Ich bin der Führer einer großen Bewegung

“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty.” – Adolf Hitler

Yes, it’s over-the-top to compare President Trump to Adolf Hitler.  Hitler could do whatever he wanted. Trump’s executive orders are constrained by courts.

I just couldn’t resist a one-time “say what you’re thinking,” and the man is an unashamed nationalist with  dictatorial qualities, a tendency to rule via the Big Lie and a definite us-versus-them style of lining up support for his favorite things.

I find it hard to believe that the heavily-religious really think he’s one of them, or that he’s one with Kentucky coal miners or Texas oil field workers. He probably is one with the elderly Florida Cuban-Americans who still dream of going home to a Castro-less country and those “good old days” when Gen. Fulgencio Batista ruled with his version of the iron fist rather than the communists’ one.

What should concern everyone is something that came out of that New York Times analysis of Trump’s tax returns. His Trump Organization has major business projects going in some foreign countries — among them India and the Philippines. I’d find it hard to believe that the President would make all his trade and military decisions vis-a-vis those countries with no consideration for the repercussions they could have on his heavily-leveraged foreign businesses. I agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that there’s a serious national security issue here.

Plus, he has around $300 million in loans still out there, some from U.S. sources, some from foreign banks. Wouldn’t a normal person in that situation have to think twice about tax and tariff policies which would affect the lenders? Trump never made public that he owed such a huge amount here and overseas.

As for his dodging of income taxes and a comparison of what Adolf did, the majority of Hitler’s wealth came not from development projects but by charging royalties for his image and never paying taxes on that income. He accrued nearly 3 million (in U.S. dollars) in unpaid income taxes. He also charged for his numerous public appearances, something Trump maybe has overlooked (LOL).

What else?

It’s been written in the history of Naziism in Berlin’s government that “Hitler ruled Germany autocratically by asserting the Führerprinzip (leader principle), which called for absolute obedience of all subordinates. He viewed the government structure as a pyramid, with himself—the infallible leader—at the apex.”

And “Hitler’s blend of political acuity, deceptiveness, and cunning converted the party’s non-majority but plurality status into effective governing power.”

Finally: “Life does not forgive weakness.” Adolf Hitler, February 17, 1945.

                              —30—

 

Published by Bob Jones

Journalist since age 19. St. Petersburg Times, Noticias y Viajes in Madrid, Overseas Weekly in Frankfurt and Paris, the Louisville Courier- Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, KGMB-TV, NBC News foreign correspondent in Africa and Southeast Asia, and MidWeek columnist. LL.B LaSalle University Law. 3 years in the U.S. Air Force. Covered: Biafran War in Nigeria (1968) Vietnam War (1969-73), Iraq in 1991. George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished journalism for reporting in China. 2 Emmys for documentaries. Married to journalist Denby Fawcett; one daughter. Brett Jones, foreign service officer, State Department.

5 replies on “Ich bin der Führer einer großen Bewegung”

  1. You actually make the case that the comparison is not that much over-the-top at all. If you asked Mr. Trump in private, off-the-record, there’s a good chance he’d tell you Hitler had many “admirable” qualities. (Like when he said, after the Charlottesville Right Wing terror attack: “there are good people on both sides.”) He admires Putin, Kim, Deuterte, and a host of other “tough” dictators. He loves “tough talk”. And he consistantly derides and attacks what he sees as weakness or kindness in any leader. And then there’s “The Big Lie”. It was Hitler’s signature and so is it Mr. Trump’s. He tells lies or half truths or just makes up “facts” all the time. Probably not a day goes by when he doesn’t spin another one. Like, He’s the Best Businessman America’s ever had. Or, he’s done more for African-Americans or Senior Citizens or_____ than any President in history. The thing is, anyone who was really paying attention and had researched his career in 2016 knew this was what he was all about. The NY TIMES’ excellent work filled in some amazing (His favorite word, BTW) blanks but it did was not a surprise to many of us at all.

  2. The after math of fascism was death and destruction of the soul which allowed so many atrocities against humans. We see that in America right now. But then it’s always been present, promoting fear instead of compassion and understanding. Critical thinking is lacking, perceptions are narrow, a perfect set up for a con man like Trump. Turn off the TV! Thanks for tackling the subject, Bob.

  3. The comparison seems over the top but yet it really isn’t. The monster egos and sociopathic lying are eerily similar.
    It’s not so much that coal miners and others (read: rural working class conservative whites, particularly males) believe Trump is one of them. It’s that they know Clinton just didn’t give a hoot, the Democrats in general have become a corrupt viper’s nest of toxic identity politics that welcome everyone except them and won’t stand up to even the most vile views and tactics among the far left and racists of color, and they’d rather support someone who panders to them and at least says he gives a rip and wants to make the country strong and assertive, and who dog whistles quite loudly to white insecurity amidst rapidly changing demographics. It’s simplistic and insincere but effective in some parts of the country (just as the inverse is effective in other places, including Hawaii, in ways seldom mentioned in polite bubble-dwelling company). The biggest mistake now would be to continue to dismiss that constituency as ignorant and expendable, giving it no place to go but illusory Trumptopia or someplace even worse once Trump is out.

  4. I agree that Trump is leading (forcing) us into an autocratic governmental state of affairs. But consider this on anther unrelated manner which has not been discussed at all or very little. The President of United States does not have to undergo a security clearance based on ” The fact he is elected President makes him privy to all information involving the government”. All other members of the administration in any position to receive classified information are required to undergo a check. (As a young anti-aircraft battery commander in 1958 I had to have a check to be able to run a battery of WWII 90mm anti-air craft guns with a “secret” radar.) So to me, it a great void in our security to not have any Presidential candidate undergo a security check to protect our nations secrets and security. Donald Trump would never have been elected in 2016 if had to undergo that kind of check with his financial history of multiple bankruptcy and currently with his huge outstanding debts recently reported.

  5. Interesting post and comments today, as have been all, this far!

    I agree with Jerry Mayfield that a security clearance should be a requirement to run for U.S. President, and disclosure of tax returns should be, too. Maybe military service doesn’t need to be a requirement, but my dad used to remark how can you be the Commander in Chief when you have never served in the military.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: