Goebbels Speech Has Disturbing Parallels With Modern Day Neo-Con Rhetoric
Ed Henry | September 23 2004
Thanks to Harry Browne of the Libertarian Party for bringing us this reminder. It's a speech by Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and delivered to the German people almost 65 years ago. Nearly every line was met with thunderous applause.
Any resemblance between this speech and those delivered by our current leaders such as Vice President Dick Cheney is purely coincidental.
"I ask, which leader is it today that has the vision, the willpower, and yes, the backbone to best protect us?
The clear answer to that question has placed me in this hall with you tonight.
There is but one man to whom I am willing to entrust our future and that man's name is Adolph Hitler.
There are some crazy men who would kill us if they could. So Adolph Hitler has told us: 'All private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger.'
But where is the national unity in this country when we need it most?
Now, while young Germans are dying in the mud in Czechoslovakia and the mountains of Poland, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Social Democrats manic obsession to bring down our Fuhrer.
What has happened to the nation I've spent my life working in?
I can remember when Social Democrats believed that it was the duty of Germany to fight for freedom over tyranny.
Time after time in our history, in the face of great danger, Germans worked together to ensure that freedom would not falter. But not > today.
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Social Democratic leaders see Germany as an occupier, not a liberator.
And nothing makes me madder than someone calling German troops occupiers rather than liberators.
Tell that to the Czechs, Poles, Frenchmen, and Belgians who have been freed because Adolph Hitler led an army of liberators, not occupiers.
Tell that to the millions of men, women, and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to the Balkans, because Adolph Hitler built a military of liberators, not occupiers.
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the German soldier. And our soldiers don't just give freedom abroad; they preserve it for us here at home.
Right now, the world just cannot afford an indecisive Germany. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world.
In this hour of danger, our Fuhrer has had the courage to stand up. And I am proud to stand up with him.
God bless this great country and God bless Adolph Hitler."
The United States of America now has more than 725 military bases in 70 percent of the world. Regardless of what else happens in Iraq, we will have at least four more major military installations in that country to "protect our national interests" (oil) and from which we can conduct a military crusade to bring our brand of democracy to the rest of the Arab world without, of course, an Electoral College.
Meanwhile, far too many Americans continue to wonder why people hate us and continue to believe the story that the rest of the world envies our way of life.
AND THE RESPONSE FROM MY DEAR OL' DAD:
As to the analogy between Goebbels and Republican propaganda, this reminds me of how one can find sections of the Old Testament to prove anything and everything (and people do). Politicians have been using the warning that their opponents will not protect their country properly since time immemorial (e.g. John F. Kennedy scored points against Richard Nixon by claiming that the Republicans under Eisenhower and Nixon had allowed the Soviet Union to advance beyond the US in development of nuclear missiles, creating a great threat to the US - this "missile gap" was, of course, absolute bullshit and Kennedy knew it. But it was OK because Nixon was an asshole).
As it looks like Bush may win a second term (its still a close call), the "elites" on the West and East coasts (e.g. all my friends in California and NY who I speak to) are achieving new levels of desperation and sour grapes. It is disconcerting to them that Bush winning means that half of their fellow Americans disagree completely with them. This is now dismissed as being due to the fact that the half of American voters who will vote for Bush, must be ignorant and stupid. This is why such people on both coasts are known as "elites." They think they are "elite" and that everyone that disagrees with them is stupid (e.g. they think Bush is stupid - this is particularly funny when the person making the remark is a Hollywood actor or actress with the IQ of an iguana).
What has not occurred to such "elites," is that the primary drive of mankind, if you believe the theory of evolution, is neither sex, cappucino or French movies, but is survival (food is a subset of survival and sex is a subset of species survival but not individual survival). Thus, most Americans are less worried about abortion or gay marriage (important but secondary issues in that less than 10% of Americans are gay and a good deal less than 10% of American women plan to have abortions in the next few years whereas 100% of Americans in the vicinity of a nuclear explosion can plan on being dead within milliseconds) than they are about the fact that 1 billion Muslims hate us and our culture and are adherents of an extremely violent religion (there are NO moderate Muslims because Islam is NOT moderate, even Cat Stevens) who would gladly see us all dead (especially Jews) and will eventually get their hands on a nuclear weapon (Pakistan already has them and calls their weapon the "Islamic bomb," and thanks to European aid, Iran is on the way to getting them and the leaders of Iran, the "mullahs," are true religious fanatics who make right wing Christians look like Quakers).
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I'm voting for Nader. Bush is my second choice. I do not consider Kerry to be a viable choice as he favors the French approach which is to bend over and await the consequences.