The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals held by the Allies after World War II which were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, judicial and economic leadership of Nazi Germany who planned, carried out, or otherwise participated in the Holocaust and other war crimes. The trials were held in the city of Nuremberg, Germany.
The effects of these trials and the transcripts of “defense” left a residual effect in many countries that allows those in power to lose perspective of who they are there to serve.
The Nuremberg Syndrome: “…these misdeeds did not happen according to my wishes…Once again I would stress that I am guilty of having been obedient, having subordinated myself to my official duties . . . . That is what the government did” — Words of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi trying to defend his World War II atrocities at his trial, held in Israel in 1961.
These are the words of a political criminal who felt his obedience to one man was justified because the “needs of the many” or the country became less important than the selfish needs of the few or, in this case, the “One.” This blind, robotic, worshiping of one man’s dream is what destroyed a most powerful but dangerous country, a country that became divided into two separate nations for many decades and is still feeling the effects of one man’s evil dream.
This man-made attitude continues to exist today and has infected a country that had great potential as a standard-bearer of real and responsible exercises of freedoms and liberties, the once United States of America. These last 7-1/2 years have shown an administration defying the “rule of law,” ignoring the Constitution, and conducting the business of the people as “ruler” and not as a leader. He has been able to do this simply because others in government refused to speak up, refused to resist, refused to honor the laws of the land and hold him accountable. They stood in either a passive or active “obedience to the One,” thus making our Constitution inactive and eventually obsolete.
History offers us much education to absorb, if we only would choose to learn. I suspect that in far too many cases the human thinks he can make the same mistake, but do it better each time around.
I am compelled to consider the fate and future of America, a country I felt was worth placing my life on the line for so as to protect the freedoms and liberties I thought we would embrace in a responsible fashion. Reflecting on the damage that the Nuremberg Syndrome can create, we must consider how many federal employees working in the “Sodom & Gomorrah” district called Washington, D.C. are dedicated to the “One” called “President,” with little or no allegiance to the country they are all obligated to serve. How many have the answers, know the truth, have possession of the evidence, the “smoking gun,” if you will, but simply refuse to save America because they feel they have to serve the “One”….the “man” and not the country? Why do the needs of the few, or the One, take priority over the needs of the many, and how long can we imagine we can further exist under such a destructive, self-serving process? Obeying without question the “needs of the One” while consciously denying the “needs of the many” is the Nuremberg Syndrome. Declarations of “I was only following orders” should not be considered in such a delusional “defense.”
Will history eventually reveal that America was destroyed from within, simply because we as a people were too unappreciative and far too weak to control and exercise the freedoms and rights we bestowed upon ourselves?
Will this expose a reality that “Man” is not as civilized or intellectually progressive as he imagines so as to embrace such freedoms with respect and honor, thus exposing that we may have not yet stepped too far away from the “caveman” mentality?
Has the “Nuremberg Syndrome” caused those in government to disregard the needs of America in this present administration? Serving one who wishes to rule instead of to govern has allowed numerous scandals of treacherous proportions to go unanswered. Federal employees all sworn to serve America have been diminished to serving the “needs of the One.”
There have been scandals such as “Fast and Furious,”* “Wide Receiver,” the Internal Revenue Service’s acting as a “private investigative force” for the “One,” and the September 11, 2012 murder of four Americans in Benghazi. Federal administrative agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the EPA are armed to the teeth, like Gestapo secret police, with weaponry comparable to our military, weaponry and armament they are not even supposed to possess. This “ruler” has added over 600 regulations to administrative agencies such as these, granting them unauthorized “powers.” Why? Is this lawlessness and ruling-by-force the new decree of America?? Is this not comparable to the early days of Hitler?
**One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.” A 50-caliber rifle found at Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious.
Where were all the breaking news reports on these violations against humanity caused by this administration?
What about the illegal insertion of Obamacare into our lifestyle, when Sen. Harry Reid took a House Bill (Military Housing – HR 3590), already passed by the House, gutted the language and inserted Obamacare into the bill, never seeking House review or authority, as he shamelessly avoided due process in the Senate. This illegal performance was done because Nancy Pelosi couldn’t get the House version of Obamacare passed. Where was the outrage? Where was the impeachment of Harry Reid? This goes to the very basic foundation of our country’s original protest and revolution, “Taxation without Representation.” Was the silence of our Congress compelled by those who were “following orders”? Be it Democrats or Republicans, their silence and consent to Crime-in-Congress leaves little to be proud of. When due process is ignored and violated so as to serve the needs of the “One,” then is not the doom of the nation inevitable? When obedience to the “One” has denied the rights of the many, the Nuremberg Syndrome reigns and the United States dies.
What of the Executive branch, where the “ONE” rules with arrogance and defiance of our due processes? His immigration policies have been ruled unconstitutional, yet he allows his rule to override court decrees with weak, little, or no resistance from a Congress of cowardly Americans. They have all forgotten the sacrifices made by others, designed so as to preserve a government of, for and by the people. They have spit on the graves of our war veterans. Congress has performed as well as any treacherous or treasonous “den of thieves” would perform who feel it is better and easier to serve the One than to perform as Americans and serve the needs of the Many.
What of the Judiciary, when they said you can tax citizens for freely choosing not to make a purchase of the Obamacare product. A “Supreme Court” that designed and wrote its own argument to support the “One’s” selfish purpose against the wishes and the Will of the People. Forcing people to “buy their insurance” or pay a tax penalty? This is in our Constitution? Maybe some communist or fascist Constitution but not in America!! Such a ruling by the obedient (non)-Supreme Court is one that violates the very language, intent and spirit of our Constitution. This revelation of an anti-American Supreme Court was reflected in the statement by Justice Ginsburg, when she stated that our Constitution was “NOT a Constitution that others should use/model the making of their own country’s constitution.” Could a statement such as this make you believe that she would follow the “rule of law” and serve America, or betray America and follow the orders of the “One” she would rather serve
Congressional investigations on some of these matters have been thwarted, delayed, and ignored by those “serving the One.” Evidence delayed for years or destroyed, subpoenas ignored, interviews refused, perjury from “heads of agencies,” witnesses disappearing, court orders ignored, and the U.S. Attorney General held in criminal contempt by Congress as impeachment proceedings moved forward.**
The refusal by the Department of Justice, acting like “Schutzstaffel” (SS bodyguards), to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious; its refusal to uphold certain laws, namely the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986; and a refusal to prosecute IRS officials who accessed tax records of political donors and candidates without authorization are all examples of impeachable offenses committed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
With these actual and factual occurrences written into our recent history, could you actually state that America is “doing fine, and is strong,” such as the illusions that the DNC promoted during its convention?
Possibly years after our country’s demise, should anyone ever find it in his heart to recall his participation in America’s fall from within, I feel they will simply state that they “were only following orders.”
Even our present-day, so-called “mainstream media” has participated in “serving the One” as evidenced by limited, under-reporting or no reporting on the issues already mentioned above. Issues about which America had and has a “right to know” were denied coverage all or most of the time. Reporters/journalists/editors/managers all confused their personal perspectives with their duties and obligations as “guardians of reporting the truth.” Even more horrendous is ignoring their obligations, duty, and honor as Americans so as to serve the “Needs of the One” because they embrace/idolize the “ONE” in power.
An example is the above-mentioned “Fast and Furious” debacle where over 1400 weapons lost by this Administration were given to criminals and terrorists at the global level. Did you hear this “breaking news” from the mainstream media as it suffers from its own “Nuremberg Syndrome?” I don’t think so! They also have disrespected their fellow Americans (war veterans) who gave their very lives so as to preserve the concept of “free speech.”
Ignoring ethics, Duty, and loyalty to country so their petty personal views can coincide with serving the needs of “the One” is known as treason. Censorship by mass approval from within their own ranks cannot conceal the truth that may eventually destroy the concept of free speech at all levels of existence.
What lies ahead for a country spiraling out of existence as a model for the freedoms and liberties we will only hunger for when they have been stripped from us?
Will this “shadow government,” Ruled by One, dominate, or will our basic/instinctive desires to be free come to the forefront once again?
Will America become a divided nation, not only in beliefs and traditions, but also in physical territories, especially should this syndrome prevail after the results of this next presidential election? Will secession be the common word of the year 2017? We know it has happened before in nations whose governments abused their authority, Betrayers became subservient and “fell on bended knee” to serve a “Master” instead of serving a country. Americans have a much more serious consideration during this election, and it revolves solely around what they want for their children and their children’s children. A future of stripped-down “freedoms,” eventually resulting in none at all, or a reviving of an America that had the potential to become a blueprint of what all humans can do, in spite of their basic frailties, as they seek the evolutionary capabilities to embrace freedoms and use them responsibly.
Is it wishful thinking or true “fear?” Are we as humans too “young” to understand the responsibilities of being free, or do far too many wish to be controlled by a “despicable” few? Who among us wishes to continue the dream, or submit to the enveloping nightmare?
Thomas Pastore, Vietnam Veteran/USMC, still looking for America. Would be nice to get Home.