So, what would it take to build a Nazi-style society?
First, a sense that one race is responsible for all of society's ills and deserve whatever punishment is meted out by government forces. Second, a serious propaganda effort especially a sycophantic press that encourages the violation of individual rights. Third, a corruption of "science" that enables government officials to make outlandish claims requiring government action. Fourth, a means of confiscating property through seemingly legitimate means. Fifth, police agencies divorced from the concept of public service and infused with a "superior force" mentality. Sixth, the subjugation of religion. Seventh, the de-legitimization of traditional political roles and limitations.
There is no question that each and every one of these requirements have taken place in the United States over the past several decades and that the implementation of them have accelerated in the past few years.
The image of society in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union included the sense of being watched at all times; of being careful what one said in public for fear of being punished; of being harassed by police and questioned for political opinions; of being attacked in the night by security forces.
How, exactly is the feeling any different in the United States in the past few years? Maybe the East German Stasi is not the inquisitor, but the IRS has made a suitable substitution.
So, what were all of those wars for? What have our fighting men given their lives to secure? Are they not, at this point, all in vain? We celebrate our veterans on Veteran's Day as if we appreciate their sacrifice, but go to work the next day implementing everything they fought to prevent. We endure exactly the society they pledged to defeat.
Tyranny is a vague and outdated term. It has lost its definition, because though it presents itself in the U.S. every day and with more vigor than the day before, it is not recognized as such. Because tyranny is something only other people endure. But, the point is, we have become the "other people" because we have accepted the actions of the government that have allowed constant spying on the people, sorting through their e-mails and phone calls for fear of what? For fear that some enemy will take our freedom?
All efforts to point out the dangers of a government given free access to all private communication, all private thoughts and private funds have been met with great resistance from a media openly hostile to that message. The whistleblowers have been labeled dangerous nuts. They have been vilified as racists and backward religionists. At the same time the media expounds the virtue of diversity, they rule out hearing messages that are different from theirs, or as one might say: diverse. They have only one interest and that is the increasing power of government. They ignore the excesses of government harassment against citizens, because they believe that a leftist government is infallible. It is their mantra as it was in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
We have all the building blocks for a new genocide. The excuses are already built into the media's narrative. The alarm has been raised and effectively silenced. So, what is to stop the U.S. Government from becoming the next genocidal machine? The courts? The police? The military? The Republicans? Do you see now how ridiculous any of those limitations seem?
Without giving credence to the alarmists, the nation will continue to sleep and perhaps some will never again wake.