Donald Trump’s Pledge of Allegiance to 1933 Germany
FlaglerLive | March 8, 2016
By Chris Goodfellow
Although I said six months ago, long before most pundits, that the rise of Trump had certain parallels with Hitler, the icing on the cake for me was last week at a University of Central Florida rally when he asked everyone to raise their right hand and take a pledge of support and allegiance to HIM.
And a lot of people raised their right arm and did it. Now think about that for a moment.
Pledge of allegiance to Trump. Not to the Republic but personally to Trump. The cult of Trump.
Dear God. People, read your history!
This is exactly how the ball started rolling in Nazi Germany. The cult of Hitler. He tapped into German anger and rode the wave telling them how he would make Germany great again and how he would deal with the gypsies and Jews and anyone who wasn’t pure Aryan. He attracted masses of hitherto responsible German professionals, middle and working classes, to his brand of nationalism, promising a great Third Reich. He held huge rallies extolling the old German Greatness. A Reich of a thousand years. And the people bought it. It was a short run from 1933 to 1945, which resulted in great hardship to the German people who were beguiled into following the pied piper of promises.
Hitler soon attracted bullies and brutes to his camp. Not just strutting peacocks like Goebbels, Goering, Heydrich and Himmler drunk on power, but nameless brown-shirted vigilantes let loose on German streets to brutalize and terrorize. You can already see the brown shirts at Trump’s rallies roughing up dissenters, egged on by the Master himself to “throw them out.”Civil discourse is fast disappearing in America. The presidential debates devolved into a shouting match over penises and ego. Is this the American leadership you want? Should a man running for the highest office in the land rise to the bait of an opponent over the size of his hands? This is not presidential politics. It is the most base and yes, lewd discourse I have ever witnessed on such a stage. But what can we expect from a man whose mind is stuck at that level, whose vulgarity comes through in spades with demeaning comments about women even as he still considers it all a joke?
The appeal of Trump is that he will get things done and set things straight. But listen to his words: Suspend the rule of law. Use torture on the terrorists. Fight dirty because they fight dirty. Well, it won’t be long before his personal gestapo will be using torture at home with anyone who disagrees with Herr Trump if history is any guide.
America is great because it adheres to the rule of law. It has rules of engagement. And for Trump even to suggest that he would order the military to carry out what would be essentially war crimes, you are witnessing firsthand the assertions of a dangerous megalomaniac. But to be clear, no one man with an oversize ego can solve America’s problems. It is going to take a skillful leader who can build consensus and not alienate huge numbers of citizens, not to mention our friends around the world.
Asking supporters to raise their right arms and pledge allegiance to himself embodies Trump’s megalomania perfectly. Thinking only you can make America great is the height of arrogance gone wild. I am the best and greatest you trumpet. Upon close examination, Trump made some money mostly through questionable business practices, reneging on debt, and through sleight of hand, lending his name to projects without really standing behind the deals. That’s been his art of the deal. Screw everybody in the way.
But Donald, you are no Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. In my eyes you are a bully, an opportunist of the first order, entirely inappropriate for the presidency, not to mention any other public office. Your hateful views disqualify you. To even suggest building a wall when it took fifty years to get the Berlin Wall down—that symbol of division between the free and imprisoned—is an insult to all of us who worked to get that wall down. The world does not need more walls. It needs more sane leadership that seeks solutions, not through endless, wasteful war and bellicosity, but by more thoughtful sharing and uplifting of all.
A man who can neither temper his tongue nor refrain from insulting a vast swath of minority Americans has no place in the Oval Office. A man who speaks of torturing his enemies will neither succeed in vanquishing them nor eradicating the root cause. A man so vain and lacking in humility has no place in the highest public office in America today.
He may have a place running his aesthetically deplorable hotels and casinos, and making his kind of money. But the governance of America belongs to greater men.
Thank you to the current and former Presidents of Mexico for expressing their views. I wish more world leaders would speak out. I suspect many leaders of our allies are worried today but fearful and reluctant to speak their minds. But it’s up to us. I hope the country comes to its senses before this goes too far.
Chris Goodfellow is a resident of the Hammock.