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The law that 'enabled' Hitler's dictatorship
"Eighty years ago, Germany's parliament passed the "Enabling Act." From that point on, Adolf Hitler could enact laws without the need of parliamentary approval. Only one party valiantly resisted."
Having failed at obtaining an absolute majority of National Socialists in Germany's parliament, Hitler placed before parliament a "Law to Remedy the Distress of People and the Reich" - also called the "Enabling Act."
The decisive sentence in the five-paragraph law read: "In addition to procedures prescribed by the constitution, laws of the Reich may also be enacted by the government of the Reich." That second clause had drastic implications. With no need for parliamentary approval, Hitler's government could enact laws and enter into agreements or alliances with other countries. Practically speaking, Germany's parliament was being asked to render itself impotent."
"Beyond that, fundamental laws written into the Weimar constitution were now to be done away with. For citizens, constitutional guarantees would be rendered void. Granting these emergency powers to the German chancellor would endow his office with unassailable legal authority. The only thing between the chancellor and that power was the consent of two-thirds of parliament."
You can read what happened in the days and months following that fateful day, March 23, 1933, at the above link, or maybe Dutch can tell you the rest of the story.
Anyway, it cannot happen here...agree or disagree?