“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.”
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”
These are just a few quotes basically all saying the same thing. I am not sure if we forget our history because too many schools cherry pick which history lessons to teach in other words even here in NH we are trying to pass mandatory Civics classes for our High School students.
So over the next few days I am going to try to pass on some historical FACTS to show us that we have been down these paths before. Let me share a few Historical HITLER Facts that I remembered from school as well as some that I just recently learned myself…[Full Disclosure, many of the paragrpahs here are taken directly from Wikepedia, I will do my best to put those in italics. PLUS this idea for this blog came to me as I watched BIll Mahar on 3/24/2017.]
1/30/1933 Adolf Hitler was elected/appointed to “Chancellor” through a “FAIR” election…Remember he was NOT President, that position was held by Paul von Hindenburg at least for a little while…
“At the risk of appearing to talk nonsense I tell you that the National Socialist movement will go on for 1,000 years! … Don’t forget how people laughed at me 15 years ago when I declared that one day I would govern Germany. They laugh now, just as foolishly, when I declare that I shall remain in power!” — Adolf Hitler to a British correspondent in Berlin, June 1934
DICTATORSHIP…Note how much changed within just about 4 months…
Having achieved full control over the legislative and executive branches of government, Hitler and his allies began to suppress the remaining opposition. The Social Democratic Party was banned and its assets seized. While many trade union delegates were in Berlin for May Day activities, SA stormtroopers demolished union offices around the country. On 2 May 1933 all trade unions were forced to dissolve and their leaders were arrested. Some were sent to concentration camps. The German Labour Front was formed as an umbrella organization to represent all workers, administrators, and company owners, thus reflecting the concept of national socialism in the spirit of Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft (“people’s community”).
2/27/1933 – REICHSTAG FIRE…My theory – What better way through FEAR and ANXIETY to get your citizens to NEED you and OBEY you then to have an attack on your country whether real like our 9/11 or possibly created like the Reichstag Fire. Now I refer to this fire as created as historians have long debated whether it was a ploy on Hitler’s part to gain more power or was it truly an act of civil disobedience in response to his appointment. My hypothesis is based on the fact that soon after his rise to power Hitler approached President Hindenburg to dissolve the Reichstag (aka Weimar Republic) and elections would be held on 3/5/1933. Due to the fire the election never happened instead the world saw the rise of the Nazi regime…
Hitler called the fire a “sign from God” and claimed it was a Fanal (signal) meant to mark the beginning of a Communist Putsch (revolt). The next day, the Preussische Pressedienst (Prussian Press Service) reported that “this act of incendiarism is the most monstrous act of terrorism carried out by Bolshevism in Germany”. The Vossische Zeitung newspaper warned its readers that “the government is of the opinion that the situation is such that a danger to the state and nation existed and still exists”.
The bottom line is that Hitler appealed to the most vulnerable in his country and got them to believe that he was their savior. Remember that the Charming Austrian Dark Haired Brown Eyed Orator, Adolph Hitler told the Blonde Haired Blue Eyed Germans that they were the “chosen ones” and he would lead them to power and they bought it hook line and sinker. I am sorry for the comparison of our current President to that of a maniacal dictator however, I can’t but help but see the similarities. Adolph Hitler was singly responsible for the MURDER of at least 5.5 million Jews PLUS millions of others. He continued his dictatorship through FEAR. Not even the fear of one’s own death or toture but the torture and death of family and friends. He convinced the average citizen to turn on one another, heck he convinced the youth of the day to turn on parents and family members.r
Under Hitler’s leadership and racially motivated ideology, the Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed Untermenschen (“sub-humans”) and socially undesirable. Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war. In addition, 29 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European Theatre of World War II. The number of civilians killed during the Second World War was unprecedented in warfare, and constitutes the deadliest conflict in human history.
Now many may say that I am being paranoid and an alarmist but as I have watched since 1/20/2017, POTUS has overturned good and sensible Executive Orders of a very good President…just to fulfill his so-called campaign promises. The promises of one of the most craziest soulless men that was ever born. We are now at the point of true Dictatorship. This man has closed WE THE PEOPLE off from basic information such as the workings and decisions of OUR government agencies. He has manipulated the press that he calls FAKE NEWSMAKERS to report his story and to continue to keep in the news to feed his own narcissistic needs. Now I don’t know the answer as to how we fix this or who or how we can work to replace him BUT I do know that we can not sit by and let this happen to our GREAT COUNTRY. He fired up the UNHAPPY FRINGE of our society so now I am hoping that I as many of my colleagues are doing can help to AWAKEN the SLEEPING in our society. We can not give up and can not just feel helpless. RESIST is the word of the day BUT it is an organization that has been around for a long time and today we need them more than ever…so I say RESIST and EDUCATE and more importantly ACT & BR INVOLVED. All of our lives depend on it. This also means you may have to help or support not YOUR PERFECT Candidate. Remember that at one point the man in power today was a joke (still is in my opinion) to the GOP and today he is President of the United States… I pray that the Democratic Party can right this ship before it is too late but they can’t do it alone and they can’t do it if we can’t work together. I used to say COMPROMISE but today after reading a very insightful book I now say COLLABORATE. May just be semantics but truthfully compromise means that one or more parties must give up something (which isn’t a bad thing) but collaborate means that EVERYONE brings something to the table. SO MY VOTE IS LET US ALL COLLABORATE ON HOW WE WILL UNSEAT THESE CRAZY PEOPLE OF POWER…
If you ever need ideas as to what you can do to help or to get involved, please email me at Patricia.Klee@leg.state.NH.US