By Dr David Laing Dawson
There must have been a moment, a day, sometime between 1927 and 1939 when it became too late to alter the course of world affairs as one Adolf Hitler rose to power and brought about the destruction of Europe.
The Austrian National Socialist party won only 779 votes in all of Austria in the general election of 1927. But their membership doubled each year after that and by the early 30’s one of their slogans was, “500,000 unemployed – 400,000 Jews – Simple way out; vote National Socialist”.
Historians can trace the seeds of WWII to WWI, but still there must have been a day when it was too late to stop WWII and the holocaust. Perhaps that day was the last opportunity to not vote for the National Socialists. Should not the slogan in the preceding paragraph been enough of a warning? Is not the code in “Simple way out” obvious? Or the juxtaposition of 500,000 unemployed to 400,000 Jews?
I am writing this because I fear this Tuesday, the 6th of November, 2018, is the last day Americans can go to the polls and change the course of history.
I listened to some Trump supporters last night and I find they are just as deaf to the implications of the words of Donald Trump as the citizens of Europe were to that slogan:
“500,000 unemployed – 400,000 Jews – Simple way out; vote National Socialist”.
“I tell the truth when I can,” says Trump, without a flicker of irony. “Consider rocks as rifles if migrants throw them”. “…very bad thugs and gang members and middle ‘easterns’..”, “rapists and murderers..”, “Ìnvaders”.
Trump uses simpler code than the Nazi’s of the early 30’s. It should be easy to decipher, and then to grasp the full implications, and then to recoil from them.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 may be that last day, my American friends, when you can stop this malignant rush to tribal warfare and the destruction of democracy.