Ryhming Sometimes by author Peter Altschul #Historical #Essay #Poetry

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Rhyming Sometimes


Peter Altschul




Did you know that Nazi leaders used recommendations from Ivy League eugenicists and laws passed by southern United States politicians as the basis for their actions against Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, people with disabilities, and others they deemed subhuman?


In Chapter Eight of Isabel Wilkerson’s book “Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents,” (Random House, 2020), the author wrote about how German conservatives supported Adolf Hitler, a novice politician, thinking they could control him. She stated that the Fuhrer sold himself as the God-chosen savior of the forgotten Germans. She described a 1934 meeting during which seventeen Nazi bureaucrats admired how those recommendations and laws from these northern eugenicists and southern politicians were put into practice without sullying the United States’ reputation as the beacon of democracy. They couldn’t quite believe the Arkansas legislation that said how just one drop of Negro blood was enough to bar a person from white privilege, ultimately deciding that a person was deemed Jewish if they had one-sixteenth or more of Jewish blood. Three years later, Nazi leaders had killed or imprisoned many of their opponents while building secret complexes that would become concentration camps.


My father was raised in Dusseldorf, Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. His parents were successful business owners who regularly sent their children to Lutheran church services. Nonetheless, his entire family had to flee in the mid-1930s because German bureaucrats deemed that they had too much Jewish blood. My dad eventually landed in Boston where he received his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University when he was twenty-two years old.


Like many people of that era, Dad didn’t speak much about his experiences in Nazi Germany. When I was around nine years old, though, he described street fights between Nazi sympathizers and what their leaders called Socialists as we walked alone together on a Cape Cod beach. I was fascinated and horrified as he casually mentioned how he was hospitalized at least once because of the beatings he endured. My stepmom later told me about how he would thrash about in bed due to nightmares he refused to talk about.


Dad was unrelentingly hostile towards Christianity, explaining towards the end of his life that he could never forgive the German Lutheran church for supporting the Nazis instead of his family and other victims of their policies. “They just wanted more power,” he told me.


I wonder what Dad would say about what we in the United States are currently going through during the late summer of 2020. Increased admiration of pre-1960s Southern culture and a resurgence of KKK wannabes, white supremacists, and Nazis. Demonstrations that sometimes devolve into street fights, looting, arson, and other violence. Economic suffering during pandemic times. People in power rewarding victimhood and arrogant tribalism while punishing humility and empathy towards others. The parallel political journeys of President Trump and Adolf Hitler. President Trump’s worship of law enforcement officers and foreign autocrats. Too many Christian leaders perverting the Christian message while actively supporting President Trump in pursuit of power and influence.


And rumors.


So many rumors.


Caravans of illegal immigrants. Secret concentration camps for illegal immigrants. Cabals of cannibals, pedophiles, and Satanists hidden within the deep state apparatus. Fraudulent elections. Post office chicanery. The President as Russian spy. Deep state machinations. Mosques harboring terrorists.


So many rumors—and some might be true.


I think my dad would be worried.


For history doesn’t repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes.




So Many Enemies


Peter Altschul




Socialists and Chinese and shithole countries

Antifa and immigrants

Progressives and conservatives

Black Lives Matter and athletes and artists


So many enemies…


Pelosi and AOC and crooked Hillary and nasty women

Abortionists and secular humanists and the queers

Kooks for the crippled and climate change wackos

Muslims and cancel culturists and academic snobs

Media moguls and PC corporate chiefs.


Those upities who dare to dream

While disagreeing with my stable genius.


About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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