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In Bureaucracy, History, Politics, Social commentary on June 15, 2017 at 12:02 am

On December 21, 1949, Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili turned 70. And millions of Russians feverishly competed to out-do one another in singing his praises. 

These celebrations weren’t prompted by love–but fear.

For the man being so honored was internationally known by a far different name: Stalin, which in Russian means: “Man of Steel.”

He had lived up to it: For almost 30 years, through purges and starvation caused by enforced collections of farmers’ crops, he had slaughtered 20 to 60 million people.

Joseph Stalin

The British historian, Robert Payne, described these rapturous events in his classic 1965 biography, The Rise and Fall of Stalin:

“The guns blazed in salute, the processions marched across the Red Square, and huge balloons bearing the features of a younger Stalin climbed into the wintry sky. 

“The official buildings were draped in red, the color of happiness.  From all over the country came gifts of embroidered cloth, tapestries and carpets bearing his name or his features.

“Ornamental swords, cutlasses, tankards, cups, everything that might conceivably please him, were sent to the Kremlin, and then displayed in the State Museum of the Revolution….Poets extolled him in verses, He was the sun, the splendor, the lord of creation. 

“The novelist Leonid Lenov…foretold the day when all the peoples of the earth would celebrate his birthday; the new calendar would begin with the birth of Stalin rather than with the birth of Christ.”

Lavrenti P. Beria, Stalin’s sinister and feared secret police chief, oozed: “Millions of fighters for peace and democracy in all countries of the world are closing their ranks still firmer around Comrade Stalin.”

Lavrenti P. Beria

“With a feeling of great gratitude, turning their eyes to Stalin,” gushed Central Committee Secretary Georgi Malenkov, “the peoples of the Soviet Union, and hundreds of millions of peoples in all countries of the world, and all progressive mankind, see in Comrade Stalin their beloved leader and teacher….”

“The mighty voice of the Great Stalin, defending the peace of the world, has penetrated into all corners of the globe,” enthused Defense Commissar Kliment Voroshilov. 

“Without Comrade Stalin’s special care,” extolled Trade and Supply Minister Anastas Mikoyan, “we would have never have had a network of meat combines equipped with the latest machinery, canneries and sugar refineries, a fishing industry….” 

Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov: “The gigantic Soviet army created during [World War II] was under the direct leadership of Comrade Stalin and built on the basis of the principles of Stalinist military science.” 

So those Americans with a sense of history were alarmed and disgusted upon watching President Donald J. Trump–also 70–convene his first full Cabinet meeting since taking office on January 20. 

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Donald Trump

On June 12, polls showed that only 36% of Americans approved of his conduct. But from his Cabinet members, Trump got praise traditionally lavished on dictators like Stalin and North Korea’s Kim Jong On.

While the Cabinet members sat around a mahogany table in the West Wing of the White House, Trump instructed each one to say a few words about the good work his administration was doing.

“Start with Mike,” ordered Trump, referring to Vice President Mike Pence.

“It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as the vice president to a president who is keeping his word to the American people,” Pence dutifully said.

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Mike Pence

Then it was the turn of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “It’s an honor to be able to serve you.”

“My hat’s off to you,” oozed Energy Secretary Rick Perry, referring to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “I just got back from Mississippi. They love you there.”

“What an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this pivotal time under your leadership,” gushed Tom Price. “I can’t thank you enough for the privilege that you’ve given me, and the leadership you’ve shown.”

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta raved: “I’m deeply honored and I want to thank you for keeping your commitment to the American workers.”

“Thank you for coming over to the Department of Transportation,” eulogized Elaine Chao, its secretary. “I want to thank you for getting this country moving again, and also working again.”

“On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President,” said Reince Prebus, Trump’s chief of staff, “we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people, and we’re continuing to work very hard every day to accomplish those goals.” 

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget: “At your direction, we were able to also focus on the forgotten men and women who are paying taxes, so I appreciate your support on pulling that budget together.”

On June 8, former FBI Director James Comey had testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Among the charges he aimed at Trump: The President had demanded a pledge of personal loyalty in return for Comey’s keeping his job.


James Comey

This would have made Comey his secret police chief.

Comey had refused to give this.  And Trump had fired him.

Trump publicly denied this. 

Then came the Cabinet meeting–and all the proof anyone needed.


In History, Politics, Social commentary on September 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

There’s a joke now making the rounds–and Republicans hate it:

What’s the difference between the Nazi Party and the Republican Party?  Answer:  The Nazis had better-looking uniforms.

The gathering of politicos at the Democratic National Convention has led at least three party leaders to draw historical analogies between the goals of the Nazi and Republican parties.

  • John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, compared Republican tactics during the presidential campaign to the “big lie” strategy employed by Nazi propagandists: “They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie.  Joseph Goebbels [Nazi Propaganda Minister]–it’s the ‘Big Lie,’ you keep repeating it.”
  • Pat Lehman, dean of the Kansas Democratic delegation, referred to Adolf Hitler himself when protesting Republican claims that they want voter identification laws to prevent voter fraud: “It’s like Hitler said, if you’re going to tell a lie, tell a big  lie,” Lehman said. “And if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice,  some people are going to believe you.”
  • Dick Harpootlian, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, compared Nikki Haley, the state’s Republican governor, to Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun.  Noting that Republicans were holding opposition press briefings in a basement studio at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Harpootlian said: “She was down in the bunker a la Eva Braun.”

Braun committed suicide with Hitler on April 30, 1945, as the Red Army closed in on their underground Berlin bunker.

Republicans claimed to be outraged and demanded an apology.  Typical of their response was that of Harmeet Dhillon, chair of the San Francisco Republican Party:

“Inappropriate, disrespectful to Holocaust survivors, very disrespectful to Republicans, and is frankly unnecessary in a civilized society.”

This didn’t stop many of their members and/or supporters from displaying altered photos of President Barack Obama sporting a Hitler mustache.  Or from referring to Obama himself as “a second Hitler.”

President Obama as Hitler

Burton at first refused to apologize: “If you’re not telling the truth, you’re lying. Joseph Goebbels’ concept was the  Big Lie. If you tell it enough, people will think it’s the truth.

“That was Goebbels, a big lie, they [Republicans] said they don’t care about facts. They’re going to lie so, I mean, that’s not pejorative to them, they probably wear it as a compliment.”

Joseph Goebbels

Then he changed his mind and issued this statement: “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie — I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.”

But Harpootlian wasn’t handing out any apologies.

“Hell no. What am I apologizing for?” he asked CNN. “This is fake. Nikki Haley is feigning this. There is not a sincere bone in her body.

“I wasn’t trying to insinuate that Nikki was a Nazi.  I was saying that she was hanging out in an insular bunker in Charlotte when she won’t give access to the press here in South Carolina … So she has some hurt feelings? I didn’t know she had feelings.”

So: How legitimate are Democrats’ comparisons of 21st century Republicans to 20th century Nazis?

A good place to start is with the man who created Nazism: Adolf Hitler.

In 1924, while serving a nine-month prison term for trying to overthrow the government of Bavaria in 1923, Hitler decided to write a book.  This would be a combination of autobiography and outline of his political thought.

Among the most infamous quotations from the book are those dealing with how to create effective propaganda:

“… In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper state of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily.

“And thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. 

“It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.

“Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.

“For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

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