This cuddly little rodent killer of a tome comes to the world courtesy of the Nuremberg trials and the testimony the Nazi officers and records keepers presented to the world courts in their own defense.
When fascism invades a country, it wraps itself in the colors of that country’s flag in the name of patriotism. Party ideology — warped to suit the needs of a dangerous psychopomp — becomes more important than nation or people despite all claims to the contrary. Fear of “the other” leads to scapegoating and persecution. I need not spell out the rest. Shirer has done so quite admirably with this book.
The ideals that forged the Nazis, and the methods they utilized, were born in the Crusades with the Teutonic Knights they sought to emulate in the name of a golden era that never was. Ever since Constantine elevated Christianity from persecution to power, the so-called Christian Right has been persecuting everyone else, across party lines, across nations, and across time. The gladiator games, the Inquisition, the Crusades, the Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the religious alliances with the Nazis are all well documented.
On this blog, I’ve been more than polite about respecting the beliefs of others and not hurting the feelings of the believers. No good deed goes unpunished; that has earned me a place near the front of the line in the newest form of Christian Right supported atrocity. The Republican party of my nation keeps taking new jackbooted steps forward into American fascism, and yes, it’s the Religious Right that props up that power base over the fear of some imaginary war on Christmas. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings now in the name of trying to stop this insanity. If it offends your sensibilities, then it’s time to prove your Christian values and choose love over hate. Condemning a minority begins with erasing their rights and their legal humanity and ends with erasing their existence. That power trip does not stop peacefully. That I can assure you. Read this book. It’s all happening again, right in front of us. If we don’t stop it from the inside, the nations of the world will have to stop us as they did the last time. I seriously doubt we’ll be given the same opportunities to rebuild that Germany, Italy, and Japan were given.
I will not go quietly. I’m done being polite. I am done coddling the ignorant who think there’s only one path into heaven and for some misbegotten reason think that the high tide only floods their own boat instead of raising all of them. Defenses of any form of Christianity from here on will fall on deaf ears here. I’ve been on the receiving end of it my entire life, and it’s still getting worse. I don’t care what you believe so long as you actually live the love you preach. Your belief is secondary to my life. Actions speak louder than words. Make your choice. Vote against this regime while you still have the option to vote at all, and continue to actively work against the power hungry elites who care not about you or yours. Or… bury your heads in the sand with the mantra of “it can’t happen here.”
I’ll be over here, doing what I need to do. While you contemplate your own path and try to reconcile your beliefs with the end of freedom as we know it, read this book. It’s not too late to learn and apply the lessons of history. It’s not too late to save lives.