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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Hitler finished second, and why that is important

Jeff Zebos and the Washington Post today admitted they have no logical or compelling reason to oppose Trump, so they called him Hitler. Oh, not explicitly. They are too chicken shit to do that.

By going there -- by making the Ad Hitlerum argument and implying a vote for Trump is a vote for Hitler. And then Jeff and company got the story wrong.

In an editorial today, the Post said:
SOME READERS ask how Donald Trump can be a threat to democracy if he is putting himself forward as a candidate. If he ends up attracting a majority of American voters, what could be more democratic?
First, you don’t have to go back to history’s most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box. In the world today, it has become almost commonplace for elected leaders to lock the door behind them once they achieve power. Vladi­mir Putin in Russia, Hugo Ch├ívez in Venezuela, Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey — all found ways once in power to restrict opposition, muzzle the media and erode checks and balances.
Hitler was not elected in 1932. Paul von Hindenburg was. Hitler finished second and became his vice chancellor.

That is important because it shows democracy works. Most Germans (including those who voted for third- and fourth-party candidates) did not want Hitler. But once the election was over, the politicians locked the doors and decided to make Hitler the vice chancellor. They assigned him powers that should have belonged to Hindenburg.

The threat to democracy is not the people we elect, but the people we don't elect who assume the power. From the Supreme Court to the regulatory agencies, America's biggest threat is a federal government that answers to nobody.

Pushing to label Trump a Nazi is the last mad gasp of the newspaper of record in the most corrupt town in the world. The revolving doors from politics to journalism is particularly revolting. Clinton's spokesman heads ABC News for crying out loud.

Trump is a threat to these institutions. And so they call him Hitler. Like little boys they pencil the mustache on his picture under his nose. Oh and Marco Rubio went Rosie O'Donnell this week by saying Trump has little hands and implying he has a little penis.

They cannot make an honorable defense for illegal immigration, or for continuing free trade, or for allowing Iran to have nukes, or for continuing Obamacare.

And so they smear Trump as Hitler.


  1. There is only one avowed National Socialist running for president, and his last name is Sanders. And if any president has seized broad powers that were not Constitutionally or legally his, it is Obama. Calling Trump Hitler is another example of projection by the Democrats.

  2. Quick Quiz: Who said, “There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.” Vladimir Lenin. And the media as well as politics is full of scoundrels. - Elric

  3. From the font of all knowledge known to Man, Wikipedia, the definition of Godwin's Law (which the Democrats should commit to memory):

    "[T]here is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law."

  4. The German government in 1932 was a parliamentary democracy that had failed to produce a workable government for the previous 4 years. Hindenberg, the President, who was appointed, had had to govern by decree. Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1932 by Hindenberg because he could produce a governing majority, something Hitler had infact resisted for years when he was offered less than full power several times before. But the Nazi party vote share had peaked at 37% in the year before; in fact the Party was losing power as the next election showed when it got 33% ,with most of the losses going to the communists. Furthermore H was allowed to form a government only because Hindenberg was told he would be under control of the other parties led by Von Papen, a conservative aristocrat, since H would have only 2 Nazi ministers out of 11 in his cabinet. The Reichstag fire, which was probably set by a Dutch communist, gave Hitler the chance he needed to take control. At the time he did 100 members of the Reichstag were duly elected communists,scheming for power that never came.
    Maybe Trump set the WaPo editorialists off with his desire to have them sued over the narrative lies they need to weave in order to make money. It is known that The mega rich owner of the WaPo recently visited his servants and made clear his desire for more click bait traps, the easiest to set being stories like this. Perhaps The Master is also now thinking of millions in liability claims coming his way every week from AG Christie...
    Voltaire said of History "It is a trick we play on the dead" Now, for certain the WaPo is like the NYT, a joke.

  5. This post is confused. Weimar Germany was a parliamentary republic. The chief of state may have had more authority than is commonly the case in parliamentary systems, but the chief executive in normal circumstances was the Reich Chancellor, not the President.

    Germany suffered in 1932 from severe political dysfunction because a majority of the seats in the legislature were held by either the Nazis or the Communists, both of which parties wished to destroy the parliamentary republic. For that reason, the cabinets installed after 1929 had been so under emergency provisions which relieved them of having to have the approval of the legislature.

    Under ordinary circumstances, there was nothing irregular about Hitler's appointment in January 1933 - his was the largest caucus in the legislature even though he could not assemble any kind of coalition to command a majority. About seven of the 11 ministers in the founding cabinet were professionals without party affiliation. Two were Nazi Party members and two were members of the National People's Party. Von Papen's schemes came completely a cropper.

  6. The groupthink is so severe in certain social circles (see Prof. Scott Sumner's unhinged posts on Trump) that it is considered perfectly reasonable to equate an accomplished real estate developer who has been married or at least conjoined to a woman for 38 of the last 40 years and has five children to a lifelong and childless bachelor whose employment history between the ages of 18 and 43 begins and ends with about five years of military service; it is considered reasonable to equate a man who never hid his fanaticism with a businessman for whom politicians are fungible.

  7. @Art Deco: And the grandson of Maria Anna Schicklgruber apparently had a tiny, deformed penis, which should be of enormous prurient interest to Marco Rubio, who has expressed inordinate interest in the ManParts of his political opponents.

  8. Look, you want to compare Trump to Mussolini, we can have an intelligent discussion. But to compare him to Hitler is just silly.