|Is America a land of overriding ideals, or is it politics and the usual way of getting things done? What are political influences? We know of name-calling. We know of money. We know of following leaders who promise a new deal and course for Americans.
It is 2012. Elections are coming. There are lessons from history that some historians argue if we ever learn anything from the lessons of history. Of course, if we don’t know history at all, this all becomes a moot point.
Most infamous dictators come to power during times of economic instability. This was certainly true of Adolf Hitler in 1923 when he staged an armed revolt. A speech was being given when Hitler and 600 associates, interrupted and fired a shot into the ceiling. He announced that the national revolution has begun. The attempt was unsuccessful and Hitler and two of his leaders were jailed. Prison life seemed not too bad under sympathetic guards who allowed catered meals and unlimited visitors. In Mein Kemp, his autobiography written from prison he said that terror was the only way to run the bourgeoisie. They are morally and mentally unable to stand against such attacks.
During his time in jail, things were happening. Between 1924 and 1939 German borrowed seven billion dollars. Debtor countries had no choice. Germany was broke. In 1928 Nazis were reborn as a political party. They were no longer just a dangerous paramilitary concern. Every morning they answered the roll call. “Present. Heil Hitler” Said Hitler, “We must appeal to the Burgher as well as the revolutionary.
In 1929 the stock market crashed. Hitler promised the following:
1. Unilaterally ending war reparations,
2. Crush the Jew for his greed.
3. Food and a job
4. Non partisan politics and a Germany that worked
Added to the chaos was street violence. Ununiformed Hitler ruffians roughed up people in the street and started fires. The only way out is Adolph Hitler. A financial base was formulated with his henchmen saying that he was for private enterprise. By 1932 they were the largest political party.
In 1933 there was a plebiscite to get Germany out of the League of Nations. It passed with a 95% majority. When Paul von-Hindenburg died in 1934, his son would make an appeal to voters to support Hitler. Eventually Hitler would become the face of the German government.
Eventually one out of every six people in the country work a uniform, including boys and girls youth movements. Germany was readying herself for war.
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