Ghosts Of The Past

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A bit much, perhaps, but the similarities are there

Submitted: February 15, 2017

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"In many ways Nazism was antithetical to what the great mass of Germans said they admired -- and certainly to what they paid homage. It was noisy, undisciplined, vainglorious; its leader was a half-educated (poser) For a decade the National Socialists were regarded as hoodlums, as part of the breakdown of what had been, if anything, an excessively ordered society before."

Eugene Davidson, historian

 

If you take out the 'for a decade' part, this sound ominously like what happening now.

 

"Since the inception of the Nazi Party, social scientists have attempted to define its nature in terms of its membership. Scholars have described the party variously as a class movement, a regional movement, an anti-urban revolt against modernity, a generational revolt, even as a collection of losers, cut-throats and criminals."

Paul Madden, historian

 

This could describe now, certainly, except replace "criminals' with 'bullies'.

 

"Support for the NSDAP extended far beyond the lower middle class to elements of the socially established Grossburgertum (upper middle class) as well as to sizable segments of the blue-collar working class. At the height of its electoral popularity in 1932, the NSDAP had managed to transcend the basic cleavages of German political culture, mobilizing a mass following that was without precedent in its extraordinary social diversity."

Theodore Abel, historian

 

So this unexplained phenomenon has happened many times before, and we're making the same wrong choice again.

 

"A 'Hitler myth' was cultivated which built on people's desire for strong leadership, and presented Hitler as an almost God-like figure. Hitler's image was labored over in a manner not dissimilar to that of pop stars today."

Alison Kitson, historian

 

Replace 'Hitler' with 'Dump' and, sound familiar?

 

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

Hermann Goering

Sound familiar? The dangers are real, but to use fear as an excuse to trample the constitution?

 

"All of us, who are members of the Germanic peoples, can be happy and thankful that once in thousands of years fate has given us, from among the Germanic peoples, such a genius, a leader, our Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, and you should be happy to be allowed to work with us."

Heinrich Himmler

 

Substitute American for Germanic, Dump for Hitler, and you're drinking the Kool-Aid.

 

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"The Presidents choices will not be questioned.."--"There's no such thing as judicial supremacy."--two quotes from Steven Miller, adviser to President Dump, telling us that laws don't matter for whatever Dump wants to do.

 

Throw in that Miller and Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi's Joseph Goebbels look sort of alike, and 'SCARY!'

 

Now, I'm not saying Dump and his henchmen are as hardcore as Nazis, but you have to admit; ghost of the past.


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