Newsletter #10 Good News

"I'm asking you to believe.
Not in my ability to make change, but in yours."  
  
(President Obama)

There is, without doubt, enough awful news coming from Washington
to fill one of these newsletters every hour around the clock, and it's
so easy to become discouraged.  
However, it’s important to pause and acknowledge some of the amazingly wonderful, loving and kind acts going on every day across the country.  

Our humanity and very real patriotism are so much stronger than our differences and the hate being spewed by small minded, dark-hearted people.  
Our Americanism is stronger than our other isms, and we are stepping up.

 Protecting our neighbors: People across the country spend time training
to help protect and defend their immigrant neighbors whom, for the most part, they have never even met.  Defend Our Neighbors

• Providing sanctuary: Churches, cities, states declare themselves to be
safe havens for undocumented immigrants not involved in other illegal activities, despite threats of reduced federal funding.

• Sending donations: private citizens are sending increased donations across the board to groups threatened with defunding - Planned Parenthood, museums, theaters, etc.

• Rediscovering old bonds: Muslim and Jewish Americans have formed strong bonds of brother - and sister - hood.
Jews hand Muslims keys to synagogue after Texas mosque burns
... and then ...
Muslim group raises more than $40,000 to repair damages at Jewish cemetery
What has yet to be accomplished in the Middle East is being done on a daily basis here.

• Dramatically increasing political awareness and involvement.
People from all walks of life are getting involved in every level
of political activity.  Even the scientists are getting involved - with rallies
and a new interest in running for office.
  Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office
  3,000 Scientists Have Asked for Help Running for Office to Oppose Trump
compare to this from 2015:
  Millennials don’t want to run for office

• Demanding and showing up at Town Hall meetings.   Need we say more?
If there’s any question that they are having an impact, the president was moved to mock: "The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!"

• Challenging credibility:  Kellyanne Conway is increasingly losing hers on all fronts.  She has been barred from Morning Joe, and according to reports, was pulled off the air by the White House - not for her lies but for being “off message”.
Stephen Miller, that smarmy, lying little tyrant, has not been seen since his big rollout weekend of ickiness. 
  The Downfall of Kellyanne Conway
  Kellyanne Conway barred from TV after string of questionable interviews

 Republicans are beginning to speak out: Most notably, Boehner, McCain, Lindsay Graham.    Not exactly leaping across the aisle, but not drinking the Kool-Aid, either.
  John Boehner says the ObamaCare repeal and replace is not going to happen
  John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview


 Impeachment talk: The president’s ability - or rather, inability - to serve has become regular fodder for news shows.    He is increasingly a liability for the GOP, and they will act on it when their own re-electability is threatened.   Impeachment - or some other form of replacement - is regularly being discussed among the pundits.
   Are Senate Republicans finally waking up?
   WATCH: The most dangerous man in Trump's world (spoiler alert: it's Pence) 

• Pope Francis offers encouragement

  WATCH:  Ruth Bader Ginsberg:
  “the true symbol of the United States
is not the bald eagle, it’s the pendulum, and when the pendulum swings too far in one direction, it will go back.”

 Seven new planets:  It's always good to know there's somewhere to get away :)
 
 Susan Keller has added her (mostly humorous) list of positive changes since the election.

And that, Sisters, is the little ray of sunshine for the day.
 

DWC Newsletter #9: NeoNazis

HATE

A few weeks ago, it seemed premature to discuss the hate movement propelling the new administration.  Now, however, it seems unavoidable
and overdue. 
Those who believe this is an overreaction are not paying close enough
attention.

It’s no secret that incidents of hate crimes began increasing pyramidically
within hours of the election;  Trump’s victory gave a nod of approval
to those who had managed to keep their hatred under the surface.

Comparisons with the rise of the Nazi movement in Germany have been made by many;  they often sound melodramatic and alarmist, but they are becoming incontrovertible.    
This is a huge and complicated matter - one which, sadly, protests and rallies are not likely to do much to abate.

“We knew it might take five or ten or twenty years, yet gradually an authoritarian state arose within the democratic state, and a nucleus of fanatical devotion and ruthless determination formed in a wretched world that lacked basic convictions. Only one danger could have jeopardized this development ... if they had from the first day annihilated with the utmost brutality the nucleus of our new movement.” 
— Adolf Hitler, Die Reden Hitlers am Reichsparteitag (1934 collection of speeches delivered by Hitler at Nuremberg).

While our new president is known for not being a “book reader” (one recent report claims he reads at a fourth grade level), one book he kept by his bedside, according to his first wife Ivana, was - perhaps still is - a compilation
of Hitler’s speeches.     After The Gold Rush

A NYT article from 1922 proclaims a “new popular idol rises in Bavaria”.  
A mere two years later, he “was no longer to be feared.  It is believed he will retire to private life and return to Austria”.    Hindsight is always 20/20. 

Other articles of the time refer to the man and his “unshakable logic of his construction or in his powers of conviction”.
A summary of and links to these articles from almost 100 years ago may be found here:
https://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2015/02/10/1922-hitler-in-bavaria 

An increasing number of people have no doubt that what we are seeing now mimics closely what Hitler’s early rise to power looked like.   
How this comparison holds up in five or ten years is up to us.

Brief history of Hitler's Riser to Power

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”  (Maya Angelou)

This WWII Military Strategy Perfectly Explains What Trump Is Doing to the Media
He’s making it difficult to pick out the signal from the noise.
https://www.thenation.com/article/weapons-of-mass-distraction/

Nazis Once Published List of Jewish Crimes, Trump Now Pushing to Do the Same for Immigrant Crimes
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/2/nazis_once_published_list_of_jewish

This Week in Hate
The NYT editorial board has been tracking hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of Donald Trump.  Here is an index to these articles:      https://www.nytimes.com/column/this-week-in-hate
 

 

(1941)