Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Challenge to Read and Decide for Yourself - A Look at the Man in the Mirror

Prove Hitler Wrong – Read and Think for Yourself

After reading Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, as an historian I saw some glaring similarities between some of the things he was saying about the state of our nation and the need for him to be elected to “make things right.” My first response was “I need to write an essay filled with comparisons so that those who follow my blogs will see the same thing.” Then I found a website that had a collection of quotes from Adolph Hitler that gave insight into the man and his philosophy of action in order to achieve his ultimate goal which he nearly achieved except for his “fatal flaw” that Shakespeare describes so well in many of his tragedies about great leaders.

 I don’t think anyone in our country supporting either of the major political parties sees themselves in any way associated with Hitler. In fact, I see wall posts all the time comparing the other “evil” party to someone that no rational person would attribute any redeemable qualities. After World War II, those who followed Hitler and carried out his despicable orders were put on trial and many were executed. The state of Israel, in fact, found Adolph Eichmann and executed him in the 60’s for his war crimes. The free world has struggled with discovering what was it about Germany that caused these people to follow this man? Were they inherently evil, blindly going along while witnessing the most atrocious atrocities against human kind? How did that happen? As I read a series of quotes from Adolph Hitler taken from his writings about how to attain power, my mind started making many comparisons to the hot bed of discussion in our country that has brought our country into a state of violence that concerns everyone.

Donald Trump’s discussion about the need to restore law and order in our country is what started me on this journey. But as I read these quotes listed at, I thought I would post sixteen of them here in my blog. These, hopefully, will be read by those who desire to read beyond headlines and fancy quotes posted on some wall to support preconceived biases and examine with an open mind to perhaps see where they fit into this discussion of Hitler. I have already thought about myself, but until everyone is willing to look at the “man in the mirror” I don’t think much will change.

Hitler’s Quotes in No Particular Order

“If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.”

“The best way to take control over a people and control them is to take away their freedom a little at a time, to erode rights by a 1,000 tiny pieces and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”

“To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”

“This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilization has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future.”

“Pride in one’s own race – and that does not imply contempt for the other races – is a normal and healthy sentiment.”

“What luck for the government that the people are stupid.” (Hitler got rid of all the stupid people in the mental institutions).

“How fortunate for the government that people do not think. There is no thinking except in giving and executing commands. If it were otherwise human society could not exist.”

“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehensive of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”

“The heaviest blow which ever struck humanity was Christianity; Bolshevism (Communism) is Christianity’s illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew.”

“The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes.”

“Let me control the textbooks and I will control the state.”

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.”

“Go ahead, kill without mercy. After all who remembers the Armenian genocide?’

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

“Thousands of Americans, Englishmen and Frenchmen have visited Germany during the months after the national revolution (1937) and were able to testify as eye- witnesses that there is no country in the world where person and property are held in better respect than in our own, but there is perhaps also no country in the world where a more vigorous fight is put up against those who believe that they are free to let loose their lower instincts on their fellow beings.”

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