Hitler and Trump
Kato, how come you’ve lined up Hitler and Trump in the above?
What’s wrong with that?
Well…, Hitler is long gone, but Trump is still alive, isn’t he?
Yes, he is… You’re quite right, Diane. Hitler committed suicide in 1945, but President Trump is still alive.
Oh my goodness… Kato, are you saying that President Trump will commit suicide?
Oh no… I don’t think Trump will ever commit suicide… He isn’t that type of man, but somebody might assassinate him.
Kato, you’d better not post the above picture.
A CIA man might abduct you as a prospective assassin and put you into the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for torture, and you’ll more than likely be dead soon or later.
You gotta be joking.
No, I’m dead serious. As a matter of fact, hundreds of Arabic people were detained over there after the 911 terrorist attack. According to a 21 June 2005 New York Times opinion article, an FBI agent was quoted as saying, “On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times, they had urinated or defecated on themselves and had been left there for 24 hours or more.”
Oh no! … That sounds awful and disgusting… I don’t want to urinate and defecate on myself.
If you say so, Kato, don’t post such an incriminating picture like the above.
Diane, you’re terrifying me to death.
Anyway, Kato, are you saying that there’s something in common between Hitler and President Trump?
Yes, I am… That’s the reason I put both men on the top.
Tell me, then, what is in common between both of them.
Actually, I read a wikipedia article the other day and came across the following passage:
Hitler’s Rise to Power
The Great Depression provided a political opportunity for Hitler.
Germans were ambivalent about the parliamentary republic, which faced challenges from right- and left-wing extremists.
The moderate political parties were increasingly unable to stem the tide of extremism, and the German referendum of 1929 helped to elevate Nazi ideology.
The elections of September 1930 resulted in the break-up of a grand coalition and its replacement with a minority cabinet.
Its leader, chancellor Heinrich Brüning of the Centre Party, governed through emergency decrees from President Paul von Hindenburg.
Governance by decree became the new norm and paved the way for authoritarian forms of government.
The NSDAP rose from obscurity to win 18.3 per cent of the vote and 107 parliamentary seats in the 1930 election, becoming the second-largest party in parliament.
Hitler made a prominent appearance at the trial of two Reichswehr officers, Lieutenants Richard Scheringer and Hans Ludin, in late 1930.
Both were charged with membership in the NSDAP, at that time illegal for Reichswehr personnel.
The prosecution argued that the NSDAP was an extremist party, prompting defence lawyer Hans Frank to call on Hitler to testify.
On 25 September 1930, Hitler testified that his party would pursue political power solely through democratic elections, which won him many supporters in the officer corps.
Brüning’s austerity measures brought little economic improvement and were extremely unpopular.
Hitler exploited this by targeting his political messages specifically at people who had been affected by the inflation of the 1920s and the Depression, such as farmers, war veterans, and the middle class.
Although Hitler had terminated his Austrian citizenship in 1925, he did not acquire German citizenship for almost seven years.
This meant that he was stateless, legally unable to run for public office, and still faced the risk of deportation.
On 25 February 1932, the interior minister of Brunswick, Dietrich Klagges, who was a member of the NSDAP, appointed Hitler as administrator for the state’s delegation to the Reichsrat in Berlin, making Hitler a citizen of Brunswick, and thus of Germany.
Hitler ran against Hindenburg in the 1932 presidential elections.
A speech to the Industry Club in Düsseldorf on 27 January 1932 won him support from many of Germany’s most powerful industrialists.
Hindenburg had support from various nationalist, monarchist, Catholic, and republican parties, and some Social Democrats.
Hitler used the campaign slogan “Hitler über Deutschland” (“Hitler over Germany”), a reference to his political ambitions and his campaigning by aircraft.
He was one of the first politicians to use aircraft travel for political purposes, and used it effectively.
Hitler came in second in both rounds of the election, garnering more than 35 per cent of the vote in the final election.
Although he lost to Hindenburg, this election established Hitler as a strong force in German politics.
Hitler lost the presidential election, but in the subsequent National Assembly election in July 1932 the Nazi Party won the vote rate of 37.8% (18.3% at the time of the 1930 election) and gained 230 seats (107 seats before the election).
Source: “Adolf Hitler”
Free encyclopedia Wikipedia
In Germany where the economy deteriorated rapidly due to the Great Depression of 1929, a large number of unemployed people overflowing in the town, and the social situation became unrest and unstable.
Well…, likewise, USA in general, Detroit in particular, had a large number of unemployed people overflowing in the auto-industry district.
Are you saying, Kato, history repeats itself?
You’re telling me, Diane… As you see, the Great Depression provided a political opportunity for Hitler, who was eventually elected as president… In the case of Trump, he took an advantage of the frustration of most blue-collar workers and anti-establishment unsatisfied white-collar people as a political opportunity and win the presidential election… That is, bothe men were elected as president as the result of democratic process.
Once Winston Churchill said that democracy was the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that had been tried from time to time.
In other words, Hitler who is regarded as a bad guy worldwide was also elected by democratic election. Likewise, despite the prediction of the so-called intelligent people, Trump was elected as President of the States.
If you say so, Kato, every person who was elected president of the United States after the war was also chosen by the democratic election.
You’re telling me, Diane… But there is a big difference between the presidential elections after the war and the election where Trump was elected.
What is that?
Remember Winston Churchill who said, “democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Democracy works alright when the existing society is stable and people’s values are shared, and in a relatively gentle state where a crazy event does not occur and certain functions can be fulfilled.
Are you saying, Kato, the States was unstable at the moment?
Yes, I’d say so… As in Detroit, the American society was unstable and confusing in a way at the time… So, as Hitler was elected by democratic elections, Trump also was elected president contrary to the media’s expectation, since the United States was in the socially disturbing period, just like when Hitler’s Nazis made a leap forward.
As in today’s American society, when society gets into a turmoil, it is easy for demagogue-type leaders like Hitler and Trump to step up and win the popular votes.
Why is that?
Well, in such a society people don’t really care about what is right. Instead, Trump talk about what people want to hear… Indeed, those blue-collar workers rejoiced in listening to Trump’s uncompromising speech, rather than politically correct speach of the American Establishment (including Hilary Clinton).
In Nazi Germany, Germans were enthusiastic about Hitler because Hitler talked about what they wanted to listen.
Of course, there were citizens with good sense in America too! So, they objected to Trump becoming President!
However, they were a minority. Most people are those blue-collar workers and anti-Establishment unsataified white-collar people who love the way Trump talks.
I see… So Trump was elected president, huh?
That’s right…just like Hitler won the election and became German demagogue-type leader in those days… But there is a hope.
What kind of hope is that?
Well… Here’s a newspaper article:
Trump wants Attorney General
to investigate source of
anonymous Times op-ed
By John T. BennettCQ-Roll Call
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018
President Donald Trump said Friday his Justice Department should launch an investigation into what government official penned an anonymous New York Times Op-Edis job.
The op-ed claimed a large cadre of officials across the government are working hard to stifle his most extreme policy whims.
It also alleged that early on, senior officials toyed with using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
(NOTE: The above picture from the Denman Collection)
DIGITAL SOURCE: “The StarMetro”
So, at least, there is a sensible man in the Trump administration, huh?
Yes, …looks like it.
What do you think?
Do you really think that there are so many unsatisfied and anti-Establishment workers in the States?
Well… even so, I hope Trump would never become another Hitler.
By the way, if Hitler had won the war, what kind of world do you think we could see?
Here’s one such possibility.
In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
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Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』