• Ben Corley

The Problem with Bullies

A scrawny wisp of a man is sitting on a medical exam table. He just finished with his visit and is putting the last of his outfit back into place. He is hoping for good news, but has already begun to resign himself to the failure of yet another examination. Over his shoulder, he casts a glance at a sign of black text on white which states “It is illegal to falsify your enlistment form.” Once upon a time there might have been a lump in the back of his throat from the fear of what might happen next. That was several forms and assumed identities ago.

He begins to put on his shoes when the curtain dividing the examination room is drawn back. A man in a khaki uniform with a white belt and ammo ouch enters. He stands quietly, his helmet and arm band declaring that he was a part of the Military Police. He’s armed with a truncheon and a pistol. The young man freezes for a moment, trying to decide what the best course of action would be. If he ran, this imposing figure could reach out and with a single arm detain the frail form that has tried for months to join up. If he stays, there may be no chance of his escaping the consequences.

Steve Rogers, from Brooklyn, is not having the best night of his life. His friend James Barnes is about to ship off to fight the greatest threat of evil that the world has ever seen. Rogers doesn’t want to be left behind.

Before Rogers can make a decision, the curtain is further pulled back and a man in a simple brown suit enters, dismissing the policeman with a quiet and thankful word. This new man is Dr. Abraham Erskine, and in a few short months he is going to change Steve Rogers life forever. Before there is talk about shields, or rays, or serums, Erskine asks one question: "Do you want to kill Nazis?”

Rogers, convicted and assured states matter-of-factly “I don’t want to kill anyone. I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.” Indeed, Mr. Rogers, indeed. I agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Bullies are not something that one can easily side with, agree with, or suffer lightly. I agree, and I’m sure that Gina Carano would agree as well. If you’ve been out of the loop, you might be wondering what was said or done to bring up a Disney branded hero, and the MMA fighter turned actress. I’m wondering that myself, because after a review of the whole ordeal, I can conclude that Gina Carano said nothing controversial. If this statement alone has caused you to gasp audibly, you’re not alone, and that’s a problem.

The subtext of the statement is clearly not one meant to engender favor in the socialist/ progressive/totalitarian/fascist mindset of the American political left. The implication is that through it’s actions, support, agendas and alliances the modern American left has created within it’s ranks a toxic, racist, and utterly intolerant atmosphere where anyone who doesn’t agree with them (or doesn’t agree with them enough) is on the verge of being treated with the kind of scorn, contempt, and loathe that was not know since the German Jews of the 1930s. Such is the fate of countries who bend the knee to the class warfare and identity politics espoused and engendered by Marxism in all of it’s flavors. To put it mildly, this isn’t a good look for the those on the left side of the Overton Window. What, then, is Gina Carano being punished for? Let’s start with what Gina tweeted, ultimately leading to her being eaten by the self-aware cancel culture mob.

“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but my their neighbors… even by children. ☹ “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hat them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

All of this is true, and distilled down to the bare essentials of what happened nearly a century ago. For those not familiar, allow me a brief digression to shed a little more light on the matter. Mein Kampf, wherein Hitler openly put to print his notions of antisemitism among other biases and hatreds, was published in 1925. By the time the anti-Jewish economic boycotts of 1933 came officially to the forefront of German public discussion and policy, the idea was so readily accepted that militant paramilitary citizen groups (the Brownshirts) complied readily and willingly with the order to block access to business, harass business owners, and do all within their power to shut down the means by which a Jewish family ate, put a roof over their head, and paid for their daily comings and goings just as any other German.

The boycott operation lasted one day. Because one day was all it took to have the evidence that the Nazi Party needed. Police rarely intervened in violence toward Jews or Jewish owned property. The sentiment that such action against German Jews was left largely unremarked upon by the public, regardless of being in a good or bad light. It was normalized, which made weaponizing the normalization against those who were being maligned as easy as drawing your next breath. One week after that single unremarkable day, the government passed it’s first in a series of laws; this one meant to restrict employment in the civil service to “Aryans”. Jewish government workers, including teachers in schools and universities, were fired or dismissed.

The culture, ranging from benign neglect at best to outright hostility and hatred at the worst, had been sewn into the fabric of society long before the first laws were ever put on the books. That’s what Gina is saying. Which begs the question; why would a historically verifiable statement, employed as a warning sign of current cultural norms that have eerily similar ties to the lessons from history’s darkest days, be something worthy of punishment and reprisal?

There is quite a lot that can be said about this subject and in the coming weeks perhaps I will, but for now… let’s remember something that history tends to over look out of expediency… The first country that the Nazi invaded wasn’t Poland. It was Germany. The Nazi didn’t come from out of the shadows one terrible night in the 1930s. They began the invasion of culture decades before, playing on the minds of the citizens and turning those who felt powerless against an enemy that was deemed the seed of all their problems. That’s how demagogues work; they find a scapegoat and hold it up with one hand while grasping for the levers of power with the other. Under the Nazi, laws with regard to taxation, property, self defense, even the basic autonomy of the human being was removed from a segment of the population for no other reason than the ethos of the time deemed it so.

Surely, the same kind of silencing, ostracizing, penalizing, and terrorizing wouldn’t possibly happen in the United States… right?

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