A PERSONAL REFLECTION

BLOG 365 September 18, 2017

            Please grant me a little indulgence. I want to add a reflection that is outside the usual trip through the world of the Middle East. I feel a need to add my thoughts about what happened in Charlottesville and President Trump’s inability to initially condemn Neo-Nazis until public uproar caused him to be scripted to do so.

I do know something about the marchers who chanted “Jews will not replace us” and chanting “Seig heil.” I saw the media recording just after the November national election when Richard Spenser told the crowd, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail our victory. The crowd responded in kind and outstretched their arms in the Nazi salute.

I take this very seriously.

I do know something about the Nazis. Last year I attended the gathering of Holocaust survivors in Berlin. I toured the city and stood on the railroad tracks where millions were loaded on trains for the death camps. I have toured Auschwitz as well as the Dachau Concentration Camp where I looked in the crematoriums. I do know something about what the Nazis did.

The movement called the Alt-right doesn’t seem to get it. The scary thing is that there’s nothing new about this mentality. German politics in 1930 had the same mentality and elected Hitler because he reflected their ideas of making “Germany Great” again.

Before you shrug these statements off, please remember the ideas of white supremacy are not new in America.  James Q. Whitman’s Hitler’s American Model documents how the Germans admired and borrowed from American legal procedures to prevent racial mixing. Maryland’s anti-miscegenation law put you in jail for ten years for such behavior. Don’t forget Henry Ford admired Hitler, kept his picture on his credenza, and was decorated by the German before World War II.

In reflecting on Trump’s hesitancy about condemning the radicals, the Jerusalem Post responded “President Donald Trump failed miserably.”

Fortunately, politicians of both parties took exception. Since the debacle hit the media, clergy, majors, and many community leaders raised their protests. They still remember that Nazism rose to power and World War II followed because the Alt-right types were tolerated. In contrast, vast numbers of the American public unambiguously reject the strategies of hate and any rise of the white supremacist types. There are certainly extremists that think the time is ripe to take over the government and change that ideals of the country. Fortunately, they are wrong.

We cannot tolerate anymore expressions of what we saw in Charlottesville. Citizens who love this country and its heritage must make their voices heard and not tolerate the rise of hate groups against any segment of society.

Ever!

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2 responses to “A PERSONAL REFLECTION

  1. Except that the President did “call out” the neo-Nazis..along with the antifa vermin. The Left’s complaint is that he didn’t specifically call them out while ignoring or excusing the Leftists’ violence – violence which is currently a thousand-fold worse and more common than anything coming from these so-called neo-Nazis, who are largely just ranting fools with no stomach for fighting unless they’re attacked and can play victim.

  2. Alexander Cawley

    Dr Wise. Trump has a son in law who is a jew. He has a daugher who has converted to Judaism. Trump has done more to support Israel since elected than Obama did in eight years. He supports the pro-life movement. He is against the islamic terrorists who wish to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
    The real threat to a christian society is the alt left. You forget,it was they who supported and condoned slavery through the democratic party. The KKK was formed in and through the democrat party. The alt left are on a mission to overthrow a democratically elected president.
    Hail to the chief has been a longstanding greeting to an elected president.
    You must learn to decipher between words and actions.
    Violence occurred on both sides.in Charlottesville.
    Ask yourself does Jesus love Trump. The bible instructs us to obey our elected leaders regardless of their affiliation.Easy to condemn..much harder to pray for him. Think before you print.

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