Response to Yad Vashem @yadvashem Twitter response to @AOC calling US boarder “concentration camps”

Wow. This hurts me to the core. I am the child of a German immigrant. She was born in what is now Poland in 1935. She wanted so to become part of the League of German Girls, the branch of the Hitler youth for girls, when she was a child, but was too young to join. You had to be 10 years old, and everyone did. She, like many, especially children, we’re enamored by her leader, by patriotism and nationalism. Even as her own family was torn apart, her siblings in different homes, her father taken prisoner by Polish soilders, she was proud to be German. It wasn’t until she was in her teens that she learned of the horrors that were carried out in the name of her country.

She moved here with her husband, my father, in the 60’s, eventually settling in a suburban neighborhood that had a dense Jewish population. As I was growing up a decade later, I didn’t advertise I was German, I was embarrassed and knew it was an open wound for many in my community. It was one of those things you didn’t speak about in polite conversation. Fortunately most in the community were one generation removed from the direct experience (my mother had me at a relatively late age, whereas most other parents were about ten years younger).

We grew up knowing it was not our fault. It was not my mother’s fault. It was not our grandparents fault. But somewhere, at some point, Germans allowed it to happen.

It wasn’t like on Monday everything was normal and on Friday 6 million Jewish people were dead.

No. History has shown us, it has never happened like that.

Hitler did not have a grand design of cheap war time labor. He had a grand design of targeted genocide. Brushing aside the brutality of history by claiming the concentration camps were created with the intention of cheap labor is spitting on each and every grave.

There may have been people that were sentenced to hard labor that were not Jewish, but the camps were not built for them, they were a handy alternative for dissidents, criminals and people that just pissed off Hitler and his SS boys.

What is happening in this country, at our southern boarder, no, it is not on par with 6 million Jewish people murdered by Hitler. It is on course to be worse. Why?

Because we can see. We can see each and every atrocity carried out. We can see every family ripped apart. We can see what OUR war on drugs has done to their homes in Central America and why they are fleeing for their lives. We can see children without their mother or father. We can see children in cages sleeping on floors. We can see courts with no inturpreturs or attorneys. We can see people’s rights being taken away because they were not born here, regardless of how long they have lived here. We can see.

We can hear. We can hear the vitriol coming from the mouth of trump. We can hear the hate speach chanted at his rallies. We can hear people in stores yelling at people to go back to their country. We can hear the KKK marching in our streets again. We can hear.

Having the Holocaust Center stating “the camps helped” is so beyond disturbing. This is the type of political dog and pony show that is reserved for the bullshit and pandering, not the sacred memory of millions.

There are few left that were actually alive to experience the horror of 1939-1945 in any aspect. So for that, we are now left with records, written history, photos, interviews, memories of stories told. It is up to us, right here, right now, as to whether or not we are willing to allow such a monstrosity of history, or even a shadow of a resemblance of it, be repeated. Do you want your children, your grandchildren to have to answer these questions in 50 years?

There’s a sucker with a 10¢ ring

Perspective is everything. Not sure about the top 10, but political position aside, it is idealistic to think we “control” what are representatives do at a national level as a general statement, and that is because of money and the distribution of it.We have allowed it to slowly favor the upper crust, with the middle of the road guy to pay for supporting the masses. From citizens United to a non competitive market for pharmaceuticals, the balance has tipped more and more to one side with a smaller and smaller collection.  

It is a strategic way for fiscal conservatives / republicans to maintain representation in states with liberal major cities (Texas, Arizona, etc). Reminding that small portion of Americans (getting smaller and smaller) that their hard earned money shouldn’t go to government programs, they’re not responsible for the mom with five kids on welfare, my family comes first.  

This is true, this group of Americans are shouldering an unfair percentage of the burden. Because those at the top, the 2 million making over 200k each, the 6 people that make 6 billion combined, are putting on a show. There’s a sucker born every minute, as the saying goes, and they’ve counted in that.  

The top doesn’t want to let a penny go and have made many assurances that they won’t, they tell their voters across the board, ‘you won’t be taxed’ from top to bottom. To do this the “show” is to cut all of these “welfare” programs, the programs they say that aren’t necessary, or why should I pay for them to have this – I worked so my kids could have it, it’s a luxury, if they want it they can pay for it themselves. This is great, voters think, I take care of mine, you take care of yours.  

What the ring master doesn’t tell them is, for all that OTHER pesky stuff, like military, bank bailouts, salaries, programs that appear to benefit them, what the fail to say is all of THAT, gets paid for by them. They are the ones still getting taxed. Not to say all others get off Scott free, everyone will pay more in taxes and penalties. It’s just that middle group, the ones that were sold the 10¢ ring, they get spanked.  

That upper crust never gets touched. The next group of earners, they put in some, but are still part of that elite group that has a low tax rate, takes advantage of tax shelters and off shore accounts. The middle class (100-200k) they are stuck in the crap tax bracket, the ones trying to start/maintain small businesses.  The rest, they just see a chunk of their paycheck is gone no matter how hard they work.  That money could have bought school supplies, paid for after school programs so mom and dad CAN work, it could have bought milk and diapers instead of having to choose.  You tell the “middle class” that they should decide how to spend their money, where to put profits towards of their small startup, and then the worst part.  You convince not only the voters but even you start to believe the lie, that this “middle class” is the average American family.  Once that is burned in your brain, you can sell the crap out of it to the majority of America, those under that 100k threshold with the bulk of those at or just above the poverty line.  Convince them they are the middle class, that the taxes they pay are going to the lazy, the illegals, the freeloaders.  What you don’t say is most of the taxes that don’t end up in military spending are actually going back to their communities, be it SNAP, housing assistance, the arts, health care.  The exact programs that are needed but you will take away because you convince them of lower taxes, those giant government programs are what is eating up that paycheck and “social” spending can be decided at the local level.  Taxes won’t be lowered, if anything more of that paycheck will be taxed.  Spending isn’t being cut, it’s just being reallocated and other than a smaller paycheck, the actual everyday American now won’t see ANY benefit in their daily lives.