America is under siege. The foundations and values of America are being threatened in a way they have not been since the middle of the nineteenth century. Patriots must not remain silent in the face of an extreme rightward lurch in American governance.
Go read this, an excerpt from the book, “They Thought They Were Free; The Germans, 1933-45”, by Milton Mayer. By the time the danger is obvious to everyone, it’s too late. By the time the fall of reason is clear to all, it has already happened.
You will find this vital passage:
“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.
“How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Frankly, I do not know. I do not see, even now. Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done, by ordinary men or even by extraordinary men? Things might have. And everyone counts on that might…”
I want to create a place for people to come for news and for resources to help resist the darkness, as well as for rational commentary on where we are going. I want readers to contribute. I have some friends who may want to offer advice, thoughts, articles–you can remain anonymous if you wish. I hope this is not the only place where Americans speak up against the encroaching neo-fascist feudalism.
And no, that language is not over the top, not when self-proclaimed Nazis and white nationalists are supporting the newly-elected president.
If someone tells you who they are, believe them. Don’t wait to be told twice. Don’t wait until there are no other voices left.
I am writing this in late 2016. The incoming administration is of the same party that controls both houses of Congress. The just-finished election season included loud condemnations of immigrants, here in this nation of immigrants; backlash against African-Americans, the ancestors of whom labored to build the White House; and against LGBTQ Americans, who want nothing other than to be treated like humans. We are hearing about the dismantling of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. The Voting Rights Act and the Equal Rights Act are on the chopping block.
This is not a time for silence or despair. This is a time for resistance and action. We live in perilous times. We must speak, and we must be heard.