We thought we were free but with the tainted election of Donald Trump we have come face to face with an Orwellian 1984 world where civil liberties and freedoms which were once taken for granted are gradually restricted or ended and always for the same reason ~ National Security and never ending war. The Revolution has officially begun with the world wide millions strong Women’s March on January 21st which has sent a message to the world and it will end with each one of us. We will no longer be silent and we have the power to change the system: Allen L Roland, PhD
“A member of the pre-Hitler Prussian cabinet, asked what caused Nazism, said: “What caused Nazism was the clubman in Berlin who, when he was asked about the Nazi menace in 1930, looked up from his after-lunch game of Skat and replied, ‘Dafur ist die Regierung da. That’s what the government’s there for.‘” They Thought they were Free / Pg. 159 – Commentary: Submission to Authority
I was born in January of 1934, just as the rise of fascism was reigning in Germany and Hitler (like Trump) was rapidly seizing power from the same bedrock of national apathy and disenfranchisement that exists today.
For German exceptionalism in the 1930’s was really not too different, in many ways, than American exceptionalism in the last decade and very likely headed for the same disastrous fate.
We have moved from the Dark side of the Bush Cheney administration to the Black cesspool of disintegrating moral values and America First at any cost values of an unfolding Trump administration ~ fueled by Trump’s enormous ego and lack of empathy.
“Our would-be emperor needs constant watching. More than anything else, he craves adulation. Boycott his brand. Remind his enthusiasts of every broken promise. If he senses the nation’s mood harden against him, he will likely respond. Coup leaders habitually entrench themselves with firepower and mass arrests. They tear up existing laws to write their own. Ours depend only on our apathy and ignorance. If we can’t stop them cold, we deserve whatever befalls us.” Mort Rosenblum, Reader Supported News,
In that regard, I am reminded of Milton Mayer’s classic book THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE (The Germans 1933 – 1945).
Mayer’s book describes the slow seduction of the people as their liberties, freedoms and moral values were gradually stripped away by Hitler’s fascist government ~ while waving the flag of national security, celebrating the Military and German patriotism.
Apathy sets in with each step, as it most certainly has in America, and Mayer knowingly describes the consequences for Germany in the early 1930’s ~
Pg. 171 THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE FREE
“The world you live in ~ your nation, your people ~ is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way… You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things that your father, even in Germany, could not have imagined … Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing).”
They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 ©1955, 1966, 368 pages
QUOTATION OF THE DAY REGARDING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE OLIGARCHY TAKE OVER
“We’ve never seen anything this bizarre in our lifetimes, where up is down and down is up and everything is in question and nothing is real.” Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity and the author of a book about presidential deception, on President Trump’s first days in office.
Democracy Now’s must see video on the Women’s January 21st March summarizes that day of resistance to the obvious take over by the Oligarchy ~ a March which involved well over 4 million people worldwide but also emphasized that Trump’s victory is a serious threat and not to be taken lightly. As the women of the world have shown us on Saturday ~ it’s time to organize and resist .
See Democracy Now video / Women’s March on Washington ~ 4 minutes
As Samuel Johnson once correctly said in 1775 “The last refuge of a scoundrel is Patriotism” and be forewarned , for Hitler used Patriotism to great effect in the 1930’s to cow the masses ~ and one of Donald Trump’s first executive orders was to declare January 20th, Inauguration Day ~ Patriotism Day ~ which was something Hitler continually did in Germany in the 1930’s.
Speaking of executive orders ~ Trumps latest refugee moral outrage excludes countries with direct links to Terrorism and where Trump has commercial Holdings ~ “The Trump executive order is an effort to keep Muslims out of the country and has nothing to do with security,” says New Internationalism Project director Phyllis Bennis ~ Real News Network / See interview ~~
But I digress and In the concerned spirit of the Women’s March on January 21st, 2017 ~ we all have a constitutional right to dissent especially if we feel our moral and constitutional rights are being violated ~ and then our voices must be heard.
But there are road blocks within the Trump Admiration to control dissent and control the news ~ mainly his chief strategic advisor, Steve Bannon (Breitbart News) who recently told the media to Keep your mouth Shut Watch must see Amy Goodman’s 10 minute share the truth about Breitbart News and Steve Bannon ~ 12 minute video /
The ultimate dissent, of course, is Impeachment and Democracy Now reports that there already is more than enough evidence to introduce an Impeachment investigation against Donald Trump ~ which has already gained over 250,000 signatures. John Bonifaz, National Voting Rights reports ~
“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” Howard Zinn
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at [email protected] Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also featured columnist on Veterans Today and is a featured guest on many radio and Television programs.