The takeaway is simply this. if you can't beat them, then cheat them with as many lies as possible and plenty of hate and violence.
On this date in history, a Nazi monster who was known as Hitler was appointed as German chancellor. Adolf Hitler reportedly continues to be one of the most well-known figures in world history. As the leader of Nazi Germany, he orchestrated both World War II and the Holocaust, events that led to the deaths of at least 40,000,000 people. In the ensuing decades, he was the subject of countless books, documentaries, and programs.
For years, Hitler and others on the right had been telling their followers a lie, claiming that Germany had been betrayed by democrat socialist politicians. They organized a large network of right-wing militia groups who believed these liars and were ready to act on them. On November 9, 1923, Adolf Hitler launched a failed coup d’état in Munich. It was a badly coordinated but sincere attempt by a couple of thousand people to seize power. It was what came to be known as the Beer Hall Putsch.
Hitler was tried for treason and found guilty. If his sentence had been proportional to his crime, that could have been the end and we would have never heard of Der Fuhrer. Instead of decades in prison or execution, he was sentenced to five years of which he served barely nine months, just enough to give birth to a global uprising. It was a costly judicial error.
After the criminal, violent and deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, 139 Republican members of the House and eight members of the Senate, led by Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, came out of hiding and continued to object to the electoral college vote count. While a police officer lay dying, they supported lies of a stolen election and embraced the insurrectionists’ cause.
It was that spirit that may have made Lame Duck Donald bafflingly popular with a minority segment of the American population. It inevitably led to Donald Trump’s own Beer Hall Putsch, again, a badly coordinated but sincere attempt by a couple of thousand people to seize power on January sixth.
Should that dreadful day go unpunished, or insufficiently punished, Leniency never worked for Adolf Hitler and it will not work for the Lame Duck Donald and the GOP. Predictably, Republicans now claim that the pursuit of the January sixth criminals and the impeachment of Donald Trump might spawn “disunity.”
In 1924, while in prison for high treason, Hitler began writing what could be considered as his thoughts and short messages that would later become one of the world’s most dangerous books. Mein Kampf or My Struggle was initially published in two volumes (1925, 1927), where he claimed to have become “a fanatical anti-Semite” while living in Vienna.
Following his second Senate impeachment trial, will Lame-Duck Donald hire another ghost-write to continue spreading lies by publishing the art of the steal, or will he wilt away drowning in his tears in fear of another massive American Democratic voter rejection?
American Democracy guarantees the peaceful transfer of power is the right of individuals to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence. We must abide by and be content with whatever conclusions America’s judiciary reaches regarding the January sixth attempted Republican coup.
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