In Portland, Oregon, a city much criticized by the president, protesters were abducted by Federal officers acting without jurisdiction. Here's a link to see read more about this: https://tinyurl.com/y2mu85b2 With these men behaving like Hitler's brown shirts of Nazi Germany, the poem I wrote after Trump's inauguration feels even more like prophecy. I'm re-posting it here.
WE ARE THE GERMANS America January 27, 2017 & beyond Terror, anger, shame. I wonder If this is how the German people felt— the ones who cobbled shoes, the ones who rose early to bake bread, the ones who rocked babies in their arms and sang guten Morgen— I wonder if this is how the German people felt when they saw what they had done, chosen a monster to lead their country. Instead of yards full of chickens, and pockets full of deutsche marks, the German people were treated to streets swept clean of their unclean neighbors, and courtyards full of dust and darkness, uniformed men with brutal hands to patrol the land with pride. I wonder if those Germans who tended their gardens, or who kept books for the mom and pop markets, or who constructed those fine Mercedes Benz limousines piece by elegant piece— I wonder if this is how those Germans felt, the way Americans do now only a few days after our new leader has assumed office and signed the proclamation stating Muslims aren’t welcome on our American soil. Terror, anger, shame. I wonder if those Germans bit their tongues to blood, or worried their knuckles raw. Did they feel any sorrow at all, or did they simply lay their heads on pillows and wind the alarm clocks for another day?