Distorted Echoes of Another Time

The rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s, as surprising as it may seem, hinged upon the people’s need for spiritual identity.  The once strong and proud German nation had lost position and power in World War I (1914-1918), and the humiliation imposed upon them by the victorious Christian-dominated nations brought with it a breath of contempt for Christianity’s claims of compassion and clemency.  The truth was that the war had not been unexpected.  Indeed, most European nations had been preparing for eventual conflict.  After the most destructive war in history (at the time)—more than twenty thrones had crumbled—the world was anxious for a sacrificial victim.  Thus, ignoring the deceptive role that a number of the Allies had played, Germany was branded as the instigator.  The understandable resentment and distrust would fester, and it would play into the ambitions of Adolf Hitler and his cohorts. 

Hitler, as a boy, had been indoctrinated under Catholic guidelines, but his early life had been a dismal failure: and his ambition to be an artist was shattered when the art school to which he applied judged him not to be good enough.  Thus Hitler decided to use the hypocrisy that always infests religious posturing, and through the ’30s, and even during the war, Hitler’s government indulged in an active conspiracy with a vast array of European Christian churches. 

Broadly ignored in most history accounts is the religious undercurrent that fed and shaped the Nazi movement.  Hitler surrounded himself with men who assessed Christianity to have proven itself a mockery.  Consequently there was a driving quest in the early Nazi movement for a mystical identity that would provide a dogma of sorts that would regain and establish their  potential qualities.  The assortment of occult elements from wide-ranging fields of mysticism amalgamated into a bizarre Nazi code of belief in which Hitler became presented and viewed as the high priest and the long-awaited messiah of German legend.  Like all religions, the Nazi code of belief gained support because it fondled and gratified the angst-ridden people’s egos.

In the Reichstag elections of 1930 the Nazi party polled over six million votes, largely due to the frustration and disillusionment over the handling of the nation’s economic crisis, which also troubled much of the world.  The same general economic aggravation in the United States in 2010 stampeded the gullible to vote Tea Party cohorts into government positions. 

In the timeframe of July 13, 1931 the bankruptcy of German Danatbank resulted in causing the closure of all German banks.  The German millionaire Alfred Hugenberg actively supported the 800,000-strong Nazi Party, much as the Koch brothers support the radical right Republican Party in the US today.  Other wealthy men then threw their support toward the Nazis, just as have so many obscenely wealthy men thrown their support to the extreme religious-dominated Republican Party in the US today. 

On February 23, 1933 the Associated Press ran a feature story on Hitler’s campaign against the “Godless movement” in Germany.  To quote:  “A campaign against the ‘Godless movement’ and an appeal for Catholic support were launched by Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s forces.”  A couple of months later, on April 26, 1933, Hitler had this to say in a speech during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant of 1933:  “Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith…we need believing people.”  Kind of reminds one of the radial religious right in the US today insisting that the Bible must be studied in public schools, and that we must have a Bible-based government, doesn’t it?

One of the first things that Hitler did upon gaining political control in 1933 was to abolish worker and trade unions.  Uh-oh!  Sound familiar?  Ask the people in Wisconsin.

New laws were put into force regarding homosexuals, which defined them as “asocials” who, it was declared, constituted a threat to the Reich and the moral purity of Germany.  In 1936 the Reich Central Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion was setup by Heinrich Himmler.  That year, under the “asocials” law, the number of males imprisoned for their sexual nature was 4000; in 1937 that number rose to 8000.  It became routine for those who had served their allotted prison sentence to then be shipped out to concentration camps.  No doubt the priest-authors of Leviticus would have applauded.  There was a curious Biblical ring to such disregard for human diversity and the lack of sane justice in this Nazi application.  And all this is being echoed too threateningly in such absurd religio/political Right examples as these quotes spewed around the US today:— 

—“Gays and lesbians are destroying our nation.  I honestly think they are a bigger threat than terrorists;” this by Republican State Representative Sally Kern of Oklahoma.  “Government should not be in the business of promoting a behavior (referring to homosexuality) that’s proven (?) destructive to our society;” this by Republican US Senator Jim DeMint of South  Carolina.  “Homosexuals and transgenders won’t be happy until they sever every moral underpinning in America;” this propaganda by the so-called Family Research Council.  “Homosexuality tears at the fabric of  society;” from the 2010 Texas Republican Party Platform propaganda. 

Then there is also in the US today the religious fanatic’s feigned indignation over abortion that mirrors the Nazi condemnation.  The “moral” Nazis outlawed abortion outright, which is being attempted today in the US by Right Wing extremists.  Under Nazi control any woman who had an abortion would be sent to prison for five years.  How did that really serve Germany’s higher “moral” purpose?  Was that, in truth, for the good of the nation?  No, but it was insurance of renewing a near-slave population for their political machine.  And it was fully in line with the biblical command to be fruitful and overpopulate.

These, and many more, are propaganda distraction-points used by the radical right, which are hauntingly reminiscent of Nazi tactics of the 1930s, and they are used today primarily to avoid answering any questions regarding their strategy for takeover of the US.  The Republican right, especially the Tea Party, pointedly avoids public discussions of crucial national issues, always muddying any serious talks regarding citizens needs and welfare with phony outrage over a diverse peoples’ private lives.  Stirring up judgmental aversion to life’s intended diversities is a guaranteed way to weaken forces of people that have more in common than the activities of their private lives suggest.  And such policies aimed at divisiveness make for a guaranteed path to disaster. 

None of the self-serving indulgences of the radical right which have infiltrated so much of national and state governments have any genuine love or respect for the tested principles of true democracy.  Certainly their conduct and treachery do not reflect the concluding part of the poem posted on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

“…Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/ The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Let us not stand by idly while fanatical religious and political factions in the United States attempt to dismantle the highest spiritual qualities of democracy.

2 Responses to “Distorted Echoes of Another Time”

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