October 31, 2004

The Leader

How about something truly frightening for Halloween?

“I swear to thee, Adolph Hitler as Fuhrer and chancellor of the German Reich, my Loyalty and Bravery. I vow to thee and the superiors whom those shall appoint, obedience until death, so help me God.” - Schutzstaffel Oath

Worried about that oath that Bush has his supporters doing - the one that I mentioned in the last Shotgun Post? I am, and I think you should be.

I don’t want to compare Bush to Hitler. More importantly, I don’t want Bush doing things that evoke the types of activity which led to a cult of personality Hitler rode to power. If Kerry had an oath of fealty, I would be extremely disturbed. Yet, I don’t hear any Bush supporters batting an eye. (Please forward me a link, if you know of one.)

“If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier,” Bush said, pausing and then joking, “just so long as I’m the dictator.” - GWB, December 2000

As I told both Maggie and Ryan, people like a dictator. This is why they elevate them to power. They always have their reasons, but often the main reason is fear. The more shadowy the fear, the better.

Here is the Bush oath:

“I want you to stand, raise your right hands,” and recite “the Bush Pledge,” said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: “I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States.”

They’re working up the crowd to raise the importance of Bush as high as possible. Once we have accepted him as the only leader who can protect us, the only one who we would accept if we care about our country, family, freedom and liberty, then perhaps there is no need to use his given name. We can just call him “The Leader.”

And once we accept that the Repoublican Party is the only one that truly can take care of us, the only one that truly has the best interest of ourselves and the military in mind, it clearly becomes the most important party. The only important party. Why not just call it “The Party?” It’s more to the point.

So, if you care about your way of life, you will vote for the Leader. You will vote for the Party.

If you’re interested in further thoughts on the disconcerting way Bush is tapping into fear, hatred, check out these Billmon posts:

He refers to it as atavism… a throwback. Calling to some deep part of the human brain which reacts without thinking.

Bush is no Hitler. But why is he taking cues from the man? Where is all of this going? We have to ask that now, because the question cannot be asked later when we are over the waterfall.

Posted by James at October 31, 2004 10:00 AM
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I don't know if Bush is a Hitler or not, but he's catering to a bunch of people who are using the same methods, in a more sophisticated form, for the same ends -- continued power.

Bush's supporters include those who don't believe in evolution and push to have creationism taught as science; they are the people who want to legislate morality, starting with eliminating all rights for gay men and lesbians (their surrogates for Hitler's Jews and Communists) and eliminating all reproductive choice -- not only abortion, but contraception; they do not want to tolerate dissent; they do not want our system of checks and balances to remain in effect (witness the perennial bills stripping the federal courts of jurisdiction); and they do not want to have to account for their actions.

These are people who, on a very fundamental level, do not believe in our system.

Hitler started off with a strong appeal to traditional morality and Christian values. I wonder if we're reticent about making the comparison simply because we can't believe that it could happen here and now (or in the near future).

Vote -- while you still can.

Posted by: Bob T at November 1, 2004 6:26 AM

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