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  •  Keep Germany in mind (3+ / 0-)

    Germany was relatively prosperous at the time of the Nazi takeover, save that there were many who were left out of that prosperity, and many who felt voiceless and put upon. (Sound familiar?). The old politics weren't working. The majority of Germans kept quiet and ignored politics as their version of t-baggers took over. They discovered too late that what they'd ignored turned out to be far, far worse than they ever imagined.

    •  Shades of Godwin's Law, but ... (0+ / 0-)

      that's exactly the point.

      The Democrats are actually the conservative party in the sense that they are committed to the status quo and the stability of the existing political order, even though the political order was radically redefined during the previous eight years of Republican ascendancy.

      The Republicans are a subversive party ready to use the narrowest of openings to seize power and to enact the most sweeping changes with razor-thin majorities. They will be punctilious about rules as a way of stopping their opponents and be essentially lawless in advancing their own agenda.

      Contrary to the Republicans, the Democrats have no long-term goals and so can never permanently win.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 03:05:19 PM PST

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    •  no, Germany was not prosperous in 1930-33 (0+ / 0-)

      The Weimar Republic was relatively prosperous from 1923 to 1929, but was hit very hard by the Great Depression, which was worldwide.  The government responded by cutting social spending, which made things worse.  The general view was that western-style capitalism had failed, and the only alternatives were fascism or communism.

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