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The charismatic nature of HItler's position as Fuhrer - a quasi-messianic personalized form of rule that arose from the desire for national rebirth and unity in a country traumatized by national humiliation and paralyzed by political collapse - could of its essence not settle into 'normality' or routine, or sag into more conservative authoritarianism. Visionary goals of national redemption through European domination and radical purification were at the heart of the regime. These meant constant dynamism and self-perpetuating, intensifying radicalism. The longer the regime lasted, the more megalomaniac were its aims, the more boundless its destructiveness. Its gamble for world supremacy meant an alliance against extremely powerful allies. It was a gamble against the odds, in which the regime asked its own destruction and that of Germany itself. This was Nazism's essential irrationality. Hitler's charismatic leadership implied, therefore, not just an unprecedented capacity for destruction, but also an inbuilt tendency for self-destruction. In this sense the suicide of the German dictator on 30 April 1945 was not merely a welcome but also a logical end to the Third Reich.
Originally posted by EmbryonicEssence
I've been wondering this for a few years: Whatever happened to Checks and Balances? I haven't seen it going at all (at least none that I can see). It truly seems like most politicians are folding under Bush's (or someone else's whim, in favor of the puppet) whim.
[edit on 6-19-2004 by EmbryonicEssence]
Originally posted by Jamuhn
If you are asking how this effects the common people of the US, then it benefits them. The only people who will care are the ones who believe in human decency across the board, irrespective of race, origin, etc.
Originally posted by FreeMason
Originally posted by EmbryonicEssence
I've been wondering this for a few years: Whatever happened to Checks and Balances? I haven't seen it going at all (at least none that I can see). It truly seems like most politicians are folding under Bush's (or someone else's whim, in favor of the puppet) whim.[edit on 6-19-2004 by EmbryonicEssence]
It seems you are blind and haven't been paying attention to anything. Do I really need to cite any reference to how wrong you are? Just open a news paper and read about some current events in Congress.
Originally posted by df1
Just a couple items off the top of my head which I am sure you can quickly correct.
The patriot act allows government to come into our homes without a warrant and otherwise violate our constitutional rights and the bush administration is pushing patriot act II to strip more of our rights.
The president says he can label anyone an enemy combatant and deny them all constitutional rights to trial and legal representations.
We have multiplicity of gulags around the world where people are secretly locked up and tortured.
Ashcroft says he can deny congress information on his whim with out citing any law or even executive privledge.
And congress says nothing in opposition save for the courageous Ron Paul, republican congressman from the 14th district of texas.
I would appreciate your citing references that show these things aren't true, as they sure sound evil and unamerican to me.
[edit on 20-6-2004 by df1]
Originally posted by Bastet
May I address a little squeak of my own to indy?
I regarded the still from the video frame to be just that, & nothing more. If I were to read anything into it at all, I would feel it was either irony or humour on the poster's part, or as an attention-grabber for the topic. Nothing more than that.
The Patriot act merely removes, rather re-words certain US Code to allow local and state police to be better abled to notice and act upon a possible terrorist. Where-as before you had incidents such as WTC bombings where there was plenty of suspicions about what those terrorists were going to do, but the US Codes stated specific guidelines to just as far as you could go to get what you needed for an arrest.