“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
This will not be a post about my normal subjects.
In 1935 Sinclair Lewis’ book It Can’t Happen Here spoke to the issue that many Americans held that fascism could not occur in the United States of America. His book is satirical, frightening, and, unfortunately, still applicable.
Erik Larson’s nonfiction history book In The Garden of Beasts, 2011, detailed the experience of Ambassador Dodd in Berlin in the 1930s, during the rise and solidification of Hitler’s power, and it is a terrifying read.
We must always remember that it can happen here, that bigotry and hatred can lead to terrible results. That white nationalists and neo-nazis brought their horror and bigotry to Charlottesville, VA yesterday, resulting in violence and death should make all Americans, regardless of political party, Democrat, Republican, or Independent, aware of what can happen.
We should all be frightened of the possibilities of such hatred. We should also speak to the singular lack of condemnation by President Trump of the neo-nazis and white power groups. As President, he should not have said “on many sides.” This is an issue of hatred, brought by those who worship hatred and the defeated, in World War II, obscenities of Hitler. The President should have, without equivocation, stated his condemnation of their actions and beliefs.
We must always remember that fascism, bigotry, hatred, and dictatorship can occur here as it can anywhere. As Americans, whose freedom was paid for in blood, by those who fought in World War Two, we must speak out against such injustice and horror.
There should be no place for neo-nazis, white nationialists, and bigotry in the United States of America.
I realized that I had somehow missed that August 9 was the day of the unofficial Book Lovers’ Day. So, I have decided, without any authority, of course, that I am declaring the entire week of 8/9/17-8/15/17 to be the unofficial holiday of Book Lovers’ Week!
Why should we celebrate only one day? Let us embrace the week as a period of declaring to the world that we love books!
If you are with me on this idea, please spread the word!
I love books!
Occasionally, I write a post in which I ask this question, and it has been some time, so I wanted to ask all of you again: what are you currently reading?
I am reading Aggravated Momentum by Didi Oviatt;
In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson;
Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr;
and rereading for classes that I teach at the Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College:
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
and Dracula by Bram Stoker.
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