Echoes of Nuremburg

I don’t usually make political commentary. I don’t believe politics belong in the pulpit. But I am a history buff, and after watching the DNC last night I am very concerned. I see a cycle happening – something that has happened many times before.

A nation divided; a rising cost of living; a military in trouble; and a messiah rises from the ashes. Born on the outskirts of the nation of a dubious parentage, he makes his own way and works hard for social reform. He is not politically experienced, but he writes a bestselling book and gives inspiring speeches full of hope and reconciliation.

He calls for new jobs, for economic stimulus, for a reform of the military, and a “clean sweep” of the establishment in favor of something better – a return to national solidarity in the face of adversity.

He gives the conservatives a challenge to change without consideration of the past, to right past wrongs. He gives liberals a single rallying point for their agendas. He employs exceptional public relations people. He challenges a nation to rise up against the establishment.

Unfortunately, I have not described Barack Obama. This description matches another leader who brought hope to his nation – an obscure man who rose to prominence in a political party, achieved celebrity status and declared his intentions to the world at a massive outdoor rally in 1928 at Nuremburg. The man I am writing about was named Adolf Hitler.

I have no doubt that there will be a firestorm of criticism for comparing Barack Obama to the Butcher of Berlin; and please don’t misunderstand me. I am not totally certain that Barry (as he was known before 2004) is aware of the implications of what he is doing. He is certainly no student of history, so I give him the benefit of the doubt.

But the people who work for him are setting the man up as a demigod, as the savior of the United States of America. They have taken a page out of Hitler’s manual for persuading a nation that “better things” are just around the corner if you install their man.

This should terrify you. Sadly, most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that Adolf Hitler was a publicly elected leader, that he ran his campaign on a platform just like Obama’s. He was an international celebrity. Even the British were in love with him.

I am not the biggest supporter of John McCain. In fact, I don’t really care for the man’s politics at all. But this Nuremburg-esque mystique of Barack Obama frightens me. It is called demagoguery – the manipulation of the masses. Julius Caesar used it; Napoleon used it; Mussolini and Hitler used it.

Again, I don’t hate Obama. I don’t think he is intentionally behaving like Hitler or wants to rule the world or anything. I just think there are some similarities between the campaigns and media images that should be throwing up red flags ALL OVER THE PLACE.

What do you think? Am I totally off?

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