As a United States Air Force veteran who served his country and “swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” it saddens me to see the president of the United States act without courage and moral conscience in his response to the Charlottesville violence perpetrated by black-helmeted and uniformed white nationalists and supremacists, Ku Klux Klanners, neo-Nazis and alt–right malcontents.
Their Nazi flag-waving, the zeig heiling of President Trump and the spouting of anti-Jewish and African-American venom laced with a perverse interpretation of biblical passages to justify their hateful ideology should ignite a fire in all Americans to confront this domestic terrorism and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans.
Anything less would be an insult to the memory of every American soldier who fought against the German Nazis in World War II and the treasonous Confederacy in the Civil War.
Let us never forget how Hitler’s Nazis gassed, shot and worked to death some six million Jews. Let us never forget the millions of Africans enslaved in this country and how the Confederacy seceded from the Union and initiated a war to protect its “peculiar institution.” Let us never forget the violent history of the Ku Klux Klan dating back to 1866 with the intent to keep African-Americans powerless.
Hiding behind silly white robes and hoods, these cowards beat people, burned their homes and lynched their victims. The Klan’s hatred and violence continue, and its enemies list is expanding. More alarming is that other equally violent white supremacist groups appear to be surfacing.
Since our president lacks the courage to strongly condemn these domestic terrorists and fails to comprehend the moral distinction between anti-American, white supremacists and Nazis and those who protest their racial vitriol, it is incumbent upon the rest of us to speak out and confront racism and evil when we see it. As Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”