I am literally sick to my stomach. Does not anyone remember the Voyage of the Damned?
This should not be a time of polite protests. It should be (torch bearing?) masses of indignant people even/especially in charming little burgs, as much as megalopolises, in front of offices of Senators and Congress-People. Sit-ins. Boycotts of companies who do business with Trumpists, shut-downs of the military-industrial complex that provides deportation mechanisms (standing four-deep) in front of airplanes, trains, and buses. Picket army bases. Get clubbed and arrested and shlepped to jail en masse, if it’s necessary.
No, it’s not a “Jewish” thing. Now is the time to save our Latino sisters and brothers. It’s not premature. Remember brutal history. It was not merely Nazis, but good, law-abiding German citizens, who stood impassively as synagogues and Jewish stores were torched and Jews were beaten in the streets, and hauled away “for a taste” of the new concentration camps, My ex’s father spent six months in Buchenwald, and he would have told you what a yummy “taste” it was.
Now is time to start undoing the horrors of a Holocaust that started with slurring, torch-bearing bigots surrounding synagogues, provoking mayhem, and forcibly deporting minorities to foreign countries. Only then came relocation to the concentration camps, simply to “detain” undesirables. Decent people just stood by. Some even cheered.
Who among us is bold and gutsy enough to rise up and prevent an atrocity from happening? Unity, boys and girls, Unity! Then, shout it out loud! Let’s start planning now.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke, c.1750)
“Wiludi” (AKA Marc H. Wilson) is a retired rabbi who writes from Greenville, SC. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.