Tuesday, August 15, 2017


The state of the nation is atrocious. It is not atrocious because there are neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists in our midst as there always have been in our midst neo Nazis, KKK and white supremacists sympathetic to the 1860 Confederate secessionist cause. Many wanted and still do to chase Jews, blacks and other minorities -- especially third-world ones -- out of the nation and do it through the use of violence or transporting the threat of it in a sidecar of their political beliefs.

I remember well Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi White People's Party, in the 1960's before he was gunned down by a fellow neo Nazi. I recall the history of America's hero of flight, Charles Lindbergh, who visited Hitler and supported an American alliance with Germany's Third Reich. When the nation engaged in the fight against fascism Lindbergh advocated national neutrality to remain out of WWII which would have, of course, given Hitler the win. But the nation is not even atrocious for that.

The nation is atrocious because once tucked away in crackpot corner extremists on the right now have been given a voice and a seat at the table of power in the White House by a president who knows the support he gets is directly related to them. He may even owe them his election as president. It is the new visibility of the proponents of right wing extremism through Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and others as presidential advisors, that these once merely tolerated crazies have been given a cerebral high of presidential support they never had or thought they would. have.
A gift has been given to the extremist right by 24/7 news coverage of the horror and death at Chancellorsville and by the extensive news coverage its sensationalism engenders. 

The gift the extremist right has been given is a voice at the dinner table of power. That is what makes the national milieu now so atrocious. We of humane thought and political belief are adversaries of the violent, inhumane and toxic right. We are in a state of shock and fear we have seldom experienced before. 
Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for the presidency in 1964 but defeated in a landslide, lit the first match during his acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican convention in which he delivered his famous quote:

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"

Will that match be extinguished once the Trump presidency is no longer? "A Republic if you can keep it" Benjamin Franklin uttered. The answer to that question hopefully will be yes we will but I cannot say that now for sure!