Are We Becoming Like Nazi Germany?

I’ve noticed that whenever the subject of Nazi Germany is raised, someone always says something like this:

“It’s unbelievable that Adolph Hitler was able to manipulate and control the entire German population. It just seems impossible.”

Yet, that’s exactly what he did. Yes, there were some dissenters and political foes, but they were quickly subdued and quashed as the boundless power of the Nazi regime quickly shut down all dissent with the use of Brown Shirts of the SA Sturmabteilung, the “Schutzstaffel” or SS, and the dreaded Gestapo or Geheime Staatspolizei.

Perhaps a bit of context is in order here. I spent three years in Germany with the Army Security Agency involved in SIGINT (intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems used by foreign targets), I am fluent in the German language, and my wife is German. I have studied German history and I keep up with current events in the country.

Like a lot of Americans, I always assumed America was safe from the kind of tyranny the German people experienced under the heavy hand of the Third Reich.

There is no way our federal, state, and local governments could restrain and control the American people the way Hitler and his Nazis dominated the German population, I thought.

Yet, for the past several years, that’s exactly what has happened in America.

A nation that always prided itself on its independence and individuality was suddenly locked down. Travel was restricted, schools and businesses were shuttered, we were commanded to wear face masks, voting laws were altered, isolation and quarantines were mandated, freedom of speech was censored by social and mainstream media if what was said or written was judged by Big Tech oligarchs to be “misleading information.”

And it didn’t stop there. A public health emergency was declared, borders were closed, and large gatherings were forbidden—including church attendance, funerals, and weddings.

In short, civil liberties that Americans had always taken for granted were suspended by those in power, just as the rights of the German people, including a free press guaranteed by Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918 to 1933), were rescinded by the Nazis. The German press had little or no response and quickly complied with their new masters.

Nazi GermanyJoseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, had no use for a free press and once said: 

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

Alter that quote a little and you have a passage more relevant to American social media today: “Think of social and mainstream media as a great keyboard on which Big Tech oligarchs can play.”

Big Tech in the United States is following another Goebbels maxim:

“Not every item of news should be published. Rather, those who control news policies should endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.”

We know what that “certain purpose” is.

During Biden’s socialist regime, the legacy media’s goal is to promote socialist policies and protect our feckless president from all criticism—the same objective that Goebbels was tasked with during Adolph Hitler’s reign.

No doubt Goebbels would be proud of America’s Big Tech oligarchs. They are performing the same tasks in 2021 America that Goebbels performed during the 12 years of the Third Reich.

Instead of opposing restrictions on our First Amendment rights, which guarantees five basic freedoms (religion, speech, the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances) millions of panicked Americans were quick to acknowledge and tolerate these new restrictions of their civil rights while the media declined to investigate the pandemic, its source, its causes, and its severe impact—especially on young children and the elderly.

Instead, our media spent most of the pandemic refusing to look at China as the cause and source of the Covid-19 virus, choosing instead to pillory President Trump for daring to even suggest that China might be culpable. Today, we are learning (much to the chagrin of the media) that Trump was probably right. The virus came from a Wuhan, China lab and not from a flying rodent.

As was the case in Nazi Germany, American K-12 school children and students in universities are being indoctrinated with political dogma from socialist organizations like Black Lives Matter. Curricula are filled with the bogus and deceptive Critical Race Theory and the debunked and fallacious 1619 Project. Those who don’t adhere to the dogma are ostracized, canceled, and even fired from teaching positions.

Of course, in 1930s socialist Germany (Yes, folks, the Nazis were socialists. Nazi stands for “Nationalsozialist” or National Socialism), the Nazis went even further. They sent educators, religious leaders, and political opponents to concentration camps like Dachau.

They encouraged supporters to take to the streets to harass and assault Nazi opposition. It was a winning tactic because few Germans dared oppose armed mobs of Brown Shirts who were never arrested or prosecuted for their assaults on people or property.

Sound familiar? Remember Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA in places like Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and New York City? They are still burning and looting.

Once again, the activities of those organizations are right out of the Nazi playbook.

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street,” Goebbels once said. “Total dominance is the goal.”

In Germany, it was one-party dominance that put the state at the summit of the political and social lives of the German people. History was rewritten, free speech was suppressed, books were banned, people’s lives were monitored, and religion was ridiculed and stifled in favor of the secular nation.

Today, Democrats in Congress actually talk about banning or outlawing the Republican Party—or at least those Republicans and independents who supported and voted for Donald Trump or who refused to follow government decrees and diktats during the pandemic.

Others are quick to support the lockdowns and suspension of civil rights.

“This pandemic is a ‘black swan event,’ one without modern precedent,” opined Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried. 

Most people are worried about restrictions on meetings — that’s freedom of association. And about being made to stay in one place, which I suppose is a restriction on liberty. But none of these liberties is absolute; they can all be abrogated for compelling grounds. And in this case, the compelling ground is the public health emergency.”

I’m not buying it.

What we have experienced in the United States since January 2020 has been a gross overreach of state and national power—the domination of individual freedoms never before seen in this country.

Where were the resisters, the “anti-Nazis?”

In Nazi Germany, Jews were portrayed as a public health menace, vermin to be exterminated. The monthly magazine Neues Volk published by Germany’s “Office of Racial Policy,” argued that all Jews suffered from “hereditary illness” and each Jew cost German taxpayers and the community 60,000 Reich Marks over the course of a single lifetime. Lists of Jews were compiled in every German town and city and today we know millions were rounded up and murdered.

There are troubling parallels to that kind of thinking in America today as examples of anti-Semitism escalate day after day, mostly from a left that supports Palestinian causes and terrorist tactics, but maintains a visceral hatred toward Israel.

Democrat members of Congress have taken that kind of political and social “cleansing” even further, insisting Republicans, conservatives, and anybody who supported or supports Donald Trump should be sent to “re-education camps” and “deprogrammed.”

Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leftist Democrats insist that “lists” should be made of all Trump supporters so they can be “ostracized and otherwise punished.” Keeping “enemies” lists was a favorite tactic of the Gestapo. Thank you, AOC for reintroducing this insidious tool to Congress.

But, Democrats didn’t stop there. Michael Beller, principal counsel for the tax-supported Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), said in a video that the children of supporters of President Donald Trump should be seized and placed in “re-education camps.”

“We should go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away, and we’ll put [Trump supporters’ children] into re-education camps,” 

Beller said in the video. 

Beller must have been listening to Adolph Hitler, who, in 1933 said this about children:

“If the older generation cannot get accustomed to us, we shall take their children away from them and rear them as needful to the Fatherland.”

So, is THIS the state of our nation today?

We are a country divided politically and socially into warring tribes: Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals vs. conservatives, minorities (brown, black, and yellow people) vs. whites, victims vs. oppressors, communities of color vs. police, the “haves” vs. the “have nots,” socialists vs. capitalists.

All that’s left is for Americans on opposing sides to arm themselves and commence slaughtering one another because of conflicting political and social opinions or skin color. Wouldn’t China, Russia, and America’s other enemies just love that?

In 1920s Germany it was Hitler’s “Brown Shirts” attacking the feeble Weimar Republic—Germany’s first experiment with democracy. It was a growing Communist Party vs. a nascent Nazi Party. But after 1932 when Hitler and the Nazis gained power, Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, and political opponents were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.

Is this the “Endlösung” (final solution) that some socialists, radical leftists, and Democrats are proposing for America’s Republican Party, conservatives, and Trump supporters?

Are we headed for a one-party socialist political system in which we allow our rights to be suspended indefinitely, the way we did for the past 18 months?

After millions of courageous Americans went to war in World War II and more than 500,000 made the ultimate sacrifice fighting fascism, are we going to roll over and accept domination by a few elite socialists and leftist Democrats who are convinced they should remain in power ad infinitum?

Are the American people going to submit to the Big Tech oligarchs, the corrupt and compliant media, and the socialist elites in Washington and allow their rights to be trampled and obliterated?

So, I ask again: Are we becoming Nazi Germany?

(Ronald E. Yates is a U.S. Army veteran, an author, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent, and Professor & Dean Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois.)

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5 thoughts on “Are We Becoming Like Nazi Germany?”

  1. I am writing exactly as you. I use my words and you use yours. The message is the same. So is Eric Metaxas’s. See my piece here and read his book “Letter to the American Church.”

    I read in a history of Germany, something – can’t remember the person – said in the late 19th Century about German culture. The point made was if Germany ever walked away from Christianity, it could be terrible. That’s what happened in the aftershock of WWI. The church lost its moral authority and then failed to exercise what authority it had left in the US.

    I write, “Culture Commands.” There are major sub-cultures in the US since the second English settlement in 1620 was quite different from the first in 1607. They matter.

    The heart of the Human Secularist Totalitarianism is the absolutist culture of New England which heavily influences the monetary, liberalism of the Middle Atlantic culture which is counter to the live and let live Tidewater South and Scot-Irish Frontier culture of the South and the non-coastal West. (The Mid-west is pockets of New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Frontier cultures that moved west.)

    The newer Urban Black and Urban Jewish sub-cultures are heavily influenced by the my way or the highway New England liberal puritans.

    Since the NE walked away from Christianity to become Human Secular Totalitarians, they are in fact the kissing cousins of the NAZIs, Commies, and Fascists of the 20th Century mega-death monsters.

    They must be defeated in the Great US Culture War.

    Hope I can provide you with supporting fires.

  2. Ah gee, YA THINK ? America should have seen this coming when in operation Paperclip our government brought over hundreds if not a thousand German scientists who were tasked with heading up the CIA, NASA and other agencies within our government, and no one bothered to think that might rear its ugly head down the road at some point when their German style was so engrained in our culture, it was easy to pull the same stunt they did in the lead up to WW-II, and now those NAZIs are trying to take us into Ww-III. Biden needs to be taken out before he destroys America and I do mean with a military coup. AND, if it is too preoccupied with all that Equity bull, patriots may need to take on that task in place of our failing military.

  3. Absolutely the case. The parallels are broad and obvious. I have been calling the FBI the Gestapo for at least 10 years now. We even have our own “Dr. Death”.

  4. Sure, i see big tech and all that.
    But who are the ones who will be rioting, beating us, chasing us from the streets, burning our businesses and in some cases even killing us? Again
    So the question is do i sit and worry about big tech or the guy coming at me and my family with a club or a gun?
    Nobody at the national level or even the state level will protect us. We watched local law enforcement bust up church meetings and kick people out of parks while we waved Back The Blue flags. FBI is now gleefully kicking down doors for praying outside a clinic and we have hundreds in solitary confinement for over 2 years.
    So no…..we must protect ourselves.
    Lets not be like the Jews and go to the slaughter like the sheep they want us to be.

  5. Only the left are on the camp of the nazis. They have the same beliefs up to and including bastardizing and twisting bible quotes to prop up their miscreant, nazi agenda and beliefs.

    WE aren’t becoming nazi germany. The LEFT wants us all to conform to it, but we can resist, eject them, and if need be, physically defeat them. We may need to do the latter because they have a problem accepting reality and will need it injected into them with a side of lead.

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