Originally posted by DiRtYDeViL
SevenZeroOne is right lilblam there is no conspiracy. If the repubs threatened Boyd he would have used it as major ammo, even if they paid him
Besides the add would have shown the people the truth in to scary of a way.
It is probably true that had Boyd been personally threatened, he would have used it as ammunition against the government, but the government is not as
stupid as it seems. Knowing that would be his reaction, they would have threatened his family or people close to him, instead of him personally. I
have seen them use this tactic on my own family, and it works. Just because he apologized for the ad being posted on his site, doesn't mean he
wanted to do it, or that he thought it was in bad taste. We all know that just because something is said doesn't mean it's true.
As for the Bush/3rd Riech comparison, this is an excerpt from,
"They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945", By Milton Mayer
University of Chicago Press. www.thirdreich.net...
"To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it - please try to believe me - unless one has a much greater degree of political
awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion,
"regretted," that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle,
what all these "little measures" that no "patriotic German" could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than
a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.
"You see," my colleague went on, "one doesn't see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than
the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for the one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a
shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You don't want to act, or even to talk, alone; you don't want to "go out of your way to make
trouble." Why not? - Well, you are not in the habit of doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that restrains you; it is also
"But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That's the difficulty. If the last and
worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and the smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked ö
if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in "43" had come immediately after the "German Firm" stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in
"33". But of course this isn't the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them
preparing you not to be shocked by the next. Step C is not so much worse than Step B, and, if you did not make a stand at Step B, why should you at
Step C? And so on to Step D.
"And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self deception has grown too heavy,
and some minor incident, in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying "Jew swine," collapses it all at once, and you see that
everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in ö your nation, your people ö is not the world you
were in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the
cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now
you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is
transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning,
but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way. "
The thought of comparing the U.S. to the 3rd Riech, like the authors of the Bush/Hitler ad did, may be scary and "alarmist" to some, but it was the
same to the people of Germany when Hitler came to power. Nobody thought that their countrymen and leaders would betray their trust. They thought
that they would notice it, if something like that were to happen, but they were looking for a major display of corruption, not the subtle, sneaky
steps that were being used right under their noses.
[Edited on 10-1-2004 by jezebel]