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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Obama and Hilter The Early Years

Well minions, I’ve gone and done it again. Seems that I have again offended the tender sensitivities of Bruce Ross, an editor at the local paper.  What I did that was so offensive was to make the claim that Barack Obama was akin to Adolf Hitler in the “early years”. To which Bruce responded,
“I'm sorry, but the comparison of Obama and Hitler is so laughable that I really have no adequate response“.

So, just being the Dumbplumber and not being a highly educated, clever and all knowing editor of the  Editorial page, I had to do what all knuckle dragging, beer swilling critics of smart people do, I Googled Hitler-early-years.

Gee, whoodathunkit. Here is a montage of thoughts, beliefs and policies adopted, developed and proclaimed by Adolf, before he was der Fuhrer from multiple sources on the Internet that anyone can Google for themselves.

And to make my point more memorable and poignant, I have added italicized inserts for effect and removed the unsavory references to Adolf’s hatred of Jews--which in the case of Barack Hussein Obama, the jury is still out.

German Worker's Party
Soon after the war in Munich, Hitler was recruited to join a military intelligence unit, and was assigned to keep tabs on the German Worker's Party. At the time, it was comprised of only a handful of members. It was disorganized and had no program, but its members expressed a doctrine consistant with Hitler's. (think ACORN)

He saw this party as a vehicle to reach his political ends. His blossoming hatred of the Jews (think capitalists) became part of the organization's political platform. Hitler built up the party, converting it from a de facto discussion group (think whining losers) to an actual political party (think rabid entitlement junkies). Advertising for the party's meetings appeared in anti-Semitic newspapers (think ACORN FLIERS). The turning point of Hitler's mesmerizing oratorical career occurred at one such meeting held on October 16, 1919. Hitler's emotional delivery of an impromptu speech captivated his audience. Through word of mouth, donations poured into the party's coffers, and subsequent mass meetings attracted hundreds of Germans eager to hear the young, forceful and hypnotic leader. (and all this without a teleprompter and Rahm Emmanuel whispering in his ear)

Attitude of Big Business
There is little evidence to support the view that Hitler received substantial financial support from big business. The conservative upper classes generally regarded Hitler as an uneducated demagogue and gutter politician. (well, they know Barack better than I)
While in prison, he wrote the first volume of Mein Kampf. It was partly an autobiographical book (although filled with glorified inaccuracies, self-serving half-truths and outright revisionism) (think Dreams of my Father)which also detailed his views on the future of the German people. (Think Americans in harness)

Upon the death of Hindenburg in August 1934, Hitler was the consensus successor. With an improving economy, Hitler claimed credit and consolidated his position as a dictator, having succeeded in eliminating challenges from other political parties and government institutions. (which he has driven over with Harry and Nancy)

Nazi Supporters
The Nazis won their support primarily from the lower middle class and the peasantry. These voters were strongly nationalistic in their political views and feared that the depression would deprive them of their standard of living.

Most of Germany's industrial workers continued to vote for the Social Democrats, which remained the largest party

Remember, Hitler lived in Vienna for several years, working at odd jobs and absorbing the ideas of Austrian extremists (think Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright). In 1913, he left Vienna and moved to Munich in southern Germany. He took with him the basic political ideas to which he would remain committed for the balance of his life.

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human beings according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”
Adolph Hitler

Adolph Hitler, 1931:What matters is to emphasize the fundamental idea in my party's economic program clearly -- the idea of authority. I want the authority; I want everyone to keep the property he has acquired for himself according to the principle: benefit to the community precedes benefit to the individual. But the state should retain supervision and each property owner should consider himself appointed by the state. It is his duty not to use his property against the interests of others among his own people. This is the crucial matter. The Third Reich (think Obama administration) will always retain its right to control the owners of property.

John Ray:
He [Hitler] championed the rights of workers, regarded capitalist society as brutal and unjust, and sought a third way between communism and the free market. In this regard, he and his associates greatly admired the strong steps taken by President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to take large-scale economic decision-making out of private hands and put it into those of government planning agencies. His aim was to institute a brand of socialism that avoided the inefficiencies that plagued the Soviet variety, and many former communists found his program highly congenial. (think Fascism)

And while Hitler did not nationalize all industry, there was extensive compulsory reorganization of it and tight party control over it. It might be noted that even in the post-war Communist bloc there was never total nationalization of industry. In fact, in Poland, most agriculture always remained in private hands. (it’s so damn hard to unionize farm workers)
This policy is broadly similar to the once much acclaimed Swedish model of socialism in more recent times, so it is amusing that it has often been this policy which has underpinned the common claim that Hitler was Rightist. What is Leftist in Sweden was apparently Rightist in Hitler!

John Ray:

But surely Hitler was at least like US conservatives in being a "gun nut"? Far from it. Weimar (pre-Hitler) Germany did have restrictions on private ownership of firearms but the Nazis introduced even further restrictions when they came to power. The Nazi Weapons Law, which restricted the possession of militarily useful weapons and forbade trade in weapons without a government-issued license, was passed by the Reichstag on March 18, 1938.

Well, there you have it. If I am wrong about my assertions, strike me down with a Whiffle Bat. If I can’t compare Obama to Hitler in his “early years” then pray tell who in the hell can I compare him to?

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