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“That being said I do not give in to the feelings of foreboding or intend give up without a fight. I want my country to live up to its ideals, I am concerned about the real world, our alliances, our environment, and the real threat to freedom. I believe in a particular universal ideal enunciated in the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence that All men are created equal, and as such that I must continually stand for what is right, what is true, and what is enduring.” – Bravo, Steve!

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Hannah Arendt wrote:“When evil is allowed to compete with good, evil has an emotional populist appeal that wins out unless good men and women stand as a vanguard against abuse.”

She was right. We are seeing a populist appeal that is embracing eviland it is happening before our very eyes.

I cannot shake the deep sense of foreboding I have regarding the country and the world after President Trump’s repeated attacks on NATO, his shredding of the Paris Climate accord, and the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula are enough to concern any right thinking person. Likewise,the swirl of allegations concerning what appears to be treasonous activities by his closest advisers and his apparent attemptsto have them covered up by the FBI and various intelligence agencies. There is something very wrong going on and it almost feels that I can see the disaster…

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8 thoughts on “Despite the Foreboding Feelings I Have, I Will Fight “We have to show the world that not all of us are like him. Otherwise, this will always be Hitler’s Germany.”

  1. If you want to change something just look in your own history for analysis and reflection. But these continued comparisons with Nazi-Germany still follow the winners logic of WW II, imply no change in thinking and are therefore not helpful or appropriate.

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    • First of all, you should direct your comment to the author of this editorial (Padre Steve).

      Secondly, while I understand German sensitivity about Nazism, it seems self-serving given the current situation. Furthermore, the fact that nearly 55 million civilians died in over 60 countries as a direct or indirect result of World War II in addition to roughly 25 million military deaths (including over 400,000 Americans), makes the legacy of Nazism a grave concern for all people in the world not just Germans.

      I wholeheartedly support what Steve wrote because we all must fight diligently to make sure such a catastrophe never happens again regardless of where it might originate.

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  2. We have to keep fighting, but, damn, these times are draining and deeply depressing. The parallels to Germany in the 30’s are frightening and, sadly, quite accurate. Rougher times ahead are on the way.

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  3. Thanks for sharing Padre Pete’s post. We live in troubling times. So much is at stake for America and peoples worldwide. As Inspired has noted, “these times are draining and deeply depressing.”

    Last night, I watched “After Maria,” the new documentary short on Netflix about the continued struggle of Puerto Ricans after devastation of their homeland by Hurricane Maria. As we move on after each extreme weather disaster, we forget those whose lives have been impacted and may never recover. Are farmers in tornado alley are now under attack. Image the cumulative impact of these disasters across America and the world over time!

    If we are to continue steadfastly in this struggle, we must not neglect our need for self-care. I’m managing my stress with early morning meditation and gardening on the week-ends.

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    • Well put. Self-care and managing stress are extremely important. If we are not healthy, then our abilities are diminished.

      For me, physical exercise works well. It somehow relieves the buildup of anxiety. Regular diversions also help as does focusing on keeping a proper perspective on things.

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  4. In my humble opinion, there must be accountability for the transgressions of Trump. After World War I there was very little if any accountability for this that began the entire calamity. Yes, some of the great houses of Europe fell; Austro-Hungary, Romanov, Germany and the Kaiser. But, beyond that there was almost none. As a result, there was plenty of the same characters remaining to stir the whole pot up again leading to WWII. We must not make that mistake. Trump and his minions; Barr, Mnuchin, et al, must ALL face the music for their transgressions without fail. If we truly live in a land of laws, then all must be held accountable.

    Just like there should have been accountability applied to Bush and Cheney for lying us into a war where Americans, Iraqis – military & civilians – are still being killed everyday. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, et al, all skated scott free. This undermines Americans belief in the law and the concept of one being held to account for their actions.

    I hope we do not make the same mistake again.

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