On April 4, 1940 the German Army invaded the little country of Denmark. The battle lasted just six hours, one of the shortest military operations of World War II. When I was a kid, my best friends mother was Danish. She was five years old when the Nazis overran her country. She spent the rest of her life hating any and all things German.
On June 6, 1944 my Grandfather stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day as a twenty something year old. He was a young man who had never been anywhere or seen anything beyond the farm and small town North Carolina where he was born and raised. He never talked about the experience. We learned after his death about the many medals he was awarded for his participation and survival of this gruesome battle fighting Nazi Germany.
I offered yesterday how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines several of the hate groups that were involved in the Charlottesville violence. Below is additional details about the Neo-Nazi group from the SPLC;
Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy, and trace social problems to a Jewish conspiracy that supposedly controls governments, financial institutions and the media.
While some neo-Nazi groups emphasize simple hatred, others are more focused on the revolutionary creation of a fascist political state. Nazism, of course, has roots in Europe, and links between American and European neo-Nazis are strong and growing stronger. American neo-Nazi groups, protected by the First Amendment, often publish material and host Internet sites that are aimed at European audiences — materials that would be illegal under European anti-racism laws. Similarly, many European groups put up their Internet sites on American servers to avoid prosecution under the laws of their native countries.
The Daily Stormer, the Neo-Nazi news and commentary website, posted these remarks after “our” Presidents press conference yesterday;
This is huge… While it seemed like Trump was going to back down and stick to the official story (though halfheartedly), he’s now completely turned around and is attacking the antifa as being the violent terrorists they are.
The Trump condemnation is one of the first times when there is a mainstream debate about who might be the “good guys” between the Communists and the Nazis. And as soon as you ask the question, our side basically wins automatically. All we need for a major cultural victory is an honest comparison.
Here is the problem with Trump, because he talks in circles, because he doesn’t have a plan or any freaking idea how to govern or Make America Great Again, people, groups are going to hear what they want to hear. There is no clear message because he doesn’t have one. There is no unity because he doesn’t give a shit about unity. Chaos, misdirection, and dysfunction is how he lives his life and that Mr. and Mrs. America is what he wants for you and I.
And as the vast majority of us wonder how in the hell this country can survive this madman his supporters cheer and egg him on; “Keep up the good work president Trump. America is behind you.”, “People should know the true history, rather than me or propaganda that
#FakeNewsMedia pumps out day and day out.”, “Keep up the good fight for America and the world. Speak the truth to POWER, which is the dem-liberal media complex.”, “The media cannot stand a TRUTH-teller like POTUS and seeks to illegitimately destroy him, and democracy at the same time. #MAGA”, “Antifa or the “Alt-Left” has attacked conservatives for over a year now. The media has given them a pass. No more.”, “Your eight years in office won’t be easy but it will be worth it. You didn’t have to do this. Thank you for loving our country like you do.”
If you haven’t already, and I am sure most of you have, now is the time to make our voices heard. There is a chink in the GOP armor, we need to turn that chink into a rip, then a tear, then a gash, then a laceration and from there hopefully an amputation. We can’t let 35% speak for us. We can’t let Donald Trump give hate a face, a voice and a platform. What are you going to do?