He wasn't elected to the office as, in the 1932 presidential election, Hitler lost to the incumbent Paul Von Hindenburg. Hindenburg lead the right wing of German politics in 1932, but the left and moderate wings of the German political system joined forces with the right wing for the sole purpose defeating Adolf Hitler. It worked for the Germans in that election.
So many of us voted for John Kerry in 2004 simply to see George Bush defeated. Many of us are progressives. Kerry is a Democrat who was calling for an increase in troops in Iraq during the 2004 campaign.
We progressives so wanted George Bush defeated that we ignored the truly progressive candidates that year, Ralph Nader and The Green Party's David Cobb. It didn't work in the 2004 Former United States of America. Bush was elected, possibly with fewer popular votes than Kerry and possibly for the second time with fewer popular votes. We'll really never know.
But there stood Adolf, in the upper crust of the German government. No he was not president of the Reich, he was simply Chancellor of Germany.
Just as George Bush may never have truly been elected president of The FUSA, Hitler was never elected to the presidency of the Reich. When Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler succeeded him by doing away with the presidency of the Reich and the Weimar Republic's constitution.
Bush still refers to himself as the president of The United States, but we've all heard him lust after a dictatorship in The FUSA, so long as he was the dictator. He certainly has been chipping away at the US Constitution, has he not?
The Reichstag Fire in 1933 gave Hitler an opportunity to scare the hell out of the German people. Hitler convinced the Germans that Communists and Jews were going to take over the German nation. He convinced the Germans that drastic times called for drastic measures. One of these measures was The Enabling Act which helped to implement Gleichschaltung, an initiative which consolidated power in a few elite hands at the top of the German government. This was no time for government bureaucracy to slow down needed actions to stop Germany from falling into the hands of terrorists such as the Communists and the Jews.
In initiatives in California during the past two elections, any social initiative meant to help those of lesser privilege was always rebuffed by whatever corporate giant would lose business due to the initiative by citing government bureaucracy and its incompetence and untimely method of implementing and facilitating such initiatives.
For example, the initiative in the 2006 election which would have set people in motion looking for alternative sources of fuel for California was going to create a "government bureaucracy" which would waste taxpayer money. The rebuke went on to say that those looking for alternative fuel sources could take this taxpayer money without promising results. They didn't even have to show progress in their endeavor.
That kind of propaganda is like making a sandwich. You take what you like and leave the rest. It's propaganda that chooses which parts of "the sandwich" we keep and which parts we don't like and, therefore, will not use. Some call it cherry picking and/or spinning truths until they sound absurd.
Just as many Americans sit back while The Regime gains more and more control over the government of The FUSA, Germans sat back while Hitler controlled the German government. Hitler placed himself in a position where he didn't need to use signing statements as Hindenburg did him the favor of dissolving The Reichstag before his death.
When there is a Reichstag or Parliament or Congress, signing papers becomes the best way to circumvent any law that the Congress may pass. The Regime doesn't always sign away the laws in toto. Sometimes it signs away parts that it doesn't like. Again, Bush is catering to his yearning to be an official dictator. This is as close as he's come so far. There's time yet.
German citizens supported Hitler's power grab because they needed a strong leader to ensure their safety, to protect them from the desire for world domination shared by the Communists and the Jews.
The Patriot Act is The Regime's Enabling Act and far too many Americans see the "need" for the Patriot Act. Like the Communists and the Jews in 1930s Germany, Fundamentalist Muslims, for no good reason, want to destroy America, America's allies and their own neighbors.
Just as Saddam Hussein shook the hand of Donald Rumsfeld in 1983, Neville Chamberlain shook the hand of Adolf Hitler in 1938. Hitler would later be the main driving force behind air attacks on London and the killing of British citizens.
Rumsfeld would later serve as one of the main driving forces behind removing Saddam as the sovereign leader of the sovereign state of Iraq and bombing that country into ruins. Rumsfeld would later be a main driving force behind the killing of more Iraqis than Saddam ever killed.
Rumsfeld, though no longer officially Secretary of Defense, was one of the people who tied the slip knot which embraced the neck of the man whose hand he'd previously shaken. The fingerprints of Bush and Cheney are all over that rope as well.
As has been written in article after article, Saddam was hung for crimes against the Iraqi people, crimes, indeed, against humanity while those who helped construct the noose are still committing crimes against humanity.
Like the Germans, far too many Americans have seen the need for The Patriot Act, the illegal wiretapping of their own communications devices and the signing papers making congress the paper tiger it is in this day of drastic measures.
Unlike most Germans in the 30s, many Americans today have been trying to tell those who would accept and defend The Regime's many ways of consolidating power in the hands of the Executive branch of government that they're missing the small but important steps by which The Regime is accomplishing this consolidation.
We were told that we needed to go into Iraq to rescue Iraqis from Saddam Hussein. However, who are we Americans going to turn to to come into The FUSA and rescue us from The Regime? Will the Latin American countries which The FUSA has its eyes on and which The FUSA is sending deeper and deeper into squalor come to our rescue? Will Hugo Chávez and the Socialist governments that are forming in Latin America join forces to invade this nation to help us carry out regime change, since we, as a people, don't seen to want to do it ourselves-sort of like The Iraqis?
In the 2006 elections, we elected the conservative Democratic Party to displace the even more conservative Republican Party. Voting in The Democrats was akin to running on ice.
Those that now have the chance to oversee the Executive Branch have already pardoned that branch for its crimes against humanity. There will not be punishment for murder. In fact, some of the Democrats are agreeing that we need to send more Americans to die in Iraq, even though every reason we were given for going into Iraq in the first place has been proven to be bogus.
The latest reason, to bring democracy to Iraq, should be a cakewalk now that Saddam is as far out of the picture as he can possibly be. So let's leave now and, like the founders of the United States of America, let the founders of Iraqi democracy do just that, found Iraqi democracy.
The Germans caught on too late. Hitler caused untold death and destruction before outsiders, not Germans, toppled his regime.
Maybe that's what The FUSA needs, outsiders to help us take the power out of the hands of an elite few who don't mind seeing others die to advance their personal goals. Maybe, instead of referring to America and it's "allies" in Iraq as The Allies, other nations should ally with each other, march into The FUSA and help us patriots change our government and help us return to a democratic method of choosing a government. Maybe France and Germany can bring us democracy.
Unless we wake up soon, it will be just as "too late" for us as it was for the Germans.