By Jim Beers
"Daddy, what did you do in the war?" - A common question in fortunate WWII postwar families like mine.
In the turbulence and bitterness of America in 2009 "political correctness", character assassination, and intimidation make dialogue and inquiry all but impossible. Environmentalism, animal rights, socialism, racial divides, and an increasingly powerful and authoritarian central government all seem interwoven with and driven by a deteriorating economy that descends from one "crisis" to another. Desperate people look to a more powerful government as the only salvation and that government is all too willing to take over everyone and everything in a grip it intends never to relax. Government spending has skyrocketed and private enterprises of all kinds are increasingly under government direction. Government opponents in the media are identified and targeted as enemies. Church leaders and institutions are intimidated and told to cooperate or face elimination. A steady drumbeat of "new" laws, many unread by legislators and lied about to an ignorant public, are passed that dramatically change the society. Meetings to organize protests are broken up by "community organizers" that have been told by the President that they will be enlisted in a new domestic police that he plans to establish. This state of affairs could just as easily be used to describe Germany in the 1930's.
Of course there are many exceptions to any comparison of Germany circa the 1930's and the USA today. Today we show no tendency toward foreign conquest, indeed we are pursuing mere conversation for every foreign threat from nuclear weapon proliferation to Moslem Jihadism and Russian power expansionism. Simultaneously, we are embracing communist ideologues (Honduras, Venezuela, Cuba) that 1930's Germans hated and feared would conquer them eventually. In spite of being immersed in a never-ending apology for the worldwide and centuries-old practice of slavery and the conquest of European culture over the primitive culture existing in America circa 1492, we have no national delusion about "restoring" a racial culture of supermen that are superior to all other cultures. While government increasingly divides Americans with racial classifications and programs, no concentration camps or "final solution" are in evidence.
What we do share with Germany circa the 1930's is a radical government agenda and a powerful central government completely controlled by a single party committed to implementing that radical agenda during a time of one economic crisis after another. A thumbnail summary of the domestic (within the country) portion of that agenda might include:
Central Government control of business, banks, health care, insurance and as much else of the economy as possible.
Central Government authority over all lower governments (State, County, City, Local) and any decisions they might make.
Central Government hegemony as a result of a revamped Constitution and the work of radical judges and courts (see the movie Judgment at Nuremberg).
Central government control of religious institutions and religious activities.
Central Government control to be maintained by the party in power.
Central Government power to control any opposition.
Central Government authority over all citizen activity from when they might assemble, what media will be allowed, what speech will be allowed, and who might be allowed a gun to what children would be taught, when persons will be arrested or detained or searched, what property rights will be controlled by government, and who is to be allowed to be better off than others.
I first saw glimmerings of 1930's Germany when the President-to-be remarked about not wanting his daughters to "be punished with a baby". Here was a national leader openly referring to unborn children as deserving of no protection and equivalent to 1930's Jewish, Gypsy, and Disabled Germans that for no other reason than their existence could and should be killed.
Since that time the "new government" has authorized the use of public tax funds for abortions; threatened to eliminate the legal protection of doctors, nurses, and hospitals that will not provide abortions due to moral objections; continuously lied about the eligibility of public funding for abortions in their health care overhaul; proposed panels to make decisions about what care will be allowed the elderly or disabled; and clearly set the table for legalizing and encouraging euthanasia by what new laws they propose and who they have appointed as White House advisors.
Watching the "new government" appoint a gaggle of environmental radicals brought to mind the environmental extremism and nature worship of 1930's Germany. As the new appointees brought a track record of absolute priority for "Native Species" and "Native Ecosystems" to their jobs, one was reminded of 1930's Germany documents and programs aimed at "restoring Pre-Roman plants and animals" to the German Fatherland under the Third Reich. The American obsession with a mythical purity in a pre-Christopher Columbus America is identical to 1930's Germans yearning for a primitive culture that was similarly "spoiled" by a more advanced civilization hundreds of year before. The denigration of "Columbus Day" and the continuing international apologies for what America has wrought throughout the world have only intensifies my impression of this propaganda myth enabling an emerging dictatorship.
The abundance of "new government" animal rights radicals has been yet another reflection of 1930's Germany thinking. As we hear and see White House appointees declare how animals should have "rights" and we see their long histories of radical activism on behalf of animals at the expense of human traditions, uses and legal rights such as ownership one is reminded of a similar belief system on the part of the Leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party. In March of 1938 Germany simply absorbed Austria and Hitler made a triumphant entry and tour of several places where he spent his wasted and aimless youth. At his riotous visit to Vienna he first objected to staying at the best hotel because of all the stuffed animals in the lobby only to wind up at the proprietors' suite at the second best hotel where a polar bear rug graced the floor. The Fuehrer "hated hunting" and stayed up most of the night talking with his new puppet Chancellor of Austria. In this regard he would have had much in common with many of the advisors in our "new government".
Then there is all the government hoopla about making us all healthy. The proposed taxes on sodas and fast food and the plans for more exercise for all Americans as in the similar propaganda films of 1930's German civilians exercising happily in large military-like formations is matched with an antithetical government drift to unlimited abortion, withholding of health care to the elderly and disabled, and the foundation for future euthanasia programs.
The constant media exposure of the "new government" leader, the propaganda poster art, the children singing the songs praising the leader and all he does, and the widespread messages to children about how parents are not your role models but rather The State under the Leader are each eerily reminiscent of 1930's Germany.
Some observations and quotes from that period of history shed further light on similarities with today
On Fomenting Racial Division to Have Someone to Blame:
According to Nazi propaganda, the Jews thrived on fomenting division amongst Germans and amongst states. Nazi anti-semitism was racial: "The Jew is the enemy and destroyer of the purity of blood, the conscious destroyer of our race;" however, the Jews were also described as plutocrats exploiting the worker: "As socialists we are opponents of the Jews because we see in the Hebrews the incarnation of capitalism, of the misuse of the nation's goods." In addition, the Nazis articulated opposition to finance capitalism with an emphasis on anti-Semitic claims that this was manipulated by a conspiracy of Jewish bankers. (Consider "white people" remarks by the President and his pastor. Consider Israel. Consider Insurance Executives and Bankers getting bonuses and Oil Company Executives, etc.)
On the complete lack of any ethic of life or any government role in protecting human life:
Hitler considered Sparta to be the first "Völkisch State", and praised its early eugenics treatment of deformed children.
"The earth continues to go round, whether it's the man who kills the tiger or the tiger who eats the man. The stronger asserts his will, it's the law of nature. The world doesn't change; its laws are eternal." (Consider the animal rights and environmental extremists in the White House and what they would teach your children about humanity, morality, and nature.)
"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." Adolph Hitler
On Education and The Family:
When an opponent declares, "I will not come over to your side," I calmly say, "Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community." Adolph Hitler
"We are the joyous Hitler youth,
We do not need any Christian virtue
Our leader is our savior
The Pope and Rabbi shall be gone
We want to be pagans once again." - Song sung by Hitler youth (UUU, UUU, UUUMM!)
On Public Information:
"By the skilful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise." Adolph Hitler
On Public Opinion:
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." Adolph Hitler
What good does it do to make such an outrageous comparison? No reasonable person expects the new government to sign and break pacts or to instigate a "blitzkrieg" or absorb our neighbors. What a reasonable person can expect is the new central government to obtain and hold onto all government power just as happened in 1930's Germany. Whether it is good economically (as it was in Germany) is really immaterial. Whether it is good in some small way for you or me is irrelevant. Whether it is misused as it always comes to be in every dictatorship (which is what emerged in 1930's Germany) by either the current or future governments (as it ALWAYS is) is of no moment to Americans consumed with comfort and self-interest. The fact is that once a moderately responsive government is lost (in Germany just as in the 13 Colonies) you can't just remake it without a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Also there is no guarantee that you could ever restore this great Republic or anything close to it. Once you lose it, it is lost as millions of Germans would attest.
Just recognizing historical symptoms is something. Knowing what they have led to may be enough to bring us together before it becomes too late. Such has been the lesson of history down through the ages.
"Forewarned forearmed". (From Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes [1547-1616]).
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