Guest Paul Posted November 22, 2008 Report Share Posted November 22, 2008 A recent post from the person who calls himself “Patriot” prompts me to open this topic. It is reproduced below in its entirety. I repeat that I did not say what he accuses me of saying. So reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a "harmful practice". You are such a dispicable person. You dishonor our many brave military who have given their lives and limbs to allow dirt bags like yourself to be able to stand and pledge your love and support for everything this country stands for. But you consider that simple act a harmful practice. While others give their lives, you mock them, you disgusting piece of s--t. This is how dictatorships begin. The United States is not at that point, but we were headed in that direction throughout Bush’s presidency. In Hitler’s Germany, here is how it went. First the Nazi party became respectable. Then it became dominant. Before long, people thought “there must be something wrong with you” if you weren’t a Nazi. You must not be a good German. You must not be a patriot. We can’t trust you. We won’t listen to you. You are "the other" and that is how we will treat you. Dictators always rely on unthinking thugs to rise to power and stay in power. I hate to say it, but this so-called "Patriot" would have fit right in. The people who supported Hitler were regular people, just like our own “beloved Patriot.” He doesn't mean to act like a Nazi; he just can’t seem to help himself. Obviously, he doesn’t know any other way to think. The Nazis had their symbols and their slogans. Virtually all dictatorial regimes do. At first, brownshirts were acceptable. Then they became commonplace. Then they became practically mandatory. If you didn’t belong to and fully support the Nazi party, at first you were called names. Then you were shunned. Eventually you were imprisoned or sent to a concentration camp. If you didn’t salute Hitler and the Nazi flag, you were “looked at,” the same way people look at us when we don’t stand for the pledge. Then people wouldn’t do business with you. Eventually, not saluting Hitler became a crime. You went away and were never seen or heard from again. The path toward dictatorship begins with small steps, like saluting a flag. Piece by piece, freedom is dismantled. That is why it is critical to catch the undoing of freedom early. That is why Matthew sat out the pledge, and why I support him. Our “beloved Patriot” will think I am comparing our country to Nazi Germany. I am, but only in this: every nation is capable of going down that road. We will go down it unless we guard against it. I am writing this to every resident of Kearny. It is a personal note to each of you. I can’t explain the parallel to the way the Pledge of Allegiance is being treated in our schools all over America, any more clearly than I just did. I repeat, we are nowhere near that point, but we are headed for some tough economic times, and our politics could turn on us in a very short time. I choose to speak up now because I don’t want us ever to come close to the point the German people reached in the 1930s. Oppressive and dictatorial governments use symbols like the flag or a national song or pledge to identify dissidents, the people who think for themselves, whose fierce independence preserves a nation’s liberty. They are sought out because they endanger dictatorial rule. The other thing that happens in a free country, which turns it into a dictatorship, is that good people do not act in defense of liberty. I know there are people in Kearny who get this, yet virtually no one has come out publicly in defense of freedom. I keep wondering when someone in this town is going to do that. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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