Food for thought


I’ve been doing my usual blog surfing today (and in the process, avoiding work) and came upon some websites that have brought back that old sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The one that started at about 3am on Wednesday morning, and slightly subsided over the weekend.

My first stop was at Suddenly Everything Sucks, where I was directed to this article at Here’s a quote:

Tyrants become obvious only when looking back, after what they have done becomes known. The German people did not stand up to Hitler because their media betrayed them, just as the American media is betraying the American people by willingly, voluntarily, even proudly, abandoning its traditional role as watchdog against government abuse.

if you read the article (and I really recommend you do. It’s interesting) you will see that the author makes comparisons of our current situation in the United States and the Bush admin, to the situation in Nazi Germany and Hitler. The article is not about comparing Hitler to Bush. Rather, it compares the people in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich, to the people of the United States presently.

I read this and found it very thought-provoking, but kind of brushed it off as extremist, as I do anything that compares nazism with America. I mean, there is no way America could EVER turn out to be like Nazi Germany, right? We’re too moral and just and smart for that. But, still, a very intersting piece and something to think about.

Then I went over to Ornicus and read today’s post, Eliminating the Enemy. David has been posting on some of the venom that has been spewed from the right since the election ended. (I posted on this the other day). He talks about the Right’s utter contempt and hatred of the left. A horrendous example of this hatred is the talk of expunging the blue states from the United States by Mike Thompson of the e-zine Online Human Events. (click here to read the actual article).

That is why the unthinkable must become thinkable. If the so-called “Red States” (those that voted for George W. Bush) cannot be respected or at least tolerated by the “Blue States” (those that voted for Al Gore and John Kerry), then the most disparate of them must live apart — not by secession of the former (a majority), but by expulsion of the latter.

David of Ornicus explains:

Naming the enemy, identifying him for purposes of elimination and purification, is the clear theme here, and it is one the religious right in particular has been sounding since the election as well.

In light of the post I just read on Ornicus, the Naziesque situation described on doesn’t seem so far fetched….In fact, that little voice keeps telling me, “America will never become like Nazi Germany. We would never let that happen.” But then I realize that the Germans were duped into electing a tyrant. I realize that it’s this kind of thinking that would, indeed, allow another Nazi Germany to happen again.