The Trump Dump: Good Germans

So-called ‘Good Germans’ tour the Buchenwald death camp at the end of World War II, where U.S. troops made sure they could no longer ignore the horror that had operated freely on their doorsteps.

As a boy I learned that the Nazis killed my grandparents and millions of others. Once I could grasp the enormous horrors of the Holocaust, I began to understand the contagious evil of fanatical racism. What I could not understand was how so many Germans turned a blind eye to the brutality.

How many in America are now ‘Good Germans?’

Now I am one of those “good Germans.” Nearly all of us are.

The “base,” the racists, the homophobes, the rich-without-conscience . . . they all have their reasons, horrid as they are, to support President Donald Trump.

Buoyed by prosperity built on mounting debt, numbed by willful ignorance or simply overwhelmed by the enormity of evil that comprises Trump’s America, most citizens still give mute assent to this perversion of democracy, this insult to decency that shames us all.

Sure, we vote; perhaps we organize; fewer still rally.

And all the while in our name, dictators are encouraged in wanton violence; children are torn from their parents; the flames of bigotry are fanned.

The difference between America today and Nazi Germany in the 1930s is one only of degree. So what is the benchmark for when we all stand up?

Apparently, that time is not when our president condones hate crimes. We are not yet ready to revolt even when nepotism, self-dealing, incompetence, mendacity and wanton cruelty are pursued by our country’s leader.

The ‘yellow vest protests’ in France are a recent example of effective opposition.

Those of us without our heads in the sand or up our own asses are ashamed at what this nation has become. We are outraged. We are disgusted. But we are also beaten down by endless outrages, by our inability to stop this national horror.

For all their naïveté and lack of focus, the student war protestors of the ’70s, and more recently, the yellow vests of France, had real and immediate impact on national policy.

Why then aren’t we on the barricades? Why then aren’t we marching in the streets? Where are the massive protests? The street blockages? The strikes? When are we willing to put our own comfort at risk for our principles and the welfare of others?

I say now.

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6 thoughts on “The Trump Dump: Good Germans

    1. When is enough and enough, and how do we make it so, instead of sighing and reaching for another cup of coffee and checking our email. We have been inundated by awful, crazy-ass stuff for 2 years. The danger is that we become immune, and become good Germans.

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  1. Many turned a blind eye because doing something would result in their own torture or death. Some worked behind the scenes, like Schindler in Europe or John Rabe in China. Still others simply fled. It’s hard to know how anyone would react with either a pistol held to the temple or “train tickets” in the oppressors’ pockets, particularly when it came to people’s families. Many would be brave in the face of death for themselves, but if some jackbooted thug threatened a young son or daughter, that person might not any longer be brave. During a time when survival itself was never assured, I find it hard to condemn. Others might have collaborated because, “Someone else would have, and then I would have been dead too.” I find it impossible even to envision being put in a situation like that. I’m thankful I haven’t been!

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