Friday, August 11, 2006

Hitler, Stalin, Bush

How does Bush get away with it?

70% of the population seem to go along with the official version of 9 11 because:

(1) they are doing well financially and don't want to rock the boat

(2) they have a sneaking sympathy for fascist views


(3) they have been duped by the media


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Hitler believed that to consolidate his power, he needed to create an enemy of the state.

Because they were the most outspoken activists against his regime, Hitler's first enemy was the Communist Party, and he was the first to invoke the spectre of the Red Menace.

He sought to provoke Communist Activists into committing violent acts of protest so that they could be rounded up and arrested them under his new aggressive laws suppressing public dissent.

Aware of this ploy and believing that Hitler was merely a puppet of reactionaries and his regime would not last, the Communists laid low. But the F├╝hrer, becoming progressively more drunk with his new power, was not so easily thwarted. To facilitate his demonization of the Reds, he sent provocateurs to stage an act of terrorism.

Their dupe was a young revolutionary named Van der Lubbe, who was implicated in (framed for) the bombing of the Reichstag (the German equivalent of the Congressional building). This incident gave Hitler the excuse he needed for cracking down on enemies of the state. He rallied the Germans against the terrorists and passed the odious Enabling Acts, in which the government was granted the right to bypass any due process for suspects. One human right after the other was revoked...

Hitler courted the conservative Christian clergy from the start...

To their shame, many clergymen became his closest allies and most effective tools as propagandists, spies, and suppressors of dissent.

Hitler made public dissent all but impossible at first, and later made it illegal. Whenever groups tried to voice a protest during a public speech, he would have storm troopers clear the dissenters from the hall and also made sure that the media did not give provide the public with any coverage of dissenters or public protests because it was . . . encouraging of destructive elements.

What the media faithfully recorded was only Hitler and Hitler supporters. To see an old German newsreel, you'd never guess there were plenty of dissenters around...

Hitler was very fond of photo ops. Believing they were his best form of Public Relations, he pounced on them at every opportunity. The files abound with shots of Hitler with bright-faced German families; he especially liked being photographed with school children. At the same time, Hitler actively promoted family values and high moral standards. He believed women should go back to being at home with their families and not in the work force. He also believed there should be little or no separation between the state and his brand of Christianity, especially since he firmly believed that the emotional fervor of religion could be used to effectively to promote the state's objectives.

Under Hitler, worker protections were dismantled, one by one. Soon workers were laboring for longer hours for less pay. (All trade unions had been smashed, so there was no recourse.)

Unfortunately, the Social Democrats were not organized and did not offer a solid front for opposing Hitler and his initiatives. They soon found themselves overwhelmed by a highly organized, aggressive and fanatically single-minded army of Nazi Party appointees who did whatever Hitler told them to do without questioning.



Joseph Stalin was successful in seizing and retaining power primarily because he was able to stack the Politburo with politicians as extreme as himself and dictate their actions and votes on every issue. Party dissenters were harassed mercilessly by the Politburo members who remained blindly loyal to him. With a block of supporters who did not think for themselves, Stalin was able to completely reverse Russia's policy on a number of key issues across the board.

In 1936, for example, he reversed the liberal communist doctrines pertaining to family, divorce, and abortion. He made divorce difficult, made abortion illegal, and stressed family values. (Do we see a dictator pattern here?)

Stalin's propagandists used a three-point strategy to convince the Russian people that things in his policy that were in fact extremely bad for the country (including the systematic round up and extermination of all enemies of the state) were in fact good:

Point One: Create arguments that show the negative thing is actually good, not bad. A present day example of this would be convincing people that greenhouse gases will give us lush green plants, not fry the planet.

Point Two: Show how the negative thing is actually not true. A present-day example of this would be convincing people that Global Warming does not exist.

Point Three: Show that the negative thing is actually being caused by enemies of the state---which are usually liberals. A present-day example of this would be that the Kyoto Protocol can't be accepted because it would ruin our economy.



The GOP of 1936 and Today's Dirty Politics: How the Former Gave Birth to the Latter

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Franklin Delano Roosevelt was attempting to guide the nation safely through the Great Depression. The outrageous treatment of American workers by the corporate bosses had become a major issue.

Men and women worked 12- 14 hours a day, had no unemployment benefits, health insurance, job protections or safety regulations. In response to this sorry state of affairs, labor unions were forming, but they were being met with brutal resistance by the bosses and their henchmen.

Because FDR championed the worker's cause and called for all manner of reforms - including the Social Security system - he was identified as the enemy of the bosses. The Republican Party, the attack dog of big business even then, was turned loose on the President with a vengeance. His every step was dogged.

Just as Corporate America saw FDR as an enemy, many of them--including IBM and G.W. Bush's Grandfather---saw a friend in Hitler and treated this vicious genocidal maniac with far more respect and deference than they did FDR.

The GOP was to learn many of its nastiest tactics from Hitler and Goebbels---including using Communism as a scapegoat enemy of the state to consolidate power just as soon as they had a Republican back in the White House ((Eisenhower in 1952).

Another Hitler tactic learned by the GOP was the use of the smear. Hitler advised telling a damaging lie about an enemy, then repeating it over and over, no matter what proof may be offered to counter it...

The GOP sales team identified several key points of attack, which they have used with almost no variation in every campaign since---whether appropriate or not:

Accuse the opposition of
supporting big government, and
waging a class war;

Identify a bogeyman from a list of opponents as an enemy of freedom---initially the Communists or Liberals, but now the Environmentalists,Anti-Gun folks, and Scientists as well. (Wonder who they learned that from?);

Condemn government social programs as communistic or in some other way Un-American; and
Manipulate statistics to your own advantage...

Even the usually non-political magazine Variety condemned the ruthless GOP campaign machine:

Political parties are being reduced to merchandise which can be exchanged for votes in accordance with a well-conceived marketing plan, taking stock of income levels, race, local problems, exactly as does a commercial sponsor. This differs not one whit from the tactics employed by any corporation.

To their credit, Americans of the 1930s were not as easily swayed by propaganda as they apparently are today.

They were grateful to FDR for having placed the interests of the common man first and corporations second, for taking steps to make life less stressful and uncertain through the construction of safety nets such as relief and social security...


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