A lot of people are writing and speaking about Donald Trump and his candidacy for President who are not to be believed. If they were, it would be a frightening picture indeed, comparing him to Hitler and seeking to spook us away from voting for him now or in November. They do manage to find the occasional survivor of Hitler's Holocaust to bolster their claims, but upon even partial comparison with history the parallel fails. Indeed, the word "parallel" itself is not appropriate. No train could ever run an inch on a track with such wildly diverging rails.
This was active on social media, including posts by people I know, (or used to), weeks before "The O'Reilly Factor" started to talk about these comparisons to fascism. It can only work with readers or viewers whose understanding of German history in general and Hitler in particular is an undereducated, poorly-organized montage. Unfortunately, many American high school and college graduates seem to have just that kind of understanding of our own history, let alone any other country's.
The social backdrop is totally different. America just is not in the same throes of chaotic currency collapse that the Weimar Republic, as Germany was known between Kaiser Wilhelm and Hitler, was undergoing. The poorest of us do not have to trundle a barrowful of banknotes to buy one loaf of bread. Many of us in America have EBT debit cards and the numbers on price tags are nowhere near as high. Nor are we under reparation demands by other countries for trying to conquer a continent as was Germany under the Treaty of Versailles, for which Hitler was blaming the Jews.
The American people are also enormously different from the early twentieth-century Germans, who were more "monocultural," meaning their nationality and their ethnic identity as Germans were very strongly aligned. Both the Catholic and Lutheran churches had very heavily conditioned them to obey authority or be guilty of disobeying God. Even the German language was different: Hitler's deeply emotional speeches moved people who listened to them but when they thought about the speeches later some could barely remember what was said, and the intricate, lengthy structure of German sentences where all the verbs could accumulate in a long string at the end, with the most active verb last of all, certainly aided that. Trump does not speak like that, Trump does not leave people wondering what he said, and the English language would not allow him to do it one-tenth as well if he tried.
Trump's complaints about why our country "never wins" are not aimed at an ethnic cabal or conspiracy such as the Jews and the European banks were accused of being. He quite openly states that the Chinese leaders, the Mexican government, and other countries are actually very smart in advancing their countries' interests, while our leaders are not using nearly the intellectual caliber of trade negotiators that they are. Nor is he promising an improvement of America's fortunes by permanently removing anyone. Those who come in over the southern border, (certainly not all Mexicans, nor for that matter all Hispanic), and others who arrive or stay illegally, he quite openly says can come back, later, if they do so legally. His reviled plan to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants until we can somehow "vet" them to bar ISIS agents or sympathizers, is likewise only temporary. His plan to "target" terrorists' families was blown out of proportion, (admittedly with the aid of a few clumsy statements he made), into killing them, when in fact he was merely saying we cannot ignore possible involvement and knowledge by the families of terrorists and may have to arrest and/or deport them. He has never promised to make the United States "free" of any ethnic group in the way that Hitler used the term, "Judenfrei." There is no parallel whatsoever and all efforts to create one are flimsy.
This post is written on a Saturday, which the recent restructuring of the Pray for Authorities Monthly Schedule assigned to news media personnel, including newspapers, radio, and television. The effort that many of them, together with many non-professional posters on social media, have made to link Trump's agenda to Hitler's, amount to a form of collective effort to persuade their fellow Americans into making an unjust judgment, which I choose - since they started it - to compare to the propaganda directed by Joseph Goebbels. Like the propaganda of Goebbels, it is knowingly dishonest, intentionally harmful and defamatory. We need to pray for them, and we need to pray hard. As I mentioned in a previous post, some of them are not doing it. Some we should pray for to keep up good work, or do better at making the falsehood of this propaganda as obvious as it should be.
Fortunately, few of the media personnel who are actively misquoting, misjudging or simply maligning Donald Trump have the evil genius of Joseph Goebbels. The overall effect is about as much like Goebbels' overarching mastery of German media as comedian Dick Shawn's portrayal of Hitler in the musical within Mel Brooks' famous movie, "The Producers," was like the Fuehrer, and thus the title of this post: "Springtime for Goebbels." If they drop the Hitler comparisons, I'll drop that.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.