Critical Race Theory: The Paradox is DeSantis

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

At the instigation of Governor Ron DeSantis, the State Board of Education has banned Critical Race Theory from public classrooms in Florida. He wants to confront students “with [his and his kind’s] facts rather than trying to indoctrinate them with ideology.” Is the man afraid that American schoolchildren might know too much, ask awkward questions, or even end up becoming Marxists? It is preposterous.

From the historic standpoint, it is hard to deny that the United States of America was built on the oppression of others. From the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, only one never owned a slave (John Adams). Writes US-Historian Edmund S. Morgan: “To a large degree, it may be said that Americans bought their independence with slave labor… The paradox is American, and it behooves Americans to understand it if they would understand themselves”.1

Morgan also wrote: “For the historian it poses a challenge to probe the connection: to explain how a people could have developed the dedication to human liberty and dignity exhibited by the leaders of the American Revolution, and at the same time have developed and maintained a system of labor that denied human liberty and dignity every hour of the day.”2

Twelve Nazi years of my native Germany have profoundly damaged our history forever, and in school it became the core of our consciousness – the unimaginable atrocities committed in the German name. The nation of inventors, innovation, poets and thinkers. Should the Germans remain the only nation today to thoroughly come to terms with their past? 3

Of course, remembrance and admonition of evil must nowhere take a back seat – we owe that to the victims, no matter which country it concerns.

Racism is an unpleasant topic and does not lend itself to desired images. Yet, righteous Americans must be careful, not least in light of what continues to happen in their country, that they and their own history are not completely muzzled. Florida’s Governor is one of those dangerous, power-obsessed people who want to distort facts in order to make their own people compliant under the guise of a misconceived patriotism. This no longer has anything to do with freedom and democracy – it only deepens the division of American society.

Notes:

[1] See Edmund S. Morgan: American Slavery, American Freedom, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1975, pg. 5.

[2] ibid.

[3] For the sake of historical-political truth, it must be mentioned here that one of the main interests of the communist leadership in East Germany (GDR) was to address the crimes of the Nazi regime down to the smallest detail. After all, Nazis and Communists had been ideological mortal enemies since the Weimar Republic. In contrast, in the other part of Germany – the Federal Republic – the society struggled of coping with German Nazi history until the 1970s, not least in public schools.

DeSantis, the Story Teller

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

“The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful, I’m sorry our founding fathers did not believe that.”

It’s laughable: These words actually came out of the mouth of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday in Surfside, Fla, in the presence of Florida Legislature and leaders in the local Jewish community. The background is that starting next school year, all public K-12 schools in Florida will be required to hold a moment of silence at the beginning of the day. The phrase “Moment of Silence” clearly replaces the intended wording “prayer” to circumvent the American Constitution. DeSanti’s own, historically untenable commentary unmasked the true intentions, allowing no other conclusion.

This feeble-minded person should receive some history lessons, whether with or without silent remembrance – about the past of his own country. For the “Fathers” during their constitutional convention from May to September 1787 in Philadelphia left the question of religion completely aside to not to prefer one religion over another. For similar reasons, the word “God” does not appear a single time in the American Constitution, on the contrary: The framers of the Constitution in their First Amendment’s Establishment Clause explicitly excluded any endorsement of any specific religion over another as well as the preference of religion over non-religion on the side of the polity, thereby establishing the American Republic de facto as the first secular state in the modern Western world.

DeSantis should quote the founders of his own country instead of putting words in the mouths of the dead. But these lies are purely intentional: American adolescents are to be brought into line before they can even read and write properly. Of course, the better one succeeds in controlling the thinking of others, the better such tactics serve to achieve one’s own goals. Liars like DeSantis have no qualms about hoodwinking the Americans, and they don’t even shy away from children and teenagers. And clearly – “provisions” like the one announced yesterday bring easy votes from the clueless.

Not even the communists in East Germany lied to me to such an extent as Americans lie to their own people.

Twisted Talent: DeSantis for President

The Man who invented Germany in the Middle Ages

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Ron DeSantis is an especially known interpretative twister of facts – obvious at least for those who scrutinize his claims -; and he is somebody who has been talking after Trump’s mouth. He is not bothered by any nonsense he utters because he knows that his willing audience will accept anything.

But maybe someone should give him some private lessons in history, because when he tells a certain story with a religious tinge of the three masons “in Germany in medieval times”, all his ignorance comes through.

True, it’s a brilliant story he’s spinning – but unfortunately with a little flaw: For in the times of the Middle Ages, not only did Germany not exist, neither as a country nor as a unified nation – hardly anyone would have known what to do with the term “Germany” up to the 15th century. DeSantis, however, seems to like Germany, because he mentions the country quite often – unfortunately never in a logical context.

With this in mind: What kind of political leaders are these – in this case an acting governor in Florida – who open their mouths and don’t know what they are talking about? Before one speaks, one should know.

Probably this figure also wants to become the next president of the United States of America.

Remark: The first German nation-state was proclaimed on 18 January, 1871, in Versailles; its founder was the Prussian Prime Minister and subsequent Reich Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The “Germany” to which DeSantis wishes to refer was, from the 9th century onward, called the “Holy Roman Empire”, later of German Nation – a loose, often obscure association of kingdoms, counties, duchies, numbering 330 in the 18th century and often in enmity with each other. For a long time, Austria-Habsburg was the leading power. – This political entity came to an end only late – in 1806 with the Prussian defeat by Napoleon.

“Far-Left, Radical Socialist Policies”

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Under the influence of a primitive demagogue, the Republican Party leadership continues to feed its base with whopping lies.

After Trump’s presidency, many Americans believe that the current administration is destroying cherished American values and drives the U.S. toward socialism. In this context, Elise Stefanik, chair of the Republican House Conference, uttered a phrase that makes a person who had lived involuntarily in a socialism for almost thirty years cringe:

She called the agenda of the current US-Administration “far-left, radical socialist policies.”

At this point it should be noted: Whoever uses dull slogans exposes himself to the suspicion of wanting to take others for fools; he also reveals that he might be unable to contribute any conclusive arguments for the solution of real problems. By no means for the first time in its history is the GOP summoning the specter of socialism to scare Americans away from any acceptance of policies other than its own.

In contrast to Stefanik, this writer experienced socialism firsthand, opposed it in the GDR (“East Germany”) with modest means as much as possible, put up with personal disadvantages in the process, and experienced with millions of others the fall of the Berlin Wall as a result of a peaceful revolution.*

I can say with certainty: this woman has not the faintest idea what she is talking about when she mouths the word “socialism.”

I repeat here what should be easy for even the average person to understand: Socialism is when the means of production are not in private hands, but in the hands of the state. Period. There is not even a hint of a precondition in the USA that can bring the country toward socialism.

What the country lacks are accompanying governmental measures to curb social injustice, which cries out to heaven in the United States. Previous presidents have already denounced this and/or used government power to fight social injustice: from John Adams via Teddy Roosevelt (by the way: a Republican), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman to Lyndon B. Johnson.

None of them was a socialist because of it.

Whoever manages to compare a policy of social justice with socialism, and in doing so also falls on open ears among the population, is in my eyes an unscrupulous populist. A person who has a minimum knowledge of history and is still of sound mind, will not follow these pipers.

By the way – anyone who fobs off his own base (de facto: his own family) with cheap, propaganda-ridden phrases should not deserve to be elected to any responsibility whatsoever.

What has the Republican Party turned into?

Notes:

*I was born in 1961 at the junction of the Cold War, just 21 miles from the deadly border that once separated Germany. Bear in mind that I grew up behind barbed wire not because of a non-functioning socialism (which we did not want), but as a direct consequence of World War II sparked by Germany. In the further historical development, the inner-German border was built by communists in the midst of increasing tensions and the collision of interests between the U.S. and its erstwhile ally, the Communist-Bolshevik Soviet Union, which eventually morphed into hostility. – Without this illegal, impenetrable border, millions more people would have fled from the Soviet sector to the free West than had already done so before 1961.

When Hitler’s Experts Shot the USA to the Moon

The Brain of American Space Travel was exclusively Nazi-German

From my Writing Room
Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

It is extremely remarkable that former SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the “Father of the American Space Travel”, received his professor title from Adolf Hitler personally. The corresponding document bore the Fuehrer’s signature – write unanimously American historians in their books.

No less than 1600 Nazi scientists had been transferred right after World War II to the U.S. by early 1946 as part of operation “Overcast”, later renamed “Paperclip.” Many had skeletons in the closet, some had even participated in experiments on humans in concentration camps, like Hubertus Strughold, who is considered the “Father of America’s Space Medicine.” The more than dubious background of the Germans didn’t bother the Americans much, because expedience superseded principle. The German scientists had been classified as “indispensable.”

Most of the staunch Nazis had been recruited by the U.S. Army. There was (and, frankly: is) hardly a more suitable institution than the U.S. Military for falsifying documents, in this case the biographies of former hardcore Nazis, with which they could effortlessly qualify for American citizenship from 1950 on.


NASA briefing room, 11 September 1962: Former SS-Officer Kurt Debus sitting conveniently between US-President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (second from left). Photo by NASA/photographer unknown.

Another German expert was Kurt Debus*, an ardent SS-Officer who wore his uniform to work at the rocket center in Peenemuende and denigrated others that did not return his Hitler salute. There is a documented case in which a Peenemuende employee was arrested by the Gestapo and interned for two years at the instigation of Debus’.

The very same Kurt Debus in 1962 became the first director of NASA’s launch operations center at Cape Canaveral, later renamed to John F. Kennedy Space Center.

To this day, the Debus Award is still in use – created by the National Space Club Florida Committee (NSCFL) to recognize significant achievements and contributions made in Florida to American aerospace efforts.

Another one, Arthur Rudolph, served in the Third Reich as operations director at the V2-facility Dora-Mittelbau in Nordhausen in Thuringia, responsible for the replenishment of slave labor from concentration camps. Thousands of them died cruelly in the underground tunnels during the assembly of the V2 rockets. Horrifying photographic documents exist, taken by American soldiers immediately after the liberation of the survivors. – Rudolph would later become known as the “Father of the American Saturn V Rocket” – the very same rocket that carried the first men to the moon as part of the Apollo-program.

My dear Americans, history is interesting – isn’t it?

Notes:

*Kurt Debus (1908-1983) joined the SA (the Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing) in 1933, the SS in 1940. Adolf Hitler appointed him as the V-Weapons Flight Test Director. In 1958, Debus was in charge of the launch of the first US-Satellite, Explorer 1, in response to the Soviet Union’s Sputnik in 1957. He died in Rockledge, Florida.

In the Name of Christianity

The History of the Church is the Story of Moral Failure and Crime

From my Writing Room

Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Particularly since the beginning of the second millennium Anno Domini, it was the Christian church that commissioned whole armies of knights to plunder and murder their way through the history of the world. At no time since has there been another institution in mankind, so blatant, so full of insolence, treachery and mendacity.

To make a complete list – if such an undertaking is possible at all – of the Christian essence would mean to fill whole volumes. As a logical consequence at the previous end, it is no coincidence that churches in the United States are the stirrup holders of a character like Donald Trump – basically, they were and are his principal base. In this, the churches have remained in their millennia-old tradition of moral failure: Trump could talk as often as he wanted about “if you have money, if you are famous, you can grab every woman between her legs”; he could pay hush money to “adult actresses” as often as he wanted, or state “I could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and still not lose voters” [1] – the overwhelming majority of the church people voted for him anyway.

As if that wasn’t already enough: Most of them still support him. And it was the churches and many of their blatherer that actively brainwashed their sheep in the decision-making process.

We deliberately are not mentioning here the storm on the Capitol. We are talking about historic facts, in this particular case the most recent ones included, to emphasize the path leading to the insurrection of 6 January 2021 and that this path, although not predictable from the outset, nevertheless was not an absolutely surprising element for all those who have followed Trump’s presidency attentively and with an impartial mind, including the words he used in conjunction with racism and radical, militant groups on the far political right. [2] All this did not keep millions of church people from praying for “our president Donald Trump.”

To return to the topic at hand: “Criminal” is not a foreign word in connection with churches – it is, at the same time, a rather very mild description for the work of the churches. Their involvement in criminal activities is as old as the church itself. To this day, the history of the Church is the history of mass stultification of the people for the purpose of self-enrichment and plenitude of power; it is a history of lies and hypocrisy, of oppression, exploitation, and extermination; it is the history of persecution and murder of dissidents, the history of the cruelest wars of conquest in the name of forced Christianization. [3]

Christianization, conducted in brutal, bloody campaigns by church warriors like the chivalric order with the cross on their rear, was a common method in the early medieval Europe and later in the New World (America) – and, in each single case, the crusades were nothing else but ruthless wars of conquest under the guise of God; with the Cross in one hand, and the Sword in the other, translated to the enslaved precisely as follows: ‘If you refuse to accept the former, you will get to feel the latter.’ It was not millions, but billions who suffered under the cruelty and brutality of the Christian cross – to the extent of seismic proportions. One Holocaust took place after the other, and no God to this day has ever intervened.

The churches justified slavery and told people that were treated like cattle to obey their masters. And, it is the church’s history of chumming up with dictators like Adolf Hitler; the history of scandals, of cover-ups and corruption up to the systematic rape of Altar boys; and it is also the history of tax avoidance for their own benefit while evincing charity to the justification of their purpose; it is the reality of the churches being the largest fan club for a demagogue and pervert like Mob-President Donald Trump.

The church as a whole has never been judicially indicted for its ruthless criminality, let alone convicted – as, on the other hand, has occasionally happened with other criminal organizations. It is as if Adolf Hitler with his National Socialist Workers’ Party (NSDAP) had never ceased to exist – and everyone today is kindly invited to participate. This is the church.

Notes:

[1] Donald Trump, 23 January 2016, at a campaign rally in Iowa. – Americans voting for Trump must have been well aware what they were doing, unless they were completely out of their mind.

[2] “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.” Donald Trump during the first presidential debate on 29 September 2020, when being asked if he is willing to condemn white supremacist and militia groups.

[3] To give an example: The Pruzzen, the “Old Prussians (Alt-Preussen)”, were a tribe on the Amber Coast between the estuary arms of the Vistula (Weichsel)- and the Memel Rivers into the Baltic Sea. They resisted forced Christianization by the Teutonic Knights in the 12th/13th century and were subsequently almost completely exterminated. In the following period settlers from the Holy Roman Empire migrated into the Pruzzen’s territory (note the similarity of the Christian conquest of the North American Continent) and astonishingly assumed the name of the “infidels”. – The terms “Prussia” and “Prussians” result from this historical context. Technically speaking, the “real” Prussians as they became known later on, virtually never existed; for they had long since been exterminated. – My later ancestors descend from the former area of the “Old Prussians”.

Adolf Hitler’s Proud Boys: The Schutzstaffel (SS)

“Hussars of the leader in black robe, so they overran France in storm …”
“Husaren des Fuehrers im schwarzen Gewand, so haben sie Frankreich im Sturm ueberrant.”
Excerpt from the Nazi propaganda song “Hot over Africa’s soil”

“If you look closer, the enthusiasm even seems understandable.
That does not change anything about its danger”
(the author).

From my Writing Room

Copyright © 2021 by Uwe Bahr

Any Comparison is flawed, it was often said in the German vernacular. Hence, history, so people subtly think, cannot repeat itself, at least not in the same vein – provided the same people’s political thinking is guided by historic knowledge at all. In most cases, it is certainly not, which is humanly understandable. And so it comes that certain events from the human past remain unnoticed today, despite their educational character to manifest an intriguing scale of similarity to events occurring in our time. These phenomena, indeed, happen repetitiously over and over again, at least in their infant stages, which, however, does not mean their final outcome in any case will always be the same. Nonetheless, for the very same reason we learn from history as a helpful guidance in order to avoid scenarios of horror from the past.

In a more scientific approach, it is also possible to establish a probability calculation by use of historic knowledge, which, of course, can neither serve as the proverbial crystal ball, nor replace it. For that, too many aspects at different times under different circumstances in different situations come into play for each single event that eventually becomes history. It is as if five balls were in the air above our head, and we can only follow the trajectory of two balls at most with our eyes in the split of the second we have available. We now certainly can get at least an idea of what we could do to prevent dangers from arising in the first place: we can place two or three of those balls safely on the ground, thereby removing them from the game before they spin even more out of control and smash the valuable crystal vase. Projected on a society, this means: we should have the ability to distinguish the difference when something has a tendency to slip away in a direction that might, very likely, prove harmful to the human society as a whole – meaning, people do have an opportunity to influence and change the direction of the course, but the process of change must first start in people’s heads with an “inner protest” toward the defects, and before it is too late.

In the author’s view, the United States of America has maneuvered itself into a precarious situation, certainly not for the first time in its history, but this time mainly through 74 million intransigent voters in the recent presidential election, sending all five balls up in the air at once, most of them now dangerously out of control. It is eminently notable for a democratic system that the loser of an election is subsequently endowed with a plentitude of power in a way that he can keep the country literally in suspense. In the present instance, an intersection has already been reached, where the looming danger calls for a widely distributed rethinking within the entire society in order to avoid an even steeper slide into radicalism as we have seen so far. For this time, equations in an incipient stage to a tragedy that happened in the history of my own country, exhibit similarities that are as startling as they are fascinating, in particular for the observing historian.

In this context: Especially if you are a German citizen, which this author is, and if you have a link to such a past through your own relatives, which this author has; if you have listened to the ones who escaped the hell of Stalingrad, the ones who have spent years of imprisonment in Siberia, the ones who went through air raids, burning infernos, concentration camps and the rubble of a lost war, with whom this author has spoken – you then should have more than just a glimpse where insanity can end by noticing the breaking of windows at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on 6 January 2021; because this is how it all started back then in the history of my country: with broken glass.

The Waffen-SS (Weapon-SS) originated from a pathetic rabble
of an orientation-seeking mob founded by Adolf Hitler

To be continued (don’t know where, don’t know when)