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Excerpt from "They Thought They Were Free" -- The Germans, 1933-45 Milton Mayer

We need to stay focused on the gradualism of the danger to this country.

Please read this historical reminder.

My take on our national events is this: I'd much rather be a wrong pessimist than a wrong optimist.

You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing...

...it consumed all one’s energies, coming on top of the work one really wanted to do. You can see how easy it was, then, not to think about fundamental things. One had no time.


"Those," I said, "are the words of my friend the baker. ‘One had no time to think. There was so much going on.’"

"Your friend the baker was right," said my colleague. "The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway.


I do not speak of your ‘little men,’ your baker and so on; I speak of my colleagues and myself, learned men, mind you. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to.

Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. Unconsciously, I suppose, we were grateful. Who wants to think?


To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop.

Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.


https://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html?fbclid=IwAR1T5Mwjv3xLGvRwoFzhhqyaORSvMH6stTyb2SjXCV0abww6iKqwPlBqbVY



Excerpt from They Thought They Were Free -- The Germans, 1933-45 Milton Mayer

We need to stay focused on the gradualism of the danger to this country.

Please read this historical reminder.

My take on our national events is this: I'd much rather be a wrong pessimist than a wrong optimist.

You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing...

...it consumed all one’s energies, coming on top of the work one really wanted to do. You can see how easy it was, then, not to think about fundamental things. One had no time.


"Those," I said, "are the words of my friend the baker. ‘One had no time to think. There was so much going on.’"

"Your friend the baker was right," said my colleague. "The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway.

I do not speak of your ‘little men,’ your baker and so on; I speak of my colleagues and myself, learned men, mind you. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to.

Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. Unconsciously, I suppose, we were grateful. Who wants to think?


To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.


https://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html?fbclid=IwAR1T5Mwjv3xLGvRwoFzhhqyaORSvMH6stTyb2SjXCV0abww6iKqwPlBqbVY

Why It Could Get Ugly

As if it isn't already.

The rest of us don't call all this politics.
We might call it stochastic terrorism.
They might call it christian defense against the godless.

However we see Trump's base, this video goes a fair way toward showing how they see themselves and the very "essentialist" beliefs they hold about anyone different from themselves.

The prophecy frame comes out of Mark Taylor's "nightmare" turned "vision" of Trump's win in 2017. Which triggered Republican "thought leaders" to widely disseminate the "film" across christian sects that are anti-gay, anti-abortion, racist and nativist.

The kind of boring history of the evangelical movement is compensated by the last half that shows how Trump coddles evangelicals' parareligious relationship with him.

We can't act like nobody told us that religion would ever justify such politics.





Inslee Sued Trump, Calls Him Cruel, Depraved, Incompetent and Unable to Run A Two-Car Funeral


Jay Inslee, President of the Democratic Governors Association -- A Doer, Not a Talker

Governors are leading our party.
Governors are pushing back against Donald Trump's damaging policies.
And pushing forward with progressive solutions to build an inclusive economy with opportunity for all.
Winning back governors offices is critical to having a fair shot at redistricting.




Jay Inslee is the only current governor in the Democratic primary race.

Jay Inslee, President of the Democratic Governors Association -- A Doer, Not a Talker

Governors are leading our party.
Governors are pushing back against Donald Trump's damaging policies.
And pushing forward with progressive solutions to build an inclusive economy with opportunity for all.
Winning back governors offices is critical to having a fair shot at redistricting.


Why I Love Washington State Governor Jay Inslee -- Testimonial

1. Our state ranks number 1 in job and wage growth.



2. When our lawmakers are having hissy-fits with each other, Inslee steps in to get things done.

3. He's helping make Washington a nation-wide role model.

4. Like what all public officials should do, he's here for us.

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-love-jay-inslee



Above: Inslee signs a bill banning bump stocks in his state.

Why I Love Washington State Governor Jay Inslee -- Testimonial

1. Our state ranks number 1 in job and wage growth.



2. When our lawmakers are having hissy-fits with each other, Inslee steps in to get things done.

3. He's helping make Washington a nation-wide role model.

4. Like what all public officials should do, he's here for us.

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-love-jay-inslee

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Above: Inslee signs a bill banning bump stocks in his state.

Our #1 National Security Threat -- From Janet Napolitano and the Pentagon

Inslee Knows This Picture Of What Climate Change Has Done To Us. Trump Jokes About Wind Turbines

The Map from 2017




Jay Inslee and the Pentagon see climate change as the #1 Issue of National Security.

So does the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.





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