Before I go any further, I must apologize to my readers, especially those who bought my books. In them, more than once, I declared that the greatest threat to this nation is not radical Islam from without, but Christianity from within. I may have been wrong and I’m sorry.
Perhaps I can be forgiven, because I was foolish enough to be lulled into accepting that what happened in Europe in the 1920s and through the 1930s could never happen here; that we learn from history; that we would never repeat its most heinous events; that we are better than that. Well, it can, we didn’t, we may, and we aren’t.
Once this nation looked toward a bright future. Once our politicians, on both sides of the aisle, had high ideals and great hopes for our future. We didn’t always accomplish those goals, those promises, but the promises were invariably predicated on hope, on growth, on advancement. Usually only the method toward achievement divided us. Not so anymore.
As I hear the rhetoric of the GOP front runner, slathered with hate speech, with fear mongering, with innuendo, with encouragement to violence against those who may protest that speech a knot forms in my gut. When I hear him espouse truncating the 1st amendment to be more to his liking and benefit I cringe. When I see the racism, scapegoating and demonizing of minorities as people coming to take American jobs while they perpetrate "rape and murder" throughout the land; or the lumping together every member of a given religion as “they all hate us! I don’t know why...” , I know I’ve heard this somewhere before.
As I hear that would be leader, that con man, that hater and purveyor of hate- babble his circular and self aggrandizing say nothing babble, and as he directs his fanatical and mesmerized followers to pledge their allegiance to this cult of personality … a feeling of familiar dread comes over me.
Some will say I’m exaggerating, that I’m being melodramatic, that I’m distorting this into more than it is. They’re wrong. I’m seeing this for exactly what it is: Fascism. To ignore it, to down play it, to say “it can never happen here” is to be in denial. Worse, that denial makes us complicit in what could well be our future. It’s not too horrible to contemplate… it is our duty to contemplate it now, before it’s too late.