Never Forget.

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ICE and Border Patrol roundups, incarcerations, and deportations are happening at an increasingly alarming rate in recent weeks, and the abuses inflicted on those targeted are also getting worse.   While border security initially focused only on criminals from entering our borders, now that definition has expanded to include non-criminal immigrants who live respectable lives and have families.  Targeted individuals now include children and Dreamers, the elderly and the sick.  Kids, even babies and toddlers, are being cruelly separated from their parents, and husbands are being torn from their wives.  People who have lived and worked in this country for decades and contributed to society in countless ways are now being rounded up for deportation by border patrol agents, who appear to act without mercy or compassion, and often with force and violence.  The other day, I read with horror about a busload of people in Florida all being forced to produce ID proving their citizenship.  Those who couldn’t prove they were born here were arrested and detained.  That is un-American!

On this day, a day of remembrance for the millions of people who lived (and died) during the Holocaust,  it’s beyond sobering to realize that Hitler’s Third Reich began almost exactly the same way.   Jews and other targeted groups weren’t initially sent to concentration camps and gassed to death.    The first step toward extermination was identifying them as “not one of us,” dehumanizing them, and emboldening the “base” (Hitler’s adherents) to ostracize, shun, and attack them.

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The Holocaust began with profiling and targeting such as ICE is doing and Trump’s base is encouraged to do.   The German people were mostly able to normalize or dismiss it.  In less than 12 years, things escalated to what is shown in the two bottom pictures.

 

Trump is doing exactly the same thing Hitler did.  Muslims, Mexicans and other “non-white” immigrants are only the first groups to be targeted and rounded up — they are the new “Jews.”    Eventually, just as Hitler did, LGBTQ people, the disabled, the mentally ill, political dissenters, and anyone else who doesn’t fit the Trumpian ideal of straight, white, Republican, rich, and Christian will be targeted as well.  That means most of us, and it includes many in Trump’s own base.   If not stopped, this targeting will eventually involve a “final solution,” just as Hitler’s Germany did.   Concentration camps are not far off, unless this trend is stopped.

History tends to repeat itself when the oldest generation still alive no longer has a living memory of the atrocities of the past.   Most people who had reached adulthood by the time of WWII and the Holocaust are no longer with us.   I’m sure most surviving WWII veterans, who fought the Nazis, are horrified at what they see happening today.

May we never forget.

4 February 2017, West Point Cadets tour the Permanent Exhibition.

Further reading:

Remembering Sophie Scholl 

Remember the Holocaust — Or It Will Happen Here (Millennial Politics blog)

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Recovering from BPD and C-PTSD due to narcissistic abuse from childhood. Married to a sociopath for 20 years. Proud INFJ, Enneagram type 4w5. Animal lover, music lover, cat mom, unapologetic geek, fan of the absurd, progressive Catholic, mom to 2, mental illness stigma activist, anti-Trumper. #RESISTANCE
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8 Responses to Never Forget.

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    LuckyOtter reminds us of the emerging policies of the current administration regarding immigrants (legal and otherwise) on this day, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nowve666 says:

    Republicans=gross stench of vomit
    Everyone who voted for Trump has a lot to answer for.

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  3. koolaidmoms says:

    There should be people in the streets every time this happens in every city but you barely even hear about it. When they took the doctor from MI it took a day or two for the news to get to us and I live in MI! It is being done and unless it is someone of means no one is reporting it to the masses regularly or so it seems. Also, I think people just don’t hear it anymore because it is a wall of constant noise coming at us from all directions. We need to pin point what needs to be heard.

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    • luckyotter says:

      The MSM is part of the problem, even the liberal media. They focus on all the distracting, shiny objects and chaos Trump keeps bombarding us with, and ignore the real issues that are actually happening but aren’t considered “exciting” enough or are too scary (and therefore a lot more dangerous). Instead we get more than our fill of news talking about the paying off of a porn star, Trump’s latest shocking tweet, or someone else being fired. That doesn’t mean these things aren’t important and we shouldn’t know about them, but the stuff happening in darkness and that isn’t given priority (or isn’t reported at all in MSM) is the stuff we really need to be worried about. If people knew what was really going on, millions would be out in the streets every single day.

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