Can a Hitler Happen Here in the United States?
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2907) 6 years ago
I recently read a book entitled, On Hitler’s Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt, published by HarperCollins in 2005.

The author, Irmgard Hunt, was a small child in Germany when Hitler came to power in the 1930s. She grew up confused because her parents were Hitler supporters, but her grandfather and aunt were not. Her mother, in particular, really thought Hitler was going to make Germany great again after the devastation of World War I. Her father joined Hitler’s army and was thought to be killed by the French Resistance during World War II. Sometime after WWII, Ms. Hunt came to the United States where she now lives.

At the end of her book, (after the Epilogue and Acknowledgments) , there is a section called, “A Conversation with Irmgard Hunt”. One of the questions answered by Ms. Hunt (on pages 11-12), was could a Hitler happen here in the United States. Her answer is a cautionary tale for all of us given the current political situation in the United States.

Question: “This leads to a question many people have asked. Could a Hitler happen here? If you think so what would be the circumstances? Are there aspects of life in the United States that would prevent a Hitler from rising here?”

Answer: I thought a great deal about that while I wrote my book. Yes, an American version of a Hitler dictatorship is possible – but not the Holocaust. A dictatorship in America would arrive largely unnoticed and insidiously, with the pretense of a free democracy intact. The prerequisites would be that the executive, legislative, and judicial functions would be in the hands of one party, headed by a man on a mission who surrounds himself only with the like-minded. The media would be largely controlled by that party or by sympathetic owners. The military would be obedient and heed the leader’s orders against their better judgment, while the moneyed interests would be well protected. A powerful, shrewd, and sophisticated propaganda machine ready to lie to people and manipulate their minds – a propaganda machine like that of Dr. Goebbles – would quickly increase the danger of voices of reason, diverse opinions, and criticism.

The trigger that could tip the scale dangerously in such a direction might be a monstrous economic disaster or more fear-inspiring terrorist attacks – providing the excuse to suspend or ignore the Constitution and to declare emergency powers like Hitler did in 1933 after the fire in the Reichstag. There might be a group or groups that would be demonized and become an excuse for extreme measures. In Germany it was the Jews. Here it might be terrorists or Muslims. And yes, I believe we are seeing danger signs all around us, from the Homeland Security Act that diminished civil rights and increased surveillance to scare tactics that increase fear, acceptance of torture of prisoners, and acceptance of a war based on lies. Add to that litany the increasing political power of an intolerant, ideology-driven, fundamentalist right wing and we have a scenario that could spell the end of democracy as we know it.

There are of course enormous differences between the United States now and Germany then. For one, the ultra-fascist, violent Storm Troopers (S.A.) who staged the Kristallnacht and spread violence before and after Hitler’s power grab do not now have an American equivalent. In addition, the extreme fear of an imminent Communist revolution that haunted the Germans in the twenties does not exist. Most importantly, the American people, unless they become completely brainwashed by their government and their fundamentalist religious leaders, are used to living in a democracy, to questioning, speaking up. protesting, marching, blowing the whistle, and pointing the finger. If we want to keep America free we must continue to do just that.“

from: On Hitler’s Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A. Hunt. Copyright© 2005 by Irmgard A. Hunt. Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.

Wake Up, America!
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2907) 6 years ago
Question: Why does President Trump have on his White House staff, Sebastian Gorka, who is Trump's counter-terrorism advisor. It has been reported by the Jewish newspaper, Forward that Gorka has ties to a Nazi group.

"Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, is a formal member of a Hungarian far-right group that is listed by the U.S. State Department as having been “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during World War II, leaders of the organization have told the Forward.

The elite order, known as the Vitézi Rend, was established as a loyalist group by Admiral Miklos Horthy, who ruled Hungary as a staunch nationalist from 1920 to October 1944. A self-confessed anti-Semite, Horthy imposed restrictive Jewish laws prior to World War II and collaborated with Hitler during the conflict. His cooperation with the Nazi regime included the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Jews into Nazi hands."

The New York Times reports that Sebastian Gorka "has been accused of having links to far-right groups in Europe, and critics of his hard-line views on Islam have accused him of Islamophobia.

Mr. Gorka, a vocal defender of the administration’s efforts to temporarily ban travel from some predominantly Muslim countries, has said violence is a fundamental part of Islam and emanates from the language of the Quran. He rejects scholars’ assessment that Islamic militancy is an outgrowth of poverty, poor governance and war."

But despite all the bad press about Gorka's ties to the far-right and a Nazi group, Trump still wants him as his counter-terrorism advisor in the White House.


What is really going on here?

Wake Up, America!
Posted by The man from snowy plains (-236) 6 years ago
Fake BOOK..OMG, Between our veterans and Americans being very well armed. NO WAY
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Posted by Bridgier (+9546) 6 years ago
TMFSP doesn't appear to understand how this fascism thing works (because he's one of the good germans)
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