On a Path to the Weimar Republic
One day when I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed I ran across the quote below. When I saw this it struck me with a bit of Truth about the path that our nation is on toward National Socialism. I shared the quote on my wall with a comment. I recorded the ensuing conversation that developed between a friend of mine from high school and me.
Catherine Brigden: “Be careful what you wish for…”
“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.” – Adolf Hitler, 1935
LIBERALS following Hitler’s lead.
Friend: Wow Cathy…that’s pretty harsh!
Me: You need to read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. This administration [President Obama] is following their play book to the letter.
[I had read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich a couple of years ago during the 2008 presidential campaign and the first few months of the Obama administration.]
Friend: I have read it. My undergrad is in history, and I’m also working on a PhD in history so that I can teach when I retire from business. Seriously though, Cathy… comparing our Constitutional form of government (no matter what knucklehead or idiotic party is in the big chair) to Nazi Germany? I can’t see how that lends itself to a constructive political discussion. It’s just baiting. For the record, I don’t have a party affiliation and I don’t box myself into a convenient catchphrase like “conservative” or “liberal”. When I see things like this from both sides of the political divide, it just makes me sad that we have to continuously throw firebombs at “the other side” rather than listening to each other and finding a way to make it work for everyone.
Me: Another book I would recommend is The Roots of Obama’s Rage. D’Sousa cites the books that Obama wrote before he became president as evidence of what he’s trying to do to our government.
[I have not read Dreams from my Father nor Audacity of Hope; however based on D’Sousa’s book, they are the equivalent of Hitler’s Mein Kampf as far as outlining his philosophy and plans he has for the nation should he obtain power.]
Sometimes the rhetoric needs to be harsh to get people’s attention. The progressive movement has been working us to this point for over 100 years. They have been eroding our freedom a little at a time so we wouldn’t notice. Well, many of us are noticing, and we have had enough. There are progressives in both parties, and they all need to seek employment in the private sector. Also, in 1935 Hitler was a pretty likeable guy. He tapped into the righteous indignation that the German people had toward the rest of Europe for settling that horrible war debt on them. He was made chancellor by a popular election. He didn’t really raise his ugly head until he invaded Czechoslovakia. He always declared that he was a man of peace, even when he was invading Poland. Many times what looks good in advertising turns out to be a snake that ends up biting us in the butt.
Friend: I’m not an Obama fan by any means, but the Constitution calls for a separation of powers that is unlike anything seen in Post-Weimar Germany. In short, you are comparing apples to oranges with that analogy. If you really believe that a President, any President, is capable of affecting any type of substantive change within our government without the consent of a (currently Republican controlled) Congress, then I would ask you to read the U.S. Constitution again to better understand what a sitting President may and may not do and the powers (and lack thereof) of each branch of government. Scare tactics from either side of the fence are convenient and self-assuring but are most always intellectually lazy and show a fundamental lack of understanding of the complexities of our political realities. I’m not trying to dog you out here, Cathy; but the sooner we all engage in real debate and discussion and stop with all of the hyperbole and bull**** statements (meaning all sides) then we can go about the business of correcting our country…not as elephants or jackasses, but as Americans.
Post Script: Since I originally wrote this article, I have done additional study on the types of government that exist in the world. All governments can be boiled down to two types: oligarchy and republic. What we have in our nation today is not republican, especially since the passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution which allows for the popular election of Senators to the national legislature. I have also read Shadows of Power which documents the true government of our nation, the Council on Foreign Relations. We are ruled under a fascist oligarchy that has taken advantage of the normal path that a true democracy takes which is to vote itself the people’s money. Recent events in Newtown, Conn. and Boston, Mass. have shown more examples of how the government is working to seize more power from the people by attempting to demand that they turn in their guns and stay in their homes when there is a threat to public safety.