry about than Ducks and Dallas.
Across the nation this past weekend, thousands of people rallied at more than 90 airports and others at courthouses in counties both rural and urban to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters and say no to a Christo-Fascist regime that believes in alternative facts and depends on an ignorant and apathetic populace.
Think America. The political revolution depends upon you.