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The Rise of the New "Nazism".
Facebook says, "What's on your mind?'
.Indeed, this is on my mind and it's worrisome. Not because I "want to see the Dems win (or lose)" or I "want to see the Republicans win (or lose)". This worries me because these people are outright crackpots that want to see our Constitution destroyed and used for toilet paper.
I keep being reassured by reasonable people that these people are harmless; that there is no way they can come to power. They reassure me that they are a minority BUT let me point a few things out.
Prior to the 1932 elections the Nazi party was a small, "third party" that was little regarded. Certainly, no one saw in them the fall of the Weimar Republic. However, because of severe economic depression and the disillusionment of the people with the standard German government (sound familiar?) the Nazi party managed to capture the majority of the parliament of the Weimar Republic in 1932. Their very first act was to DO AWAY WITH THE REPUBLIC. By 1934 Nazi Germany was a dictatorship.
The Tea Party has selected their spokesperson and it's a woman; Sarah Palin. She, as Hitler did, has left standard rank and file politics. Just as Hitler did she failed at standard politics. And, just as Hitler did, she is creating her power base outside of standard politics giving constant and relentless speeches and endorsing and funding her chosen candidates.
Very chillingly they have already selected their "Jew"; the illegal Mexican immigrant. People have said, "But they are here ILLEGALLY. Why should they be protected?" The problem is that LEGAL American citizens of Hispanic heritage are also being targeted. They are people that were born as "anchor babies" here in the US, children of illegal immigrants. In AZ legal American citizens are being harassed by law enforcement simply because they LOOK Hispanic.
There are a tremendous number of parallels between the rise of Nazism, as a political philosophy, and the rise of the Tea Party. And history shows that it will end badly. However what really scares me is that this isn't some European country. This is AMERICA we're talking about; my country...MY country.
Even Georges Santyana's famous quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it .", is no longer relevant. The Texas Board of Education made a mockery of that statement. If you don't like history, just change it.
It's up to us to remember it. If we don't, our country is undoubtedly in the cross hairs. And these people hold the gun.