One of my FaceBook friends – a person I have known for more than 40 years – (SRH) posted a link to ZEIT ONLINE (http://www.zeit.de/wissen/geschichte/2017-02/adolf-hitler-chancellor-appointment-anniversary/seite-3) Herein she makes allegations that Trump is much like Hitler, who supposedly would “grow more reasonable once in office and his cabinet would tame him”. Die Zeit (The Time) is a German highbrow mostly center/left weekly newspaper. Once in a great while it will publish a center-right article.
This is the followup conversation to her post:
ME You should study about what and who REAL Nazis were (and are). Trump is a bit of an ass. Nazis suppressed free speech, burned books, and then burned people. Much like the people in Berkeley who burned out the free speech of a gay man last week because he committed the horrendous crime of being conservative.
SRH Are you saying Trump ( who along with Spicer have continually publically threatened the press and attempted to restrict the freedom of the press ) are not Nazi enough for you? I wonder if the story you site is real. A gay man being pro Trump is like a chicken being pro Harlan Sanders. I have asked you before not to troll my wall.
Note: This “not real” story is located at http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/us/milo-yiannopoulos-berkeley/ among other places. She doesn’t believe there were riots shutting down free speech for a gay man at Berkeley. She also does not believe that Obama threatened the press during his 8 years in office.
ME (after dealing with this attitude on 8 or 10 of her posts – and after she told me to stop “trolling” and stop “mansplaining” to her because I posted why I am opposed to abortion) I’m sorry that you believe posting truth is trolling your wall. I tried to just delete your post from my wall. Since you are so obviously against freedom of speech I will unfollow you so you will not be presented with anything that challenges your politics. I still think you are, mostly, a good person, but you are going off the deep end.
She then posted this:
I am not a liberal snowflake.
My feelings aren’t fragile, my heart isn’t bleeding.
I am a badass BELIEVER in HUMAN RIGHTS.
My TOUGHNESS is my TENDERNESS.
My STRENGTH is in the SERVICE of others.
There is nothing more FIERCE than formidable, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
There is nothing more COURAGEOUS than COMPASSION.
But if my belief in EQUITY, EMPATHY, GOODNESS and LOVE indeed makes me or people like me snowflakes, then you should know…
WINTER IS COMING
There is nothing dumber than a self-righteous, egotistical person who cannot deal with the tiniest bit of criticism or challenge claiming that she (in this case) is dangerous. She shows no “love” She shows no “compassion” She shows only hate for anyone who disagrees with her. She is typical of the Loonies of the Left.
I may have lost a friend. Maybe not, I hope not. But if so, I have only given up pain and annoyance on my part for a person who, when they are not being a refugee from Chicago Democrat, was a worthwhile person and a GOOD (in the best of usages) person. If she runs away, I will miss her – almost as much as I miss her deceased husband. John was a ex-Coast Guardsman, active union member and supporter, liberal, and a good and worthy opponent in our many debates – where we both learned from and respected each other. He was a “real” liberal – she is a political fanatic “liberal”.
Does ANYONE, anywhere have an idea on how to bridge the gap between the out of their mind liberals, “real” liberals, and conservatives? I don’t care about the wacko off-the-chart lefties (or the minuscule number of wacko off-the-chart righties either). I’m after the much larger number of people who are just locked too deeply into their own little box.
We can not just ignore or write off people because they have differing opinions from us. We have to discover a way to work with them, or this country will descend into (un)civil war and massive violence. Right nor 95% of the violence comes from the left, with the claim that 100% of the violence comes from right-wing Nazis. IF we actually devolve into major violence, we may end up with liberals, democrats, and just about everyone on the center and left on the “endangered species” list because probably 80% of the firearms in this country belong to people of a more conservative bent. AND THEY ARE GETTING VERY VERY ANGRY. The conservatives will not start the “event”. But something will trigger it and, as is attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto the left will have “wakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve”.