Monday, November 28, 2016

TODAY'S POTPOURRI WITH APOLOGIES TO NIEMOLLER




An exhausting past 4 days in which I was unable to find time to write a blog. Perhaps it is a form of burn out but in the 8 years that I have been posting daily with few exceptions I have not suffered from a lack of material. I have not suffered from a lack of material.

This last month has been different. Oh there is plenty of news about Trump and his Transition team but my impression is that the rank and file are tired of hearing about it or are reluctant to question the potentialities of a Trump Presidency.

There are public voices risking future retaliation such as the late night hosts, Colbert, Kimmel, and to a lesser extent Fallon and SNL have continued to satirize Trump.

Even some of the “comic strips” such as the political satirist Doonesbury and recently “Funky Winkerbean” with its present recall of Joe McCarthy’s era have shown some concern of what may take place.

What disturbs me is the absence of the rank and file public voice. I am aware of the few large protest mobs in the larger city, but they have been largely political as a result of the election and about possible loss of entitlements not civil liberties.

The other day before the cartoon was published I recalled this quotation of Martin Niemöller who was before Hitler a prominent Protestant pastor anti-Semitic for which he later apologized and who became an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller said: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.


Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”



1 comment:

  1. Those are words to live by. Very poignant. I believe people are afraid to speak out at what level will Trump's retaliation stop?

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