Free Speech can be an Instrument of Change
Before there was a Nazi Germany there was a German republic. The Weimar Republic. Where people were free to say anything they wanted to. In fact, it was that freedom of speech that allowed Adolf Hitler to rise to power. Who then took that freedom of speech he used away from everyone else. Pumped out state propaganda (i.e., lies). And did horrible things to people. Including to his fellow Germans who dared to speak freely.
Free speech can be an instrument of change. Hitler knew that. And used it. But knowing what an instrument of change speaking freely can be he banned free speech after he effected change with it. And then started the lying. Joseph Goebbels, the head of state propaganda, lied and he lied big. Saying that if the people heard a lie enough they would believe it. Especially a big lie.
Germans are not evil people. But they did vote for members of the Nazi Party. Of course, when they were voting for members of the Nazi Party it wasn’t the Nazi Party of the Holocaust. No. It was a much kinder and gentler Nazi Party. A party for the workers. And the people. For the Nazi Party was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. It was nothing more than big government taking care of the people. At least, that was the lie. And the people fell for it. Giving us one of the darkest chapters in world history.
The Natural State of Life for people throughout History has been one of Oppression
As Nazi power expanded free speech withered and died. The free press became an arm of the state. Telling the people only what the state wanted the people to hear. Not what the people wanted to know. The truth. No. Instead, all the people got were lies. To advance the state’s agenda. And to squelch any discontent of the state. For the few who dared to speak up or criticize the state the Gestapo (the state police) was there to arrest, torture, imprison or kill them.
This is why truth is so important to a free people. And why it’s such a threat to an oppressive state. For the governed far exceed those who govern. So the only way a minority power can rise to a dictatorship is by cowing the people through fear and intimidation. Keeping them blissfully ignorant of the truth. And feeding them nothing but lies via the state propaganda machine. Something a free press makes difficult to do. Which is why a dictatorship shuts down free speech.
This is something as old as time. For the natural state of life for people throughout history has been one of oppression. Something our Founding Fathers were very aware of being gentlemen of the Enlightenment. And students of history. Which is why they gave us the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And a big part of the First Amendment is protection of the truth by the guardians of the truth. A free press.
The Complicit and Corrupt Media supports a Political Agenda instead of being Guardians of the Truth
The free press brought Watergate to the attention of the American people. And caused President Nixon to resign. Because of the cover-up. Not the crime. When Oliver North traded arms for hostages during the Reagan administration the free press was all over that. Irangate. A play on Watergate. And when news surfaced that the Bush family pressured the military to improve President George W. Bush’s Air National Guard service record during the 2004 presidential campaign they were all over that, too. But it turned out that this was a lie. And we now know this as Memogate. For the documents that CBS said proved this were obvious forgeries.
In other words, the media lied during the 2004 presidential campaign. To harm President Bush’s reelection chances. Making the media less of a free press and more an arm of the Democrat Party. A propaganda machine. For the mainstream media these days is less about the truth and more about Democrat propaganda. As the Obama administration has had a flurry of scandals that gets scant coverage in the free press. The IRS targeting of conservatives. Benghazi. Spying on the Associated Press. Accusing journalist James Rosen of being a criminal for reporting unflattering news leaked to him (referred to as Rosengate). Fast and Furious. The lies, misinformation and backroom deals to pass Obamacare into law. Etc.
The legacy of the Obama administration will not be the scandals. But the complicit and corrupt media. A media that was derelict in its duty to safeguard the truth. Instead choosing to disseminate lies. And ignoring news that is unfavorable to the Obama administration. Should this nation stop being exceptional. And become ordinary. Like the history before us where the natural state of life was one of oppression. It won’t be the emerging dictatorship to blame. It will be the complicit and corrupt media that allowed it to happen. By choosing lies over truth. And supporting a political agenda instead of being guardians of the truth.
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Before WWII there were many who Admired the Great Things Authoritative and Charismatic Dictators were Doing
The Nazi Party is one of the most documented rises of totalitarianism. A system of government where everything and everyone is subordinated to the state. Where the state comes first. And the people are expendable. Ruled by a single person. A charismatic leader. Who the people pledge their allegiance to. And follow obediently to the ends of the earth. We can learn a lot by studying what happened in Nazi Germany about the quest for absolute power. For though party ideology may differ the path to that party is eerily similar wherever, and whenever, you look.
Of course, some are infatuated by an all-powerful state. Not for the crimes against their people. But what an all-powerful state can do. Where enlightened individuals can do what’s best for the people without having to deal with a political opposition. Just read what one beloved world leader wrote about Adolf Hitler prior to the outbreak of hostilities that embroiled the world in World War II:
Other musings concern how great the autobahns were – ‘the best roads in the world’ – and how, having visited Hitler’s Bavarian holiday home in Berchtesgaden and the tea house built on top of the mountain for him.
He declared; ‘Who has visited these two places can easily imagine how Hitler will emerge from the hatred currently surrounding him to emerge in a few years as one of the most important personalities that ever lived.’
This was written just a few years before Hitler invaded Poland. Up until the war broke out there were many who admired the great things authoritative and charismatic leaders were doing. Mussolini made the trains run on time. And FDR was so smitten with Joseph Stalin and the great things he was doing in the Soviet Union that it broke his heart when the Soviets signed a non-aggression pact with the Nazis. Allowing the invasion of Poland. And starting World War II. While splitting up Poland between the Nazis and the communists. Basically removing Poland from the map.
The Left has used the Expanding Size of the Federal Government to Harass and Silence their Political Enemies
This is why Nazi Germany is so interesting as a study in politics. For the Nazis rose to power within the political process. They won elections. And then used their legitimate powers to expand their power. Often helped by the clever use of propaganda. Misinformation. And brutal criminal acts. Which becomes easier to do as your powers grow. And you place yourself above the law. And become a nation of a charismatic ruler. Instead of a nation of laws.
With the recent scandals of the Obama administration (Benghazi, the obstruction of free speech, the persecution of conservatives, etc.) some are making comparisons to Watergate. While some even go so far as to compare it to Nazi Germany. Of course, President Obama and the Democrats are NOT Nazis. In fact, they are diametrically opposed to much Nazi ideology. Just to give one example take immigration. The Nazis believed in a pure Germanic race and opposed immigration of non-Germans. While Democrats want to throw open the borders. So the left are not Nazis. But if you read the 25 points of the Nazi Party platform of 1920 you will see that the left employs many of the same tools to rise to power as the Nazis—and all totalitarian regimes—used in their rise to power. Here are some of the 25 points.
9. All citizens must have equal rights and obligations.
12. In consideration of the monstrous sacrifice in property and blood that each war demands of the people personal enrichment through a war must be designated as a crime against the people. Therefore we demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
13. We demand the nationalization of all (previous) associated industries (trusts).
15. We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.
16. We demand the creation of a healthy middle class and its conservation, immediate communalization of the great warehouses and their being leased at low cost to small firms, the utmost consideration of all small firms in contracts with the State, county or municipality.
18. We demand struggle without consideration against those whose activity is injurious to the general interest. Common national criminals, usurers, Schieber and so forth are to be punished with death, without consideration of confession or race.
20. The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program, to enable every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education and subsequently introduction into leading positions. The plans of instruction of all educational institutions are to conform with the experiences of practical life. The comprehension of the concept of the State must be striven for by the school [Staatsbuergerkunde] as early as the beginning of understanding. We demand the education at the expense of the State of outstanding intellectually gifted children of poor parents without consideration of position or profession.
23. We demand legal opposition to known lies and their promulgation through the press. In order to enable the provision of a German press, we demand, that:
a. All writers and employees of the newspapers appearing in the German language be members of the race:
b. Non-German newspapers be required to have the express permission of the State to be published. They may not be printed in the German language:
c. Non-Germans are forbidden by law any financial interest in German publications, or any influence on them, and as punishment for violations the closing of such a publication as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-German concerned. Publications which are counter to the general good are to be forbidden. We demand legal prosecution of artistic and literary forms which exert a destructive influence on our national life, and the closure of organizations opposing the above made demands.
25. For the execution of all of this we demand the formation of a strong central power in the Reich. Unlimited authority of the central parliament over the whole Reich and its organizations in general. The forming of state and profession chambers for the execution of the laws made by the Reich within the various states of the confederation. The leaders of the Party promise, if necessary by sacrificing their own lives, to support by the execution of the points set forth above without consideration.
Both the Nazis and the left call for an egalitarian society. For example, everyone should have access to health care. While everyone is obligated to pay their fair share (i.e., the health care mandate forcing people to buy health insurance). Both call war a crime against the people and want to confiscate war profits. Among other profits. The left wants to get rid of the profit incentive and capitalism while the Nazis wanted to just nationalize private sector industries. The Nazis wanted to get the elderly dependent on the state by expanding old age welfare. Just as the left does with Social Security and Medicare (and now Obamacare). The Nazis wanted to implement price controls to help the middle class. The left’s solution to the high cost of health care (in part) is price controls. Forcing doctors and hospitals to work for less. The Nazis wanted to severely punish those who are injurious to the state agenda. The left used the IRS and other agencies of the federal government to make life uncomfortable for those who actively oppose their agenda (case in point the recent scandals plaguing the Obama administration). The Nazis controlled education as “early as the beginning of understanding.” The left had the government take over the student loan program to get more kids into college where they can further indoctrinate them. The left controls public education. That gets out the vote to help Democrats win elections. And the left is always trying to create/expand state-run childcare. To start indoctrinating children as “early as the beginning of understanding.” The Nazis wanted to ban any free speech that did not help the general good. As the state determined what that general good was. The left marginalizes the one network (Fox) that doesn’t endorse the left’s agenda. They’ve tried to muzzle free speech on the one media outlet they did not dominate (talk radio) by trying to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. And they’ve talked about extending that to the Internet to shut down any opposition there. The Nazis called for a strong central authority with unlimited powers to protect the general interest. The left has expanded the size of the federal government under the guise to protect the general interest. And the recent scandals show the use of that growing central authority to harass and silence their political enemies. Conservatives. Who are today’s scapegoat.
JFK was more Champion of the People than Seeker of Dictatorial Power unlike Today’s Democrat Party
The Nazi party did not do well until the Great Depression. When the masses were unemployed and suffering under the war reparations of the Versailles Treaty. The people were angry. Frustrated. And felt they were suffering for the crimes of others. Then along came Adolf Hitler. And the Nazi Party. They did not let this crisis go to waste. The Nazis identified a scapegoat for all of their woes. The Jews. With a great crisis and a scapegoat the Nazis started winning elections. In 1928 the Nazis had 12 seats in the Reichstag. By September of 1930, after the pain of the Great Depression was being felt, they had 107 seats. Making them the second largest party. At the same time the Hitler Youth junior branches started indoctrinating boys and girls as young as 10. By July 1932 the Nazis were the largest party in the Reichstag. The Nazis co-ruled the country as part of a coalition government. In 1933 the Reichstag burnt down. Another crisis too good to waste. The Nazis (who probably started that fire) blamed the Communist Party (KPD). The second largest party in the Reichstag. The Nazis got the KPD banned. Giving the Nazis majority rule. They then suspended basic civil rights. Because enemies of the people were everywhere. And the government needed to protect them. Making Germany a police state. The Civil Service law of 1933 began the removal of Jews from every office. The Nazis then abolished trade unions. Forcing everyone to join the German Labor Front. Then in March 1933 the government passed the Enabling Law. Transferring legislative power to Hitler’s cabinet. Creating Hitler’s dictatorship. As the future of Germany could no longer be left to the chaos of an elected body. It needed the strong will of a charismatic leader who knew what was best for the German people. And the German people followed his will obediently. Because there were enemies all around. And they needed someone unhindered by an elected body or law to protect them.
Liberal Democrats are NOT Nazis. They have more ideological difference than they share. But they do have one thing in common with the Nazis. Their quest for power. And in that quest for power they have used some of the same techniques the Nazis used. Because all power-hungry people use these techniques. They identify an enemy (Jews/conservatives). They champion the people. And then lie through their teeth. Using their growing powers to consolidate even more power. All the while the people enthusiastically support them. Supporting the oppression of their common enemy. Until that consolidated power begins to include them in their oppression. Where all but the most devout Nazis regretted their earlier support of the Nazi Party. As it was all but the most devout Nazis that suffered from the state’s oppression.
So who was that beloved world leader that wrote so admiringly of Adolf Hitler before the outbreak of World War II? He was an American. A Democrat. Who actually went on to fight in World War II. Against the Japanese. Who went on to become president of the United States. Fierce Cold War warrior. And, surprisingly, endorsed economic policies that Ronald Reagan would one day endorse. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (see How JFK secretly ADMIRED Hitler: Explosive book reveals former President’s praise for the Nazis as he travelled through Germany before Second World War posted 5/23/2013 on the Daily Mail). Who may have had some faults. But being a Nazi wasn’t one of them. JFK may have wanted to use the power of government to make America better. But he was an old school Democrat. Who was more champion of the people than seeker of dictatorial power. Unlike today. Where it appears the Democrats in power use the IRS and other agencies of the federal government to oppress their political enemies. Conservatives. Kind of the way the Nazis oppressed their political enemies in Germany. And like the communists oppressed their political enemies in East Germany. Where our fierce Cold War warrior spat in the face of that communist oppression by proclaiming, “Ich bin ein Berline.” I am a Berliner. But today it is the Democrats that are the oppressors. Not the ones fighting against oppression.
We’ve come a long way from JFK’s Democrat Party.
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Workers Enthusiastically Supported the Nazi Party because it had the Word ‘Workers’ in It
Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party (DAP) in 1919. The party platform included nationalist, anti-capitalist and anti-Marxist policy positions. As well as being anti-Semitic. A socialist party where everyone was equal. Unless you were a Jew. Something Hitler could wrap his arms around. As he would blame the Jews for Germany’s loss in World War I. A war in which Hitler served as a messenger. Even got awarded for bravery. And he would later blame the bad German economy on the Jews as well. Having a scapegoat is very important if you want dictatorial powers. For you have to attack someone as you really can’t run on a platform of wanting dictatorial power so you can oppress your people. The DAP became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). And Hitler designed the party banner. Creating the swastika. And the Nazi Party.
Now there isn’t a whole lot of difference between socialism and Marxism. They are both about sharing the wealth and both are anti-capitalist. The real reason Hitler hated Marxism is that they were a strong contender for power in Germany. Power that Hitler wanted for his National Socialists. And for him. Which he consolidated by scapegoating, lying and using his personal charisma. Another important quality for one aspiring to be a dictator. To create a cult of personality. Hero worship. You have to be able to charm the masses so they don’t look that close at your policies. Or your record. Germans voted Hitler into office. He didn’t seize power. They fell in love with him. But they had no idea what they were voting for. World War. Genocide. He just moved them so much that they were willing to trust him fully. Even when some began to learn about what was happening at the death camps or what the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads) were doing on the Eastern Front they told themselves that the Führer was doing what he had to do to protect the German people. Or, at the least, they blamed these atrocities on excesses of the SS and not their beloved Fuehrer. Or simply chose not to believe these reports.
The Nazis created an employment boom coming off of the Great Depression. With massive public works projects. And an aggressive rearmament program to prepare for World War II. The war economy made industry hum. Paid for with funds confiscated from enemies of the state. And through massive monetary expansion. That is, they printed a lot of money. Causing a lot of price inflation which raised the cost of living for the working German. Businesses were buried in red tape. The Nazi state controlled everything. Including the private sector. Complying with Nazi regulations took up about half of all communications for those in business. As one task could require up to 40 forms. Probably in triplicate. The Nazis shut down small businesses and small corporations. Wanting to deal only with big industry. So they could better control the businesses. And the workers. Business people once warmly supported Hitler during the ascent of his power only to discover later that Hitler was ruining German industry. Making them to regret their previous support. As did the workers. Who enthusiastically supported a party that had the word ‘workers’ in it. Only to see higher prices. Lower wages. Longer hours. No collective bargaining. No right to strike. High income taxes. Compulsory contributions for sickness, unemployment and disability insurance. Union dues (for a union that represented the state, not the worker). As time passed they even lost the ability to quit their job. Or change jobs. Being forever chained to the job the state chose for them. Which worked well to maximize industrial output. And to prepare for war.
After 9/11 George W. Bush kept America Safe from another al Qaeda Attack while he was in Office
America’s problem with radical Islam probably dates back to the Iranian Hostage Crisis (1979). Then came the United States Embassy Bombing (1983) in Beirut. And then the Beirut Barracks Bombing (1983) that killed 241 Americans. Who were there in a peace-keeping mission during the Lebanese Civil War. To be neutral referees between the warring Muslim and Christian sides. Where the Muslims felt that although the Americans claimed neutrality in the conflict they leaned Christian. Hence the bombing of the Barracks. There was no real American retaliation for the attack. As they weren’t certain who was responsible. With other threats to American forces President Reagan eventually abandoned the mission and pulled out US forces. One person took great interest in this American response to terror. Osama bin Laden. Who learned the following lesson. When Americans suffer casualties they quit.
Islamist attacks (and plans for attacks) against American targets increased during the Nineties. Perhaps the most shocking being the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. An attempt to topple the Twin Towers that failed. Then came the New York City Landmark Bomb Plot (1993). The Khobar Towers Bombing (1996). The United States Embassy Bombings (1998). The Millennium Attack Plots (2000). The USS Cole Bombing (2000). Then 9/11. An attempt to topple the Twin Towers that succeeded. Until 9/11 we treated all of these events as criminal offences. Not acts of war. We talked about bringing these people to justice. In a court of law. Despite bin Laden having declared war against the United States back in 1996. Well, after 9/11 George W. Bush declared war against Osama bin Laden. And his terrorist organization. Al Qaeda.
Bush attacked bin Laden’s safe haven in Afghanistan. Chasing him underground. Bush invaded Iraq. In part to pressure Saudi Arabia to crack down on the Wahhabi in their kingdom financing al Qaeda as the Saudis feared Iran filling any power void in Iraq. Which made American success in Iraq important to the Saudis. (The Wahhabi hated the Saudi Royal family as much as they hated America. While the Saudis had to tread lightly around the Wahhabi lest they provoke a civil war in the kingdom). It worked. Bush captured Islamist terrorists and sent them to a detention center at the US Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Interrogating them for intelligence. As enemy combatants. Not as people with American Constitutional protections. Which helped to thwart future terrorist plots. Causing the Islamist world to hate George W. Bush with a passion. But he kept America safe from another al Qaeda attack while he was in office.
If Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were Alive Today they would likely Endorse Barack Obama and Joe Biden
Things changed under President Obama. Who also hated George W. Bush. Blaming him for the Muslim hatred against America. So he tried to offer a softer, friendly face to the Muslim world. He stopped using the term ‘War on Terror’. He wanted to try some 9/11 terrorists in the civilian court system in New York City. Instead of by military tribunal. He said the US would no longer torture people. And promised to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. When a radical Muslim in the US Army killed fellow soldiers on an Army base because of America’s ‘crimes against Islam’ the president called that workplace violence. Not terrorism. A lot of these things the Islamists liked. But President Obama also killed indiscriminately with unmanned drones. Anyone killed that wasn’t on the kill-list was deemed an enemy combatant. So collateral damage of innocents was greatly reduced. By simply calling everyone killed an enemy combatant. And by killing all terrorist and terrorist-adjacent people there were no prisoners to house. But there was also no intelligence to gather. Which had its drawbacks.
Years of interrogations and intelligence gathering eventually located Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. When advised President Obama gave the ‘go’ order to kill him. So in one day the president killed bin Laden. Defeated al Qaeda. And ended the War on Terror. Something the president likes to say over and over again. A never ending spiking of the football. This relentless bragging and the unmanned drone attacks inflamed the Islamist world. Providing a great recruiting tool for al Qaeda. Possibly being the impetus for the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi. Which was left poorly protected. Even after the American ambassador requested additional protection. Especially around the anniversary of 9/11. But someone in the Obama administration denied the request because President Obama had killed Osama bin Laden. And defeated al Qaeda. And having to beef up security in Benghazi would have gone against that narrative. So they didn’t.
So if Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were alive today who would they endorse in the 2012 election? Well, Hitler would have liked the Democrat attacks on rich people. Seeing that as good scapegoating. He would be impressed by the cult of personality around President Obama. Though it wasn’t as good as his. He would like the attack on capitalists and the massive government interference into the private sector. And the high income taxes and regulations. As well as those public works projects. Those roads and bridges. No doubt Hitler would have liked a lot of what he saw in the Obama administration. Though, perhaps, he would be confused as the ultimate purpose of this massive power grab. And Osama bin Laden? Well, he hated George W. Bush. President Obama may have killed him but it was all that War on Terror stuff that brought the Americans to him in Pakistan. He would prefer the Obama light touch over the Bush hammer. And he’d probably prefer his people getting killed by drones instead of being captured and pumped for information. Like the guy that gave up a name that eventually led the SEALs to his hiding place. And he would just love the opportunity to speak in a US court. Something that just wouldn’t have happened under Bush. Finally he would have liked the naïveté and arrogance of President Obama. Which would have given him a target-rich environment. Like Benghazi. If Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden were alive today they would likely endorse the Democrat candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
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