The day I met a real Nazi: True story: My sister married a German guy, whose dad was in the German Army in WWII. Gunther was an old dad, fathering his son, my brother in law, when he was an old man.
I had read William Shirer’s book “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” when I was about 13, so I was pretty aware of the horror of what went on in Germany.
So one day my sister brought home, her father in law Gunther…a REAL Nazi. Being a joker, with a strong distaste for fascists, I proceeded to follow Gunther around that day, mocking him, doing Goose Steps and Nazi-saluting him, my arm in the air….Gunther was not amused.
What’s my point? My point is, that incident happened close to 50 years ago. All the “progressive” and SJW young people who throw around the term “Nazi” have no direct experience with anything remotely resembling an actual Nazi. They repeat the liberal Orthodoxy, devoid of experience, in order to gain cheap social validation points, as a “good” person. For them it’s all just something they were told, so their perception of the whole “Nazi” thing, is pretty shallow.
Hell, even my own young perception of “Nazis” was pretty shallow, when it happened half a century ago, and my perception was not based on direct experience in Nazi Germany, but of actually meeting a Nazi relative, long long after the events in Germany, and reading an excellent book.
So casually throwing around the world “Nazi” the way people on the progressive left do now, is a bit of a joke, because it is only based on a now watered down cultural meme, largely removed from the direct experience of most people….it’s phony, through and through.
For much the same reason, I think a lot of the current country music, really sucks: I have the same laughing and cringing reaction to many current “Country singers” today…singing so-called “Country Music”…I have that reaction because I have rural roots, with much extended family employed and living on working ranch/farms and have known many men who were actual “cowboys”…men who looked after cows…which was the original occupation, which was inspiration for that music. New country music is phony, because it is not rooted in actual rural experience.
I very much do like old country, though, like Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton etc…old school. But if you look up Johnny Cash’s bio, he was actually raised on a working farm, so there is nothing phony about Johnny Cash, and his rural poetic cowboy sentimentality and outlook on life.
Wiki on Johnny Cash: “
In March 1935, when Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas, a New Deal colony established to give poor families a chance to work land that they had a chance to own as a result. J.R. started working in cotton fields at the age of five, singing along with his family while working. The family farm was flooded on at least two occasions, which led him later to write the song “Five Feet High and Rising”. His family’s economic and personal struggles during the Great Depression inspired many of his songs, especially those about other people facing similar difficulties. He had sympathy for the poor and working class.”
And the thing is, when I was young, there were many, many “cowboy” TV shows, because for many people alive at that time, memory of the farm and rural past, was actually part of the living memory and cultural experience of many people who listened to country music and watched cowboy TV shows…so for us, it was authentic.
In 1960, the top 3 American TV shows were all cowboy shows:
3-Have Gun, Will Travel
And the reason for this, was that memory of rural life was within living memory for many Americans.
But now? All that country cultural experience is now a fading memory of perhaps the grandparents and great-grandparents of a few people alive today. That’s why there are very few cowboy movies made today, by Hollywood: people just can’t relate to them, because most people have nothing in common with that experience and time in our history. The past is another country.
As an original experience, farm life, cowboy life, is very far removed from the current experience, of even today’s current “country singers”, most of whom grew up in big cities like Dallas or New Zealand in the case of Keith Urban, surrounded by TV and the internet…a far cry from the rural experience with no technology, Dolly Parton grew up in. With 12 siblings, Dolly was born in a 1 room cabin in the Smoky Mountains…..That’s where Dolly’s authenticity comes from: real life, real experience, of a time long past.
But today’s “Country” music is as phony as a $3 Bill and just repeats the musical patterns of their parents and grandparents. So that’s why “country music” is now a bit of a joke: At one time, country music was real. It was actually part of the lived cultural experience for mostly European-origin people who lived in America, and a few Charlie Prides so very long ago…so back then, it was real….or at least a sentimental fictionalized reflection of an underlying lived reality. But today it is far removed from that rural country experience, that it’s now phony and shallow, in the same way the use of the word “Nazi” is phony and shallow. The left is so very, very phony.
By the way, if Adolf Hitler was alive today, he would have turned 129 years old in April. Met a real Nazi lately? No?…..Didn’t think so….
Rode a horse lately? Cleaned out a barn? No?…Didn’t think so…
Maybe it’s time for both left wing white people and right wing white people, to stop living in a fictional past of what you think reality was, for your grand parents and great grandparents generation.
Let the dead, bury the dead.