In his classic dystopian novel, It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis wrote: “When fascism comes to America, it will come carrying a cross and wrapped in the flag.” He should have said two flags, or perhaps three. The fascists who invaded Charlottesville carried the flag of the Nazis, the flag of the Confederacy, and also the Stars and Stripes. The latter was the height of hypocrisy. The torch-bearing mob believed not in “Liberty and justice for all,” but rather in fascism, racism, and all that the Stars and Bars (the Confederate flag) and the Swastika represent. They diminish the honor of those who fought to preserve democracy and the worth and dignity of every person.
As citizens of Indiana in District 46 we recognize that hate groups including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and others associated with white nationalists’ ideology are active in our state. Encouraged by the moral bankruptcy of President Trump these groups are working to advance their political agenda and attempting to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them. Our forefathers fought and died to free our nation from the scourge of hate that these people represent. Sadly the events in Charlottesville Virginia prove that these groups are a clear and present danger to a peaceful law abiding society.
The Illinois State Senate has passed a resolution instructing police agencies to designate all white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations. We call on our Indiana General Assembly to do the same. We demand our elected representatives of the people of Owen County and Indiana District #46 support such a resolution. It is time to be clear that Indiana will not be silent in the face of fascism.
Sign the petition
We hope you will join us in speaking out and sign our petition. It is hosted on the Owen County Democratic Website (Link to Petition Here!) We will accept signatures from the website and at the next Democratic Club Meeting Sept. 19th at Democratic Headquarters (152 E. Jefferson St. Spencer, IN) to gather signatures. We will deliver petitions to our representatives; Senator Eric Bassler, Senator Roderic Bray, Representative Bob Heaton, and Representative Jim Baird.
Finally I would like to note that Republicans in the Indiana Senate passed a Hate Crime Bill in 2016 which was not taken up by the leadership in the House. Republican Bob Heaton is the majority whip in the House, and is part of the leadership that decided not to consider the bill. Speaker Bosma has recently suggested hate crime legislation be reconsidered. We encourage Rep. Heaton to support such a measure.