"I beg to differ. If you go back and look at the history of the world, tyranny and despotism and how it starts, it has a lot to do with control of thought and control of speech."
-- Ben Carson, via a comment to CNN on whether a Hitler character could occur in America like in Germany in the 1930s.
Journalists behave like 5th-grade kids and always like to ask this stupid question.....whether Hitler come come and get accepted by Americans. They never ask.....what if Jesus or Mohammad arrived today.....would people accept them? Could the Japanese repeat Pearl Harbor again? Could the Bieber kid straighten himself out and actually get to an Elvis-status? Could Nicholas Cage ever get a five-star part and deliver an Oscar performance?
Yeah, it's always a stupid Hitler question.
So, here's the thing that people never grasp about Germany and Hitler.
Germany had this pretender-like government from the Prussian period.....a Kaiser and a bunch of representatives from districts.
When WW I finally ended....the Kaiser was asked to leave, and Germany tried to forge ahead with just the Bundestag (their representatives).
Their first worry? Well.....too many weapons got taken home by the military guys who let go, and the fear of communism (not nationalism). Shocking? It's the simplicity of how the 1920s went. No matter what people complained about in terms of economics and a bad start.....their fear kept going back to communism and a revolution starting up.
So as bad as you might think of Nationalist Socialism (Nazis).....there was this obvious choice.....either go in this direction or communism.
Hitler? Almost an unknown character until you get to the late 1920s.. The 1932 election? As much as people chat about the Nazi win.....they got only 32-percent of the vote. Two to one against them? Yeah.
Because of the strange rules on creating a gov't......in the end.....the Nazis walked in and got power very easily....because people feared communism.
When you fear something greatly.....you tend to use different values. And the values tend to screw up your voting standards.
It's fairly easy to bring Hitler into America, if you think about it.