Wednesday, May 17, 2006

America's Hitler- It CAN Happen Here!

How 'Hitler's Rules' became Bush's manifesto


Frank J. Ranelli

A four part article recently penned by, Lonna Gooden Vanhorn, brilliantly illustrates how Hitler and now Bush, uses fear, shunning of intellectualism, patriotism, flag waving and blind nationalism, marginalization or extermination of the poor and infirmed, wild propaganda, lies and demagoguery to create empires of great threat to the world and even humanity itself.

Hitler was brought to power after years of intense exploitation of the good people of Germany in the 1930’s by playing on their most primal instincts and emotions. The greatest of which were fear, national pride and self-preservation. As did Hitler, Bush has used a steady stream and diet of deception, egregious lies and non-stop rhetoric, under a constant climate of fear, (the war on terror) to destroy a nation; ours.

As the author points out, competence means nothing to George Bush and loyalty is supreme. We are rocked, as a nation, by one scandal, one blunder, one usurpation of our rights after another for one simple reason: Bush is not interested in a competent government that abides by laws or aides its nation in achieving a better America. No, Bush has one, simple, sinister purpose: An empire -- one that he wholly controls -- and the reversal and destruction of the secular, free and democratic government that this country was founded upon.

Hitler’s rules, as they are now called, illuminates and defines exactly the same manifesto Bush operates under:

Hitler’s primary rules were: “never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

Anyone who still thinks "it can't happen here" is sadly wrong. It is happening here -- right now, right at this point at this very moment. Nixon's era during the early 1970’s was merely a prologue to a far more dangerous and insidious future to come. It should had been a flare, a blaring siren and a warning sign of the dangers of a too powerful executive branch, the ease at which the often benign and foolishly uninformed American public can be galvanized to unwillingly be complicit in the bringing to power a tyrannical dictator.

Yes, it can happen here. It already has begun. Our governmental system has broken down and no longer offers or provides the protections our founding fathers fiercely tried to ensure by designing three separate, but co-equal branches of government to guarantee that a rogue despot would not assume power over the people of the United States. Congress is now corrupted by a one-party rule and the courts are now interlaced with reactionary judges appointed under Bush.

As one Holocaust survivor who lived in the U.S. and has now returned to Germany said, "We had our Hitler, now you have yours."

As many good and decent people of Germany in the 1930’s likely asked after the start of World War II, “Are we too late?”

It is the very same question I posit to all Americans today:

“As a nation of people bound together by a single document of justice, equality and liberty for all, is it too late to take back the government that formerly belonged to all of us?”

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To read Lonna Gooden Vanhorn entire, four part series, America's Hitler, click on this link: America's Hitler

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