LETTER: Look up facts, names; buy a real newspaper

Posted 2/14/17

While I agree with the sentiment, I feel that a correction is in order concerning Mr. Edwards’ recent letter. He said nothing wrong.

The original family name of the “Donald” was Drumpf, …

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LETTER: Look up facts, names; buy a real newspaper

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While I agree with the sentiment, I feel that a correction is in order concerning Mr. Edwards’ recent letter. He said nothing wrong.

The original family name of the “Donald” was Drumpf, changed by his grandfather sometime after immigrating here in 1885, to Trump. “Trump” is not a German surname, but an English one. In linguistic sources a “metonymic name for a trumpeter, from middle English trumpe,” i.e., trumpet. Drumpf, a corruption of Trumpf, derives from the old High German word “Trumme,” or “Trumpa,” meaning drum, or drummer. In later times, it came to mean “a suite of cards,” “the suite of cards that captures the rest,” derived from the French/Swiss word “triomphe,” although that is not the meaning in German or English.

In neither of those languages does it mean triumphant, and in French only when it comes to card games. Take it how you will.

Also, 1930 Germany was in complete political, social chaos, economically worse off than the U.S. Only very few took the little, strutting, Chaplin-esque joke of a figure of Hitler seriously, figuring he’d be long gone next election – until it was too late.

Yes, Trump reminds in many ways, of an authoritarian, puffed-up strongman wannabe, but conditions here and now in the U.S. are quite different than in ’30s Germany. You decide.

Do something, but don’t get the idea that it can’t happen here. Maybe not now, but a democracy can only be safeguarded by its citizens, not the police, not the military, not some “father figure.”

The police and military are only there to provide security by force, protecting us “weak civilians.” We are the only ones who can guarantee peace and democratic freedom.

Look up the facts, not some for-profit fake opinion or social media sites. Buy and read a “real” newspaper.

CLAUS DIETRICH

Port Ludlow

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