Ben Carson, M.D. – The Dreamlife of a Fool March 7, 2017Posted by voolavex in American History, Idiots in Government, Race and the Law, Social Issues.
Tags: Africa, America, Ben Carson, colonies, freedom, HUD, politics, slaves
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(Originally posted as “Won’t You Let US Take You on A Sea Cruise?”)
A little-known part of American History has been revealed to us recently. And since it came from the mouth of an African-American – it should have been received with gratitude because it finally cleared up a long time argument in this country. – But some of us caught the comments and it bears further inquiry. Oh that Dr. Ben Carson had expanded his words to include a timeline for the advent of Africans into this not yet country? Even before this land became a new one conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men were created equal – Africans from the west coast of that great continent were pushing and shoving to board ships to take them to a better life in as early as 1444. Spain gave “The Asiento” to Britain for the exclusive transport of these happy immigrants who sought a better life in the New World (no, I didn’t forget Pope Nicholas V who added his imprimatur. in that same decade). You didn’t know that? And who welcomed these dark-skinned human beings and granted them lifetime citizenship? Why Maryland of course and it was a reversal of a previous law that allowed them access to Christianity and the freedom to move about the land. Yet by 1725 Virginia did see the founding of an African American Baptist church. Nonetheless, African religious customs of many countries were incorporated in that faith; no Eurocentric Jesus as their savior. By this time, there are estimated to be 75,000 brand new citizens – with guaranteed jobs, in the colonies. The creation of jobs appealed to the newcomers and despite the language issues – they increased the colonies’ profits enormously. (An aside about language – just as the wave of refugees in 1908 were a polyglot, so too were the Africans – despite the idea that these first “African-Americans” all communicated in a sort of “lingua franca” – they didn’t. The language on those ships was a linguistic Babylon; Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba, Wolof and to some degree Swahili [although it is an Eastern African language] and small subgroups influenced by travel agents (mostly Arabs) and other Europeans tongues who facilitated these voyages to a better life. Are you as surprised at this hidden history as I was when I heard it – from the mouth of a descendant of those very immigrants?
Why have these facts not been in play for so many years? Why did we just learn, from a Cabinet member, of this body of the events in the year 2017? Who perpetuated this horrid scenario of “slave markets”, crowded ships and mistreatment when these Africans were, in fact, simply humans seeking a better life in a free land. Why have we been exposed to the ugly propaganda of “slavery”. Was the entire Civil War a hoax. Alt-fact? Fake history? Were the “slave owning” Framers of our Constitution ( an aggregate of about 1400 “captives between them) a myth? Why did we even invent a Civil War.? “A house divided among itself shall perish” – a fiction?
When a physician – a man of medicine – reveals something that may actually be called a “bombshell” – who are we and who are the African-Americans to protest? The so-called enslaved and stolen humans of Africa were no different than the wave of Europeans flooding New York Harbour – with their families searching for the streets paved with gold. According to this revered man of medicine – we – as Americans – have been fed a bill of goods. How will this nation absorb this news? You tell me because I am well and truly confused. I had a dream too.
Ref: Kevin C. Davis. Ali A. and Alamin M. Mazrui
Well, What Would You Call It????? One Answer. January 7, 2017Posted by voolavex in common sense, freedom, GOP Choice, LBGT, Mexicans, Putin, Social Issues, solutions, war.
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None dare call it what it is. None dare stop it now?
I will call its name TREASON.
The NYTimes is very stingy when it comes to font size in their headlines. In fact it downplays most headlines as a matter of style the evidence seems to proven (let’s hope). They cut loose today. Not a great sign. So how do we accept a man who has known, abetted or aided in violating the constitution and will send this country into chaos.
A man and his minions who so wanted to win the prize and would do anything it took to get it. Or an easily conned con artist ANYTHING AT ALL. And so they did. It is far too late to ask ‘cui bono’?
Is this an algorithmic coup’d’etat? I am not a hacker so I cannot offer an answer – but I know how it feels to me. And I absolutely believe it can and could be done. Imagine if another major world power did this. We would call out the Marines. We would round-up our forces to show everyone watching that this country is not about allow hacked elections, lies, cheating and treason to our nation friends and allies. Now who shall we call?
This is my burning question is this :
WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE?
Maybe we should all ask ourselves this question because even those who supported the architect of the coup. Even those chose this dupe should be able to admit this is not quite what Americans as a whole had in mind. Not just the Democrats. ALL of us. Even Snowden and Manning (Those vile monsters who betrayed our country. Those we quickly deplored and put in exile. Are they really traitors? or unsung heroes). Even if you achieve the end of the world we have now, who will you tell? Who will be left to listen.
The clock is ticking citizens of the land. Defenders of the Constitution? And time is running into the gutter. I am not going quietly into this sinkhole. Can I get a witness?
For Those Who Imagine It Gets Better Post Election…… November 6, 2016Posted by voolavex in Election 2016, Politics & Religion, Putin, Social Issues.
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For those who imagine it gets better post-election; I believe it is just the start of worse. The GOP obstructionists have now honed their cones on the eight years of Mr. Obama. They have perfected roadblocks, diversions, subterfuge, lies and blackmail to an art and if that’s what we get – then we have also done it to ourselves. Democrats talk the talk but they don’t always walk the walk. Dealing with a con man (more accomplished than Mr. Madoff at that) requires more than we could or should have done. We relied on experience, professionalism, common sense and dignity. What were we thinking ?
The GOP are so fucking focussed it scares me. Tunnel vision unfettered by those tiresome and ridiculous socially important agendas . And the rank and file buy into the fast talk of a Three Card Monte dealer.He repeats their worst nightmares in every GOP speech. Ignorant, stubborn, religious, too white? Bigots. Urban poor. DJT/the GOP’s finest doesn’t speak with a forked tongue he speaks with a forklift encompassing so many groups of citizens whom, by the way, all hate each other, it’s damn near simultaneous translation time at the Tower of Babel. But they let him loose.
I do think the GOP could have stopped DJT; but confused, they refused. They couldn’t dredge up a single appealing candidate to run. A name picked from a hat would have been better. Are they humiliated? I doubt it ; because if DJT wins – they win (in their tiny minds) and we reap the fouled fruit of their techniques. And this is the year, lined up and ready the true believers pay to slide down the razor blade ride of the 2016 Sideshow and Snake Oil Offers. The Year of the Bigot, Bias and Buffoon.
Top kudos, though, should rightly go to social media as the fountain from which this swamp of slime and sleaze oozed. Bi-partisan rock throwing, braid pulling, pussy grabbing, deniability; because we too – every person, every opinion, every tweet and post have enabled this to happen. BOTH SIDES. Oh and the entire world. Surprised – don’t be – turns out we have proven – beyond a doubt that the pen is mightier than the sword. It simply has been upgraded to a keyboard and send button.
Trump? November 4, 2016Posted by voolavex in Politics & Religion, Social Issues.
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He could win.
As we near the day of decision the fear – for me – becomes very much a possibility. I say this because on my FBPage I sing with members of the choir. We are bright, erudite, informed humans with an ability to dig until we have read and discussed all the angles. We have weighed the words and the pantomime and the evasive answers and the performance art of Donald J. Trump.. We are not the folks to whom he preaches. Those folks are scared too – but they are scared of things they have always held in anger and contempt. Foreigners, Dark skins, women, Jews and dozens and dozens of offshoots of these same targets of anger, violence and hate. To be in 2016 and watch this unfold is beyond bizarre to those of us who have lived somewhat longer and have the ability to compare and contrast. But we are heading for heaven’s door and one day the Social Media will name the last Baby Boomer and their end.. We all know that. We are not smarter or better – we just have an ability that only time provides – reflection, experience and for many – plain old common sense. Electronics and Technology have not dulled that. In a sense we are at devolution – not moving forward but – at best – running place – at worst – running amok. If we could run backwards we might kickstart our evolution again. But there will never be another generation that has lived and seen both forks in the road. And the road more travelled is crowded. Trump’s message does not have to have substance. The listeners don’t have substance. He is a brilliant huckster but unlike PT Barnum he is fooling more of the people more of the time. And I hardly need mention that great civilizations rise to glory and fall in hubris and despair. I am fearful that Barack Obama was our last President. I fear for the United States of America – because today – we are anything but.
Becoming A Singularity July 16, 2016Posted by voolavex in Social Issues.
Tags: Aldous, alien astronauts, Almighty, app, Arthur C., bigots, black hole, Black people, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, earth, Elon, even horizen, George, greed, Jews, Kim Kardashian, Life on Mars, Mary Roach, microchip, Millennials, money, nano, Online info, peace, Religion, sic-fi, singularity
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We know a singularity is not unique in the cosmos, but it is clearly unique to this world. We have no event horizon to compare, therefore no directions or exit strategy exist to fix it. Or even try. In our existence – for all practical purposes, it is one of a kind. And because we truly believe history repeats itself*, it becomes an accelerated waiting game. Momentum is building faster than we imagined and like momentum it simply goes on until the end. Imploding. A black hole. Ask a physicist all about it. But chaos has begun, in my eyes, to ensue.
The world is panicking. If you describe it in terms of “hotspots”, we have created a new circle of hell. If you are a firefighter, we are engaged in a global inferno and if you are an American you are becoming more and more afraid. I think it’s an understandable reaction. As we have established America as the place on the planet from whence all things come – good and bad (and might I add, in error). We are ill-equipped for the bad part. American pride has been worn as a badge for 240 years. And just as we exported ourselves as champions of freedom, justice and the American way – we have also exported bad habits, excess, precedents that should never have been, propaganda, and just about everything we could to inculcate ourselves into the collectives minds of the world. It seems to me that we did not export any brains, morality or genuine goodwill, because all we thought we sent was all we thought was important. The lapses in judgment of our history are far too serious to ignore; but ignore them we do.
We have a world in which flags stay at half mast – as if with electronic media one needs a reminder. And electronic media surely bears some of the blame; lots of the blame. It is not better to know it all , all the time. Perhaps millennials believe they can handle it but I think it’s bravado. They can’t imagine they can’t. The app genius that created instant access to every damn thing did not have the time to experience or posit all the ramifications. If there is a world left; we will soon not have to ever think for ourselves. Every sci-fi scenario you have read will be an app. And this can be a game of sorts – a sad game – add your comment to the list of
Some things one will not have to learn:
How to drive and park a car.
How to actually search for information w/o
the Smartphone (where the only thing that is smart IS the phone)
How to start a coup.
Methods of mass murder
All the words to all the songs
Having an opinion
How to humiliate, shame and possibly drive to suicide, a peer.
How to lie effectively (excellent news for hatchling politicians)
How to hate.
The new kids will never have to worry about keeping a secret. The gender of their baby. Which politician is being indicted. Time to learn knowledge that forms human experience. Because when you live “in the moment” – it starts to become the tunnel of life. They will have things that do things for them. And because the ones who came before will reach their out of code date and soon expire; there won’t even be a memory to be had. But there will be an app for that.
Life on Mars. Elon – stifle yourself. Read Mary Roach. Ask an astronaut. It sounds like a fun idea – but I wouldn’t count on that. And if we fuck up this planet – how dare we start on another?
Peace is a construct – we have never had it. We are a bellicose species. We LIKE blood and death. If we didn’t we would try very hard not to do it. We are trying it with “companion animals”, trials on humans will not happen soon.
Money is the root of all evil. But it has been upgraded to a revenue stream – like the Granta or the Charles or the Seine. If you accept greed as a virtue there will always haves and have nots.
BIGOTS. Like cockroaches, they may inherit the remains. Racial hatred is alive and well and online. Quick fixes have not worked for centuries and those who may be able think outside the box will likely try to find an app to fix it soon. It may not be Jews or Black people – but it will still exist.
Do you worry about your online info? I hear so many folks who won’t do somethings, yet offer their info up for others. Get a clue – THEY know. The way you blithely microchip your pet will one day be the way you do the same to your baby. I am surprised it isn’t done to convicts in the privately owned, for profit, prisons today. Or dementia sufferers. Your naughty pix online? If you did it and posted it – it is always there. Yup Kim Kardashian’s ass and twat will forever appear in two shakes of a nano. Oh Aldous, George, Arthur how did you know? (Were they a warning or how-to guides?).
And in closing – The Almighty? Those who choose “yes” should stop praying and start being very angry. The Deity appears to prefer hate and bloodlust very well and is hypocrite. For others. Is it, as alien astronaut theorists suggest, them? If so, then it is clearly evident that whoever did it, is disgusted. Is it simply the cosmos, as Carl Sagan insisted, then it is completely strange to seem to be a one-off in the universe. All votes are not in. But the Giant Fan of Life on Earth is definitely being hit. Will anyone see this and turn it off?
*History seems to be repetitive but it does not set any examples we absorb. Therefore it is an exercise in futility whose course cannot be changed. So we don’t bother.
Let’s Pee in Public Toilets Like Adults May 13, 2016Posted by voolavex in Genital Matters, LBGT, Politics, Social Issues.
Tags: peeing, penis, stalls, toilet, trans, Transgender, urinals, vagina
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Let’s go to the public toilet. Right now and while you are doing your business – think about public toilets you have used in your lifetime. My mother used to line the seat with toilet paper. Then seat covers. We used the stall and locked the door, we flushed, washed outr hands and kept on going. In school we used the stall, tried not to hit the seat while squatting on tiptoes. Nice people flushed. Some people got caught smoking (that was then) and people said Pee-ewww (or worse) if it smelled. Some schools had cases (seriously) and some called it the basement, the bathroom, the girl’s room but we all went and we all used it. I don’t know much about urinals. Actually I think it’s kind of odd to pee standing next to another person – but I have been in places where there were no doors and that took getting used to. But by and large the idea is to get in and out – relieved – as quickly as possible. I have peed standing up in Paris pissoirs. At the British Museum I peed and used toilet paper marked “Property of British Museum”. It was so stiff and waxy one could imagine writing the Magna Carta on it. Somewhere I kept a clean sheet as a souvenir. I stole it.
My family owned a restaurant in a resort town and it had only one rest room and was called the rest room. No one complained. I have used the men’s room when I hadda hadda go because the women’s line was too long. I hadda go – gender considerations were not an issue. And now we are in the throes of a controversy about transgender and restrooms. What is the matter with us? It is my assumption that transgender individuals have the same needs as others. They are humans and peeing and pooping are something we all do. Some trans folks have full trans surgeries and thus it is no ones business which bathroom they use publicly nor should it be an issue. (is it? maybe it is). Others who are in the process – dressing to gender identity, don’t wear signs saying – “hey I am trans and still need to pee – am I ALLOWED to do it here. Why would they? And every public restroom does have a stall or two. Some people of all genders don’t like to be watched while in the toilet. Husbands and wives included (fact). So my question is: what’s the big deal? If you have a penis and wear a dress, why not go to the ladies room and close the stall door. If you have a vagina and dress as a male, why not go to the men’s room and use a stall. I reckon peeing at a urinal without a penis is messy and silly anyway. But anyone can use a stall. If you are a trans person and announce your genital business in the peeing or pooping process, then I would say you are probably inviting issues to arise. But I can see no reason for the brouhaha. I have never been asked about my gender in a rest room. And asking a person that question strikes me as rude, nasty, looking for a fight or just plain stupid. And reveals a bigotry that is even uglier.
I applaud and support anyone who has gender confusion and moves to resolve this personal matter. If those folks speak of it – then I am listening and I am happy they have the confidence and self-esteem to do so. But it is NONE of my business. And it certainly is no one’s business what anyone uses to void when in a public toilet with a closed door.
Why are we suddenly the Piss Police? What is the severe preoccupation with genital matters in this country. Other countries are not where I live. A public toilet is a public toilet. And segregating humans who have to go by personal choices or gender issues (or color – remember Jim Crow – who hadda go too?). And I suppose I would add – if women all sat at a troughs and peed – like men do at urinals (Ick) – it wouldn’t have lasted long anyway. Attire dictated certain customs. Little girls practice peeing standing up, I know (I did) but it is messy and a few tries quickly ends the experimenting.
Using the rest room should not be political. My suggestion is if you are in a place where this controversy is ongoing or you may go to toilet jail, do it on the floor outside the restroom. If the new arbiters of human functions don’t like it – then they should realize they need to cleanup their act or keep their legs crossed.
But here is a reminder to everyone who uses the toilet – at home or in public don’t forget to flush and please wash your hands.
No Matter Who April 10, 2016Posted by voolavex in common sense, Election 2016, freedom, Horse Racing, Politics, Social Issues, solutions.
Tags: bigots, Blue, candidate, Democrats, Election 2016, Loyal Opposition, No Matter Who, Vote Blue
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Punishment for Abortion -Donald Trump Can Kiss My Ass March 31, 2016Posted by voolavex in Elections, freedom, guilt, Health, Medical, Politics, Politics & Religion, sex, sexist, Social Issues, vagina.
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Donald Trump can kiss my ass. How dare anyone – man or woman – imagine a punishment for an abortion? What could be worse than the entire situation itself. Somehow the self-righteous right (and many others, sacred and profane) think women have abortions when there is nothing good on sale at Bloomingdales or K-Mart? Is that what they imagine. Well imagine this – you are pregnant and it is not a thrilling fact of your life. Rich,poor, any ethnicity and no one is faced with this truly except women. Casual sex, marital sex, oops sex, rape, you are knocked up. And you had no intention to become a parent – actually – a mother. Your choices should be unlimited in a normal society. But in the eyes of mostly men – you are so low and foul – even in Chanel – you not only are a slut to be shamed but you should be punished if you can manage to make a personal choice. Hoe dare he. How dare they? I will not face this decision again in my life but I have in another time of my life. I have chosen and if you do not think that choice was a difficult and emotionally wrought one – then you are ducky. Women may be relieved after this choice – but they carry it inside them forever. In their minds, their hearts and their body’s memory. I do.
So despite this being a medical decision for the doctor and an emotionally medical one for the woman what more is there to exact? A fine, probation, stay 30 feet from a penis for the rest of your life, have it stitched shut, have a tattoo on your face like Hester Prynne? Community service in a creche or nursery? Lose the children you have and love because you didn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t have another that you did not want to bear. Birth defects – how dare you – you MUST have a baby with no quality of life – including yours and that of your family? That would be an agony that covers a lot of ground.
Was he quick to retract his statement? WOW. You betcha’ because he knew he had crossed a line of voters who do not play that period. And I suspect he actually was sorry about the pressure he bore for it. I think he believes all his pompous, dangerous demagoguery. I’ll bet he had a laundry list of nasty punishments for bad women who chose choice. But Donald is not alone. He just bleats his ideas (?) more easily. I suspect this is the stance of most GOP men and some women. And I also bet they have paid for numerous terminations about which they have no guilt, whatsoever.
Men. Stay out of our vaginas unless you are invited in. Men. Stay out of our wombs unless your opinion is requested. Men. Worry about your frequently out of control dicks and refrain from making medical decisions for females. It is not your right. You have no standing to do so.
And this: Back once more – hectic few months. Hating this Election Season 2016
Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel – The Magic Words October 5, 2015Posted by voolavex in Social Issues.
Tags: BDS, boycott, dhimmis, Hamas, Islam, Israel, Jews, Palestine, products
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Boycott, Divest, Sanction Israel. Yet this has to start with South Africa and Apartheid. America and other nations used these ideas to force the Union of South Africa to end apartheid. It worked. But what it basically did was restore to the whole of non-White South Africans was equality. It allowed a non-white man to become president, ended the BDS and South Africa joined the world as a different but better (in my opinion) country. It ended a system that was used by the Afrikaaners, and given a new name; it was vigorously endorsed, installed and enforced in that country. But this is not about Republic of South Africa.
BDS is a movement founded in 2005 by 171 Palestinian NGO’s to essentially isolate Israel economically from the world, bring it to its knees and take over. Some like the idea; others do not. If you read the Balfour Declarations and subsequent “mandates” for the Holy Land – you may be as confused as the Holy Land is about; drawn lines on maps, geography partitioned and the belief by some that “Palestine” should have been part of Transjordan. Logically the last sounds right in terms of actual land and location but it didn’t happen that way and from the end result – in 1947/48 when the UN decided they should be the administrator of this issue (this is the ultra short version), they created the two entities and then it hit the fan.
I suspect folks reading this will know the whole story of the Roman Occupation and their choice of names for the area that is now Israel. In brief it was named by the Roman emperor and the name stuck. It is not in any way to name the residents – any resident – a Palestinian except to designate what part of Empire they lived in. Jews, Arabs, others who lived in what the Romans called Palestine were ALL Palestinians. The name stuck. And then – as centuries passed it became not just a name but a battle cry for Islamic Arabs who lived in the area. Their “right” to the land was equal to the Jews and others who lived there. In light of whose land was it – it was no man’s land and everyone’s land and the land of the conquerors who invaded it. History lists them all. And this is NOT a history lesson. Look at the maps that show how it was and how it is and you will see the boundaries are very fluid.
This is about what the leftovers could be if BDS prevailed – not to change an unfair system, but to snatch back landthe group wants, thinks its deserves and owns. Choice not an option. As an aside – the media has all but underwritten terrorism as a just and reasonable way to behave in this century and I include all of the media and their reporting. The Israeli Arabs have great spin doctors. And people largely still hate Jews. And if Israel is truly treating “others” as dhimmis – they picked this up from the Islamic communities throughout history. Bombs speak louder than truth however.
Lets see what has to go in BDS done right: You can go to their website and see them all with logos, free information and a chance to throw good money down a rat hole by simply clicking http://www.inminds.com/boycott-brands.html. Call me lazy – but there are so many I resist the pick and choose. They range from fast food, produce, beverages, Sodastream, tech, electronics and the list just goes on. Starbucks. Nestle (well I cannot argue about Nestle), parts of goods (you have to figure this out – small computer items), software – it promises new items daily. Oh and life saving medical inventions that are used in worldwide is most hospitals. I suspect it would like to boycott The Nobel Prize but hasn’t figured out yet exactly. (The prize itself is lots of money.). TEVA – the largest generic Rx company in the world is going to be tough – countries worldwide prescribe them and they are how medicine is made affordable for those with disease and no money to fix it. ( FYI Israel provides free medical care to all its citizens) and if BDS hasn’t found something – they will keep looking. It could take years.
So what does this movement accomplish? It is designed to engender sympathy for the poor Israeli Arabs who throw rocks at Jews, invade shuls and create bloodbaths, blow up themselves to blow up Jews at weddings, cafes and at random. They want to dismantle and remove the Kotel, dismantle and remove the Jews and other infidels, sneak attack Israel on religious holidays and complain about hard treatment to anyone who will listen. And just in case you think it will be sorted out through BDS – peacefully and equitably – I will direct you to this link: http://Mahmoud al-Zahar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_al-Zahar Wikipedia His son, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam …. Jews in History and Promises and De…..Hamas is a completely Palestinian organization. Gaza is its location. Ending the Jews is their mission. They are dead serious.
In closing then – if you think BDS is a great idea – I suggest you check out the information and ask yourself – “what the hell am I thinking“. That’s all this post is about. I suggest you buy or check out a book by Alon Contini titled “A World Without Jews” and see what can happen. And then use your own knowledge and your own mind to decide what to do. This post is simply one POV. You have choices.
Oskar Groning: The Comfortable Life of the Morally Guilty April 23, 2015Posted by voolavex in Social Issues.
Tags: bookkeeper, death, death camps, disabled, Gay, morally guilty Jews, Nazis, oskar groning, Reich, Romany, SS, Waffen, zyklon b
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Meet Oskar Groning SS–Unterscharführer. Perhaps the last of the participants in the Final Solution devised by the Nazis to rid the Reich (the 1,000 Year Reich) of Jews, Gays, Infirm, Romany, Disabled and a laundry list complete with designations and badges that were essentially tickets to death. Just a bookkeeper – he committed no crimes but he was fully trained to do so and he was armed. And he watched. As he collected from the walking dead their belongings – money, jewelry, anything of value and recorded it neatly in a ledger so that the Reich would be able to balance its assets as it completed its war to own the planet.
You can read Oskar’s boring early history at Wiki and see that he was bright and destined for better things than being a foot soldier. He believed in the fight and wanted to join the ranks of the elite who could strut and swagger in their SS uniforms complete with insignias, lightening bolts and boots and britches. Clean and turned out as a highly placed man in a position of authority and doing meaningful and important work. What could be more meaningful than being a bookkeeper in a busy death camp, stealing from innocent people about to be gassed and burnt to ashes? Who needs to shoot prisoners to destroy them? And how such a mundane assignment relieves the burden of guilt. His description of his own job, in his own words, makes it sound so routine and clerical one might almost believe that’s all it was. But it wasn’t and he knew that. Not for humane or guilty reasons, He knew what he was doing and why. He did it because he was a Nazi and a true believer. And his recounting of the circumstances of his work left me literally sick to my stomach.
I have read all my life – and since I was very young, as early as JHS, countless of books on the Nazis. Not an obsession but an attempt over and over to understand why my tribe and 5 million others were so dangerous and lethal to the Nazis they would expend money and energy to make the world free of them. I should also mention that I read everything on every subject that interested me and this was by no means limited to Nazis but it was of great interest and I simply couldn’t establish any reason for the acts and atrocities that justified or even explained them to e. or made it just a war thing. The plan was the central leitmotiv for the SS and it did, in many ways, cost Hitler the war. His loyal foot soldiers starved and froze while Adolf kept the ovens burning and the aktions moving briskly along.
Reading about Nazis is not light reading. But missing from the entire body of work were the observations of those who worked on their side. Denials were invented and documents burned to erase this massive murder plot; war trials were held and the convicted hung or locked up for life but there was another them in those events – those poor SS men were only following orders. Orders they signed up to follow. And judging from their job enthusiasm; the orders were followed to the letter and with gusto. But in the main our knowledge comes from the survivors or the liberators. The survivors who escaped death but not the memories of their devastating ordeal. The stories are many things – and each story is part of an homage to human spirit and strength and reading them brings grief and redemption because we know such bravery and honor exists among our species.
So meet Oskar Groning who sat on the other side of the desk. Who willingly did his job and lived to tell about it. Too little too late because despite his accurate and honest descriptions of this savagery, he said it became routine and he stayed at it for at least two years. When he was sent to the UK as a laborer and subsequently released he went back to a good and comfortable life and thrived to the grand old age of 93. Should he get a pass for his self-claimed moral guilt and having “to live with his memories”. Has he “suffered enough?” I don’t think so. Nor do I believe he suffered at all. Read his own words and you decide – I am sure there will be reams of quotes and millions of comments but for me, finally hearing it reported from a live SS–Unterscharführer; in the tongue of The Fatherland; an uniformed officer who saw it happening and kept writing down the numbers. Three hundred thousand souls vs. 70 years of a clean and comfortable life they never had. Keep this quote in mind before you excuse him. There is no excuse.
…a baby crying. The child was lying on the ramp, wrapped in rags. A mother had left it behind, perhaps because she knew that women with infants were sent to the gas chambers immediately. I saw another SS soldier grab the baby by the legs. The crying had bothered him. He smashed the baby’s head against the iron side of a truck until it was silent.
After witnessing this, Gröning went to his boss and told him that he was not able to work at Auschwitz any more, stating that if the extermination of the Jews is necessary, “then at least it should be done within a certain framework”.:138 The superior officer denied Gröning’s request.:138 The framework had already been built.