I wrote this in the beginning of January. WOW !!!! If you didn't think it could happen then, you should read it again.
During the holocaust, why did the Jews board the trains? The crowds were large. They could have easily overpowered the small number of Nazi guards. They clearly had the numbers. The Jews had to know they were in danger. Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, had already happened. 267 Synagogues had been destroyed, schools were burned, and businesses vandalized. Jews were beaten on the streets, 30,000 Jewish Men were taken to concentration camps, and 30 Jews were killed in Austria and Germany. It was a night of terror. Of course, they did not want to board the trains and leave their homes. They were assured they were just being moved to work camps for their safety. Everything would be ok. They would be provided for. So how did Hitler kill eleven million people? He lied to them.
This is not unique to socialist regimes. The book, Gulag Archipelago, explained the same phenomena in the Soviet Union. A few KGB would come in the middle of the night and over time took 25% of the population away from Leningrad to gulags or executions. The buildings were full of people, but no one tried to stop them.
The Normalcy Bias explains the mindset of victims of large scale tragedies. When there is a disaster in the making it causes many people to downplay the likelihood that there is truly a possibility of it occurring or the effects it would cause. People fall back on a belief that it can't happen here. They cling to the reality of the world they have always known. It is not in their ability to accept things are changing in a way that could be catastrophic.
On the night of Kristallnacht, the US Ambassador to Germany was with his family having dinner with the SS. His daughter was very popular with the Nazi High Ranking Officers. There were many dances and dinners. Even though the stories of the atrocities were known, it was denied in the mindset of the Ambassador as he wrote to the State Department to keep them informed. He could not fully grasp the extent of the evil taking place. It can't really be this bad. Something else must be taking place. The Night of the Long Knives had already happened four years before. The Brown Shirts were the anarchists who helped Hitler gain power. In one night they were slaughtered by the Hitler regime. Why wouldn't the Ambassador see the terror? The Normalcy Bias.
There were many German citizens who saw the truth and tried to speak out. They had private meetings with other like minded people trying to decide how to stop this regime. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the first. He tried to get the support of the churches. The churches refused, but for a couple. Then the churches became the next target. The Nazis removed the crosses and pictures of Christ. Now the Nazis were moving into the lives of every German. Bonhoeffer reached out to foreign governments for help, but was only offered sanctuary for himself. He returned to Germany. He worked with a small group of people to try to assassinate the Fuhrer. In the end, he lost his life for a failed attempt.
How does a Country go this dark? We are seeing Antisemitism around the world rearing its ugly head again. There is no civilized Country that is not falling into this evil path. Too many Americans believe “It can never happen here.” That is what all Countries think before they fall. No one willing votes in Socialism thinking this is going to be awful for us. They believe the lies.
There are lies coming from the media. They blame the Jews for being attacked. They can not bring themselves to say the word Terrorist. They mourn the death of a brutal killer. Benghazi happened over a video on you tube, which proved to be a lie. The video lie came from White House Officials. So the media and the government are lying.
Antisemitism is being taught in our schools and universities. They are using the education system to teach hate and lies. Some educators say the Holocaust never happened. These universities are being funded by tax dollars. Trump recently signed an executive order to cut funding to universities that spew Antisemitism. But thus far no action has been taken.
Honestly ask yourself, do you believe it could never happen here? Because it has already begun. Jews are being murdered in synagogues, their homes, and on the streets of America. When the media is controlled by people who lie to us, when the government has known antisemitic politicians and nothing is being done to stop them, we see the rise of chaos. Antisemitism is being embolden by the Politicians, Media and Universities through hate speech and denying the truth. It is time for Americans to wake up and see that it can happen here.