I have no long tribute to write on the woman known as “the Iron Lady”, but as a Jew who today is commemorating the murder of 6 million, interjecting a post of any kind not related to Holocaust Remembrance is my own personal tribute. Her accomplishments were important not just to her country but to the entire world and she always conducted herself with a dignity and decency hard to find in today’s world and government. Rest in Peace Margaret Thatcher.
Since this website is not a forum for political endorsement I will not declare my personal allegiance in the upcoming presidential election. Ask me in another forum and I will have no shame in stating my preference and speak with me one on one and I will gladly debate you, but unless I feel something is unquestionably relevant to the survival or history of the Jewish people, I will do my best to stay on point. This website, one that was set up to promote the book Jew Face, is being used to bring to light holocaust denial, holocaust mentality, anti-Semitism, and historically relevant facts as they pertain to the Holocaust and my parents’ experiences.
So today I will speak of the upcoming election, but in a way I have not seen anywhere else till now. When 6 million people get murdered by a force as strong as the Nazis were between 1933 and 1945, there is very little criticism given to the victims. And rightly so. The innocent victims, people who were merely guilty of being born Jewish, did nothing to deserve their horrible fate. The brutality of the Nazis is well documented and needs to be continually documented so that it will never be forgotten. There is however one criticism often given to the victims as a group. This criticism is that they listened blindly and followed like sheep. Now I do not have the arrogance to make this criticism because none of us know what we would have done in this situation. However, this argument may be backed up by looking at those who did stand up and fight, or recognized what was going on and did not follow blindly. My father, Nardus Groen, was one of those people, and although he was the first to credit it to good fortune and God’s blessing, it is hard not to make an argument that his behavior lead to his survival, my mother’s survival, and the existence of their entire offspring, yours truly included.
So heading into the November election, whether you are Conservative or Liberal, love or hate President Obama, Republican or Democrat, I have one strong request from you. Use your mind. Don’t blindly follow anything. If you hate Obama, I guarantee you that some of the criticisms of your sources are either spun or fabricated, and if you love Obama I guarantee the same. Do not follow anyone like sheep. Even those you consider to be like minded. Be fair, be thoughtful, and be aware. For when you follow like sheep, you are often being lead to slaughter. And if anything can be learned from the past, it’s that independent thought is a much better road to survival than blind trust.