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Can he be America's Hitler?

One of the most poignant warning signs in history is the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. It also is unfortunately one of the easiest to ignore. Polluted by our own sense of divine like humanistic narcissism, societies far too often refuse to asses their own propensity to horror. Putting faith in human systems of checks and balances, we like to think that we are above the "evil" of "others", failing of course to remember that the madness of Germany happened in a democratic country. Hitler is suppose to be a mirror, to show us what each and every one of us are capable of becoming in a climate of fear and anger, and that no amount of modernism, progression or social evolution can ever hope to remove the potential for human beings to be evil. The greatest lie that has ever been told, and will continue to be told, is human progress. Systems of government and our judicial guardians can melt in the heat of social anger and unrest. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish citizens had integrated into German society, and in a few short years were among the two thirds of Jewish Europeans to be exterminated. All that it took was the dissemination of conspiracy theories to rapidly transform an 80% Christian Lutheran to participate in the "Final Solution". When people are angry and afraid, there is no end to their insanity.

If you had brought up any sort of Nazi comparison to the current populist demagogue Donald Trump I would have dismissed you. But when I heard Donald Trump utter the words "I alone" I can honestly say a chill went up my spine. Never in my entire life have I heard something uttered by a Western political leader so close to becoming head of state. There have been things that have deeply concerned me and which are predictors of disturbing times: the animosity towards the press; the almost religious devotion to a man who can seemingly say anything without taking a hit in the polls; the central role that "illegal immigration" has become in the electorate among Trump supporters; the emotional xenophobic racism happening at Trump rallies (Warning: video contains profanity and hate speech); the equation of emotion with fact; and finally, as mentioned above, the radical and sociopathic appeal to an individual for a solution.

The cocktail to plunge a country into madness needs very few ingredients and I am afraid that if one is to look at the current political climate in the United States, one cannot help but see dark times are ahead. The problem is that people refuse to acknowledge the speed and probability to which these things occur in history. The lesson of Germany is that it can happen anywhere and in anytime. Those who ignore or deny the potential for another Hitler have failed to learn that very valuable lesson.

I am not suggesting that Trump is a mass murderer, but he's instability is without question: He is a man who believed the incredible birther conspiracy theory of the radical Joseph Farah, and has recently stated that the most legitimate democratic election in the entire world would be rigged if he lost. These are not the beliefs of a rational person (despite how disturbingly mainstream the birther conspiracy became). Irrational people must never become head of state, and unfortunately (and there is no polite way of saying this), the fact that Donald Trump has gotten this far is a damning reflection of how deeply entrenched the United States is involved in partisan politics and fear. The reasoning for supporting Trump is presumably because the alternative is far worse, or a hope that the United States will politically collapse into ruin and rise into something greater. Regarding the former, the current selection of Clinton as a Democratic party leader (and I use the word "selection" loosely, I perhaps should use the word swindle) brings to the forefront a wide plethora of issues as well and further damns the electorate. The rest of the world is scratching their heads as to why a person who is at best, incompetent and at worst, a criminal would somehow be rallied behind with devious, undemocratic and unethical means. Is that the plan? Elect an irrational sociopath to teach the political powers at be a lesson?

That's a pretty big gamble and one that I hope doesn't happen. Terrible things happen during power vacuums, and it seems as though no one has any clue as to how Donald Trump will actually make American Great Again once the dust settles. If you're going to destroy the "establishment" you better have a pretty good plan as to what is going to take it's place. Hilary Clinton may well be a terrible president, but Donald Trump may well be the president who ends the United States Republic. The angry mob, not the reformers, are ready to takes its place and we may well be teaching our grandchildren the lessons of Trump's America as a lesson never to be forgotten.


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