Don’t they realize? Couldn’t you tell? Aren’t we listening?
The man on the TV who said he was a Republican and is now eligible for being elected President
Is, fundamentally, a Totalitarian.
Couldn’t you see? The look in his eyes, the ferocity of his voice,
the content of his words?
The hatred that he inspired in millions watching?
I guess not. I guess it’s not so clear that Fascism is on its way,
and that we must do Every Single Thing We Can to prevent that man from taking the reins of power.
Thus begins an era of politics of hate
When citizens choose bigots to conduct affairs of the state
You think I am alarmist?
Well, what would you have said
Had this been Germany in 1933 instead?
Or in Franco’s Spain
Or in China under Mao
Or North Korea right now?
When Jews and gays are hunted down
Like animals and shot
And ordinary people jailed for life
For smoking pot
When unemployment’s soaring
And the liberal press retreats
When Congress every faintly progressive law
Don’t be too surprised
When you see rioting in the streets
Don’t say you’re not ready
Or you hadn’t been told before
Don’t be shocked when you hear Nazis
Pounding at the Door
– Gregory from Staten Island