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  •  Besides, Hitler Wasn't Elected (11+ / 0-)

    He was appointed Fuhrer by Hindenberg, then he took total control with the Enabling Act of spring 1933, which was a constitutional amendment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Hitler got the Enabling Act by schmoozing the rural Christian parties for over a decade and promising the close cooperation of church and state.

    On the eve of the vote, he declared Germany a "Christian nation."   In the days followng the vote he destroyed the trade unions and sent an emissary to negotiate the Concordance agreement with the Vatica.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:03:37 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, that enabling act (5+ / 0-)

      was the "change of rules" I was talking about.

      •  Hitler had a bunch of members of the Reichtstag (1+ / 0-)
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        arrested before the vote.  COnvenient, being Chancellor.
        All the COmmunist members were arrested.  THat left only the Social Democrats firmly opposed to the Enabling Act and Hitler's ascension.  The small rural Christian parties were divided; as bernardpliers says, Hitler had been courting them with promises and reassurances.

        Also, when the Act came up for a vote, the Nazi sstorm troopers were actually in the room, lining the walls, chanting their slogans.  To say that it was an intimidating atmosphere hardly does it justice.  Only the Social Democrats courageously voted against the Act.  Most of them were eventually arrested too.  The middle and right parties voted for the Enabling Act, which of course had been presented as something any patriot must vote for in a time of great national emergency.

        The Nazis never won a majority of German votes in a nationwide election.  THey came to power through the Reichstag, but only by violating the process and spirit of democracy.  George Will is an idiot.

        --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

        by Fiona West on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:10:50 PM PST

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    •  What? Hitler way GAY.. and stuff. (3+ / 0-)
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      Cons are obsessed with Hitler, I tell ya.

      “When lawlessness is abroad in the land, the same thing will happen here that happened in Nazi Germany. Many of those people involved in Adolph Hitler were Satanists. Many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”

      – Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, January 21, 1993

      Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier’s soldier in the Great War, a political organizer of the first rank, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him.

      – Pat Buchanan, 1977

       “I think Pat Buchanan sounds more like me every day.” – David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader and Nazi sympathizer

      Americans should understand that their attitudes about homosexuality have been deliberately and deceitfully changed by a masterful propaganda/marketing campaign that rivals that of Adolph Hitler. In fact, many of the strategies used by homosexuals to bring about cultural change in America are taken from Hitler’s writings and propaganda welfare manuals.

      – Rev. Louis P. Sheldon

      In 1978 Ladies Home Journal polled approximately 800 junior and senior high school students in which anti-gay activist Anita Bryant and Nazi leader Adolph Hitler were voted the top two people “who have done the most damage in the world.”

      Strange but not a stranger.

      by jnww on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 08:52:31 PM PST

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