THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

I am not an expert on Hitler. But my father is.

He toured post-war Germany extensively in 1957 and ’58 as a child performer. And he often recounts the stories. He befriended  teenage Lebensborn children (if you don’t know what Lebensborn children are …well …before you post anymore about Hitler you should read about them). He visited an SS widow and got a peek at her husband’s uniform and Luger (that he’d committed suicide with), she had stored in an old trunk, in the attic.

These and other intense experiences in Germany sent my father on a life-long quest to understand this sociopath (Hitler) and the country that allowed itself to be dragged into one of the darkest chapters in world history. My dad is a Hitler/Nazi buff the way Indiana Jones’ dad was a Holy Grail buff.

As the son of a man with this hobby (one might call obsession) I learned a lot about Hitler and the Third Reich just by osmosis, growing up. My father would weave WWII stories into his sermons. He would talk about new books he was reading on the subject. When I was nine-years-old I bought him a book on the battle of Stalingrad for Christmas. Not a tie or a pair of socks. A book …on the battle …of Stalingrad. Yeah …it was kinda like that.

The thing my father and I have often discussed, through the years, is the eye-rolling art of comparing American presidents to Hitler. It is such an absurdity we find it amusing …and frustrating. It’s often just a punch line. Like the Soup Nazi wasn’t really a Nazi. He was just mean. The Nazi part made it funny. You know …over-the-top. Like “grammar Nazi” or “spelling Nazi.” Nobody is really a “Nazi.” It’s our representation of something we consider jarring, strident, intractable and inhumane.

But the truth about Nazis isn’t funny at all. It’s bloody and horrible and gut churning. And it involves machine guns and butchery and inhumanity on a scale that takes your breath away. Nobody is really a “soup Nazi” …unless they served it in a concentration camp.

The idea of comparing an American president to Hitler is just as absurd …from any angle, in any context. The American system ITSELF pretty much prevents “Hitlers” from showing up. And America ITSELF is anathema to what Hitler was trying to create. An American ANYTHING or ANYONE is hard to fit into the Hitler model. It’s just not apples to apples.

There are some fundamental things to understand about Hitler:

1. He took over a small, failing state that didn’t have separated government, enumerated powers or checks and balances. It’s difficult for a guy like that to show up here, in this system.

2. His entire political career was violent from the beginning. There was always death in his wake. He didn’t just suddenly “turn” violent. It was a pattern …as it always is with sociopaths. This is THE most important thing to watch; the violence. I always keep an eye on who is rioting …breaking things …throwing rocks and bombs. It doesn’t make them Nazis. But it signals how far they’re willing to go.

3. He entered office with his own personal military construct (the SS) with allegiance to him ONLY. They would carry out things the regular military would never carry out: i.e. the murder of private citizens and political opponents. Nothing like that exists or COULD exist in America. We simply wouldn’t allow it.

4. He didn’t start out just killing Jews. He started out euthanizing people with special needs …for the betterment of the care-givers’ lives. (You can decide which side of the aisle favors the extermination of “inconvenient” people).

5. He disarmed the population, then nationalized healthcare and education. (Two-out-of-three of those are Bernie Sanders moves …But, guess what? Bernie isn’t Hitler either …not by a long shot)

The list goes on and on. But the deal is this:

Hitler was a real life murdering sociopath. He wasn’t just a charismatic speaker who incrementally fell into bad behavior. He wasn’t just a racist corrupted by unfettered power. In other words, you or I probably couldn’t end up being Hitler. A garden variety KKK leader probably couldn’t end up being Hitler either …or a community organizer …or a New York real-estate tycoon. It’s not that easy or simple.

NONE of our American presidents have ever been Hitler. But the people of Germany certainly thought FDR was a murdering dictator when B-17s started dropping bombs on them. This is why you have to KNOW what you believe and why you believe it. Good guys and bad guys are often in the eyes of the beholder. And they often look similar in the fog of conflict. I would imagine Japanese Americans in internment camps wondered if their president was Hitler-like. Nope. Horrible act …but not close to Hitler.

To that point, ironically, the American president who could’ve actually been likened to Hitler (before Hitler) in some of his methods was …wait for it …Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln broke more constitutional law than any other president in U.S history. He imprisoned political opponents without due process. He suspended habeas corpus. He was personally responsible for the deaths of six hundred thousand people.

He invaded countries that had declared their own sovereignty and forced them back into a union they didn’t want to be a part of. He unilaterally annexed Nevada, without 60 thousand residents, (a pre-requisite for becoming a state) in order to carry it and win the 1864 election. In other words, he pretty much rigged it.

And when he was killed by one of the highest paid and most famous actors of his day (ironic …don’t you think?), the actor screamed “thus always to tyrants!” (in latin) because the man thought he was being a patriot for ridding the world of a dictator. But he wasn’t …and he didn’t.

Lincoln did all of those things to end and win the Civil War. And today we love him for it …as we should. Because in the end, his vision was right …even though his methods were suspect in the heat of the moment.

When people think they’re seeing a Hitler, they might actually – sometimes – be seeing something closer to a Churchill. Before WWII everyone thought Churchill was the big bad wolf. His own people hated him and thought he was a Hitler type character (again …pre-Hilter). But he just kept saying, “guys …I’m telling you. This Hitler guy is the real problem. Not me.” And he turned out to be right. There’s a difference between an abrasive leader who makes you uncomfortable …and a despot.

Now, people are comparing Donald Trump to Hitler. And the countdown has officially begun, to …well …I don’t know …but something really bad. I get that someone who is combative with the press and who wants to vet refugees and shut down open immigration fits the bill some are always looking for when it comes to finally getting their “Hitler” villain.

But if you study enough about it, you realize the guy vetting and banning refugees is probably not Hitler …the guy CREATING refugees probably is.

If we keep looking for Hitler in every United States president we disagree with, we’re not going to recognize the real one when he actually shows up …in a different country.

R

1,167 thoughts on “THIS HITLER NONSENSE …

      • Why is Trump such a terrible guy? Because he dont take a back seat to the Liberal Elites that have been lying to us through their teeth for their whole term in the Government?, Because he wants people to be able to choose what when and where and IF they buy Healthcare? Remember Hitler forced Healthcare on his people as well, if fact Obama’s is far closer to Hitler in his actions than Mr Trump will ever be, Trump was not my first choise either, but since all this drama has taken place I realize something, the Demoncrats are surely destroying this country, and a bunch of Republicans seem to want to help them do it, Because if Mr Trump cant fix this country, or isnt permitted to by the elite politicians, it is going to have to come down to we the people, taking back control, as we should have already done, so you better pray that you allow Trump to fix this country, because once we pull out the stops, and start the REAL REVOLUTION, it isnt going to be pretty

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        • I just go crazy listening to the intellectual laziness of the term “elites”. Yeah, people who have studied an issue and know their talking about, you know, “elites”. Obviously you haven’t been keeping up on the comments in this blog or you would have seen that Hitler didn’t in fact force healthcare on the country, but hey, your mind is made up. The Founding Fathers understood that Government ≠ Business and Business ≠ Government. Business is a terrible model for so much of Government and vice versa, but hey, that’s elite book knowledge, right? The American public was smart enough last time a business tyrant came around, Ross Perot, to reject the deeply flawed premise of Fascism.

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          • Kevin, you are confusing elites with scholars. Elitism is an attitude of superiority. Scholars are folks that have in depth study their subject and I am not necessarily talking about college professors although there are scholars among them. It is probably difficult to be a scholar in more than one area of knowledge. A scholar of molecular biology has expertise in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, and bio chemistry as well as advanced calculus and statistics. They probably also have knowledge of advanced physics as well and knowledge of physiology and molecular biology. You can figure out the requirements to be a scholar in other fields. The elites are the intellectually lazy or the narcissist.

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            • I appreciate your thoughtful reply… you are right, there is some confusion all around when that term is bandied about. I’d say that at least half the people using it are not referring to people that make a living knowing their subject matter. But you also know that half the people that use that term are just using pop-culture jargon that is meaningless. It’s kind of like the President’s one-size-fits-all use of “Fake News” which doesn’t differentiate between actual fake news and news that he disagrees with.

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            • No, that is not what elite means – it is not an “attitude” of superiority, it is “a select group that IS superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society”.

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          • “…,people who have studied an issue and know what they’re talking about…”

            WRONG!

            They typically know what they’re LYING about, making their LIES all that much more despicable. A perfect example is Hillary’s “Public Position/Private Position” statement.

            And it’s not just the Democrats – there are some Republicans who are long past their “retire by” dates too.

            Perot a fascist? Who do you think you’re fooling? Perot might have put us on the right course, who knows.

            The founding fathers? They understood serving in government positions was a duty and an honor, NOT a CAREER. And yes, they tended to be the SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMEN of their day, because that ensured they were not beholden to the various evils that now control the Democrats as much, or really more, than the Republicans.

            You make a vague, unsupported claim that Hitler did NOT force health care on the country. You should read up on the topic, you might learn something, but your whole post shows exactly what was mean when the term “elite” was used – you people who are just SO convinced you know everything and you do know a lot, it just turns out that much if not most of you know is simply wrong! Maybe, if you had any evidence to back up your claim, this could be the SINGLE THING in your WHOLE POST that might have some basis in truth. But it might also be just a matter of point of view, given all the “medical necessity” laws passed at Hitler’s behest that did in fact affect the whole country and started the mass murders going.

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              Just one request – the next time you hand Dorian Mattar his a**, could you use the company china instead of a paper plate? He may be close to an intellectual overload so anything that you can do to ease his predicament surely has to be appreciated – and, as he has confirmed throughtout your exchanges, it ain’t a lot of reading if you don’t do it. He is like so many others today – he doesn’t listen to understand, he merely listens to respond. Lost and refuses to be found.

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          • You’re right: Government is not a business, and cannot be run like a business and still maintain its primary function, which is to protect the rights of the people. But negotiation is the currency of government, and Mr. Trump is the Art(ist) of Negotiation. It should have been obvious to you already that President Trump is a cut above every president we have ever had in at least one salient feature: He does what he says he is going to do. And unless you think following the fundamental principles our nation was founded to preserve and protect is “fascism,” he is clearly not a fascist. But that is the dichotomy the leftists are forcing our nation to endure today: They have no principles, and the existence of principles that constrain their wanton behavior is, to them, fascism — and they are fighting it by trying to ram through their Second Bolshevik Revolution, which they have been ramping up with increasing acceleration since COMINTERN in 1925, until the rug was finally pulled out from under them in the recent election. Until they are brought to heel and taught to respect the principles of personal liberty our nation was founded to preserve and protect, we are going to