I realize all the ways in which Hitler comparisons are dangerous, risky, and ill-advised. That said, I’m going to make one anyway. It’s worth noting that Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at theRNC last night bears striking similarities to Adolf Hitler’s Appeal to the Nation, which he delivered on July 15, 1932.
With thanks to Forrest Caskey for posting this on FB
I am not saying that Trump would be like Hitler should he, goddess forbid, win the election. Sounding like Hilter might not lead one to murder millions of innocent people, but sounding like Hitler, when Hitler first sounded like Hitler, certainly led to that outcome. So the similarity of Trump’s rhetoric to Hitler’s is worth noting – and, I hope you’ll agree, worth some concern.
Much has already been written about the ways in which the United States is poised precariously on the verge of fascism, thanks in large part to the efforts of such entities as the Koch brothers. In May, Robert Kagan wrote in the Washington Post of Trump’s transcendence of the Republican Party – an institution to which neither he nor the majority of his supporters feel any true allegiance. Kagan asserts that
Republican politicians marvel at how [Trump] has “tapped into” a hitherto unknown swath of the voting public. But what he has tapped into is what the founders most feared when they established the democratic republic: the popular passions unleashed, the “mobocracy.” Conservatives have been warning for decades about government suffocating liberty. But here is the other threat to liberty that Alexis de Tocqueville and the ancient philosophers warned about: that the people in a democracy, excited, angry and unconstrained, might run roughshod over even the institutions created to preserve their freedoms.
Successful fascism was not about policies but about the strongman, the leader (Il Duce, Der Führer), in whom could be entrusted the fate of the nation. Whatever the problem, he could fix it. Whatever the threat, internal or external, he could vanquish it, and it was unnecessary for him to explain how.
Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist.The internet proverb known as Godwin’s Law warns of the increasing likelihood of a Nazi or Hitler reference the longer a conversation goes. That law would seem to apply to Donald Trump in a different way: The longer he runs in (and atop) the Republican presidential primary, the probability of him sounding like a Nazi increases.
In the case of Trump's speech last night, Smith’s assertion from eight months ago was manifest. And if we’re going to vilify Melania for cribbing from Michelle Obama – who Melania has admitted to admiring -- then we should also turn a critical eye towards who’s influencing the Donald, who he admires, who he’s cribbing.
This is the best. But not as best as man bun Trump
I’m sure Hitler’s family thought he was a nice guy, too.
1. On numbers:
Trump: July 21, 2016
Who would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16, last year, we — I say we because we are a team — would have received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the Republican party?
Hitler: July 15, 1932
Thirteen million people of all professions and ranks—thirteen million workers, peasants, and intellectuals; thirteen million Catholics and Protestants; members of all German Länder and tribes—have formed an inseparable alliance. And thirteen million have recognized that the future of all lies only in the joint struggle and the joint successes of all. Millions of peasants have now realized that the important thing is not that they comprehend the necessity of their own existence; rather, it is necessary to enlighten the other professions and walks of life as to the German peasant, and to win them for his cause.
2. On nationalism:
Tonight, I will share with you for action for America. The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents, is that our plan will put America first. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America first, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. The respect that we deserve. The American people will come first once again.
And millions of workers have similarly realized today that, in spite of all the theories, their future lies not in some “Internationale” but in the realization on the part of their other Volksgenossen that, without German peasants and German workers, there simply is no German power.
3. On class:
Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over every single thing she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings. That is why Hillary Clinton's message is that things will never change. Never ever.
Thirteen years ago we National Socialists were mocked and derided—today our opponents’ laughter has turned to tears! A faithful community of people has arisen which will gradually overcome the prejudices of class madness and the arrogance of rank. A faithful community of people which is resolved to take up the fight for the preservation of our race, not because it is made up of Bavarians or Prussians or men from Württemberg or Saxony; not because they are Catholics or Protestants, workers or civil servants, bourgeois or salaried workers, etc., but because all of them are Germans.
4. On unity:
I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country, and they are forgotten, but they will not be forgotten long. These are people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.
For we are not fighting merely for the mandates or the ministerial posts, but rather for the German individual, whom we wish to and shall join together once more to inseparably share a single common destiny.
5. On fighting for you:
I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I'm with you, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you.
The Almighty, Who has allowed us in the past to rise from seven men to thirteen million in thirteen years, will further allow these thirteen million to once become a German Volk. It is in this Volk that we believe, for this Volk we fight; and if necessary, it is to this Volk that we are willing, as the thousands of comrades before us, to commit ourselves body and soul.
6. On promises and the call for support:
I am asking for your support tonight so that I can be year champion in the White House.
To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise:
We will make America strong again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And we will make America great again!
God bless you and goodnight! I love you!