On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.
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In my last visit to Israel in 2018, my brother and sister-in-law took me sight-seeing to the northern parts of Israel near the Sea of Galilee. On our first night, we stayed at the home of one of their older friends, a man in his seventies.
That night we sat around their kitchen table so that they could catch up on family matters. At one point in the conversation our host reminisced about an older woman, now gone, who he had known in his childhood in the 1950s who had lived in Germany before and during World War II and had survived a concentration camp.
To paraphrase the story he told us, what this woman always remembered most starkly about that time, especially in the 1930s, was how difficult it was to get German friends who were not Jewish to believe the horrors she and other Jews were going through. To her, their calm nonchalant dismissal of the Nazi bigotry and oppression of Jews — too unbelievable to take seriously — was what had horrified her the most. Even twenty years later, it was this dismissal that appalled her the most, despite her time in a concentration camp and the death she had seen around her.
As he told us this story, what struck me was how similar my own experience has been. Time after time for the past four decades my liberal friends and relatives have refused to believe anything I say to them — always based on actual events — about politics and the growing corruption and bigotry within the Democratic Party. Like those decent Germans in the 1930s, these decent Americans find reasons to quickly dismiss what I say, without making any effort to find out if there is any merit to it.
In fact, less than two days after this very conversation it happened again. At one point I made mention to my brother, who remains a very typical Jewish liberal, the growing pro-Democrat partisan extremism of modern American journalism, to the point of blackballing conservative writers. He immediately told me that couldn’t be true. When I then told him I have experienced this shunning personally because of my political positions, often resulting in the loss of jobs and the rejection of my writing, he shrugged, giving me that same look of dismissal that I am sure that German woman in 1930s Germany saw many times. What I said was simply too unbelievable to be true, even though I had actually experienced it.
In the past few weeks the United States has had the following stories, all also clearly too unbelievable to be true. First we have documented evidence that the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization — that many decent people and large corporations are now throwing lots of money and support to — believes whites are subhuman and should be wiped out.
“Whiteness is not humxness,” the statement begins. “infact, white skin is sub-humxn.” The post goes on to present a genetics-based argument centred on melanin and enzyme. “White ppl are recessive genetic defects. this is factual,” the post reads towards the end. “white ppl need white supremacy as a mechanism to protect their survival as a people because all they can do is produce themselves. black ppl simply through their dominant genes can literally wipe out the white race if we had the power to.” [emphasis mine]
As Charles Cooke at the National Review correctly noted,
This is a flat-out lie. It is entirely untrue. It is invented from whole cloth. You can read the speech here and see for yourself. One doesn’t have to like President Trump — or to have enjoyed his speech — in order to acknowledge that Duckworth is lying. One needs only to read what was said.
Not only did Trump spend only a small portion of his speech discussing the Civil War, when he did he focused on Lincoln and his successful effort to end slavery.
Duckworth’s lies here however are only a small example. Lying and slander has become for the Democratic Party its standard operating procedure, no different than the methods used by the Nazis.
So also has outright bigotry become normalized among Democratic politicians. For example, during a zoom meeting of a local New York City education council, one member became outraged because another member (Thomas Wrocklege), who happened to be white, held a a black child of a friend on his lap.
This innocent image of a man holding a child was the target of scorn by his fellow council members. Rachel Broshi told Wrocklage, “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap and they don’t know the context. That is harmful.”
Broshi, and several other council members, argued that the image of a white man holding a black child was inherently racist. When Wrocklage asked Broshi to explain why holding a friend’s nephew was racist merely due to their differing races, Broshi refused, yelling at Wrocklage, “Read a book. Read Ibram Kendi. Read ‘White Fragility.’ Read ‘How to Talk to White People.’”
Hard to believe, eh? The problem is that it happened, and worse, it will be impossible to get ordinary Democrats to believe it.
Then there is the student who had been accepted to Marquette University, posted a pro-Trump video of herself, and then found the university threatening to rescind that acceptance because of her conservative beliefs, even as she was menaced repeatedly on social media for those beliefs.
Pfefferle’s post has been watched nearly 600,000 times and has since caught the attention of the Marquette community, some of whom began harassing Pfefferle. Others threatened her life. “I hope you get shot,” one commenter told Pfefferle. “I’d pray for you but you’re not worth it,” another user added.
“I was extremely disappointed by the incendiary comments,” Pfefferle told The College Fix in an interview. “The response from my peers has been repulsive.”
Pfefferle explained that following the TikTok, she was contacted by Brian Troyer, dean of undergraduate admissions at Marquette, who she said told her her acceptance to the school was far from certain. “[He] had the heart to tell me I wasn’t a student,” Pfefferle said. “This means that my classification is still in limbo and is currently being decided by the administration. I have been accepted, I paid for my housing, I have my roommates, I even have a complete class schedule. If that doesn’t make me a student, what does?”
Some Marquette administrators also asked Pfefferle a series of questions meant to judge her morals, she said. [emphasis mine]
Marquette officials have since backed off and reassured her that her acceptance will not be revoked, but I do not envy her. Should she continue to publicly express her political views, she should expect some quite vile treatment once a full time student there, not incomparable to the bigotry and violence experienced by Jews in 1930s Germany.
I could go on and on. The above stories are only a small sample from the past few days, and only give a taste of similar stories that have been never-ending practically every day since early in the 2016 election campaign, beginning with actual rioting and violence against attendees at various Trump election rallies.
And yet, though these examples of leftist bigotry and oppression actually happened, I know from experience, even recent experience, that it will be nigh on impossible to get many Americans who have traditionally aligned themselves with the Democratic Party to believe them.
Thus, the reason I fear that genocide is coming to America. My fear is not engendered because of the documented examples above of individuals spewing hate and the desire to kill their enemies. My fear exists because, though these hate-mongers really exist and have made clear their hate, too many decent Americans who are not filled with hate will simply look the other way. It doesn’t involve them, and besides, this is just too unbelievable to take seriously.
Instead, they will continue to make believe the documented facts above don’t exist, and so these evil people will gain in political strength and support, and will eventually be in a position of power to instigate their programs of hate and genocide.
Though these power-hungry thugs will be personally responsible for the evil they do, the larger blame will fall on the millions of Americans who looked the other way when something could have been done to stop them.
As always, I hope I am wrong. I hope that my past and recent experience is not a prediction of the future, that these same liberal but decent Americans are finally waking up. Though I remain pessimistic, no one will celebrate more than I if I discover I am wrong come election day.
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