I also remember the Nuremberg trials and recall wondering how such an evil bunch ever got control over the German people. I never found an answer to that riddle. I wondered if it could happen again, maybe even here.
I recall Goering's shocking statements, "Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship." and "...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
These, I have come to recognize, are the statements of a psychopath.
Now I have been introduced to a book that explains it all, and it is clear that this is what is happening here in the US today. The book is Political Ponerology, by Andrew M. Lobaczewski, a Polish clinical psychologist who destroyed his manuscript twice to save his life after WW II in the upheavals due to Stalin. His rewritten book was finally published in 1984 in Europe and a translation was published in the US in 2006. http://www.amazon.com/Political-Ponerology-Science-Adjusted-Purposes/dp/1897244258 You can get it on Kindle for $4.99. The paperback is worth the price at $15.32 + shipping.
This is the answer to my question about Germany, and it bodes ill for us here in the USA. It is a must read.