Scapegoats and Wristbands in the GOP’s America

An unmistakable similarity of donald trumps’ presidential campaign and of the campaign that brought adolph hitler to power and that then fueled the rise of nazism through Europe was the reliance on scapegoats, the pervasive assumption, hammered home at every available opportunity, that “we are great, but for” those within who seek to destroy us, those among us who have their own selfish self-interests who when allowed to exist in our society, have for their personal benefit and for the betterment only of their own group

caused us, and will continue to cause us, great harm.

Once the appropriate scapegoat population had been named, the next step in both instances was to call for their elimination. hitler focused primarily on the Jews, be he was no less clear in his ostracizing of and calls for elimination of Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the
disabled, and other groups that detained the prosperity of Germany and the position of his “master race” as the leader of the world.

With trump, the path has been eerily similar, with his calls to round up and deport 11 million plus of the first group he identified as not being “true” Americans and thus a cause of American society ills, a group he has at various times referred to as illegal aliens and in some contexts just as Mexicans. It was Mexico, he has all too often repeated, that sends its people [to the US] who are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime… they’re rapists”. How to do this, one might ask? Well, trump has called for the creation of an actual “Deportation Force” bringing immediately to mind the term “gestapo”.

Thereafter he expanded his list of scapegoats to Muslims, calling for a total ban on any and all Muslims entering the US, with no differentiation between foreign born Muslims, immigrant Muslims here legally or US born citizens. Not only did he call for surveillance activities of mosques and Muslim “neighborhoods” but also for the establishment of a database to keep track of the the whereabouts and activities of all Muslims in the US.

But then there is another group of scapegoats, a group that has been vilified around the country by traditional social conservative republicans, and other groups that have similar religious agendas, but a group to which trump has actually supported, the transgender community. trump has said that transgender people should have the right to use the restroom of their choosing, and he went out of his way during his nomination acceptance speech to voice his support for the full lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community. This is one of those issues where trump has split from the gop base, and it is those of his

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party to his right on social issues that are now using the tactics of nazism to vilify, humiliate and separate the transgender community from the rest of society.

Many instances of this have been seen around the country, most prominently by red state governments that have legislated transgender people into horrendous situations regarding their right to use bathroom facilities, resulting in horrible stories of pain and suffering, and of the virulent prejudice that
permeates the extreme right wing.

But one story has escaped the widespread notoriety that it screams out for, an outrageous story that brings back to mind the very worst of the worst of nazi Germany, through events occurring here in the US, in a state that has recently been dominated by extreme right wing politics that have wrought pain and despair to major segments of the community, now including the small segment of that community that is transgender.

Due to a lawsuit having been filed on behalf of a transgender student in Kenosha, Wisconsin, information about how transgender students are treated in the Kenosha School District has come to light, and to say it is beyond DISGUSTING is to put it mildly. The student who is the plaintiff in the lawsuit resorted to litigation due to the total failure of the school and the local school board to change any of its policies or to provide to him basic human rights the every student in every school in every state should expect to receive without question and without argument.

Rather, the student, born a girl but who lives as a boy in every aspect of his life, was not just denied access to boys bathrooms and was not just denied the right to lodge with boys during school trips, but he has consistently been called by his female birth name by school staff and referred to with female pronouns, and he was denied the right to run for Prom King. But all that is NOTHING compared to this: As a transgender student, his school REQUIRED him, so disgustingly reminiscent of nazi-dominated Europe and the requirement of the wearing of a Star of David by all Jews, to wear a green wristband identifying him to all as transgender.

In the USA in 2016.

As bad as this looks on its face, there is perhaps an even worse story behind the story, and that is about how the current Kenosha School Board came to be elected. Despite Wisconsin campaign finance laws that prohibit most disclosures of just who contributes to what campaigns, some interesting information was reported before the 2014 Kenosha School Board election. We all know about scott walker and how his election as governor of

Wisconsin was bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers, who were immediately rewarded by Walker suspending environmental laws that were detrimental to Koch Brother business interests in the state, his drastic reduction of corporate and business taxes throwing the state into economic kaos, and then walkers’ pervasive assault on workers’ rights in the state, all as payback to the Kochs. Well, it seems that
the ultra-conservative neanderthal Kochs have not limited their interference in Wisconsin elections to the state level, but as reported by Wisconsin Public Radio in March of 2014, the Kochs and their Americans for Prosperity group and their related SuperPACs stuck their ugly noses into the local Kenosha School Board election (and more than likely many, many others):

“Americans for Prosperity mailed fliers to Iron County residents last week regarding county board candidates that the group called anti-mine. The group funded now has a field team in Kenosha.

“They’re getting out, they’re having phone banks, they’re going door to door about what’s going on in Kenosha,” said David Fladeboe, state director of AFP…”

With a purpose ostensibly based on economic issues and concerning union contracts in the Kenosha Schoo District, Koch candidates certainly would carry the full Koch agenda throughout every area of the district’s schools. It is no secret that for years now, the Koch Brothers have given millions of dollars to colleges and universities around the country, with the caveat that the funds be used to institute courses that teach THEIR versions of history, politics, economics and social issues, among other areas of American life over which they seek full control.

So it is no surprise that the Kochs would seek to control even a small school district and impose their versions of economic and social justice – social justice that includes the labeling of 16-year-old transgender students with the requirement of their wearing a green wristband labeling them, in the minds of the Kochs, school administrators, teachers, and fellow students, as outcasts to be demeaned, bullied, exploited, and perhaps physically harmed.

This the gop’s America and this is donald trump’s America, where the tactics of nazi Germany are standard operating procedure.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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