Don’t you wish we had politicians who were honest enough to admit the game is rigged, who had actual experience in business and understood how the economy really works, who knew exactly how to stop the illegal flow of immigrants flooding across our borders, taking our jobs and corrupting our culture, who would finally call out all the lies being told by the Liberal media, who were willing to do whatever it took to end years of corruption and political dysfunction, who were willing to do away with unnecessary and burdensome regulations that are strangling our small businesses, who actually had the courage to call out voter fraud and a willingness to put systems in place that would guarantee fair and accurate elections, who understood that law and order was simply a matter of enforcing laws that were already in place, who could guarantee good jobs only for our own citizens, who called out big government and those wealthy elite who have been secretly ruining our great country, the deep state, who were grounded in and willing to fight for real Christian values, who truly believed in our great country and who were willing to put its own citizens first, celebrating our greatness, with no apologies, who were willing to end the reign of Liberals and socialists who have failed to provide an economy that works for our own citizens?
The above characterizes pretty well the frustrations, hopes and dreams of most Republicans today, which has led to the emergence of the Trump cult. It also happens to characterize the frustrations, hopes and dreams of Germans, around 1928. I know everyone hates it when I compare Trump to Hitler, but the similarities never seem to end, as if he’s been using Mein Kompf as his guide, a book Trump infamously kept/keeps on his nightstand. By 1928, Germany had recovered from the war and businesses were making a comeback. As a result, Germans seemed to lose interest in the hatred Hitler and his Nazi Party had been pushing. In the election of 1928 the Nazis received only about 2% of the vote. Hitler’s flurry of successes from the mid 1920s had all but petered out. As a quick side note, it’s interesting to learn about Fascism in America during this period, as well.
Then in 1929, the stock market crashed, followed by the Great Depression. Leaders around the world scrambled to avoid complete economic collapse, including Germany. It was out of all this misery and chaos that Hitler finally ascended to power. His arguments finally began to resonate with the struggling people of Germany and he captured the Chancellery in 1933. It took a little more than 10 years but he did it. Keep in mind, there was no talk of dictatorships, holocausts or wars during that period. Just a lot of winning. Sound familiar?
In what is likely to be the most pivotal moment in our history, let us face, once and for all, the ugly truth about America. That is, the more ruthless you are, the better you are at lying, the more clever you are, the more audacious, the less burdened by conscience you are, the more likely you are to win, in politics, in commerce and in most positions of authority. We have raised up the outlaws, the rule breakers, the bad boys, the gangsters to such a place of reverence, that we shouldn’t be surprised that our country has been overrun by a pack of rabid sociopaths. It makes sense. We came here to conquer or to escape oppression at any cost. The terrible things Trump is accusing immigrants of today, our immigrant forefathers made them look like Doris Day. The sociopathy component of winning is big part of our American DNA.
The big question is this: does all this make you sad or angry? In case you’re having trouble deciding, maybe this will help: anger is depression expressed outward, or as Ms. Chappuis suggests, “anger is fear, cornered.” Either way, it’s time for Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, however you choose to identify, to stop being depressed and start getting angry. It is the healthier choice on so many levels. We need to start speaking out at least as loudly as the pack of sociopaths currently holding the microphone.
Here is a fascinating interview with Aaron J. Leonard, author of The Hitler Conspiracies, that gets deeply into the dynamics of conspiracy theories and draws some marked distinctions between 1940’s Fascism and the populist fascism of today.