Tuesday, September 5, 2006

More from the Parallel Universe(s)

So Rumsfeld wishes to compare us (who stand in opposition to the neocon bloodbath) to Nazis. Rumsfeld, a Nazi who works for Nazis! I know the web is awash with great responses. I thought I might add a few bits from an article called How Hitler Became a Dictator by Jacob G. Hornberger.

Compare this to the 9/11 incident:
The Reichstag fire

On February 27, Hitler was enjoying supper at the Goebbels home when the telephone rang with an emergency message: “The Reichstag is on fire!” Hitler and Goebbels rushed to the fire, where they encountered Hermann Goering, who would later become Hitler’s air minister. Goering was shouting at the top of his lungs, "This is the beginning of the Communist revolution! We must not wait a minute. We will show no mercy. Every Communist official must be shot, where he is found. Every Communist deputy must this very day be strung up."

The day after the fire, the Prussian government announced that it had found communist publications stating Government buildings, museums, mansions and essential plants were to be burned down... Why would Hitler and his associates turn a blind eye to an impending terrorist attack on their national congressional building or actually assist with such a horrific deed? Because they knew what government officials have known throughout history — that during extreme national emergencies, people are most scared and thus much more willing to surrender their liberties in return for “security.” And that’s exactly what happened during the Reichstag terrorist crisis.
And, compare this to the Patriot Act:
The day after the fire, Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to issue a decree entitled, “For the Protection of the People and the State.” Justified as a “defensive measure against Communist acts of violence endangering the state,” the decree suspended the constitutional guarantees pertaining to civil liberties:

Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications; and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed. Two weeks after the Reichstag fire, Hitler requested the Reichstag to temporarily delegate its powers to him so that he could adequately deal with the crisis. Denouncing opponents to his request, Hitler shouted, “Germany will be free, but not through you!” When the vote was taken, the result was 441 for and 84 against, giving Hitler the two-thirds majority he needed to suspend the German constitution. On March 23, 1933, what has gone down in German history as the “Enabling Act” made Hitler dictator of Germany, freed of all legislative and constitutional constraints.
Or this, the Nazi model for the Neocons' system of capturing their enemies:
The Nazis also implemented a legal concept called Schutzhaft or “protective custody” which enabled them to arrest and incarcerate people without charging them with a crime.
And finally,
Oddly enough, even though his dictatorship very quickly became complete, Hitler returned to the Reichstag every four years to renew the “temporary” delegation of emergency powers that it had given him to deal with the Reichstag-arson crisis. Needless to say, the Reichstag rubber-stamped each of his requests.

For their part, the German people quickly accepted the new order of things... The overwhelming majority of Germans did not seem to mind that their personal freedom had been taken away, that so much of culture had been destroyed and replaced with a mindless barbarism, or that their life and work had become regimented to a degree never before experienced even by a people accustomed for generations to a great deal of regimentation... The Nazi terror in the early years affected the lives of relatively few Germans and a newly arrived observer was somewhat surprised to see that the people of this country did not seem to feel that they were being cowed... On the contrary, they supported it with genuine enthusiasm. Somehow it imbued them with a new hope and a new confidence and an astonishing faith in the future of their country.
The only thing worse than Nazis, is Nazis who have learned from their history how to succeed.


windspike said...

Shea, I love it when you go to the alternate universe. I'm linking up. By the way, the only way that I think you could improve this post is giving us links to the things you suggest we look at - you know, the patriot act, etc...there are some who are click averse and wouldn't want to move their fingers any more than they have to.

Blog on brother, blog on all.

SheaNC said...

That's a good point. I added a link for the Patriot Act. Er, a slightly biased one 8^)

Tina said...

My high school German teacher (Frau Larsen-- she was a WWII war bride to a GI) told us this about the Germans' nonchalant acceptance of Hitler's crimping of their freedoms: 'You have to understand how desperately poor we all were after WWI. Things were so bad for the entire nation of Germany, yet here was this man who told us how wonderful we were. How pure and superior we were. And if you joined his parties, you were given these beautiful uniforms to wear. He gave us some hope."
She and her family (her parents were both teachers) were vehemently anti-Hitler/ anti-Nazi (especially since she was a very pretty, very blonde teenager at the time and had to face awful advances from Nazis as well as the Russians when they invaded Berlin), but what she said did make sense to a certain degree. Who knows.... maybe BushCo inspires this same sentiment in the thoughtless, uneducated, redneck masses, too??

Mike V. said...

they're reaching, man.
I guess it never occurred to them to maybe try and NOT pander to the dwindling base..

isabelita said...

Yee-up, as I've said before, if you were looking carefully, you could see the suppression of glee on W's face as Card whispered in his ear while he was reading "My Pet Goat." One boy in the classroom on that day recently said he saw W.'s face get all red, and that he thought W. had to go to the bathroom.
And ABC's pseudo documentary removed "My Pet Goat." It's astounding, although not surprising, the rate at which we are seeing history being rewritten, before our very eyes -
as well as revisited, and in the worst ways possible.
Now, this evil lot's base isn't as poor as the post-WWI German populace was, but hideously, W.Rove et al have in motion forces which will create more impoverished people here.
Oh, this course of thought is really sickening me.

SheaNC said...

Isabelita, it hadn't occurred to me about the "My Pet Goat" incident - that's a major part of the 9/11 story, and they'll surely pretend it never happened. Maybe another channel will counter by rerunning Farenheit 911.