Lady Libertas posted yesterday on the fact that the day that the Tyranny of Healthcare Reform Bill was signed into law by the Tyrant Want to Be Obama was coincidentally (NOT) also the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “Give me Liberty” speech. A Great Patriot, @jenevalynne, has also pointed out that March 23 was the anniversary for something else…
March 23 was the Anniversary of the Enabling Act by Hitler in Germany : In 1933, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act which made Adolf Hitler the Dictator of Germany. Lady Libertas was moved to wonder what Cosmic Coincidence could have caused this bizarre and yet somehow appropos crossroads.
Allow me to share a bit about the Enabling Act and YOU tell ME if it hit you in the same disturbing manner that it hit me …
Remembering that the Reichstag was one of the two houses of the German legislature and remembering that the Enabling Act was Step Two – Step One was the Reichstag Fire Act.
It was officially called the ‘Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.’ If passed, it would effectively mean the end of democracy in Germany and establish the legal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler.
The ‘distress’ had been secretly caused by the Nazis themselves in order to create a crisis atmosphere that would make the law seem necessary to restore order. On February 27, 1933, they had burned the Reichstag building, seat of the German government, causing panic and outrage. The Nazis successfully blamed the fire on the Communists and claimed it marked the beginning of a widespread uprising.
On the day of the vote, Nazi storm troopers gathered in a show of force around the opera house chanting, “Full powers – or else! We want the bill – or fire and murder!!” They also stood inside in the hallways, and even lined the aisles where the vote would take place, glaring menacingly at anyone who might oppose Hitler’s will.
Just before the vote, Hitler made a speech to the Reichstag in which he pledged to use restraint.
“The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures…The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one.” – Hitler told the Reichstag.
He also promised an end to unemployment and pledged to promote peace with France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But in order to do all this, Hitler said, he first needed the Enabling Act.
A two thirds majority was needed, since the law would actually alter the German constitution. Hitler needed 31 non-Nazi votes to pass it. He got those votes from the Center Party after making a false promise to restore some basic rights already taken away by decree.
However, one man arose amid the overwhelming might. Otto Wells, leader of the Social Democrats stood up and spoke quietly to Hitler.
“We German Social Democrats pledge ourselves solemnly in this historic hour to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and socialism. No enabling act can give you power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible.”
This enraged Hitler and he jumped up to respond.
“You are no longer needed! – The star of Germany will rise and yours will sink! Your death knell has sounded!”
The vote was taken – 441 for, only 84, the Social Democrats, against. The Nazis leapt to their feet clapping, stamping and shouting, then broke into the Nazi anthem, the Hörst Wessel song.
They achieved what Hitler had wanted for years – to tear down the German Democratic Republic legally and end democracy, thus paving the way for a complete Nazi takeover of Germany.
From this day on, the Reichstag would be just a sounding board, a cheering section for Hitler’s pronouncements.
Tyranny has raised its ugly head in our country. We can see from history that Tyranny sneaks in on the guise of doing “what is best for the people.”
What is good for us in this Healthcare Reform Act? What is good for us that Obama has done so far? What is good about continued Unemployment, increased Tax Burdens and a Republic divided?
Educate your family and friends and neighbors and co-workers.
Do not allow them to BAIT US!
Alinsky tactics are in full force and we can see from above – History has provided us with an important lesson in how a Tyrant comes to Power.