In spite of Godwin’s Law, I find an astonishing amount of parallels in recent days to that of 1930s Germany.
The people had come out of wartime in Germany with tremendous national debt and high unemployment, especially among young people. They were ravaged and hungry, much worse off than most of the US. We have areas of poverty and despair. Our national debt is in the tens of trillions. That is a number I cannot fathom. Personal debt is widespread as well.
The schools in the 30s Germany were in shambles. Our schools have not been properly educating for a long time. Long held, well-established teaching methods have given way to new complex difficult mathematics and sight word reading. For two decades we’ve been asking why Johny can’t read.
Our city streets, airports, trade ports and municipal buildings are in disrepair, as were seen in Germany. Of course, they had dealt with war in their country, we are merely dealing with mismanagement and squandering corrupt leadership. Just consider Flint, Michigan.
Social unrest is a real threat to peace and safety here. In Germany in the 30s, unrest was an understatement. We may see this in more insidious ways, but we have the same collective anger that they suffered with.
People are looking for a savior; someone to lead us out of discord and into tranquility. Of course, this impossible without a relationship with God, there is no peace. No one person can change the country. One could certainly make a huge difference. Instilling a sense of honor and purpose for individuals and commending them for their good works. Establishing and protecting human rights, not silly things like bathroom sharing, but the right to live, the right to free speech, the right of assembly and the right to own property without the Government taking it away is key.
In the 30s people were duped into thinking that disability was a curse and that only the fit should be allowed to live. The gypsies and vagrants and anyone with mental illness or physical deficits were gathered and killed. Their advertisements, articles, television, and movies were emphasizing the master race. They glamorized the beautiful and denigrated the useless eaters.
Today in the US, 90% of children with Down Syndrome are killed. Other imperfect children are hacked up and discarded, as well. Perfectly beautiful children are killed for the sake of convenience. Children that would be welcomed by couples that have been waiting for years. Over a million children are killed in the US each year. While football players and movie stars are practically worshiped. Nothing has changed. Or has it? How did we get here?
After WWII, we swore we’d never forget. Valuing all people was important. Even though some disabled children were put in sanatoriums, many were brought up in loving homes. Children were an extension of our own lives and not an impediment. The elderly were brought home to live with adult children and shared their years of experience with children and grandchildren. We valued and cared for each other.
It was a national pride to care for people. Then, the spiritist dogma came into prominence. They taught that you are your own God, that everything you do should be to benefit you, and that no other person should ever come between you and your idea of happiness. Around that time, the media started to differentiate between the dirty, gruesome abortionists and those who had clean facilities and seemed professional. It was still that they were making a living shedding innocent blood, but they seemed more acceptable.
That is when the real downward spiral happened for the US. When we accepted the murder of humans for no reason or for any reason at all. People multiplied the violence. Child abuse got worse and worse. Elder abuse did too. By the time our veterans came back from Vietnam, they were rejected en mass.
In our beginning, the Irish and African slaves were despised as property. They were dehumanized, but hadn’t we come through that? When I was a girl, we had a diverse neighborhood. My friends were from various ethnic backgrounds. In the 70s, it seemed like we had turned the corner and everyone would have equal footing and be valued as a person. Maybe it was my naivete’. I thought the US was great.
The last eight years have seen an accelerated reversal. We are back to hating people.
What can we do? Start a revolution in our own sphere of influence might not seem to be enough, but it is the only place to begin.