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     Hitler.

     And, yet, he was (in a sociopathic, evil way) a genious at oratory (at least to mesmerize enough people).  And, to that end, he made it a practice to use as many emotive, and often violent, words as possible:  "smash," "crush," "destroy," and the like.  This got people whipped up into a furor (pun intended) on a really emotional level.  Orwell described this in the the "2 Minute Hate" scene in 1984, as well.

     Hitler was a joke to those who "got" what he was doing, but he didn't have to convince everybody to be behind him, just enough people.  

     I invite folks to read Willim Shirer's "Berlin Diary," about this American journalists life in Berlin in the run-up and first year of WWII.  His description of Hitler's speech after the fall of Poland is riveting.  He (Shirer) totally ridicules Hitler's speech (calling for peace and putting any further war that may happen squarely at England's doorstep), but says that it sounded so "reasonable" that he was afraid the German population would buy into it.

     Well, as they say, the rest is history.

     Gingrich's infamous memo is a lesson in neo-Hitlerian use of language to whip-up a crowd.  Calling it anything less is intellectually and historically dishonest.

     BenGoshi
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    "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

    by BenGoshi on Sun Nov 21, 2004 at 08:52:22 PM PST

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