American Kristallnacht?

On the night of November 9, 1938, the Nazi’s paramilitary arm, the Sturmabteilung (SA) stormed cities throughout Germany, demolishing Jewish homes, hospitals and schools, and arresting 30,000 men for no crime other than being Jewish.  The event, lasting two days, was to become known to the world as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night, for the broken glass that was left behind on the streets.

Will Sunday be the equivalent of Kristallnacht for the U.S.?  On Sunday, Trump plans to have his version of the SA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, round up thousands of immigrants in at least ten cities across the U.S. and take them to detention centers to await deportation.  We are told that these ‘round ups’ might include ‘collateral’ arrests, in other words those who are here legally, perhaps even citizens, but just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday.

What could possibly go wrong, eh?

Per a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, Trump’s purpose is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border.  Phrases like “a show of force” disturb me.  Trump and his minions have already proven they have no sense of humanity, and they see any who don’t look like what they see in the mirror, as “the enemy”.  They never heard Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder when they sang …

We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in ev’ryone
We learn to live, when we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive, together alive

Already we have thousands of children, snatched from the arms of their parents and housed in ‘detention’ camps, which have aptly been compared with concentration camps, housed without beds, without basic hygiene necessities, and given inadequate care.  Reportedly, there has also been sexual abuse of some of the children. Now the same ‘man’ who put them there, is planning to implement thousands of arrests and send the detainees, families and children, to similar camps.

Tell me again how this is “America, the land of the free”, the nation that welcomes all with open arms?  Are people in this country really so damn scared of immigrants that they have sold their conscience, that they are willing to turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed every day by our government?

There is a likelihood … nay, a certainty that some children born in this country, and therefore citizens, will be separated from their parents during these raids. Already, plans have been made for ICE officers to oversee those children until such time as some other family member can get them.  Meanwhile, more children, separated from their parents, crying themselves to sleep at night.  And added to the growing number of children suffering abuse at the hands of a government whose leaders simply do not care.

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony 

Let’s be honest for a minute.  This is not who we are.  This is not the nation the Founders envisioned in 1787.  This is not who we want to be.  And then ask yourself this question:  What’s next?  Or perhaps more apt:  Who’s next?

34 thoughts on “American Kristallnacht?

  1. Jill, there is a reason Bob Woodward used the word “Fear” to define the Trump White House. He got that word from a Trump interview. It is a reason he keeps his party leaders in line, even though, many privately condemn his actions and modus operandi. They fear his verbal assaults and releasing his base. He is using it to control immigration, but in this case it is back-firing as he is not addressing the real problems. So, he will do more of it.

    We need our leaders to be our better angels and help us come closer to our ideals. If they do not, then we need to condemn their actions or find better leaders. That document says “we the people.” It is supposed to be inclusive, not exclusive. We must recognize we have done terrible things in our country to Blacks, Native Americans and other groups.

    We can still be a country of laws and ideals without being brutish. If we want to solve our immigration problem, then dust off the Gang of Eight bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in 2013, but was never taken up in the House due to Boehner not wanting to offend his Freedom Caucus. We can have a secure border without treating kids and adults like chattel.

    We are supposed to be better than this. And, we need to get back on a better path.

    Keith

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    • When the head (like you, I refuse to call him a leader) … when the head of a nation uses fear to control his people, is not that called a dictatorship? His methods are unacceptable in a democratic republic, and more so with each passing week. This big round up planned for Sunday … even though there have been times throughout the last 20 years or so that ICE has done major deportations, it has never been built up, hyped, as this one has. I find it frightening.

      You are right … we are supposed to be better than this, and we are headed down a dark path. What’s worse is that some 40% of the people in this country like the path. Sigh.

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  2. And now all 3 of them are there … and I am looking like a complete idiot … ha!!!! Anyway … good that is is working now … and sorry for the complaining …maybe it was just very very slooooow. 😉

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  3. I’m fairly sure Trump’s plan is unconstitutional, certainly immoral and unjust. Sad part is the silence on behalf of Speaker Pelosi and gang b/c she can bargain this event for some future backroom deal with Trump. Political animals are only in it for themselves, not the little ppl they pretend to represent.
    Perhaps Americans should start hiding “illegals” in attics and garages like the old days. Sheesh!

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  4. My neighbor, a staunch trump supporter, argued that “we need to take care of our own first, to hell with those who don’t belong here.” Therein is a nugget of truth. How should we expect this nation’s government to “care” about non-citizens when it does not give a rat’s ass about poverty, racism, inequality within its own borders? God bless the USA and may SHE bring us to our knees for the inhumanity we tolerate and support as a people.

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    • The thing is these immigrants are the original indigenous people of the Americas and us, being mostly of European descent, are the true immigrants. Yet we hold the keys to the cages.

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    • The problem with that argument is that it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Yes, resources are limited, but this nation has ample resources to take care of “our own” and those who are seeking asylum. The reality is the wealthy 1% who own 98% of the resources don’t wish to share. That, of course, is an oversimplification, but it is what’s at the core of the immigration argument, as well as the health care argument, the social programs argument, the education argument, and much more.

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  5. He’s pandering to his minders and his loyal foot soldiers. This is beyond desperate now. But far from me to lecture as my country is as badly divided with such ugly politics in those in power. The frustration is that here the forces of evil are in the minority but they are organised and united while the rest are divided, disinterested or clueless.

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  6. Have you ever been to a Nazi gas-chamber of a concentration Camp in Poland or elsewhere? In such case you would stop immediately making these stupid and unsuitable comparisons. Look in your own history if you want to change something like making finally peace with your First nations as in Canada. White racism does exist in the USA from its early beginnings in the 17th century, and without a detailed confrontation with this history nothing will become better in your country!

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    • While you make a somewhat valid point, I see it as a potential.
      Yes, there is much racism in the US and has been from the get go and no, it is not being addressed because there are so many racists and bigots living here.

      But over the ages racism, fueled by religion, has affected every country. Each group hates a few other groups, but it usually stays in the bounds of unfair laws, skewed voting rights, lost job opportunities and overt hate groups and propaganda.

      But once in a rare while it steps over into the realm of extremism, atrocities and massive killings like those committed in Germany during WWII, which we are most familiar with.

      And Jill’s post is the fear that we could be slipping towards one of those rare cases. It may not be, we all hope, but the likelihood becomes more so each passing day with this trump administration and his cult following. They are a very insidious and dangerous group…make no mistake about that.

      Many of the German citizens and elsewhere turned a blind eye and we should try to not let that happen again, so bringing out the obvious potential of that is imperative.

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    • Mary has responded to your comment as well as … nay, better than … I could. I would only add that I did not refer to the death camps or the gas chambers, but only compared the detention camps to concentration camps, such as those in the early days of Nazi rule. And, my reference to Kristallnacht was a comparison only with the rounding up of people based only on a single criteria … in 1938 Germany it was Judaism, in 2019 U.S., it is Latino or Muslim. There are parallels, and I do not believe my comparison was “stupid”, but rather a vision of what I believe we are heading into. I apologize if I offended you, but I call them as I see them, and this is how I see what is happening in the U.S. today. By the way, I had grandparents who survived the death camps, and an uncle who didn’t, so no, I don’t make the comparison lightly.

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  7. I pity anyone who wasn’t born in the US but happens to be living there right now. 😔 Life is going to get a whole lot worse for them. I imagine all social support for non-Americans and non-US-Citizens, is going to be pulled next. Then jobs will be only offered to anyone native, or US citizen. It won’t just be the people from South of the border… 😔

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    • To a large extent, what you say is quite likely. There will always be jobs for immigrants, for there are many jobs, especially agricultural and low-end factory jobs, that nobody in this nation wants. But the rest … you’re right … if he can find a way, and I see it coming in the current budget process, to cut off social support for immigrants, he will do it in a heart beat.

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  8. We all know who is next, any who are in oppostion to his “lord and majesty.” But it is once they are gone, his opponents, that he will turn his eye towards his followers, because by then he will be addicted to sending people away. He will pick on his poor followers, then his middle class followers in their turn. America will have to bring in new immigrants to man the jails and camps storing his victims… And so the cycle will repeat.

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      • I wish you good luck, the world is changing in a disquieting way. The sooner we can turn that around, the better for all, including the “ilk worms,” lol. They just won’t see it for awhile.

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