It is Happening Again, Not in Nazi Germany: The Campaign Against “Life Unworthy of Life”

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I am reflecting about the present in light of the past, and how policy wise, the Social Darwinist policies of the Trump Administration, and the words of his cult propagandists about the value of human life during the Coronavirus 19 Pandemic since it first began. Throughout the pandemic President Trump and his ruthless enablers have done all tat they can to ensure that the pandemic has killed and infected more people in the United States than any nation in the world, and for a nation that represents barely 4% of the world population with one of the most advanced medical systems in the world that is saying a lot. The only answer for such a disaster is that Trump and his Cult want this to happen. Why else would he first deny the infection, then minimize it, then issue a series of contradictory guidance, leave the states to determine their own way through, and then sign a one time bill that provided some relief, but has not been followed up on. The answer to Republicans is that the people helped by it really are not worthy, while the hundreds of billions sucked up by Wall Street and major corporations is worth it. The program is so much like the Nazi economic plan that it defies the imagination.

Then there is the President’s continued resistance to testing, tracing, passive preventive measures such as cloth face masks, social distancing, and closing down the places where the infection spreads most effectively, bars, churches, discos, and sadly Schools too. He has sacked or marginalized many of the best immunologists, virologists, and public health officials in the country and has in the past few weeks appointed political hacks to key positions in his Coronavirus Task Force, who now argue for the Discredited and inhuman concept of Herd Immunity, which if it was employed in the United States would result in at least TWO MILLION MORE DEATHS, and countless more infections. That any President or Administration would even consider such measures places them in the realm of a criminal regime bent on the mass murder or American citizens without even having to fire a bullet or resort to poison gas. All they have to do is let the virus run rampant, which seems to be their plan. As of yesterday the United States reported 187,736 deaths, and 6,211, 796 total cases, 24% of the world’s infections and 22% of the world’s deaths. The American totals are no doubt serious undercounts due to the Trump Administration’s orders to minimize testing and reporting of Coronavirus 19 infections and deaths to minimize the political fallout of the catastrophe that Trump and his Cult Followers not only seek to minimize but pretend that it didn’t happen at all. Instead of reporting the truth the report the false narrative that Trump has saved the country, and the Coronavirus Pandemic was defeated by him even as it rages.

But regardless, the actions of Trump and his followers direct me to the Eugenics movement of the 1920s and 1930s in the United States, Weimar Germany, and other European nations, as well as Japan. But the eugenics movement was nowhere more malevolent, evident and active than it was in Hitler’s Germany. Likewise it is hard to believe that members of the administration as well as its supporters seem to believe, if you take them at their word that the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and poor, especially those who are not white or Christian are a burden on the State, and are as the Eugenicists of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as Hitler’s Nazi Party believed, were ”Life unworthy of life .” 


It seems hard to believe for anyone born after the mid 1960s, that government through its laws, decrees, and policies could deem certain people to be “life unworthy of life.” The most malevolent of such governments was the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler, but individuals and institutions in the United States promoted the same ideology in the 1920s and 1930s but, in spite of actions like the the Tuskegee Experiments, could not carry it to its logical conclusion because most Americans of the time couldn’t go along with it. But the moral, social, religious and ideological barriers to its implementation then no longer exist today.

In Nazi Germany life that was unworthy of life included the physically and mentally handicapped or disabled, those with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Polio, and people with other neurological conditions. Likewise the mentally ill, those suffering clinical depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses were considered to be life unworthy of life. Even the deaf were included, as well as veterans suffering from what we would now call PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury. Also included were people labeled as “asocial” a very loose definition that could include almost any metal disorder or criminal act, including being a homosexual. Sadly, the President himself has made statements that show that he has no regard for the lives of such people, his policies, especially his executive orders, and the men and women he nominates to the Federal Judiciary have similar views to him.

I have been to Hadamar, I have walked it’s grounds, toured its wards, and stood in its gas chambers and crematoria. Tens of thousands people deemed “Life unworthy of Life” were liquidated at the T-4 Euthanasia centers, most located in former hospitals, psychiatric institutions, or sanitariums.

Once the Nazis decided to eliminate them the same day as they invaded Poland in 1939, most of these people gassed with carbon monoxide gas from the exhaust of trucks or Diesel engines, and their remains were cremated. Others, especially children were either starved to death or given a lethal injection while they slept. In every case the next of kin of each victim was sent a standard form letter telling them that their relative had died of influenza, typhus, or some other disease while being given the best of care. The next of kin were then given the option of paying for an urn that may or may not have contained the ashes of their loved ones for inurnment near their home town. If they could not afford an urn the ashes were disposed of in the cemetery nearest to where they were killed. At Hadamar, it was on the grounds of the institution.

Despite the Nazis attempts to disguise their crime they could not be hidden, and after over 70,000 Germans were Euthanized the official T-4 Euthanasia program was ended in Germany.  The gas chambers, cremation ovens and facilities were disassembled by SS experts, and sent east to Poland, where they and their experienced technicians became key components of the Holocaust of the Jews at Soribor, Belzec, Treblinka, and Auschwitz. 

But the Euthanasia program, despite Nazi lies to senior clerics and officials of neutral countries didn’t stop, it simply moved eastward as the SS Einsatzgruppen killed the patients at every mental hospital, sanitarium, old folks home, or orphanage they came across. Inside Germany at the four T4 centers over 80,000 were gassed. At Hartheim in Austria a Party was held on the gassing of the 10,000th victim. Richard Evans wrote:

“At Hartheim the staff held a party to celebrate their ten-thousandth cremation, assembling in the crematorium around the naked body of a recently gassed victim, which was laid out on a stretcher and covered with flowers. One staff member dressed as a clergyman and performed a short ceremony, then beer was distributed to all present. Eventually no fewer than 20,000 were gassed at Hartheim, the same at Sonnenstein, 20,000 at Brandenburg and Bernburg, and another 20,000 at Grafeneck and Hadamar, making a total of 80,000 altogether.”

The tolls in Poland, the Baltic States, and the Soviet Union were much higher, but were conducted outside the auspices of the T4 program which “officially” ended in 1941, but continued in a more clandestine manner throughout the war.

Now in Trump’s United States of 2020 the laws guaranteeing health care to people are being challenged, the Secretary of Education has removed funding from the Department’s funding request for the Special Olympics, programs for the physically and mentally disabled under the SSI are being cut to the bone, and even care for disabled veterans is being threatened as not being economical because none of them are economically valuable to an administration for which profit is the bottom line of the insurance industry. Likewise, most supposedly pro-life Christians have no problems in cutting such programs because many have bought into the materialistic, Prosperity Gospel, whose fawning preachers have anointed President Trump if he were King Cyrus.

To Trump’s Cult of Evangelicals no criticism of the President can be tolerated, no matter how factual it may be, even if it involves the lives of the least, and most most vulnerable members of our society. Thus, for these supposedly “pro-life Christians” the  sick, the weak, the infirm, or mentally ill, who are not productive have no place in society. Inside the womb they are a remarkably powerful political issue; but once outside the womb they might as well be dead if you listen to Trump’s clique of Reichsbishofs, according to who cannot produce for the economy should not eat, get medical care, or live. They are life unworthy of life. This is even worse than the Nazis, for there is not even the Darwinistic idea of producing superior human beings, but rather to kill and let die for profit. The Nazis did that too, with the life of every human being that the considered sub-human, but the overriding the goal of the Nazi true believers, the idea of a perfect Aryan Germanic Master Race was always the ideal to be pursued.

Thus the propaganda directed at German citizens as to how much these men women and children cost the German taxpayer in order to get them to acquiesce to something they would never consider. Now today’s Republican leaders use the same arguments to justify cutting taxes and let the social contract we have with our fellow human beings collapse, because the to poor, the sick, the infirm, the disabled, prisoners, the mentally ill and the elderly simply cost more than they are worth, that also applies to infants and young children suffering any expensive chronic but treatable conditions.

You see, in the authoritarian world in which we live; a world where an uninhibited and unhinged executive backed by cult followers, profit minded billionaires, and greedy preachers, such lives; the old and infirm, the disabled, the mentally ill, the young but physically disabled, those with neurological issues, and birth defects stand in the way of profit, stand in the way of a “perfect” society. They have no value to them because they cost too much, and burden real Americans.

If you directly challenged such people may not advocate euthanasia per say, they would not advocate for gas chambers, or firing squads. Instead they would turn a blind eye to depriving their victims of citizenship, starving them, depriving them of medical care, and turning them out of care facilities knowing that their families lack the capability of caring for them. and if they have any capacity for work, work them until they die, so long as they Confess Christ before they die.

How do we know that life does not matter to them? One way is to note the many times that pharmaceutical corporations have increased the costs of previously inexpensive yet vital life saving medicines by thousands of dollars a dose all for profit with little to no pushback from the White House, or the FDA, much less the Senate GOP majority, or the Evangelical supporters of Trump.

Please understand, this dystopian future need not happen if people of any faith, or no faith at all make a stand against a twisted idea of dictatorship backed up by billionaires and corporate entities that suck billions of dollars from the taxpayer and pay almost nothing themselves. Of course they couldn’t do it on their own in not supported by a de facto State Media, and a cult like legion of followers who would follow Trump even if he shot someone on 5th Avenue. His words, not mine.

I am now 60 years old, and I have served in the military over 39 years, and this does bother me enough to speak out. As a senior military officer facing the end of my career and retirement amid multiple physical and emotional issues, it does matter. I keep two things in mind today. First is that of my own responsibility to my Oath, and to fellow citizens.  In that I am reminded of the words of German General Ludwig Beck who wrote:

“It is a lack of character and insight, when a soldier in high command sees his duty and mission only in the context of his military orders without realizing that the highest responsibility is to the people of his country.”

And like Beck’s compatriot, Major General Henning Von Tresckow stated: “We have to show the world that not all of us are like him. Otherwise, this will always be Hitler’s Germany.” Or in my case, Trump’s America.

Historian Timothy Snyder reminds of a certain truth, which should we forget, as I imagine a large number of Trump supporters have:

“The European history of the twentieth century shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary men can find themselves standing over death pits with guns in their hands. It would serve us well today to understand why.”


Those are all hard truths to comprehend. As Americans we always presume that we are the good guys, when in fact many times we have acted in means contrary to the ideals of the Declaration as well as the Constitution, and other laws enacted by Congress. But our republic has survived, but its institutions are both resilient and fragile. History has proven this, we have even survived a civil war, but we may not survive an increasingly vindictive and unstable President, his compliant majority in the Senate, and the 35-40% of voters who are in effect no longer Republicans, but a Trump Cult which is largely buttressed by Conservative Evangelical Churches, and inspired by a President who uses force, legal, and extralegal alike to secure his rule. That my friends is what a Fascist Authoritarian does.

We live in extraordinary times which call for extraordinary strength if our Republic is to continue in any form that resembles the intentions of the founders and their liberal enlightenment beliefs. The German Pastor, Theologian, and Martyr to the Hitler regime wrote:

“The fearful danger of the present time is that above the cry for authority, be it of a Leader or of an office, we forget that man stands alone before the ultimate authority and that anyone who lays violent hands on man here is infringing eternal laws and taking upon himself superhuman authority which will eventually crush him. The eternal law that the individual stands alone before God takes fearful vengeance where it is attacked and distorted. Thus the Leader points to the office, but Leader and office together point to the final authority itself, before which Reich or state are penultimate authorities. Leaders or offices which set themselves up as gods mock God and the individual who stands alone before him, and must perish.”

If we do not want to see the return of a full fledged government and industrial sponsored campaign to eradicate life unworthy of life, we have to fight. It is a fight that we did not chose, but if the Republic is to survive without becoming a criminal dictatorship we must speak up, and we must do so now. If we do not we have no one to blame but ourselves.

As Yehuda Bauer said: “Thou shall not be a perpetrator, thou shall not be a victim, and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander.”

The choice is ours, and the time is now. As Bonhoeffer noted: “The church has an unconditional obligation to the victims of any ordering society, even if they do not belong to the Christian community.” and also“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

Likewise he wrote: We in the resistance have learned to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the excluded, the ill treated, the powerless, the oppressed and despised… so that personal suffering has become a more useful key for understanding the world than personal happiness.”

If I as a Christian and an American officer sworn to uphold our Constitution cannot do that, I am worse than Trump and his cult. Over the past few years I have come to understand what Bonhoeffer wrote in prison:

“During the last year or so I’ve come to know and understand more and more the profound this-worldliness of Christianity.  The Christian is not ahomo religiosus, but simply a man, as Jesus was a man…I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. One must completely abandon any attempt to make something of oneself, whether it be a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called priestly type!) a righteous man or an unrighteous one, a sick man or a healthy one.  By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities.  In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world—watching with Christ in Gethsemane. That, I think, is faith; that is metanoia; and that is how one becomes a man and a Christian.”

“I discovered later, and I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith.”

In the midst of all the lies of Trump and his cult. In the midst of their attempt to kill as many people as possible, and to bring about a dictatorship I can only say as did Marin Luther at the Diet of Worms: 

“Since your most serene majesty and your high mightinesses require of me a simple, clear and direct answer, I will give one, and it is this: I cannot submit my faith either to the pope or to the council, because it is as clear as noonday that they have fallen into error and even into glaring inconsistency with themselves. If, then, I am not convinced by proof from Holy Scripture, or by cogent reasons, if I am not satisfied by the very text I have cited, and if my judgment is not in this way brought into subjection to God’s word, I neither can nor will retract anything; for it cannot be either safe or honest for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise; God help me! Amen.

I double dog dare any Trump Cultist who calls themselves a Christian to refute that.

I am tired of the so called Evangelical Christians who damn Christ and his Gospel for their political gain and shit upon their evangelical forefathers like the great Virginia Baptist John Leland who in defense of religious liberty for all wrote:

“The notion of a Christian commonwealth should be exploded forever. … Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians.”

I will fight for the truth, I will fight for the rights of every American. But I will not ever concede ground to a murderous group of thugs masquerading as Christians whose only goal is the continuation in power of a man who will give them anything in exchange for his unbridled power and authoritarian rule.

So until tomorrow,

Peace,

Padre Steve+

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16 responses to “It is Happening Again, Not in Nazi Germany: The Campaign Against “Life Unworthy of Life”

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  2. Dave M

    I will fight for the truth, I will fight for the rights of every American. But I will not ever concede ground to a murderous group of thugs masquerading as Christians whose only goal is the continuation in power of a man who will give them anything in exchange for his unbridled power and authoritarian rule.
    How will you fight for truth? Who’s truth? You can’t handle the truth 😉 
    My suggestion is snail mail local representatives on your opposing side. Clogs up their system and helps Post Office.
    Land line your local representatives on your opposing side. Clogs up their system and will lower their monetary contribution time.
    Line up between sunrise and sunset (get home before dark) at Official Advanced Voting Stations and Official Voting Stations and hand out info for registration and voting. Also confirm with passerbys that it is an Official Voting Station, with hours of operation. Because of Covid, have someone stay at front door and start a line (six feet apart), see how long we can make the line and get vital info out.
    See if can get Covid19 testing done close to Official Voting Stations.
    The Republicans are using the site RumbleUp. It is a peer to peer site, where Republicans volunteers are contacting individuals through e-mail accounts from the list they are getting. Volunteers are each reaching 50+ people a day with personal messages for help to register and voting. During time of crisis (hurricane, etc…) they are using RumbleUp to help people find services individually. Talking to people one on one. To counter that you need get to the streets and be seen.
    Practice for the big day. Where to vote, how, etc… at street level. Official peaceful protests come to voting booth during daylight hours only. Bad thing on both sides happen in the dark. Have protest signs with you, however cannot have campaign signs closer than 500 feet near front door of Voting Station. If done right with six foot distancing should have campaign signs within 400 people handing out or giving out info, pointing us in right direction.
    As a military officer you should know the best way to go, are your ground troops, as proved by black women and MLK’s march. They were the ones getting people on the buses, organizing and feeding peaceful rally goers. Sitting behind the computer reaching limited people (those that come here) does not help. Old school tactics. Get out as best can be, with Covid19 (mask,etc…) Get out there, on the streets and practice for the big day and help the undecided.

    If you do not like me to leave my diatribe on the comments section, send personal e-mail for private trolling, lol.

    Everyone has an opinion.
    When I want to have someone look into my opinion, I see a proctologist.
    They have cameras.

    Take Care, ttyl …

  3. VERNON PRESCOTT

    My view, in easy to understand sentences, follows: (1). We are no where near, nor will we ever be, similar to Nazi Germany.. Americans are too independent, and they have an excellent 20th Century example from which to draw from. (2). I discount your “Trump Cult” hypothesis. His “draw card” is that he is not a professional politician. So, he bumbles, stumbles, and uses Twitter, Press Conferences and rallies to keep opponents on edge. No where near the level that Hitler did, so I discount your comparison. (3). If there is a “Trump Cult”, then there is surely a “Schiff Cult”, a “Pelosi Cult”, a “Nadler Cult”, etc. Objectively, I see no cults on the Republican side. Do you ? The Democrats, from Day One, vowed to remove him. The equivalent of a “political death threat”. A Declaration of War. Citizens who liked Trump naturally rallied to him. That’s human nature. (4). I’m 73 in less than a month. From my viewpoint, career politicians have done nothing for this country. We have had poor trade agreements, pork barrel spending accomplishing nothing, substantial overseas outsourcing, and of course, endless wars. We also have a corrupt government ( Dossiers, the DOJ, FBI, etc., all of whom have gotten off the hook with no repercussions. In fact, with lots of Cable talk time and book deals income). Mueller is an excellent example of going from hero to villain. That’s what Trump inherited- from Presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton… 24 years – a quarter Century’s worth.. Ruminate on that one. (5). Finally, Nazi Germany’s policies with respect to the handicapped, the elderly, etc. and the comparison to the USA . You need to do your homework. I have 4 children. One born severely handicapped. Lived to the age of 31 with the mind a two year old. Carried, wheelchaired, fed, clothed, diapered, and bathed up until the day he died. The Feds provided Medicare/ Medicaid: Medicines (11 different types), Depends, Protein drinks by the case, diaper pads, sanitizer, a wheelchair, a medical bed, etc. The State (New Jersey ) provided respite Services, Special Education up to the age of 21, Volunteers on short notice, etc. The County provided wheelchair ramps free of charge- constructed and installed with waivers on building codes and permits. Certainly “Not your Fathers Deutchland”, eh? In conclusion, I am not a Trump supporter. Neither am I a Biden supporter. Both Trump and Biden are excellent example of the void in a “Leadershipless Political System”. And that’s why Russia, Iran, and Red China take advantage of this void, to interfere and embark on Imperialist ventures. Unfortunately, our Bill of Rights and Constitution do not take into account political stupidity.

  4. Excellent post as always, Padre. You’ve given insight and historical context to much of what we are seeing today. I’ve been appalled by the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it seems even more ominous. Thank you … I plan to re-blog this post later this afternoon.

  5. Terrence Murphy

    Please comment about the leftist fixation on widespread, unlimited abortion, and how you reconcile it with the above article. Thanks

    • padresteve

      Terrence, Let’s deal with facts and leave out the name calling. I am against abortion but do not believe that it is the government’s responsibility to limit it, same with birth control. But you don’t actually report any facts regarding the actual numbers of abortions in the USA. The fact is that the number of abortions peaked at just over 1.6 million in 1990 and have steadily declined almost every year and the last reported data that in 2018 there were 327,000 abortions in the US and in 2019 just 61,229. It is also likely that many of the abortions in 2018 and 2019 were to save the life of the mother because so many states have severely restricted access to abortions.

      Second, simply being anti-abortion does not make a person “pro life.” The Nazis too were against abortion, but they had no problem killing pregnant women, or killing defective children which they referred to as Gnadetöten or mercy killings.

      Being pro life means, that all lives are sacred and that one does not abandon children and families, deny them health care, adequate nutrition, or in the case of illegal immigrants or refugees separate families and lock children in cages, nor does it mean approving of drone strikes where Hellfire missiles are fired into homes or tents of suspected terrorists and instead of killing the terrorists end up killing women and children, including pregnant women.

      What the Trump Administration is doing is little different than the early years of the Nazis. They have determined during COVID that certain lives are unworthy of life. I could keep going on, but if you claim to be pro life but are only anti-abortion, you are not pro-life. If you cannot be honest stay away because I will figuratively chew you up and spit you out every time, facts matter. Not your unfounded accusations about me, or your lack of facts dealing with abortion. Be gone.

  6. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    I think we’ve all been horrified by Trump & Co’s lack of a viable response to the pandemic and lack of compassion toward the hundreds of thousands of lives lost and forever changed. Our friend Padre Steve gives us some chilling historical context that I would urge you to read and consider. Thank you, Padre, for this thought-provoking post.

  7. Thank you for stating what I know in my soul to be truth and for filling in the blanks of official histories, eye witness accounts and statistics. How any human being can deny the reality of the parallels we see today with the brutal histories of this same egotistical, white supremacist delusional right to power over those falsely deemed ‘unworthy of life’ only points to their own broken mental state, thereby dumping them into the same category as those they want to see destroyed.
    As far as religious doctrines with false ideals seeking to destroy that which they deem unworthy I would point to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ story. A truth speaking Jewish man, a man becoming much beloved by his followers, a man who stood against the authority of the church that sought only to fill its coffers and offer lofty prayers to a god created by them, for them and unapproachable by any common man. (Women were virtually invisible to the official church then and they want it that way again). Then, to take this mythology and use it to create a new church and dare to name it after him, only to perpetuate the same arrogance, greed and secularization that their Messiah spoke out against is the worst sin of all. Christ’s message was that the heavenly father was available to any living soul, regardless of how they came, regardless of their imperfection, past or worship habits and that all are perfect in the Father’s sight.
    I was born and raised Southern Baptist and received baptism in a river; but I would not call myself a Christian today for any amount of money. My allegiance is to the creation that we were assigned to protect-all of it. Religions have created their gods in their own images rather than the other way around. Great Spirit gave us the gift of creation to continue what was begun and the majority of humans have traded this gift for material goods, building their houses upon the sandy beaches they claim to love so much yet are destroying rapidly rather than the solid foundation of unconditional love. They are ignorant of tolerance, of patience, of forgiveness and of respect for each other, themselves or this planet. What good that they destroy half the population, proclaim themselves Victor and Master over this Earth when they daily work to destroy it? It will not be destroyed. Nature always survives. It is we who will be destroyed.
    Thank you for your love, honesty and compassion. I hear words of truth so seldom. I shall never forget the ones you have shared here.

  8. Bravo, Steve. If you have a chance, watch Nicole Wallace’s interview with Elizabeth Neumann today. She served as Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy at the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump administration. After resigning, she has come out strongly against him (and his supporters) as being egregiously immoral and as an enabler of white supremacist domestic terrorism. Neumann is also a Christian and a Republican who now regrets voting for Trump in 2016. Her answer to why she voted for him back then is extremely compelling and is something I think you would be quite interested in hearing. Essentially, she said she was blinded by the culture that surrounded her which merged religious faith with political ideology.

  9. Padre Steve, I try to guard against comparisons to Nazism, Apartheid, and slavery, which are and were atrocious. With that said, if we view the president for what he is and does, it is not a very flattering view. And, we need only to echo the words of people that know and worked with him.

    – many of these sources have commented on his inability to be truthful on any consistent basis; so his word means nothing.
    – these sources have commented on his corrupt behavior, with one referring to him under oath as a “con-artist” and a “cheat.”
    – he has a history before and during his presidency of racist behavior in both words and deeds.
    – many have noted his narcissistic bent, which puts his ego above any other issue; a favorite phrase is “it is all about Trump.”
    – he has a history of dividing people; he does this as a manager, pitting people against each other and he does this to win elections (note it is a horrible management style and does little to solve real problems).
    – finally, what has surprised me most (I expected the above) is his incompetent and chaotic style; to be a touted business leader, he fails at very basic management and communications – the first travel ban is a good example as it was so bad it was pulled in two days; firing Comey without telling Comey or anyone else is another as his communication people were hiding in the bushes trying to figure out what to say.

    The reaction to the social forces at work is of concern. The projected demographics are of concern to the Conservative base in that whites will become a plurality rather than a majority. This is a reason civil rights are under attack if you are non-white. This is a reason for the reverse discrimination claims by some whites. And, this is a reason white nationalists groups have been on the rise for the last few decades.

    Donald Trump did not create racial division, but he is certainly exploiting it. Does that make him Hitler? No, but it makes him a horrible leader with an autocratic bent. This is why it is imperative for Congress to do their job and not punt their authority to the White House. This is one person who needs as much oversight as can be done – see the quote above.

    Keith

  10. Reblogged this on Lines By Liming and commented:
    I believe there are more things going on in this world than are immediately apparent to the observing eye — Therefore I believe that every possibility should be explored and I found this article which I am about to reblog to be very interesting, absorbing and frightening. I do not necessarily agree with all of the article, but I think it is excellently written, well-researched and worthy of plenty of readers.

  11. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    Hello Padre Steve. Thank you for a well written well reasoned history lesson that we all should be aware of. Best wishes. Hugs

  12. VERNON PRESCOTT

    Please explain in detail (ie: specifics) the Social Darwinist policies of the Trump Administration. I attribute the high death rate at the State level to Governors ordering seniors to remain in or be involuntarily admitted to poorly staffed, ill equipped nursing homes, and no State – level (Health Departments) plans as well – resulting in high death rates. Secondly: Americans and their love of freedom and devil may care attitude. It’s clearly evident. Violations of mandatory masks, violations of social distancing, violations of lock downs, violations on travel, violations on Quarantining, and, of course, the absence of a Pandemic Action Plan by ANY ADMINISTRATION, past or present. Then, there are States (NY) urgently requesting a Hospital Ship and Mobile Hospital, both of which, combined, had less than a dozen patients. So resources are squandered. It’s the American way of life that “done did us in”. Jaywalking, Parking in a No Parking Zone if you can get away with it, Littering, – all the big and little BS that Americans take (and then some) for granted. Pelosi is an excellent example of “bending the guidelines”, at least the most recent one, until another example pops up. And it’s really not about funding. Funding for the most part is squandered. And my own view is that you can lay this entire issue at the feet of the Red Chinese. But here, Americans can think they can get away with murder, as the looting and rioting and destruction in multiple US cities show. So, the details. The specifics please.

  13. Velandy Manohar

    Good afternoon Padre Steve,
    I am so very glad that you wrote this Blog. I especially like your References to the Incredibly gifted and Faithful servant of the Almighty Martin Bonhoeffer
    I would like to share with you my responses to the Pandemic in the USA and Scandinavian Countries. I am especially concerned by the official responses of the Belgium Govt and of Sweden. These were reported in the NYT and WSJ. I am trying to publish it more broadly than what i am doing now with specific professional circles.Please write to me at my email address and I will share my curated documents.
    Velandy Manohar, MD
    Distinguished Life Fellow, Am. Psychiatric Association

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