The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of 
private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state 
itself. That in its essence is fascism ~ ownership of government by an 
individual, by a group or any controlling private power: President Franklin D. 
  Psychologically, the Hitler/Bush comparison has been obvious to me for some 
time. Both deeply insecure men, troubled childhoods,  addicted to power, 
messianic illusions of god given grandeur, barely contained repressed anger and 
incapable of empathy and compassion ~ except with their animals.
  In that regard, I originally posted this on March 20th, 2005 and I note how 
it has proved to be prophetic. 
  It is almost inconceivable that the American public and the Democrats are 
buying into the mindset that Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq was right and that 
it is the seed for the spread of democracy throughout the region. The election 
in both Afghanistan and Iraq were micromanaged by the U.S. from the start with 
the obvious intention of maintaining a significant military presence in both 
  This is Germany in the 1930's when Hitler's grand design was bought into by a 
sleeping German public ~ using the same propaganda techniques, moral 
righteousness and God condoning rhetoric being heard today. 
  “I BELIEVE that God wants me to be president.” George W. Bush    
  "I would like to thank Providence and the Almighty for choosing me of all 
people to be allowed to wage this battle for Germany," Adolf Hitler - Berlin 
March, 1936

   “freedom and fear, justice and cruelty have always been at war, and we know 
that God is not neutral between them.” George W. Bush
  "Never in these long years have we offered any other prayer but this: Lord, 
grant to our people peace at home, and grant and preserve to them peace from 
the foreign foe!" : Adolph Hitler - Nuremberg Sept. 13, 1936.
     "God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of 
justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served 
the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands" 
George W. Bush
  " If we pursue this way, if we are decent, industrious, and honest, if we so 
loyally and truly fulfill our duty, then it is my conviction that in the future 
as in the past the Lord God will always help us": Adolf Hitler, at the Harvest 
Thanksgiving Festival on the Buckeburg held on 3 Oct. 1937 

  One columnist got it right last year and it was Seumas Milne who wrote a 
brilliant column in the British Guardian:     "The claim that democracy is on 
the march in the Middle East is a fraud. It is not democracy, but the US 
military, that is on the march… What has actually taken place since 9/11 and 
the Iraq war is a relentless expansion of US control of the Middle East, of 
which the threats to Syria are a part. The Americans now have a military 
presence in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar -- and 
in not one of those countries did an elected government invite them in. Of 
course Arabs want an end to tyrannical regimes, most of which have been 
supported over the years by the US, Britain and France: that is the source of 
much anti-western Muslim anger. The dictators remain in place by U.S. license, 
which can be revoked at any time -- and managed elections are being used as 
another mechanism for maintaining pro-western regimes rather than spreading
  Now let's take this Germany analogy one step further with the announcement 
last year that the pentagon has formally approved, in their latest strategic 
plan, preemptive attacks against nations thought to pose a threat to the United 

  Such a policy was categorically and without reservation condemned as a war 
crime on Nov. 21, 1945 by Mr. Justice Jackson at the Nuremberg Trials. 
  Against this gathering storm of radical right wing power consolidation and 
God driven and national security rationalized war fever, again very similar to 
Germany in the 1930's, I recommend Oliver Hirschbiegel's painstaking and 
provocative film/video on the last gasp of Hitler's Third Reich ~ DOWNFALL.
  Hirschbiegel's moving and objective film makes Hitler and his fellow 
conspirators, Himmler, Goebbels, Speer and even Eva Braun frighteningly 
contemporary and plausible in their delusions of power and global empire 
building ~ while everything was deteriorating around them.
   It was easy to visualize Cheney in his bunker with his protege Bush ~ along 
with Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Bolton and Wolfowitz ~ as they pored over their 
maps of middle east oil targets and domination ~ refusing to face the reality 
and consequences of their actions while the country slowly slipped into 
economic chaos outside their bunker.
  Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News, called the film fascinating for it's depiction of 
the ordinariness of evil and writes " you have a picture of madness that could 
exist anyplace where blind belief in a leader transcends reality "
  And therein lies my point ~ for the blind belief in Bush by the  radical far 
right base of the Republican party and their Global empire building neocon 
agenda is already close to transcending reality ~  and the future of our 
constitution and Republic is at great risk.
  We cannot afford to make this mistake again ~ and the world community, which 
has seen this moral blindness before, will not let us. 
  And we can no longer avoid our moral disgrace as this 4 minute video clearly 
reminds us ~  
  A nation blind to their disgrace
  Allen L Roland
    Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who 
also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on 
Conscious talk radio


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