GOP: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

NEVER feel bad for Nazis

punch-nazis4Listen, you don’t get to feel bad for Nazis.

Ever.

Especially so-called “Neo-Nazis”.

Stretching the idea of forgiveness to its breaking point, you can try to suggest that Germans and other European people who fell under Hitler’s spell were exploited, brainwashed, and used to commit some of the worst crimes against humanity ever perpetrated, many not knowing the  full scale of the Holocaust until the war was over.

Like I said. A stretch. Maybe the biggest stretch possible. Maybe not even possible.

Neo-Nazis, on the other hand, adopt this proven genocidal ideology knowing full well what that ideology wrought during World War II, eager to continue and grow the movement.

“Punching Nazis” is a thing, nothing new, but in Trump World it’s a more frequentlyoccurringthing.

And, opinion is split on whether or not punching Nazis is a good thing. Some say yesSome say noSome say, well, not yet.

As a lifelong pacifist, raised Jewish post-Holocaust, the question of whether or not violence is justified in order to fight a genocidal ideology has been the single most difficult question I’ve wrestled with in my lifetime.

But, if you ask me to look at the photos included here, of the Nazi punched yesterday at the University of Florida, and then ask me whether or not I feel bad for the Nazi…

…HELL NO!

That motherfucker decided to wear that t-shirt and attend that demonstration and if he can’t take a punch in the face then he should have never showed up.

The main argument against punching Nazis is that it’s violent suppression of free speech.

But, I ask you, why the hell do Nazi’s deserve free speech?! We’ve seen what they do with it!

As one of the signs held by an anti-facist protestor read:

You are not a difference of opinion.

You are hate.

The World Needs Trump Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle: I’m Back!

love_trumps_hateIt’s a little embarrassing and quite telling that it took yesterday’s election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States for me to finally turn the lights back on here at Fish & Bicycles.

My last post was published way back in August, when I interrupted a string of entries I’d done on lighter subjects — including my Notes From Italy series, which I sadly never finished — to touch on the topic of white privilege in America.

What followed was a confluence of challenging world and life events that consumed me and drained from me any inspiration to write.

Given all that, you’d think that the outcome of the 2016 election would have driven my inspiration even further away, maybe even permanently, but this morning, when I faced the choice of utter despair and retreat vs. heeding the call to get to work on reversing the swing of the pendulum, thanks to a figurative kick in the ass from Mrs. Fish & Bicycles, I chose the latter.

I harbor no illusions that Fish & Bicycles can reverse the pendulum, but for the past 7 years this blog has been my primary vehicle for expressing myself, and as I recommit to the idea that I’m part of the problem if I’m not part of the solution, and to the reality that this is NO time to be silent, it will be very helpful to have this outlet to process and share my experiences along the way.

I’m not yet sure exactly what form my solution work will take. Because I was a passionate Bernie Sanders delegate, it’s tempting to jump on the Our Revolution (the organization that the Bernie 2016 campaign morphed into) bandwagon, but I’ll be researching other progressive organizations as well, both local and national, to identify the top priorities and the best way for me to contribute.

Here at Fish & Bicycles, then, there will be news of successes, setbacks, perhaps the occasional emotional meltdown, and, as often as possible, welcome distractions like my Eyecatchers and Video Fridays series.

So, stay tuned!

The Sound Of Lies

GOP Debate In A Rightwingnutshell

TPM-logoThis morning I awoke with deep wells of gratitude in my heart for having not been kidnapped last night and forced to watch the first GOP debate.

At the same time, not wanting my head to be completely and permanently planted in the sand, this morning I masochistically read some of the reactions online, and listened to some audio clips on NPR, and hats off to Josh Marshall at TPM for publishing the best.debate.summary.ever, a simple 3-line affair:

Foxbots to Trump: Are you not a fraud, a cretin and a scoundrel.

Trump: I’m very rich. Fuck yourself. I have no time for your nonsense.

Crowd: Cheers wildly.

LOL!