Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Papal Quote of the Day
"In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. The most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933. After the crisis of 1930, Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler. Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people." -- Pope Francis, commenting on the rise of "populist" demagogues on the far right in Europe and here in the U.S in the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The words that neo-fascist demagogue Donald "Rump" Trump used in his inauguration speech -- "America First" -- have roots in the anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi America First movement of the 1930s here in the U.S. That was no dog whistle from Rump; it was a shout out to the white supremacist / xenophobic right that formed the core of his support.