In the spirit of complete disclosure, let’s start by saying I never believed someone as amoral, narcissistic, criminal, and ignorant as Trump could win the election to the presidency.
That said, I’m constantly looking at history to compare with the chaos we are living in today. I realize that many people are convinced that Trump is the savior they have been waiting for. I also realize that I will NEVER understand their perception.
I have long been interested in World War II. In particular, I have been consumed with the stories of holocaust survivors. How they survived, what they survived, why they survived. As part of this curiosity, I naturally wondered why they chose the paths they chose. It’s only natural, when looking back, to wonder if they could have done something sooner to save themselves and their families from the disaster that was to come.
I’ve read many accounts of families and individuals who watched Hitler come to power in shock and surprise. Then watched as the rule of law was changed to create an atmosphere that allowed for the murder of 11 million people, 6 million simply because they were Jewish, with the acquiescence of the general population. What made them believe it couldn’t happen? What made them stay when hindsight screams, “Get out”? What would I have done in the same position?
What would I have done is coming too close to reality for me right now. A demagogue, who fashions himself as a god, has been “elected” as “our” leader. A person who believes himself and his agenda to be above the rule of law in our country. Many people support this person simply because they have bought into his agenda and believe life will be better for them, damn the rest of the world. If this doesn’t bring flashbacks to 1930s Germany, I don’t know why not.
So, here I sit wondering when it’s time to throw in the towel and find a country that better matches my belief system. When is it time to say I’ve lost the fight to save my beloved country? Am I guilty of ignoring the truth as it seemed the people in the 1930s did when watching Hitler take over?
What options do I have and what choices should I make to protect and preserve my life, my family, my democracy, and my country? Is there anything I can do to save the future of democracy in the United States of America? Is there any hope for the best of America to win over the greed, self-absorption, and loss of empathy that has invaded our country? What can and should I be doing now?
I cry over these questions but still can find no sure answers. Perhaps those with more knowledge and experience can guide us to the truth and best of our great country? I pray that is so and cry until I find the answers.