It was revealed today that, immediately after the inauguration, Trump issued a proclamation declaring his own inauguration day to be a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”
“Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Jan. 20, 2017, as National Day of Patriotic Devotion, in order to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country...
The declaration does not apply to inaugurations in general, only to his. This is not about the country, it is about Donald Trump himself. It is Trump who is to be the target of patriotic devotion.
There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it; and no peace where the people do not pray for it.”
With this act, the time has come when it is not just appropriate but necessary to refer to Trump as Hitlerian.
I believe I know a pretty fair amount about Germany, from its creation as a country in the early 1870's to the end of World War II, and in many ways I have resisted comparing Trump personally to Hitler. Hitler was a person damaged by a cruel upbringing, and by failure and poverty in his early manhood in Vienna. He fought honorably in World War I, and then entered political life in a country crushed by its loss in that war, and devastated by the hyper-inflation of the early 1920's. He had a detailed (if obviously repulsive) program for his country, spelled out in the mid 1920's, in his book, Mein Kampf, and from which he never deviated. Both personally, and in his circumstances, Hitler was vastly different than the coddled, rich bully Trump. Well, Trump has now, immediately on ascending to the Presidency, ascended past those differences.
Those who know about the early days of Nazi rule know that, as soon as Hitler thought he could get away with it, he began the forced transfer of loyalty from the government to himself. Soldiers, Nazi party members, and all government employees were forced to take oaths of loyalty to him. Here is an example of German soldiers taking this oath:
And this is clearly what Trump intends to do. We can now talk about him as a true despot, who intends to throw off the chains of two centuries and more of American laws and ideals, to enshrine himself as entitled by his very nature to rule the country forever. This single act should suffice for any informed person to utterly reject him, and refuse to recognize that, in any way, he has a right to determine the course of our land. Unfortunately, our sycophantic press will dismiss this act as having no real significance, and consequently, virtually no American will perceive what has just happened, or even realize that it took place.