So, I just finished Pt. 1 in this series and started looking for the next similarity I could find. I decided to browse the speeches made after his release from prison, and it actually took me 3 or 4 (in chronological order) to get to this one (Proclamation to the German Nation, Feb 1, 1933–this was the speech he made the day after taking office as the Chancellor of Germany).
The most important aspect of this speech, when it comes to comparing it to Donald Trump is this “National Government” Hitler speaks so often of.
I don’t know much of anything about the German Government of 1933 or in 2016, but I do have a pretty good understanding of what the American Federal Government is capable of doing in 2016 (and have access to Trumps 2016 nomination acceptance speech annotated with fact checks by NPR) to keep me honest.
Going through this line by line for Trump would be even more tedious than I’d be happy with (I generally enjoy tedious tasks, especially in the pursuit of knowledge), so I’m just going to “ball park” this a little, and provide the hard evidence when absolutely necessary. I’m sure you’ll agree with this technique since everything I plan to “ball park” is generally considered common knowledge from the Republican Party. So, Hitler is in larger point font and Bold, Trump is in Italics, NPR is in Red, and I’m in standard Black.
The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and co-operation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life….
Well, this is pretty standard fare for the Republican Party. I’ll leave it at that.
Turbulent instincts must be replaced by a national discipline as the guiding principle of our national life. All those institutions which are the strongholds of the energy and vitality of our nation will be taken under the special care of the Government.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon,come to an end. Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored.
[Policing, public safety and the vast majority of the criminal justice apparatus are controlled by state and local authorities, not the federal government. — Carrie Johnson]
The National Government intends to solve the problem of the reorganization of trade and commerce with two four-year plans:
The German farmer must be rescued in order that the nation may be supplied with the necessities of life….
A concerted and all-embracing attack must be made on unemployment in order that the German working class may be saved from ruin….
Then we are going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all. Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it very, very quickly.
Trump is very rarely specific about anything, so I’m concerned about what regulations he plans to end. Are we going to have companies dumping their untreated waste into our waterways (even more than they already are)? Ending the minimum wage? Getting rid of OSHA? Taking away the health insurance that employees have finally gained access to? Etc, etc, etc.
The November parties have ruined the German peasantry in fourteen years.
In fourteen years they have created an army of millions of unemployed. The National Government will, with iron determination and unshakable steadfastness of purpose, put through the following plan:
Within four years the German peasant must be rescued from the quagmire into which he has fallen.
What about our economy? Again, I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper: Nearly 4 in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African-American youth are now not employed.
[Thirty-six percent of African-Americans under 18 were below the poverty line as of 2014, according to the Census Bureau. It’s not entirely clear what Trump means by “not employed,” which is not technically the same as “unemployed,” which counts people who aren’t working and are looking for work. However, the unemployment rate for black Americans ages 16 to 19 was 38.1 percent as of June. — Danielle Kurtzleben]
2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when President Obama took his oath of office less than eight years ago.
[That’s roughly true, by the latest data available. Around 11 million Hispanic-Americans were in poverty in 2008, compared with 13.1 million in 2014. The poverty rate makes more sense to compare, though — that has grown 0.4 points since 2008, but it has also declined lately, down by nearly 3 points since 2010. As for whether President Obama is responsible for this, we get to that below. — Danielle Kurtzleben]
Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.
[There’s a lot going on in this statistic. So here goes: Trump may be talking about the number of adults not in the labor force — that is, neither working nor looking for work (so it includes retirees and students, for example). That figure has climbed by 14 million since January 2009 (importantly, this isn’t people leaving the labor force; it’s just people not in it, period). But while labor force participation is relatively low, the labor force has still been growing — Trump’s 14 million figure might imply that it’s not. And that low labor force participation isn’t entirely about a tough economy — a lot of it is simple demographics. In 2014, the Congressional Budget Office found that half of a recent 3-point drop in the rate had been due to baby boomers retiring. The other half was economic factors. — Danielle Kurtzleben]
Within four years unemployment must be finally overcome. At the same time the conditions necessary for a revival in trade and commerce are provided.
The National Government will couple with this tremendous task of reorganizing business life a reorganization of the administrative and fiscal systems of the Reich, of the Federal States, and the Communes.
On the economy, I will outline reforms to add millions of new jobs and trillions in new wealth that can be used to rebuild America.
A number of these reforms that I will outline tonight will be opposed by some of our nation’s most powerful special interests. That’s because these interests have rigged our political and economic system for their exclusive benefit. Believe me. It’s for their benefit.
Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place.
They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything single thing she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.
Donald Trump has talked about punishing businesses for sending jobs overseas which is extremely anti-capitalist of him! Here’s the literal definition via Google and whatever dictionary it uses:
Only when this has been done can the idea of a continued federal existence of the entire Reich be fully realized….
Compulsory labor-service and the back-to-the-land policy are two of the basic principles of this program.
Why is it so easy for me to picture Trump having some kind of “compulsory labor-service”?
The securing of the necessities of life will include the performance of social duties to the sick and aged.
In economical administration, the promotion of employment, the preservation of the farmer, as well as in the exploitation of individual initiative, the Government sees the best guarantee for the avoidance of any experiments which would endanger the currency.
As regards its foreign policy the National Government considers its highest mission to be the securing of the right to live and the restoration of freedom to our nation. Its determination to bring to an end the chaotic state of affairs in Germany will assist in restoring to the community of nations a State of equal value and, above all, a State which must have equal rights. It is impressed with the importance of its duty to use this nation of equal rights as an instrument for the securing and maintenance of that peace which the world requires today more than ever before.
It’s important to interject following this last paragraph that when Hitler says “nation” he only means the people of German and/or Austrian descent who are Christian and heterosexual, etc. Not Jews or anyone else placed on his massive list of “not wanteds”. We HAVE to remember that even as Hitler promised all kinds of benefits towards the German Nation, he was also planning to dehumanize everyone who didn’t belong to his definition. Trump has repeatedly felt comfortable dehumanizing others. Immigrants are either terrorists, murderers, rapists, etc, unless an individual falls into some category of individuals who “we” want in this country. Heck, he’s still dehumanizing his REPUBLICAN opponents even as he has the nomination (because he cannot let what he feels is a personal attack, even a legitimate one, go). Trump holds a grudge and even as he has a better way to spend his time available (you know, that general election thing), he continues to spend his energy on those people he doesn’t like. One could argue that Hitler could have done great things for Germany except he was driven to spend his time and energy using the state to attack his personal enemies.