Book Burning

On May 10, 1933, in dozens of cities and towns across Germany, for “decency and morality in family and state” in Joseph Goebbels’ words, Nazis burned tens of thousands of books that they declared to be “un-German”.

Goebbels words resonate in America today — with “unity” replacing “un-American”.

For decency and morality, these are some of the books now being removed: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the works of William Shakespeare, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

For decency and morality, these are some of the people whose statutes and paintings and names now are being removed: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.

On November 7, 2020, Senator Chuck Schumer shouted during a senatorial campaign for a fellow Democrat in Georgia: “Now we take Georgia, then we can take the world.  Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”  It would be naive to think that Schumer did not mean exactly what he said.

Joseph Goebbels understood the power of the press: “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”  It would be naive to think that government does not understand exactly what Goebbels meant.

When those in power frivolously declare others to be Nazis, White Supremacists, racists, and un-American, the others become less than human.  They become justifiable targets, standing in the way of decency and morality.

Kristallnacht is de rigueur across America.  America’s Capitol makes Tiananmen Square look like a playground.  “Newspeak” is government’s official language.

Hold your Constitution and Bible dear.  Those in power have announced their intent to shred them too.  It would be naive to think that they don’t mean exactly what they say.

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