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Remembering The Lessons Of Germany’s Past And Considering America’s Future

Posted by soldierservant on July 17, 2007

For years, I struggled to comprehend how the good people of
Germany could allow someone such as Adolph Hitler to lead them
into what became World War II. After all, before Hitler’s rise to
power, Germany had a rich Christian heritage. The Reformation
out of the Dark Ages had its roots deeply imbedded in Germany
and surrounding countries.

Furthermore, Germany has long produced some of the most
intelligent and creative people on the planet! Many of the world’s
greatest engineers and scientists have come from Germany and
Austria. When it comes to knowledge and education, the Germanic
people take a back seat to no one.

How, then, could the good, intelligent people of Germany follow
and support someone such as Hitler? For years I struggled to find
the answer to that puzzle. Now, I believe I understand.

Obviously, one does not gain the trust and confidence of people by
portraying himself as a monster.  Does anyone truly believe that
the German people would have supported Hitler if they had
thought he was some kind of ogre? As with most leaders, Hitler
preached faith, family, and patriotism. His speeches were laced
with references to God. He personally claimed Christ to be his
Savior. Even his adopted Nazi symbol was created around the
Christian cross. As far as the German people were concerned,
Adolph Hitler was loyal to historic, conservative Christian values.
Why should they have thought otherwise?

However, it did not take long for Hitler to begin turning Germany
from an independent, peaceful republic into an aggressive global
empire.  And it is at this point that the German people, and
especially the German church, must share culpability for Hitler’s
sins.

First, On March 23, 1933, the newly elected members of the
Reichstag (the German Parliament) met in the Kroll Opera House
in Berlin to consider passing Hitler’s “Ermächtigungsgesetz” or,
The “Enabling Act.” This Act was officially called the “Law for
Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.”

Opponents of the “Enabling Act” rightly warned that, if adopted,
the Act would make Hitler a de facto dictator. They worried that
the Act would dismantle constitutional liberties. History would
prove that their worries were valid.

At the time, however, it was anything but certain that Hitler would
prevail in convincing German lawmakers to pass his “Enabling
Act.” Then, suddenly, terrorists struck the Reichstag building.

After the Reichstag was burned on February 28, 1933, President
Hindenburg and Hitler invoked Article 48 of the Weimar
Constitution, which permitted the suspension of civil liberties
during national emergencies. As a result, freedom of the press, free
expression of opinion, individual property rights, right of assembly
and association, right to privacy of postal and electronic
communications, states’ rights of self-government, and protection
against unlawful searches and seizures were suspended. Shortly
afterward, the “Enabling Act” was passed, and the rest, as they say,
is history.

Of course, historians have widely speculated that it was Nazis,
themselves, that had set the fire in order to facilitate passage of the
“Enabling Act” and ensconce Hitler as Germany’s Fuhrer. No one
knows for sure who burned the Reichstag, but what we do know is
that Hitler used that act of terrorism to gain the support of the
people as a “wartime president.”

The German people were convinced that their country was under
attack and that Hitler was the leader who could protect them.
Consider the statement of one of Hitler’s most trusted cabinet
members, Hermann Goering, “The people can always be brought
to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell
them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of
patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” (Source:
Transcript of Nuremberg Trials)

Compare Goering’s statement to former Attorney General John
Ashcroft who, in defending the USA Patriot Act (which does much
the same thing as Hitler’s “Enabling Act”) said, “To those who
scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my
message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our
national unity and diminish our resolve.” (Source: Press Report,
Center for Public Integrity)

Is it only a coincidence (or a repeat of history) that Republicans
have introduced a bill in Congress to nullify the 22nd Amendment
thereby opening the door for President George W. Bush to become
permanent president? (Source: U.S. House of Representatives, H.J.
Res. 24 “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
United States to repeal the 22nd amendment to the Constitution”
introduced February 17, 2005.)

Add to H.J. Res. 24 the World Net Daily report that “A former
Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing
serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on
Sept. 11, 2001.

“Morgan Reynolds, former chief economist for the Department of
Labor during President George W. Bush’s first term, says the
official story about the collapse of the Twin Towers is ‘bogus’ and
that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed them
and adjacent Building No. 7.”

WND quotes Reynolds as stating further, “Only professional
demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated
with the collapse of the three buildings.”

Whether the Twin Towers and Building 7 were brought down via
“an inside job” or not, one thing is certain: the attacks of
September 11, 2001 became the catalyst that propelled
Congressmen to quickly pass the USA Patriot Act even though
none of them had read it.

Much is being made over the fact that on Wednesday of this week,
the House of Representatives removed some “sneak and peek”
features regarding public libraries from the Patriot Act. Of course,
President Bush is livid and is threatening to veto the bill without
that segment of the Act included. However, what few people seem
to notice is that a host of egregiously unconstitutional abridgments
of freedom remain intact in the Patriot Act.

Under the Patriot Act, government agents can conduct searches in
your home or business and search your belongings without
informing you and without a court order. Government agents are
permitted to arrest and detain individuals and to hold them
indefinitely, without being charged with a crime, and without
being allowed access to an attorney. In other words, the Patriot Act
(like Hitler’s “Enabling Act”) expunges our Fourth Amendment
protections against illegal searches and seizures and our right to be
secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects.

Furthermore, the Patriot Act (like Hitler’s “Enabling Act”)
destroys our Fifth Amendment right to be held for a capital, or
otherwise infamous crime, without an indictment of a grand jury.
The Patriot Act also eviscerates a citizen’s constitutional right of
Habeas Corpus.

The point is, as with Hitler’s Germany, so, too, the American
people, and especially America’s churches, are willingly and
enthusiastically surrendering constitutional liberties in order to
accommodate President Bush’s desires for authoritarian power as a
“wartime president.”

Consider, too, Hitler’s invasion of Germany’s neighbors. People
cheered as German troops attacked other nations. And even though
those nations had not participated in any attack against Germany,
Hitler had convinced people that preemptive attacks against those
nations were necessary as they would make Germany “more
secure.” Does this or does this not sound just like President Bush’s
justification for invading Iraq?

Once again, please remember that the German people believed
Hitler to be a patriotic, Christian man. As a result, Hitler had the
unflinching support of Germany’s conservative Christian
ministers. How else would they be persuaded to follow Hitler into
the nightmare of the Nazi regime?

Remember, also, that to most German ministers, the Nazi Party
was “God’s Party.” They really believed they were being faithful
to God by being faithful to Hitler. Therefore, should we not be
concerned today when we hear of Christian ministers
excommunicating church members who do not support President
Bush or the Republican Party? Should not “red flags” go up in our
minds when we hear Christian ministers excuse Bush’s
unconstitutional conduct by proclaiming, “Bush is God’s man for
America, therefore, we cannot criticize him!”?

Yes, my friends, it is now obvious to me how Adolph Hitler seized
power in Germany, because the same principles that Hitler used in
the 1930’s are being used by America’s leaders today.

Am I saying that I believe President Bush is another Hitler? Of
course not. I am saying, however, that the same tactics and
strategies being used by President Bush are eerily similar to those
of the former German leader’s. Certainly, we all pray for a fate far
better than that of Hitler’s Germany. But to obtain a better future
for America, it is obligatory that we remember the lessons of
Germany’s past. © Chuck Baldwin Please visit Chuck’s web site at http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com.

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