Letter: Speak out against Trump-era fascism

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To the editor:

Anxiety by patriotic Republican Senators Corker, Flake and McCain, as well as President Bush about President Trump and the direction the GOP is taking, are being ignored by Republicans in Congress. Despite private concerns, Republicans politicians have about Trump, they avoid public criticism and embrace his thinly veiled racism, protectionism, attempts to crush a free press ("fake news") or other opposing views. They ignore his embracing alternate reality and blatant lying, and his criticisms of longstanding allies from democratic countries while admiring American enemies with totalitarian regimes.

Presumably, elected Republicans assume that they must follow Trump to win elections. Such expediency sounds eerily familiar and troubling to someone like me who was born in Germany during the rise of fascism. Both the German public and opposing politicians assumed that Hitler was a crackpot who would soon disappear, until it was too late.

When Trump was criticized on NBC, his response was to threaten cancelling their license, a classical fascist tactic. It is not too late now to sound the alarm and oppose Trump's radical neo-fascist views. Crushing defeats for Trump and his supporters in future elections are needed to show that his message of "from the needy to the greedy" and his neo-fascist views are unacceptable in this democratic, diverse, generous and wonderful country.

The survival of our democracy demands that we invest time and resources to assure GOP defeats in upcoming elections. Failure to do so imperils the survival of our democracy. Pastor Martin Niem ller, the German theologian and Lutheran pastor, sounded this immortal warning about the failure of Germans to oppose Hitler's rise to power:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me."

Let us heed Pastor Niem ller's warning in the age of Trump, before it is too late.

Sigmund Tobias,

Pittsfield



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