Overcoming the Holocaust, Nazism and Fascism
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Some people throw around a lot of words loosely these days.
One can only guess at their motivations. Others use graphic pictures to shock less aware nabobs to jerk them in a direction or solicit a response that agrees with the jerker. I tire of these games and drama techniques. I suspect others are tired of them too. God forbid that we disagree with anyone about anything anymore without being labeled something. Some will say if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and so on and so on, but it ainít necessarily true. I have chosen not to take leave of common sense. I own a little of that.
With that said, here goes.
Letís start with some definitions.
holocaust. Websterís Complete Unabridged Dictionary(the big one) defines holocaust as: burn whole.
The word is now associated with the systematic extermination of the Jews as a race. The Germans attempted the feat from about 1937 thru 1945. They had quite a lot of help passively and proactively from many countries and races with their own motivations. (Just ask Jews who escaped from Russia.) There was to our discredit, a turning away of Americaís head to the slaughter.
Nowadays, if someone titles a poem or a story with the term, holocaust, it immediately causes extreme scrutiny and criticism. Many poets try to capture the horror of the extermination of the Jews including the use of all kinds of similes, metaphors, and allegories in their work. Iíve done so, and have come up woefully short of getting it right. All I can say about the Holocaust is that we, the world, and I as an individual, am ashamed of the actions that perpetuated this crime. Nothing that we will ever do will right this transgression. We, the good people of humanity will never forget. But I do not need to be constantly reminded not to forget. I donít need to remind the reminders that millions died to free the oppressed in that war.
nazi. national socialist.
A person who believes or follows the Nazi ideals.
Nazi is a term that should be included in Carlinís 7 words you canít say on television. Most people today donít even know what a Nazi is. Itís another word thrown out there to shock people. It is a word associated with skinheads, Aryan Nations, Neo-nazi, Ku Klux Klan and others. It is also a word thrown about loosely when someone is accused of not liking Jews or even a particular Jew. It conjures up images of a broken cross,(swastika) Adolf Hitler, Eichman, gas chambers and so on and so on.
For a person to be a Nazi, they would have to believe in extreme nationalism and be a socialist. (look up the definition of socialist on your own time) I can tell you that I love my country, a lot, extremely. It doesnít mean I agree with all of its policies, presidents, religious leaders, etc.etc.etc. I believe in making as much money as possible, and keeping what I make to give to whomever I choose. In other words, Iím a Capitalist. That puts me directly at odds with socialism. So by definition, I am not a Nazi. I suspect most of you who read this arenít Nazis either. Worse yet though, the word Nazi is associated with the word, hate. So now we canít hate, for to do so makes one a Nazi. I hate beets, mincemeat pie, and cranberry sauce. They make me physically sick. I refuse to eat any of those dishes prepared in any way. Does my extreme hatred of those innocent dishes make me a Nazi? Arenít there a few things you hate too? Does your hatred of those things make you a Nazi? If I disagree with a writers work who happens to be a Jew, does it make me a Nazi? If I donít like any single individual who happens to be a Jew, does that make me a Nazi? Does it make me or you or anyone else an anti-Semitic? I certainly hope not. Should we, as free-speaking peoples not criticize or disagree with a Jew for fear of being labeled a Nazi?
Which leads me to our last definition.
fascist. a person who believes in any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce and finance, rigid censorship, and forcing suppression of opposition.
Quite a mouthful, huh?
How many of you out there in computerspaceland believe in these precepts? Come on, raise your hand. You know youíre out there. Admit it. It wonít hurt.
Until right now, how many of you knew what a fascist was? Not many, I bet. But itís another word thrown out there by people, some who know, most others who are ignorant of the term they are throwing around.
Now that you know what the word means, would you use it in a sentence? Whom would it describe? Whom would it apply to? You? Me? Anybody?
So why in the world would a person sling this word around if they werenít ignorant of its usage? Because they like to label people who disagree with them, because they wish to associate people or individuals with Nazism and all of its hydra. And in this freemans opinion, the slinger of these words is the very definition of them.
I will not be censored.
I will not be suppressed.
I swear to God I won't let you wonít burn me whole.