Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.He opens with the argument from Hitler -- Godwin's Law, "Modern arguments eventually get to Hitler", however "that isn't his point". Right. Mention Hitler and Trump in the same paragraph, but that isn't your point!
I believe that the truth in this is because all we have in modern times for a "metaphysical philosophical base" is Hitler, as in basically "What Would Hitler Do?" WWHD. This is because the positive role model for Western civilization, "What Would Jesus Do?" (WWJD) can't be used in meaningful ways other than when discussing with actual PRACTICING Christians -- as in Christ is real, Hell is real, abortion is murder and homosexuality is a sin (like adultery), these days. There aren't hardly enough of Christians like that left to even begin to make moral points.
Therefore, the ONLY remaining generally agreed cultural "transcendent value" is the negative of Hitler! Modern man has a hard time even recognizing evil, but when he does, he has no other referent than Hitler, and he has no generally agreed positive referent at all. As Nietzsche talks of "beyond good and evil", one might refer to this as "beyond fallen". A few moments of focus on this truth may help make sense of "modern" or "post modern" (post truth, morals, reason).
Germany supported Hitler because he appealed to their pride as a people, the sense that they had been "sold out" by previous leaders, the Jews and the rest of the world. He promised to return them to the greatness that was their birthright as a people. **ALL** leaders appeal to various emotional aspects of the population -- FDR, Kennedy, Reagan and BO are all examples of previous relatively recent leaders that were in some sense "populist" and used their charisma to get into office.
The difference prior to BO was that our government was LIMITED by a written Constitution and congressional adherence to oaths to limit the power of the executive. BO broke that, so from here out -- unless by some miracle we come to our senses and return to rule of law and limited government, ANY president is dangerous!
The media created and nurtured Trump up until very recently. First through the very creation of the general public worship of "the lifestyles of the rich and famous" both in general and in specific "reality" shows -- the Kardashians, Apprentice, etc. We have been traveling to the abyss for a long while -- Solzhenitsyn at Harvard 1978 is a worthy read to refresh your memory if you need it.
They LOVED Trump, because they assumed that he would create giant rifts in the Republican party, most likely resulting in him being a 3rd party candidate, taking "20%" of the vote and handing victory to Hillary or Bernie. Now, suddenly they realize they created a Frankenstein, and they may be totally unable to defeat him, so they want Republican help!
Since Republicans retain concepts of "long term view, morality, decency, etc", many may fall for such naked manipulation -- it will come from the right as well. As I've said elsewhere, for anyone with true conservative principles, Trump is a hard pill to swallow.
The fact is that BO already destroyed what was America -- it's over, get used to it. Hillary or Bernie have BOTH talked about continuing illegal executive orders, with attempting to remove guns from private citizens in direct usurpation of the 2nd amendment. Hillary is a known criminal and congenital liar. BS is a socialist, do we really want to be Venezuela?
While Trump is crude, crass and historically anything but a "conservative", his personal accomplishments FAR exceed either Hillary or BS. Building businesses and making money is FAR more "reality based" than either of the candidates for "The Party (TP-D)". TP remains the chief KNOWN and STATED adversary of any vestige of what was America -- eg. private property, freedom of worship, freedom of political speech.
The concern about Trump will of course be even stronger from true practicing Christians -- here is an article in that vein. Can anyone REALLY look at Hillary or BS and claim there is more "decency" there? We live in a nation that has murdered 60 million babies in their mothers wombs, condones gay "marriage", and currently is hard at trying to make it "normal" for parents to start gender change therapy if a little girl of boy of less than 10 years of age starts to identify as "the other gender". How long will it before it is MANDATORY for parents to support this? That is the standard path for "liberals" ... what they declare to be a "good idea" tends to quickly become mandatory!
Trump is at least a "wild card". We know what we get with a BS or Hildebeast, and I sure as hell don't want ANY of it!
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