Neoneocon; Hitler's Germany & US

Neoneocon rouses me from my couch that I may link to her fascinating post, one that seems relevant to our day. She offers a quote from a book (written by an American “man of the left”) recounting the attitudes of his interviewees regarding a certain moment in the history of Germany:

National Socialism was a repulsion of my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, their coalitions, their confusions, and their conniving. It was the final fruit of the common man’s repudiation of “the rascals.” Its motif was “throw them all out.” My friends, in the 1920’s, were like spectators at a wrestling match who suspect that beneath all the grunts and groans, the struggle and the sweat, the match is “fixed,” that the performers are only pretending to put on a fight. The scandals that rocked the country, as one party or cabal “exposed” another, dismayed and then disgusted my friends…

While the ship of the German State was being shivered, the officers, who alone had life preservers, disputed their prerogatives on the bridge. My friends observed that none of the non-Communist, non-Nazi leaders objected to the 35,000 Reichsmark salaries of the cabinet ministers, only the Communists and the Nazis objected. And the bitterest single disappointment of Nazism…was the fact that Hitler had promised that no official would get more than 1,000 Reichsmarks a month and did not keep his promise.

Fascinating stuff – read it all over at Neo’s. Seems pretty timely to me, whether you’re thinking about the ’08 elections or the ’10.

I know some might easily think that the election of the deft and dishonest Barack Obama mirrors the rise of Hitler, but it seems to me that in ’08 we were not quite as utterly fed up with the leadership of both parties as we are, in ’10. I don’t know about anyone else, but hearing Nancy Pelosi say there has “never been a more open process” than the one surrounding their backroom-written-bribe-supported-GOP-locked-out Obamacare bill made me feel like I was living in bizarro world, and confirmed to me that Our Demented Lady of the Perpetually Angry Little Fist really believes that reality is created on her very breath. She speaks a word, and it is so! Harry Reid, Obama, and too many on the right as well, are convinced (not without reason) that they can say any damn thing they want, and history will become malleable, and reality will adjust itself accordingly.

Under these circumstances, and with the Imperial president signing some very curious (and far-from-transparent) Executive Orders at an amazing clip, who the hell knows what will happen? I don’t. But as the center continues to break down because it “cannot hold” and things begin to resemble the wobbly, widening gyre of Yeat’s “Second Coming” it does seem to me that someone who claims to be even more “above it all” than the melodramatic Obama pretended to be, would find many welcoming him or her into the public arena.

I still have a fever, and am a little out of it, so I may not be reasoning rightly, but here is what I say to Neo:

It’s funny you wrote this. I was just thinking this morning -seriously, as I showered- that we are ripe for the arrival of someone on the political scene who is not a career politician, who can say he or she is “untainted,” and can then exploit the tumult we’re currently embroiled in.

I am very disturbed by these “high integrity” dems running from the ship. I note a few things:

1) (Cantor aside) They’re all going to vote in this health bill and then skip town.

2) They wouldn’t end their political careers for “nothing;” book deals and gigs as lobbyists are small compensation for the loss of power, title, access, so they all must have gotten something else that induced them to vote-and-run-for-it. Perhaps that is where the stimulus money sent to fake congressional districts and fake zip codes has actually gone – into their pockets.

3) The names I’m seeing (Ed freaking Schultz?) being bandied about to take the place of these dems are names of farther to the left, not more centrist.

4) Look up: Universal Voter Registration. As I have said before, the dems are not concerned about polls or representative government anymore, because they don’t actually believe they’re ever going to have to deal with “real” elections again.

5) Those conservatives who are gloating about how they’re going to “win in 2010!” and who think these Dem resignations are evidence of a coming “bloodbath,” are thinking precisely what the dems want them to think. Americans may not be loving the land of liberalism, but Obama is still the self-esteem president; he still has the bully pulpit (and the “Obama-do-me” press), and he’s proven that he knows how to pivot for expediency’s sake.

Back to my invalid couch. Sorry if this sounds a bit disjointed. Or more disjointed than usual.

Related:
Ed Morrissey: Panic at the Dem Disco
Bookworm: When no one is an enemy, everyone is an enemy
Malkin: The Death of Deliberative Democracy
Gateway: has more

O/T:
Last of Saddam’s Uranium finally brought out of Iraq.
BIG Journalism launched
Melissa Clouthier: America is now A Dependent Society

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  • Rhinestone Suderman

    A good post, Anchoress. Some serious things to think about.

    Good link to Gateway; of course, some of us have noticed the Marxist/Islam alliance for a while.

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  • MJ

    Yes, Anchoress, you have indeed given us some very serious things to think about! If Washington continues down the path its on, our country is in serious trouble.

    Prayers going your way that you will feel better soon.

  • Bill

    I thought this site was about religion.

    [This site is about religion, politics, baseball...whatever I feel like talking about. admin]

  • SKAY

    Bill–it is.

    I t reminds us to get on our knees and pray in different ways every day.

  • Susan K.

    If it is true that the Dems really do not fear the voters and 2010 as they have something up their sleeve, then it seems to me that this whatever it is will leak eventually. How could such a thing be kept quiet for very long? The Universal Voter Registration could be their ticket. If I am praying fervently, many of the readers here are praying, along with many, many others, will God answer and have mercy? We as a nation have wandered far, and this past year has been a wake up call that things cannot continue as they have been for the last 20 to 30 years. Maybe the angst and turmoil is calling us back to the spiritual, even designed to call us back.

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Re #4. Dang! I was hoping I was an “isolated” conspiracy nutter when I thought that way. Watch Bill Whittle though. We must never give up! Our despair is their aim.

  • J

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    “My mother, born in 1915, had a very dear friend who was born in Germany and brought to the USA as a baby. When my mother’s friend was born, Germany was starving and the woman that delivered her kept a bucket of water next to the bed…..she offered to drown the baby because there was no food or future for her. My mother was horrified by that story and loved her friend even more. What she would think of today I shudder to think. With great deliberation we are turning this country into a nightmare.

  • newton

    I hope you feel better soon, Anchoress.

    To think the German nightmare might happen here is no longer a matter of imagination, but of possibility. What are patriotic Americans supposed to do to prevent that from ever happening?

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  • RGB

    I dont think Obama is the Antichrist; but we are certainly now living in Antichrist time. The system is in place, the people barinwashed, the morals upturned, the Church defeated. The American government is now as corrupted as the Soviet was a few years ago. We are ripe for a “heroic” figure to come to deliver us and “throw them all out”. Only the Lord will shorten those days.

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