March 13, 2010

POWER WATCH: THOMAS JEFFERSON VANISHES FROM TEXAS, DEMOCRACY VANISHES AS WELL

They came for the Communists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a Communist
They came for the Socialists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a Socialist
They came for the labor leaders, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a labor leader
They came for the Jews, and I didn't
object - For I wasn't a Jew
Then they came for me -
And there was no one left to object.

                            –  Martin Niemöller
And so it begins. While the Chocolate Messiah and his people are trying to hold onto power in the White House by bargaining away their beliefs, by bargaining away the future of your children, the ones who can be called "Christians" in name only are making their move: the ones who are racists, hateful, yes, I dare call them out...

...fascists in the purest sense of the word, and they are smart like the German National Socialists were.

And don't let the word "socialist" here fool you... they needed the votes of the uneducated, the abandoned, the powerless... wait, does that remind you of somebody? Look at who runs the Tea Party movements, look at who bends them to their will, uses and abuses their anger... you people really should learn a lot more about Goebbels. About how propaganda works. About how easy it is to swallow the lies.

They know the fight over the White House is not the end game. They know the fight is going to be won in the classrooms, it is fought and won in the minds of those children who will be subjected to a false, raped and mutilated history.

And just like what the Nazis did in my country, they know of the power of the narrative. A narrative is always more powerful than the truth, just as we have seen in my country. Change a little thing, from "democratic" to "constitutional"...

... and you just re-defined reality.

No longer have people the power. No longer will they have any rights other than the ones given to them by their masters, and we all know how much people like Dick & Liz Cheney, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh value the constitution.

Language defines reality just as much as it describes it.

They know it. And the democratic, progressive forces have been on the retreat for years now, allowing Reagan to turn the word "liberal" into an insult, turning the word "progressive"  into something only arugula-eating Marxists would value.

Those damn ni...uh, community organisers!

We'll show them! We'll show them all!

Habeas Corpus? Fuck it! Equal rights? Fuck it! Let the niggers and the spics and the gays and the Jews...

...let them know who runs this country, who owns it!

... and make no mistake, they will come for you later, so I warn the Jews in the United States from over here, your time will come as well, don't think these "Christian" fascists are your friends, don't make the same mistake again like you did in my country!

When it was not you who disappeared first, no, in order to get to you, we needed to get rid of the others first, the socialists and the communists and the intellectuals and the poets and the gays!

The ones that your people didn't care about all that much either, the ones who stood up first, the ones who stood up for you when you didn't even stand up for yourself, the ones who couldn't keep quiet... and who were betrayed by those too lazy, too frightened and too careless to rise up to defend those who wanted to defend you...

These people you support, these people whose asses you kiss in your blind belief that they are the ones who care about Israel, that they are on your side, they will come for you, too.

And don't think they will feel pity for you.

You know, deep down, you know what they call you when you are not around, when they know you cannot hear them, when they don't have the need for you anymore, you know what they call you... just as the blacks know what they are called when they are not around, just like the gays know what they are called when they are out of hearing distance...

... you know, but you still think that it's okay, that you have a common ground, as long as everybody needs to fight the evil Muslims, you are all on the same side, it's a war, after all, and aren't you all under siege?

They will come for you.

When it's safe. When the ones who tried to stood up for humanity, for human rights, for the truth have been silenced. When you are on your own and you face them without the backing of those you abandoned.

They will come for you.

And don't forget it.

Here are some of the points that the Texas Board, with the votes of the New American Nazis (NANs) passed, all totally legit now...
– To avoid exposing students to “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else,” the Board struck the curriculum’s reference to “sex and gender as social constructs.”
– The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”
– The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”
– The Board struck the word “democratic” from the description of the U.S. government, instead terming it a “constitutional republic.”

And again I say, our Nazis came to power in what appeared to have been legitimate elections, and only when you dig deeper, when you understand history do you realise that they rigged the system, that they used the system's tolerance to undermine it with hate.

Don't let it happen!

Strike it down! Defend the rights of your fellow human beings!

And to the publishers cowering in fear at the thought of losing market share, I say, stand up for fuck's sake! Speak up! Speak out! Fight!

Do not print what you know to be historically false! Do not become an accomplice in the rise of New American Nazism! Tell the Texas Board to go to hell!

Tell them that you will not print lies!

That the book, that the school is one of the corner stone of democracy! Of freedom!

To the teachers in Texas, I say... do not teach this!

Bring your own books to class. Copy the relevant passages that they don't want you to teach anymore. Rebel! That's why you became teachers in the first place. Remember why you are there! Remember why you cared! Show them the truth! Show them, and remember what your parents didn't want you to know. It is always thus that the things people don't want you to know... are what you need to know!

You are the gatekeepers, teachers in Texas.

And no, it isn't fair. It isn't right that you have to be the ones to pick up this fight, to have to fight at the frontlines of this struggle. But you are there. You are the ones who can do right. You are the ones who can defy the New Nazis.

Speak up! Speak out! Fight!

Or otherwise you have not learned your lesson. You have not understood how easy it is to lose that what makes us great, what makes us human, that thirst for knowledge, that promise of enlightenment, the strength of humanity.

Do not let greed have you roll over and play the good doggie.

Do not let them Orwell your history!

For if you do, this well-known poem at the top of this post will serve no longer just as the epitaph for Old Germany, but also as the epitaph for the United States of America.