While I’m sure someone more knowledgeable of history will eventually write a long screed or book about this, I wanted to express this feeling while it’s raw.
Damn you, Lord Dampnut, and all your fascist friends for forcing us to face the demons of our collective past again. We thought that we’d overcome them by defeating the Nazis in battle. We’d convinced ourselves that establishing the Zionist dream of a State of Israel in the midst of Palestine made up for our guilt in not allowing the Jewish refugees into our country. Then we came home and patted ourselves on the back and, for one time in our nation’s history (never before and never since) actually honored the promises made to our veterans.
It took another 3 generations and the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and Human Rights campaigns, but we finally seemed to mostly be putting the demons behind us. Sure, there was still much work to do, including reining in the blatant excesses of police and government contractors, and many seemed baffled and angry at those who still demanded rightly that we get to it.
But you, you and your campaign of hatred and scapegoating and lies upon half-truths upon utter BS upon greed and petty arrogance — you awakened the dirty-beergut-scratching rednecks who’ve always thought Nazis were cool and the new breed of neo-Nazis who hide behind suits and labels such as alt-right. You’ve given them a reason to feel proud of their evil, sick, disgusting beliefs and to put them into action.
So, now we have swastikas being sprayed onto synagogues while your actions and those of the people around you seem to be following the same script Hitler used.
All of which means we have to face those demons again. It’s not just that you and your people are neo-Nazis. It’s that you’ve just proven that Hitler and Mussolini were not flukes. There actually is something endemic to capitalism that creates fascists and puts them in power. And we’re all going to have to study the abominations and vile-beyond-imagining evil of Hitler’s Nazis and other fascists to figure out what to do about it.
So, damn you to the hell your policies will impose upon anyone who can’t afford to buy their own Congressman, Lord Dampnut.
(The original version of this was posted on Facebook in March 2017. It has been slightly edited here. )