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Bush and the Reichstag Fire Decree

When I heard that Tom Ridge, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, asked the Justice Department what steps would be needed to postpone the election in case of terrorist attack.

My first thought was the Reichstag Fire
Hitler used the February 27, 1933, fire in the German Parliament building (Reichstag) as a justification for suspending human rights The Reichstag Fire Decree. "the decree is exemplary of how the Nazis quite legally abolished all remainders of what makes a modern democracy"

I know that "those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." (thank you George Santayana) But I do remember it, why am I doomed with the rest of these idiots?

Although, now that I think about it, a better parallel would be 9/11 and the Patriot Act.

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When I heard that Tom Ridge, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, asked the Justice Department what steps would be needed to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/11/election.day.delay/">postpone the election</a> in case of terrorist attack.

My first thought was the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_fire">Reichstag Fire</a>
Hitler used the February 27, 1933, fire in the German Parliament building (Reichstag) as a justification for suspending human rights The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_Fire_Decree">Reichstag Fire Decree</a>. "the decree is exemplary of how the Nazis quite legally abolished all remainders of what makes a modern democracy"

I know that "those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." (thank you George Santayana) But I do remember it, why am I doomed with the rest of these idiots?

Although, now that I think about it, a better parallel would be 9/11 and <a href="http://www.epic.org/privacy/terrorism/hr3162.html">the Patriot Act</a>.

<a href-"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler#The_road_to_power">Adolf Hitler: The road to power</a>
<blockquote>"Hitler's initial election into office and his use of constitutionally enshrined mechanisms to shore up power have led to the myth that his country elected him dictator and that a majority supported his ascent. He <b>was made Chancellor in a legal appointment</b> by President Hindenburg. This was a bit of historical irony, as the mainstream parties had supported Hindenburg as the only viable alternative to Hitler, not realizing that it would be Hindenburg who would bring about the end of the republic.

<b>But neither Hitler himself nor the party he headed garnered a majority vote.</b> In the last free elections, the Nazis polled 33% of the vote, winning 196 seats out of 584. Even in the elections of March 1933, which took place after terror and violence had suffused the state, the Nazis received only 44% of the vote. The party gained control of a majority of seats in the Reichstag through a formal coalition with the DNVP. Finally, the additional votes needed to pass the Enabling Act, which invested Hitler with dictatorial authority, were secured by the Nazis by expelling the Communist deputies and intimidating Centre Party ministers. <b>In a series of decrees that followed soon afterwards, other parties were suppressed and all opposition was banned.</b> In only a few months Hitler had achieved authoritarian control and buried the last vestiges of democracy."</blockquote>

This is even more shockingly familiar <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler#The_Nazi_regime">The Nazi regime</a>
<blockquote>"<b>Having secured supreme political power without winning support from the majority of Germans, Hitler in fact did go on to win it, and he remained overwhelmingly popular until the very end of his regime.</b> He was a master orator, and with all of Germany's mass media under the control of his propaganda chief, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, he was able to persuade most Germans that he was their saviour—from the Depression, the Communists, the Versailles Treaty and the Jews. <b>For those who were not persuaded, the SA, the SS and the Gestapo (Secret State Police) were given a free hand, and <i>thousands disappeared into concentration camps</i>.</b>" </blockquote>

Comments

The thought has crossed my mind...had forgotten about the Reichstag Fire, though.

There is a bit of difference, though; and I base my hope on that difference.

Germany as a nation-state was a newborn; like Italy, it had remained a loose conglomeration of independent counties or provinces until very late in the 19th or early in the 20th century. It wasn't 200+ years old, with a solid constitution.

Also - George isn't that inspiring a speaker.

And - my husband points out that if this were an attempt at a coup, it wouldn't have been allowed to hit the airwaves, thus engendering debate. It would have been played as pocket Aces; they'd know but not tell anyone that if such an attack occurred, they'd declare martial law when it happened - making it impossible for debate and free expression to hinder the plan.

I admit, Bush scares me. There's nothing more frightening than a true believer who thinks he's on a mission from God. That's the same reason Reagan was scary; he really honestly believed all that crap he was spouting. And I think Bush honestly believes he's on some sort of divinely-appointed mission...scary, scary thought.

Anyway, I keep hoping. Naturally the idea frightens me. I can well believe that Bush is sitting there in Washington, patronizingly thinking that it would really be better not to have to bother with the instability and uncertainty of an election right now, so he could be certain of continuing his mission - but I pray every day that there are enough people who know what's right to prevent him from trying.
Amen!
and
So mote it be!