Into the Trumposphere
Just like Haley’s comet, every few decades bigotry reappears here resulting in some group suffering oppression, often violent and obscene.
Jews are a perennial favorite but over time Catholics, Mormons, Italians, Irish and others have had their “turn in the barrel.”
The bigotry and hate very often comes under the guise of concern over immigration, and so it is with Trump’s decision to whip up immigration as the false cause of perceived woes.
Trump, with his reckless speech, has made it fashionable among bigots to once again openly attack Jews and to desecrate their cemeteries.
He has even added a bizarre and predictable twist by suggesting that Jews are destroying their own graves to create controversy.
That’s a lie that any neo-nazi would love as they are all about the concept of the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed.
Hitler talked about the “big lie” in Mein Kampf, when he said, “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility…”
The term most often employed when discussing religious hatred is the need for “tolerance.”
But President George Washington correctly pointed out that using that term is wrong in the context of America.
In 1790, Washington was addressing the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island.
He said, “It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”
Here in our country, the right to worship (or not), is a perfectly level field of play where no group enjoys a superior position over another.
Former President George W. Bush effectively restated Washington when he said, “Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country.”
It’s now common knowledge that so-called President Trump hears things and then repeats them as if they are true when there is not the slightest basis in fact or reality.
When called out on it, he actually says, “I was told that” as if that alone made it true.
It does not take much imagination to conjure up Steve Bannon yammering on about alt-right/neo-nazi fantasies to Trump.
And finally, my “Jew Thought” for the day: Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and an Orthodox Jew, is probably in over his head as a senior adviser but I am still glad he is there as he may be the most morally grounded of the entire bunch.