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I am Canadian, but I follow US politics closer than most Americans. It fascinates me and frustrates me, but like someone hooked on soap operas or reality shows, I can't stop following it.
As I read this article, I see it as being incomplete. The first part generalizes about the current US political system. The second part provides an excellent comprehensive and concise summary of pre-WWII Germany. Then it stops.
There is an implied lesson to be learned but the connection between the two parts is unclear. I don't see any parallels between the current US state of affairs and 1930's Germany. I know many politicians try to draw connections, but there really aren't any similarities as far as I can see.
If you see some connection, you might want to be more explicit by extending the article to describe it.
I'm impressed with how you summarized and explained a complex environment.