America Uber Alles

I feel deeply saddened for Hillary Clinton.

Not so much Hillary herself (who can get by perfectly well without my sympathy) but the Hillary Clinton who represented: experience, intelligence, rational political rhetoric and the inclusion of women at the biggest table of all. Against her was Donald Trump – a lying, narcissistic policy vacuum who mobilised the ugly, racist, pussy-grabbing majority – many of them women.

For Hillary to be beaten by that was the greatest humiliation since Goliath laughed at David’s twirling rag.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it. (Adolf Hitler)

America knew all about Donald Trump and they didn’t care. The only thing they cared about was the fact that the gloating billionaire bigot was not part of the standard political system which has let them down for decades. His own party rejected him but that only made him stronger in the eyes of the electorate – confirmation he was not part of the clapped out traditional system, so therefore genuinely electable.

The real tragedy, however, is not the triumph of a megalomaniac. The real tragedy is what has happened to America over the last forty years. How did the wealthiest country in history – the only superpower after the fall of the Soviet Union – become so divided?

All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people. (Adolf Hitler)

Because America is a broken country. The disparity between rich and poor is approaching third-world levels and that must never be allowed to happen in a united society. Cannot, in fact, happen, because once a people are no longer united in their fundamental values and goals, they are fighting each other.

All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach. (Adolf Hitler)

The wealthy elite (including, especially, Donald Trump) have so manipulated the system for their own ends that the American Dream is no longer a viable reality for the vast majority – living in abandoned communities with no work, in houses worth nothing except to the banks holding mortgages.

I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature. (Adolf Hitler)

And when they complain? The treatment of poor people, black people, other minorities and marginalised people has become brutish in the last decade, both economically and physically. Most ironic of all – the land that was built by migrants now wallows in unleashed xenophobia and believes that a policy of exclusion, isolationism and nationalism will, somehow, restore their prosperity.

Keep a very firm grasp on reality, so you can strangle it at any time. (Adolf Hitler)

The election by a broken people of a populist demagogue promising a return to ‘greatness’ reminds me of another country some years ago. Like America in 2016, Germany in the 1930s was a broken, divided country, decimated by war, ruined by the Treaty of Versailles and ripped apart by opposing visions for the future. Out of the chaos, Adolf Hitler emerged to promise a better world…a German world…which they would lead after cleaning up their act at home.

Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless. (Adolf Hitler)

Hitler spoke in particular to the unemployed soldiers and disenfranchised young – those with the least to lose by a break with the past and the most to gain from a totally new political paradigm, but Hitler was hugely supported also by the powerful industrialists. Similarly, Trump spoke both to rich and poor – those with the least to lose (poor) and those with the most to lose (rich) from change. How did they all hear what they needed from his evanescent rhetoric?

By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. (Adolf Hitler)

Change is all very well – god knows the world has plenty of problems – but Donald Trump is not equipped to address them. He perceives some of the symptoms but none of the underlying causes to the world’s ills, and is therefore less equipped to deal with his country’s problems now than Hitler was in 1933.

Generals think war should be waged like the tourneys of the Middle Ages. I have no use for knights; I need revolutionaries. (Adolf Hitler)

People often wonder how the Germans ever elected Hitler and how they let him get away with so much for so long? How were they all so fooled?

It is not the truth that matters, but victory. (Adolf Hitler)

Well, we saw the results of that fooling between 1933 and 1945 and Germany is still recovering.

Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all. (Adolf Hitler)

Clearly those cheering Trump’s victory loudest are those who oppose America. It is as though Americans have finally revealed their true colours. All that crap about liberty and democracy was just so much baloney they slung to make all peoples compliant to their will, and when it didn’t work they elected a fascist monster to abandon subtlety and stamp on the throat of the world. And of course, now the monster is revealed, he is easier to fight. The Russians, Chinese, North Koreans and especially ISIS will be doing cartwheels.

The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it. (Adolf Hitler)

My most earnest hope is that those around him can talk sense and moderate the man because if Trump delivers on his election promises, then the world is about to enter a much darker phase from which it will be impossible to extract ourselves without a seriously fundamental conflagration.

Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live. (Adolf Hitler)

At least on the same day they elected Trump they also legalised pot in a number of states. God knows they’re gonna need it.