So I heard the moving van pull up this morning. When
I got home this evening I happened to spy my neighbor (he's like 85 years
old - I don't know exactly, but he's old, talks and moves very slowly)
standing on the sidewalk next to the van. I walked over and shook his hand,
and we started talking. I asked him where he was moving, and he said, "Back
I had been stationed in Germany for two years while in
the military, so I lit up, and commented about how beautiful the country
was, and inquired if he was going back because he missed it.
"No," he answered me. "I'm going back
because I've seen this before." He then commenced to explain that
when he was a kid, he watched with his family in fear as Hitler's government
committed atrocity after atrocity, and no one was willing to say anything.
He said the news refused to question the government, and the ones who did
were not in the newspaper business much longer. He said good neighbors,
people he had known all his life, turned against his family and other Jews,
grabbing on to the hate and superiority "as if they were starved for
it" (his words).
He said he was too old to see it happen right in front
of his eyes again, and too old to do anything about it, so he was taking
his family back to Europe on Thursday where they would be safe from George
W. Bush and his neocons. He seemed resolute, but troubled, nonetheless,
as if being too young on one end and too old on the other to fight what
he saw happening was wearing on him.
I gotta tell you - it was chilling. I let him talk, and
the whole time, my gut was churning, like I had mutated butterflies in
my stomach. When he was finished, he shook my hand, gripping it really
hard, until his knuckles turned white and he was shaking. He looked me
in the eyes, hard, and said, "I will pray for your family and your
country." He let go of my hand and hobbled away.
I have related this event to you in the hopes it will
serve as a cautionary anecdote about the state of our Union, and to illustrate
the path we Americans are being led down by a group of fanatics bent on
global economic and military dominion. When a man who survived the fruits
of fascism decides its time to leave THIS country because he's seeing the
same patterns that led to the Holocaust and other Nazi horrors beginning
to form here, it is time for us to recognize the underlying evil inherent
in the actions of those who claim they work for all Americans, and for
all mankind. And it is incumbent upon all Americans, Red and Blue, Republican
and Democrat, to stop them.