Niemöller’s Famous Poem
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because
I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t
speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no
one was left to speak up.”
–Martin Niemöller, 1945 a Protestant Rev. He supported Hitler’s rise in the mid-1930s he began speaking out against Nazism. It was too late. He was sent to Dachau.
I stayed silent during the rise of Donald J. Trump. I stayed silent when he insulted Mexicans. I stayed silent when he insulted prisoners of War . I stayed silent when he insulted women . I even stayed silent when he made fun of a disabled person . I stayed silent when he refused to denounce David Duke. I stayed silent to keep my friends to not Rock the Boat. I am a 42 year old mother of three, I have ALS, every day I am dying a little at a time, I am paralyzed, I can hardly breathe… and to my utter shame… I stayed silent.
Donald J Trump appointed as one of his advisors a renowned white supremacist and anti-semite, Steven Bannon. The Anti-Defamation League the Southern poverty Law conference has denounced this appointment because of the racist and dangerous rhetoric that Bannon has perpetrated through his website breitbart.com. Articles such as “Bill Kristol Renegade Jew”, “Birth Control Makes Women Crazy and Unattractive”, the site is mysoginistic as well as racist. I am not advocating for censorship of this site breitbart.com. But! I don’t believe that a person who gleefully supports hate speech should find themselves so close to the president of the United States. I will not stay silent and pretend that this is normal. This is not normal this is dangerous.
We should believe everything that Donald Trump has said. We should believe everything that Steven Bannon has said. Fascism happens easily. Especially with the type of media that we have now in which people cannot discern between real news and fake news. Trump masterfully used and twisted the media. He used the method of attacking his enemies with disdain and outright lies. From President Obama not being an American citizen to Ted Cruz’s father assassinating John F Kennedy.
By appointing Bannon who’s a master at manipulation and propaganda is a fog horn warning our democracy is in peril. Bannon has been quoted by The Daily Beast, that he wanted to tear the entire system to the ground that he is a Leninist. Why should we not take him for his word ? Why should we not speak out against a political appointment that could tear our democracy apart? How does a nation stand idly by while one of the most dangerous men in America has an ear to the President of the United States? The point of studying history is to learn from the past.
People did not believe Hitler would go as far as he said he would and people suffered dearly from the miscalculation. Pretending that it’s okay for a white supremacist to be a top aide for the most powerful man in the world is disastrous. We must continue to speak we must continue to resist… before there’s no one left to speak up for us.
Silence is our enemy.