Trump and Hitler: Is History Repeated?
If you are offended by yet another article on the events of the past Saturday in Charlottesville, I do not apologize. I hope that what follows this article is another protest of the festering hate and racism that has for centuries attempted to destroy this country. This is not something that should be ignored or stifled. At no time in history has a problem been solved by pretending it does not exist, and history must be examined closely to see the parallels that bring repetition of mistakes.
It may not seem to many that Germany’s histories are relevant in today’s events, but it is worth revisiting to consider or dispel any similarities. Germany followed Hitler when they saw him as the government solution to the economic crisis. WWII began after the Great Depression that started with the stock market crash of 1929. The result in the U.S. was rising unemployment, low wages and rising consumer debt. Germany’s economy was just as bad. It is also worthy to parallel that Hitler did not win the election of 1932. He only had the support of 36%. Hindenburg won reelection that year and appointed Hitler as chancellor, which gave him the power to declare emergency action against terrorism. When parliament was bombed by German terrorists in 1933, Hitler initiated his authority to what he claimed would keep the German people safe. The German people rallied behind him. Before the death of the President, Hitler convinced Hindenburg to suspend the civil liberties in an effort to get rid of his enemies. Meanwhile the Nazi Party continued to grow and when Hindenburg died, Hitler won the election of 1934.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but how is this different than what is going on now? First, whether one believes it or not, Trump may have won the election, but was not a favorite of the popular vote. He was a favorite of the electoral college, which is determined by two representatives of each state. Since becoming President, Trump has attempted to give himself as much power as needed to force his agenda. He has come in with the confidence of the minority to handle the economic crisis that preceded him and the worst, if not the most frightening fact, is that those in Congress who are loyal to him are willing to look away from the growing conflict WITHIN our country of neo-Nazi, white supremacy groups and hate crimes associated with them. Does it take another Holocaust to open the eyes of Americans to see what is happening?
While the rest of us have watched the President fire his enemies, belittle his opponents, and place blame on protesters of anti-Semitic demonstrations, the GOP makes statements of disapproval but does nothing to remove the tyranny. Instead they stand by idly hoping to be able to accomplish something under their party’s dominance. By the time they act, it may be too late, and to allow a world power of negative proportions to grow because it was the ideal time to change things is shameful. The change you want will mean nothing when our freedom has been taken away.
Albert Einstein said, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” To those who protest what the rest of us see as being wrong, I applaud you. It is not an easy thing to be hated for doing what is right, even if those who hate you are small in number now. To those who are afraid to do anything, remember that courage is letting your conscience lead you when your fear is fighting for control. To those who will not take a stand, it is by your hands that this great country will fall.