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As I read through the 1956 Republican platform (see the discussion under "minimum wage") , it occurred to me that the Republican Party of 1956 sounds exactly the same as the Democratic Party of today.
It also occurred to me that today's Republican Party sounds an awful lot like the Nazi Party.
First, let's take a look at the platform of the Nazi Party in 1920:
Here are some phrases that many of today's Republicans might agree with:
4. Only Nationals (Volksgenossen) can be Citizens of the State. Only persons of German blood can be Nationals, regardless of religious affiliation. No Jew can therefore be a German National.
5. Any person who is not a Citizen will be able to live in Germany only as a guest and must be subject to legislation for Aliens.
If it is not possible to maintain the entire population of the State, then foreign nationals (non-Citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.
11. The abolition of all income obtained without labor or effort.
The courses of study at all educational institutions are to be adjusted to meet the requirements of practical life.
a) all editors and editorial employees of newspapers appearing in the German language must be German by race;
b) non-German newspapers require express permission from the State for their publication. They may not be printed in the German language;
c) any financial participation in a German newspaper or influence on such a paper is to be forbidden by law to non-Germans and the penalty for any breach of this law will be the closing of the newspaper in question, as well as the immediate expulsion from the Reich of the non-Germans involved.
The Party as such stands for positive Christianity
25. To carry out all the above we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the Reich.
Next, let's take a look at who Hitler's supporters were:
The key reason to support Hitler and the Nazi regime was Hitler himself. Aided greatly by propaganda genius Goebbels, Hitler was able to present an image of himself as a superhuman, even god-like figure. (for reference, refer to the thread titled "was Trump chosen by God?".
He wasn’t widely seen as a power-hungry racist, but someone putting Germany and ‘Germans’ first.
Hitler had taken power in 1933 on a wave of discontent caused by the Depression, and luckily for him, the global economy began to improve in the 1930s without Hitler having to do anything except claim the credit,
Few things boost a leader’s support than winning a war, and it gave Hitler plenty of capital to spend when the Russian war went wrong.
Hitler had major military support because he rearmed them, expanded them, gave them the chance to fight and early victories.
Hitler had enough support to get into power, and while there he destroyed all political or physical opposition, such as the SDP, and then instituted a new police regime with a state secret police called the Gestapo that had large camps to house limitless numbers of dissidents.
Hitler did not win a majority to be voted into power, but he polled the second greatest result in Weimar history
Most people had issues with the government, as ever, but were happy to overlook them and support Hitler, partly out of fear and repression, but partly because they thought their lives were okay.
NOW do you understand Trump supporters?