Tuesday, November 08, 2016
I Wish I Didn't Feel So Damned Austrian Right Now.
The American people have reached out to touch the face of fascism and decided to embrace it. This virulent strain is well documented through history. Tonight it sprouted and it's bound to grow from here.
I served in the military but never had to fight the sort of war we were equipped and armed and trained to fight. No, not that Afghanistan sort of conflict. We were prepared to fight a much greater, far more dangerous evil.
The generation before me did have to fight. One uncle didn't make it home. My dad was horribly wounded - he and his family lived with that all our lives. Another uncle, who flew too many combat missions with enormous PTSD, not then diagnosed, lived his postwar life a shattered, besotted man. Our parents taught us that they did this, made these sacrifices, endured the decades of loss and suffering afterward because it was the right thing to do, the necessary thing to do. Maybe that was the only way they could find peace with what they went through, what they did, what they brought home. They had to defeat the evil. The most amazing thing is, despite how it played hell with their lives in the decades afterward, they never whined about it. They sought no one's sympathy.
They fought and suffered in the naive hope of salvaging a world that a good many Americans tonight discarded like some fast food packaging.
I finished my night of binge watching NetFlix only to let the impossible sink in. The man with the most debased instincts, the angry, compulsive, vindictive, anti-democratic sub-human will be America's next president.
He won't be able to deliver on many of his promises, not without scuttling America's vaunted Constitution but he won't be the first to do just that. He won't be the first to have a captive horde backing him up.
There are many tonight in Canada, our countrymen if not our fellow citizens, who will rejoice in Trump's victory. We've seen their kind before in Austria in March, 1938. They engineered what we today know as Anschluss when the Fuhrer's forces swarmed in to take control of Austria.
Let's recall Edmund Burke's caution when he warned, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Will our good men, the Liberal government, Justin Trudeau, do nothing? Will they rehabilitate and reinforce Canadian democracy to withstand the southern contagion? Or will they, true to course, go limp and, on behalf of our people - past, present and future - succumb?
Leave it long enough and we'll be consumed. History proves that much, again and again.
Junior has to realize he has two choices. He either has to cleave to what's happening, consigning Canada to the same fate, or he has to stand against it - as his father would have.