Quote Of The Day (Reposted)

Göring said the following while being interviewed in his jail cell by Gustave Gilbert during the Nuremberg trials. The conversation provides an interesting perspective. I repeat it here with an added comment because it strikes me as worth a moment of reflection:

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

I have said before that the Trumpet is not a fascist, strictly speaking. But, given his thin skin and paranoia, he has fascist tendencies; his presidency might well lead to the kind of suppression of dissent that was common in Hitler’s Germany.  This point was driven home to me today as I was watching a show on The American Heroes Channel that recounted Hitler’s fatal attraction to the German people. The parallels were chilling. Both men are megalomaniacs, both have thin skin and cannot accept criticism, and they both insist on finding others responsible for their own shortcomings — Hitler blaming the German people at the end of the war for “letting him down.” Please note Göring’s comment about the relative ineffectiveness of any sort of  checks on this man’s success — even in a system such as ours. People are easily duped, especially when the promise of a brighter day is held out. Hitler’s goal was a New Germany after their defeat in World War I, Trump’s is “Making America Great Again.”

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4 thoughts on “Quote Of The Day (Reposted)

  1. Hugh, an excellent and frightening post. And, it is not just Trump. It is not just Cruz. Remember how the Dixie Chicks were vilified by George W. Bush and his hencemen for questioning our invasion of Iraq. The conservative pseudo-news outlets were critical of Americans who questioned this. This example shows how important it is to question given the disruption in the Middle East and loss of goodwill we lost in the world.

    Thanks for sharing this. Keith

    • I noted a disturbing piece in Facebook this morning. It said that those of us who remember what happened in Germany during the 30s wondered how the Germans could have gone along with Hitler. Now we are beginning to understand. Indeed so.

      • The candidate in question has now commented on Rubio’s ears. Before it was he sweated. There is PAC doing Robocalls in a couple of states saying don’t vote for a Cuban. This is the man leading the polls. He is supposed to represent us?

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