Op-Ed: The “Good German”

After Meghan Markle’s revelations, Joy Behar tweeted the following:

“Everything you need to know about the royal family is in The Crown. Philip’s sister was married to a Nazi. Edward was a Nazi sympathizer and had to abdicate because of it. Please – This family is notorious.”

What the “notorious” host of The View is projecting here is that she is standing up against the Nazis. But she is doing nothing of the kind. She is using the most horrible tragedy in history to attack the people she does not like – the monarchy.

As a Jew, I thank you for “standing up for me”, Joy Behar. But I don’t need your support. And the reason I don’t need it is I know for a fact that if you were living in 1939 Germany, you’d be marching on the streets with the brown shirts and boycotting Jewish businesses. You are very brave in “speaking truth to power” when people you speak against no longer have any power. In fact, you are the power, and anyone who reviews your public life’s history knows you will always support the power, no matter what that power is.

Just like in Nazi Germany it was the regular citizens, or “The good Germans”, who were complicit in persecuting the Jews, so in the Soviet Union, the majority of the population did not stand up to the Soviet regime. There was a reason for it. If you stood up, you immediately became a subject of the persecution yourself. You’d lose your job, your livelihood, often your freedom. So if you value your life and your family, you wouldn’t speak up, at least not publicly.

Here in America, it’s a different situation. People do not speak up not because they are afraid of the government, but because they are afraid of their neighbors. Adults put masks on their 18 months old babies because they want the approval of their neighbors. People compare Trump supporters to terrorists because they want approval on social media and remain in the “tribe.” Teens line up to get on CNN to “out” their parents as Trump supporters. I have never seen such despicable behavior in my life. People don’t understand that tomorrow, one of their friends on Facebook will come after them, the mob will join in, and nobody will come to their defense.

I don’t understand how people can behave in such a cowardly way, and I never will behave in this way. But I often ask myself if the only reason I say that is because I’ll never have to stand up to real power. I am not afraid to confront my friends or express my opinion on social media, and I’d never betray a friend or a family member. But I don’t have a high-profile career and I am not the main provider for my family. I don’t stand much to lose. What if I had to provide for my family – would I come to somebody’s defense if they get attacked?

I stand guilty of pleading with my own husband to never discuss politics at work, and I have told my kids to delete their social media accounts out of fear they too will become targets of cancel culture. They have their futures to lose- so am I being a hypocrite? I speak up because I don’t really have “skin in the game”, to use a cliché. But if I did, would I become “a good German”?

Introspection is a call each of us must heed now. If the American people don’t begin standing up to the “cancel culture” crowds and demand that the vilification of their political opponents end ,our country is destined to become a totalitarian society.

Everybody will become “a good German”. All of us.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect the views of this publication.

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Written by Tatyana Larina

Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.
My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.
Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?
Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.
For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.
And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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