- - Those were the magic words of the time: “Papiere Bitte.
(Translation: “Papers, Please.”) Hearing those words, even now,
causes dull echoes of sounds akin to bodies hitting dirt, or bullets
penetrating flesh to thud into my mind. Because, if those papers
weren’t correctly in order, or, if you were a Jew sneakily present in
any place (including the grocery store) which displayed the usual “NO
JEWS OR DOGS ALLOWED” sign, you were dead meat--literally. And,
yes, of course I’m talking about my childhood as a little Jewish kid in
No one ever forgets stench. Whether it is a long-forgotten
encounter with a ripe skunk, or a ripe egg, or a ripe decomposing body,
once one of those odors has been brain-documented, then even the
slightest tinge of such an aroma pops back up immediately, along with
the circumstances under which it first offended the nostrils.
And, that’s what’s happening now. I smell the long-forgotten
skunk, the long-forgotten rot of fascism. What is happening all
around can no longer be denied. . What I ran away from so
desperately in 1938 is coming back full circle. Only the
jack-boots have not yet arrived.
America quite literally saved my life. The love and gratitude
deep in my heart for this country will never go away. But I’m
scared now. Haunted by deep fear for the generations to come, who may
wind up as I did – looking over their shoulders, scurrying for cover,
mute with terror. And it hurts.
Think I’m some kinda elderly nut-job neurotically manufacturing
dictatorship? Well, let’s look at the 82 billion dollar defense
bill passed just a few weeks ago, which (with a vote tally of 100 to 0)
had the Real ID Act hidden inside it. This law allows a national
identification process in which each and every person in the U.S.A.
will be on computer.
This ID will be based on driver’s license applications, although it
isn’t just for driving. Just like the infamous “Internal
Passport” of Nazi Germany, no one will need it unless needing to fly,
cash checks, apply for jobs, walk the streets, enter federal buildings
-- or drive. As stated in TIME magazine on May 15, 2005 ,
“If you are a wealthy recluse with liquid assets, it doesn’t concern
you.” Everyone else better watch out! Well, maybe
that wealthy recluse had better watch out also. After all, he/she
might be of a forbidden religion, or of suspicious racial origin.
Legal “ID Theft” and legal “illegal surveillance?” ”The
Real ID Act links driver’s licenses of all states, creating a data base
including the private details of
every single U.S. citizen. It mandates that your driver’s license
share a common machine-readable digital photo of you, all the better to
track your every movement. It hands the federal government
unfunded mandate power to dictate what data all states must collect for
license holders, including everything from fingerprints to retinal
scans”. And, if you don’t drive, you’ll still need to
submit to the national ID card. How else, after all, will the cop
who doesn’t like the shape of your face, or the fact that you are (God
Forbid) wearing a turban get to arrest you? Yes, “Papiere Bitte”
has come home to roost.
And, folks, that’s only the beginning. More technically
sophisticated techniques will be implemented as they occur.
If the Nazis had had electronic surveillance, phone bugging and all
else that the Patriot Act not only condones but advises, there would
have been an even tighter grip on the populace.
After all, the Patriot Act is modeled directly after Gestapo methods:
Those 3:00 AM home intrusions – without warrant or reason for arrest –
will get our undesirable “domestic terrorists” straight to the nearest
version of Guantanamo with no need for trial. The USA is
currently building thirty seven “detention centers” nationwide, and
they’ll soon be filled with persons who protest too much, or are simply
of the wrong nationality. After all, it worked very well in
Germany , successfully eliminating Jews, Gypsies, and anyone willing to
stand up, and refuse to “Hail Hitler.”
What’s next? Well, it’s already happening: The Geneva
Conventions were initiated after WW II to prevent the insane war crimes
and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Nazi Germany from ever
happening again. Now, with blithe disregard of all of the above,
the U.S.A. not only institutes torture (not just physical, but
deliberately mental and emotional) on its prisoners, but actually
exports these folks to countries in which such torture is
governmentally approved. What the U.S. domestic prison system has
kept hidden for years, is now right out there for everyone to
applaud. How long it will take before the prison guards tie
together the legs of a woman in labor and then make bets on how long it
will take her to die? After all, that’s what guards did for fun
in Nazi Germany. Abu Ghraib, anyone?
So, you ask, “If that’s all true, why doesn’t the media expose it
all?” Now, that’s such a classic example of Nazi strategy, it’s
almost funny. The Nazis took over the media, folks. No
newspaper published a single sentence without governmental approval,
and propaganda was fed to the populace instead of news. Sound
familiar? A TIME magazine article, (April, 2005), gave
illustrated examples of how the current administration administers this
And, last but certainly not least, the Nazis took over the German
government in its entirety with one simple maneuver: They simply
took over the courts. You know, like it’s happening right now,
today, even as we speak: Our filibuster was busted, and those
neo-con activist judges are a-sittin’ on the bench, ready to take over
the Supreme Court. Because, once that Supreme Court is co-opted,
hey, driver’s license ID cards are gonna be the least of our
worries. Ask me. I know!
Doris is an independent writer and may be contacted at:
 Jim Babka, Canyon Lake Week , Canyon Lake , TX 5-11-2005