Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LOOK FOR THE AMERICANS



Tonight I was reminded what Pittsburgher Mr Rogers said in times like today: look for the helpers.
And tonight I want to instead say I'm looking for the Americans. The patriots who don't suffer anti-Semites. Ever. The Americans who don't think any Nazis are good people. The strong who don't hesitate saying the kind of filth who did this don't deserve to be in our midst. The believers in this nation who fought, and won at great price, a war against the frightened, narrow-minded cowards who live in the shadows until they feel emboldened to strike out.
I'm looking for the Americans.

(quotation from Dr. Karl, the foremost philosopher of the twenty-first century, written after the killings at the synagogue)


24 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, this happens in our neck of the woods as well....not to the same degree as what you must deal with since we have, thankfully, gun control, but this type of thinking did not end in 1945 and, for some reason, the Jewish people have had to deal with antisemitism for centuries.

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  2. I so hope you find them. Sadly we too have these oxygen thieves, which makes me very grateful for gun control. Just the same, growing up 'jew bitch' was a phrase I heard more than once.

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    1. When I was a child every comedian on radio and TV had a Polish Joke. We were all big and dumb not much more than a workhorse. Snickered at and I remember being called names in school. Beat-up, yes but did not have someone take a gun and shoot us at church. Unthinkable.
      My very own political party calls me a deplorable, thanks Hillary Clinton, the shaming keep coming.
      I am sorry you were called names like that. I just do not understand people then or now.

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    2. Thank you. My father (a German Jew) and his family suffered far more than I ever did.

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    3. My family came over (had a sponsor) from Poland. Lost everything but made it out and they all worked hard. They were Catholics so had a somewhat easier time leaving. They left before WW1
      I am so sorry about your family.

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  3. YES! Thank you, thank you for this. Real Americans need to stand up...and more importantly, VOTE.

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  4. I think it's disgusting that many who claim to be "real" Americans (those "frightened, narrow-minded cowards who live in the shadows") have felt "emboldened to strike out" since November of 2016.

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  5. Those people are not just un-American, they're idiots!!

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  6. Voted by mail already and have fingers crossed. We just have to be better than this.

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  7. How about the Australians because this Australian feels this way

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  8. Voted today !
    Best I can do.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  9. I have been remembering Mr. Rogers' words.

    Love you.

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  10. I love that. I had to delete some blogs I followed as they were saying things like "those against the thing were anti-American and should leave the country". I loved Mr. Rogers so. Sorry to comment anon as I haven't been able to comment for about two months. Donna@gather.

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  11. I also have been thinking of Mr. Rogers and his words. I am working on a post about him. We need more people like him, lots more. xx

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  13. I believe our best shot for change in America right now is at the voting booth.

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  14. Very sad what is happening in America! :( Not to say there's no anti-antisemitism in Canada, but at least the mass shootings are at a minimum. I hope every U.S. citizen gets out to the vote!

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  15. Well said! Everything is so hard right now. :(

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  16. It stuns and saddens me what has become acceptable for America.

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  17. I've been looking for these Americans too. I keep writing my GOP representative in Congress and asking where are the representatives and willing to stand up for what I thought were American values. But just when I want to throw up my hands in despair, you remind me of Mr. Rogers and "Look for the helpers." People like him give me hope and remind me of all that is good in the world.

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