Consider the cause and effect of using political rhetoric

Letter to the Editor
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Is Trump to blame for the Pittsburg holocaust? Folks in our part of Montana are asking this. It’s the wrong question.

A better question: What does it mean to really support and love Israel, or love any nation that suffered a holocaust? The answer lies in political hate rhetoric. One cannot truly support Israel and endorse the rhetoric of Trump and his imitators, Democrat or Republican.

It’s almost identical rhetoric that led to the Jewish holocaust and other holocausts. Many of us in Big Horn County believe there should be no legal prosecution against even this dangerous free speech. But we should stop voting for those who ignore its danger, or worse, use it for political gain on either side.

It’s sad that the numbers are growing of those who copy our president’s indulgence in this great danger to our nation (Democrats are taken in by this as well, according to a recent study). The result is growing violence, of which the murder of Jews has figured terribly high.

We hope enough people of good will remain in this country to renounce the political gain possible by using it in this election, and justifying terrorism. An example is rhetoric telling us our threat comes from our south border. Our great threat comes not from outside our borders, but from terrorist crazies within, aroused by our president who incites his enemies and his supporters’ public speech.

Yes, that similarly brought on the Jewish holocaust – not Hitler alone. We need to learn from our history, not repeat it. Our president would do a great service for our nation by personally stopping his own hate speech. If he is too deranged and really cannot change his habit, the Republican Party will bear considerable blame.

Find the book, Understanding Genocide, by Newman and others. Read this study. It can help us understand the danger of voting for anyone who uses hateful rhetoric from either party.

Dave Graber