Former President Barack Obama recently returned from his trip to Asia and France.
Well soon as he got back to America, Obama decided to take his Trump-bashing to the next level.
During a speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Obama basically compared Donald Trump to the leader of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler.
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“The danger is grow(ing) complacent,” Obama said. “We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly.”
That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s which, despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolf Hitler rose to dominate, Obama noted. “Sixty million people died….So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
The Independent wrote their own Trump/Hitler comparison piece in November:
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump described his opponent, Hillary Clinton, as a criminal and said she should be tried and put in jail (of her guilt, he had no doubt). Commentators at the time noted the extreme nature of such rhetoric and the fact that demands for the investigation and imprisonment of political opponents was alien to the American system. But, they speculated, perhaps it was just that — rhetoric — and with his inauguration as President, he would leave such dangerous talk behind.
It turns out, however, that Trump has proven unable to let go of his obsession with his defeated rival. In early November 2017 — nearly one year after his election victory — he was not only continuing to attack Clinton, but also calling on the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate her. He was “very frustrated” by the fact that he was unable to order those agencies to “go after” his former opponent — something he said he would very much love to do.
It was a horrifying moment as the President of the United States, perhaps more clearly than at any previous time, expressed the thoughts and desires of an autocrat. And with the announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will explore the possibility of creating a new special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, those thoughts and desires have moved that much closer to being realised.
Such open calls for criminal investigations of political opponents are truly unprecedented in American history — and for good reason, since they would undermine the very foundation of liberal democracy. If the president could order the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton, where would it stop? Anyone who spoke out to criticise such a brazen act would be vulnerable to the same treatment. And then any individual or any group — regardless of whether they had actually done anything — would be at the mercy of Trump’s politicised justice system. The President would be able to exclude anyone he wished from the national community. The road to dictatorship would be wide open to him. We know this because it was such a system that helped destroy democracy in Germany and helped Hitler establish his Nazi dictatorship.
One of most significant challenges the new Weimar Republic faced was a politicised judicial system — an important element in the weakening of German democracy. One of the key failings of the revolution that toppled the German Empire in 1918 was the failure of the revolutionaries to establish a truly republican judiciary by allowing the judges from the old imperial system to remain on the bench. These were men who’d been trained and established their careers under the old authoritarian system. They had no sympathy for the new liberal, democratic regime. And the verdicts they rendered made this exceedingly clear. Political crimes committed by individuals on the left consistently received longer prison sentences than those committed by people on the right.
H/T: Gateway Pundit
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]