Thursday, October 10, 2013

Obama is Hitler, Again...

It is inevitable that, with the current undercurrent of violence which pervades the right these days, the idiotic claim that Obama is just like Hitler would be heard again.  Here's an example from Brenda Barton, a Republican legislator from Arizona a couple of days ago:

"Someone is paying the National Park Service thugs overtime for their efforts to carry out the order of De Fuhrer... where are our Constitutional Sheriffs who can revoke the Park Service Rangers authority to arrest??? Do we have any Sheriffs with a pair?"

Barton is of course now claiming that, in referring to Obama as "De Fuhrer (sic)" she never meant to compare him to Hitler.  Oh, of course not, Brenda- what would ever make us think that calling someone "De Fuhrer" could be construed as comparing them to Hitler?  Well, I am not going to go on with Brenda or the other right wing outbreaks of this malicious nonsense, but I am going to reprint here a very early post of mine, from about six months into Obama's term, when there was another outbreak of Hitler-calling.  It deals with what really happened in the first six months after Hitler became the head of the German government"

A Comment on the Great Obama-Hitler Delusion

Of all the blithering idiocies that make up the black-is-white phony reality of the right, none is more bizarre than the currently popular delusion that the Nazis were actually liberals. In support of this malicious distortion, conservative spokesmen have taken to openly comparing the behavior of the Obama administration to the first few months of another government- that of Adolf Hitler.

This absolutely ludicrous assertion would, in a sane world, not receive a minute's credibility. Yet, it has been popping up over and over again in the wingnuttosphere, and apparently there is a pool of lunatics willing to accept it as true.

Now, although a lot of people know quite a bit about World War II, very few seem to have much concrete information about the early years of Nazi rule. This certainly helps conservatives in spreading their lies. I thought I would take a look at what the Nazis got up to in their first six months after Hitler became Reichschancellor, to see how much they really resembled the Obama administration.

Hitler took power, not by election, as many conservatives claim, but through political manipulation, on January 30th, 1933. At that point, the Nazis had never held a majority in the legislature, the Reichstag. Almost immediately, Hitler manipulated the German government into dissolving the Reichstag and calling for new elections on March 5, 1933.

In the campaign, the Nazis received massive contributions from large industrialists, and were able to use the entire state apparatus as a campaign tool. In return for the money from the industrialists, he promised them that he would destroy independent labor unions.

As William Shirer (who was there at the time) reports, by the beginning of February, all communist meetings had been banned, and the communist press had been shut down. Social Democratic rallies were forbidden or attacked by S.S. thugs. Socialist newspapers were continually suspended. Even centrist leaders were beaten and threatened. Shirer counts 51 opposition leaders murdered by the Nazis during the campaign.

Hundreds of officials belonging to other parties were forced from their positions, and replaced by Nazis. Goehring, as minister of the interior for Prussia, and therefore head of the police of 60% of Germany, called for shooting down political opponents of the Nazi party. He appointed an "auxiliary" police force including 40,000 SS thugs and Steel Helmets (their close allies) to harass other political parties.

Still, the Nazis were unable to provoke the communists and the Social Democrats into the violent confrontation that they wanted, as an excuse to do away with them once and for all.

Then, on February 27, 1933, the Reichstag, the German parliament building burned down. In response to this, which Hitler of course blamed on the communists, he managed to get the senile President Hindenburg to agree to a declaration allowing Hitler to do away with German laws respecting free expression, freedom of the press, and rights of assembly, and also doing away with laws requiring government to honor privacy of all communications, or to have warrants for searches and orders for confiscation.

As horrible as this is, this decree also allowed Hitler to do something even more shocking- to take over the complete power of the states that made up Germany.

The election took place in an atmosphere of terror.Leftist parties were forbidden to campaign or circulate election material, and saw their rallies attacked by SS thugs. As many as 8,000 communist and Social Democrat leaders were detained before the election. On the other hand, all of Germany saw huge Nazi rallies, paid for by the government and industrialists.

Even with all of this, the Nazis failed in this election to achieve a majority, getting only 44% of the popular vote. The communists, despite all of the oppression, still polled 4.8 million votes, while the Social Democrats hardly dropped at all in their support.

Now came the next step. By the simple expedient of "arresting" a sufficient number of communist and Social Democratic legislators, Hitler managed to assemble a 2/3 "majority" of the Reichstag, to pass an act giving total power to Hitler- the so-called "enabling act," which bore the cynical name of "the Law for the Removing of the Distress of the People and the Reich." This granted power to Hitler to act in the place of the legislature for four years, and made the Reichstag totally powerless. It also gave him the right to enact laws that "might deviate from the constitution."

Germany under the Nazis never saw another real election.

The enabling act was passed with no one but Social Democrats voting against it (the communists were all gone.)

In one week in March, the governments of the German states were thrown out by Nazi thugs, and replaced by Nazis. On March 31, Hitler forcibly dissolved all of the state legislatures. On April 7, he appointed Nazis as the heads of every state, with the power to appoint and remove all state employees, including judges. (in January, 1934, Hitler officially transferred all powers of the states to the Reich, effectively dissolving them.)

On May 2, 1933, unions throughout Germany were destroyed, their money seized and their leaders thrown in jail. A few weeks later, Hitler eliminated the right of workers to collective bargaining. Hitler also excluded Jews from public service and all professions. On April 1, he declared a national boycott of Jewish businesses.

In June, 1933, the Nazis' biggest ally, the National party, was attacked, and went the way of all other parties, "agreeing" to "voluntarily" dissolve. Finally, on July 14, 1933, Hitler issued a proclamation making the Nazis the only political party in Germany.

Well, there you have it. This brings you up to about six months after Hitler took office- almost exactly where Obama is now. The result: no legislature, no states, no political parties, no constitution, no unions, no elections, no freedom of assembly, no freedom of the press, total warrantless police power, thousands arrested without cause, hundreds murdered by SS thugs.

Just like Obama, huh?


(O)CT(O)PUS said...

Acts of desperation by desperate losers! The latest NBC/WSJ poll has worse-than-bad news for Republicans:

53% of respondents blame Republicans more than the President (31%) for the shutdown – a 22-point spread;

Only 24% have a favorable view of the GOP;

Only 21% have a favorable view of the Pee Tardy;

47% prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress (39% for Republicans);

50% oppose de-funding of ObamaCare (up from 46% last month);

70% say Republicans are putting politics first.

Since the shutdown, it appears the GOP is now less popular than Adolph Hitler, diarrhea, bubonic plague, and impotence.

Green Eagle said...

Although it's stunning, isn't it, that, for example, 39% still prefer a Republican controlled Congress?