Isn’t This How Hitler Started?

From Lezgetreal:

by L. S. Carbonell

On January 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. Hitler quickly pushed Hindenburg aside and eliminated the non-Nazis in his coalition government. The regime used excessive military spending to ease unemployment and create prosperity. They rode this prosperity to popularity, used the secret police to destroy liberal, socialist and communist opposition, destroyed labor unions and persecuted gays and Jews. They took control of the courts, local government and all civic organizations. All information was controlled and free speech was suppressed. Unswerving loyalty to the fatherland was the keystone of acceptance in a conformist society.

On January 20, 2001, George W. Bush was inaugurated President of the United States. He used two unfunded wars and limitless government spending to create prosperity. He deregulated the financial industries, making credit easy. He appointed Supreme Court Justices who shared his neo-conservative views. Unswerving loyalty to the homeland was encouraged to make America capable of fighting a vague and nebulous enemy. In the final year of his administration, the economy collapsed. His successor was America’s first black (actually half-black) President, and his differentness led to allegations he wasn’t a “real American.” He was portrayed in the conservative media as a terrifying liberal, communist, socialist, Maoist, Marxist, Nazi who would destroy America. By lumping Nazis in with their sworn enemies, the conservative media sought to deflect comparisons between their vision of America and Hitler’s Germany. This conservative media had had 14 years to persuade its viewers that only they spoke truthfully on issues, so that their viewers never questioned the facts when they started lying. Two years later, the Democrats had been unable to perform a miracle with the economy, so the conservative media helped propel into office a group of men and women who received massive amounts of financial support, both directly and indirectly, from a small group of ultra-rich businesspeople. At the state level, these politicians passed laws to destroy labor unions, persecute immigrants, gays and Muslims, and take control of local governments. Conservatives flooded internet comment sites, occasionally shutting them down, frequently slowing them to a crawl with excessive postings until they had pushed opposition voices off the sites.

In Saturday’s Forbes Magazine on-line politics page, writer Rick Unger, with a assist from Wisconsonite Doug Olson, showed how Governor Scott Walker is planning to introduce a bill into his highly co-operative legislature to give him virtually unlimited power to take over a local government. Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder already has that power. The trigger for the take-over would be Walker’s personal opinion that a locality is financially unfit. Since his budget cuts over $1 billion from local governments and forbids the raising of local taxes, he has created the circumstances by which he could seize every locality in the state, dismiss the locally elected officials, appoint a person or company to run the locality, end local services, and cancel local employment contracts.

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