The other day while driving I listened to a CBC Halifax call in program that asked; ‘Is the world becoming more angry”.
There was the usual responses yes and no however one caller’s response struck a cord of concern with me. The caller was an Iranian who has lived in Halifax for 18 years and is married to “the most wonderful lady” (his words) from Newfoundland. He had never experienced discrimination in Canada until……… the past eighteen months, when Donald Trump came on the American political scene. What does Trump’s misogynistic, narcissistic, racial rhetoric have to do with Halifax?
Anyone that watched the Republican contest for the Republican leadership as well as the US election will remember that Trump’s “ace in the hole” was to fabricate, lie, blame and insult the completion.
“For us there are only two possibilities: either we remain proud Americans or we come under the thumb of ISIS, the Chinese and Mexican criminals and rapists. This latter must not occur; even if we are small, we are a force. A well-organized group can conquer a strong enemy. If you stick close together and keep bringing in new people, we will be victorious over ISIS, the Chinese and Mexican rapists and criminals.
And if we ask who was responsible for our misfortune, then we must inquire who profited by our collapse. And the answer to that question is that ‘Banks and Stock Exchanges are more flourishing than ever before.’ We were told that capitalism would be destroyed, and when we ventured to remind one or other of these famous statesmen and said ‘Don’t forget that the Chinese too have capital,’ then the answer was: ‘What are you worrying about? Capitalism as a whole will now be destroyed, the whole people will now be free. We are not fighting American or Christian capitalism, we are fighting very capitalism: we are making Americans completely free.’
Was the above one of the many venous speeches Donald Trump delivered during his many campaign speeches last fall prior to becoming President Trump? No, the quotation above is extract and taken from speeches delivered by Adolf Hitler in 1921 and 1922 some 11 years before he took control of the German government. I have replaced the words “Jews” and “”Germans” with “Chinese”, “ISIS”, “Syrians” and “Mexican criminals and rapists”.
There were many in German that didn’t take Hitler’s extreme right wing racist, nationalist rhetoric seriously. However, little by little the restrictive noose tightened on all that did not fit the “make Germany great” model and history reminds us how that socially regressive experiment ended.
Did you know that Donald Trump has no problem with “enhanced interrogation” a politically correct term for torture. It doesn’t seem to matter that the United States is a signatory to the United Nations “Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment“, but Trump doesn’t have a problem using torture, where will he stop? Trump believes that torture works, I’m not surprised most of the people tortured during the Spanish Inquisition confessed to being witches.
This week we learned that Trump has signed an executive order banning refugees from a number of Muslin countries.
Is this just the beginning and is it the thin edge of thin wedge? At what point will the over 100 Republicans that did not support Donald Trump say “enough is enough”?
It has been said that civilization is a mile wide and an inch deep, how hard and deep do we have to scratch to find the racist, bigoted beast in all of us?
One of the most famous studies on obedience in psychology was carried out by Stanley Milgram in 1963 psychologist at Yale University. He conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. He was trying to determine the justification for the acts of genocide offered by those accused at the World War II, Nuremberg War Criminal trials. Their defense often was based on obedience….. they were just following orders from their superiors.
I encourage the reader to watch the attached video in an effort to understand if possibly under the right conditions and under the right leadership there is a Nazi in me or thee.
Think about it.