I feel a bittersweet connection to my ancestors. A haunting story is described in a wonderful documentary about the Vilna Ghetto, entitled “Partisans of Vilna”. An injured woman sneaked into the Jewish ghetto in Vilna in 1941 and told the people there about mass shootings of Jews in the Ponar Forest. The Jews listened to her and did not know what to make of it, so they had her examined by a very respected doctor, one of the pillars of the community. After a long and thorough examination, he concluded that the woman was crazy and the story a figment of her imagination.
We are not at the Ponar Forest stage of the current crisis yet, but all the major ingredients are there. We have a depraved degenerate megalomaniac as a leader who surrounds himself with sycophants, bigots, thieves, obscurantists and homicidal lunatics. We have a Congress so obsessed with the opportunity to impose its draconian agenda, that they seem willing to look the other way while the delirious vision of the glorified slum lord overrides decades of progress by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Just like the infamous election of 83 years ago in Germany, the recent American election resulted in the existence of alternate realities where one group is deliriously happy and hopeful, another is living in fear and the rest squirming to adjust to the changing landscape and convince themselves that everything is fine. This forebodes the struggle within our country the likes of which we have not seen since the Civil War.
We are still waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop. The revolt of the masses on the Right that cocked a snook at the Republican establishment and brought a certified creep to the White House will be followed by an analogous movement on the Left, led by Bernie Sanders and even more extreme members of his religion. Both Trumpistan and Bernistan inhabitants believe that blue collar jobs left this country because the elites sold them out. Both groups are on a collision course with reality and will eventually need to unite to perpetuate their delusions. The resulting two-headed monster will be even scarier and more insidious than the one we will face on January 21.
I implore every decent person out there to work hard against the overwhelming tendency to normalize the incoming wave of ignorance and totalitarianism. When we are old and grey, if we live that long, we need to be able to tell our children and our grandchildren that when fascism came, we did not lie to ourselves and did not hide under our beds. Everything we hold dear is at stake.