“Not every tear in the fabric of civility opens a path to Auschwitz but that civilization is immeasurably fragile,
and is easily turned to brutality and barbarism. The human capacity for hatred is terrifying in its volatility.”
~Adam Gopnik/The New Yorker
This part of a story I read in The New Yorker last month came to mind when I heard that the travel privileges of Gold Star father Khizr Khan who spoke out against Trump are “being reviewed” in an act of retribution that should send a chill down the spine of every decent American.
Yesterday I said that I thought we should all be ready to flee at a moment’s notice. That we were living under Fascism, that is plain as day to me. That we should be afraid. Very afraid.
“Where would we go?” my companion asked. “There’s no place to go.”
“I don’t know,” I said. “Australia. New Zealand. Canada. All I can tell you is I don’t want to meet the same fate as the German Jewish families who thought their citizenship would protect them from the Final Solution. Being American in THIS version of America is not going to protect us from anything.”
Just that morning a friend talked about a conversation he’d had with a Trump supporter in his family. They were discussing the vast number of unbelievably flagrant lies Trump continues to tell. This was the response he got from the supporter:
“Let him lie! My retirement account is higher than ever, the stock market’s doing well–let him lie!”
He was aghast at that response. So the two of us then discussed how Trump supporters are blind to anything but their own self-interest.
Gopnik’s point in the quote above is well-taken. Civilzation is terribly fragile and the human capacity for hatred is terrifying. We’re seeing that right now and we can’t be in denial any longer.
And no, I won’t apologize for the vivid photograph of bones in the crematoria in Auschwitz. That, or something like it, could be our fate if we don’t act now to stop this madman and his horrible henchmen.
Here’s the full piece in The New Yorker.