America’s privileged majority is experiencing a superficial threat to their way of life, and seemingly their political influence and legacy is eroding. There is a feeling of disenfranchisement and abandonment by the élite political establishment; economic instability due to wages stagnation; fears of immigrants, and non-Christians; minorities, and foreigners, among this group of the population, that it seems their insecurities are further linked to the emerging population of other minority and ethnic groups.
The current political climate is conducive and ready for a charismatic leader using populist rhetoric to stoke the fears and hopes of a disenchanted population, even though misguided and misinformed. Populism is a doctrine that empathize with the feelings and difficulties of a particular group of citizens that feel powerless, with promises of unreasonable and unrealistic proposals, to increase appeal across the political spectrum.
Just like Hitler’s vitriolic speeches and rise to power in 1933, who blamed the Jews for Germany’s economic problems, and promised the people a new and better society, it is no coincidence that Donald J Trump speeches include with tearing up treaties and making American great again, as Hitler promised to tear up the Treaty of Versailles and make Germany great again.
Unlike Trump, Hitler was born in poor and humble circumstances and at one time was homeless in Vienna. Hitler displayed an increasingly unstable personality with a terrible temper. At times he was quite reasonable but he was always prone to sudden outbursts of rage especially when he challenged on anything. He had no real interest in women, preferring to keep away from them and even smugly rebuffed those who showed any interest in him. He strictly adhered to his Catholic upbringing about sex, believing men and women should remain celibate until marriage. Hitler had some talent as an artist but failed several time being accepted at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.
The ‘war to end all wars’ began after the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated down by a young Serbian terrorist o June 28, 1914. Germany urged Austria to declare war on Serbia. Russia then mobilized against Austria. Germany mobilized against Russia. France and Britain then mobilized against Germany.
At the age of 25, after years of poverty, alone and uncertain, the young Adolf now found a sense of purpose fighting for the German Fatherland. An entire generation of young men by the millions would be wiped out. The war would also be the downfall of the old European culture of kings and noblemen.
Faced with political unrest and starvation, an economy in ruins, and mounting defeats on the battlefield, Germany generals requesting armistice negotiations with the Allies to end World War 1 in November 1918. Amid the political turmoil, on June 28, 1919, Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles. Under the terms of the agreement, Germany alone forced to accept responsibility for causing the war and had to pay huge war reparations, and had to give up land to Poland and Germany.
Hitler joined The German Workers’ Party in 1919, and became its organizer and leading orator. Hitler’s ability to electrify an audience with highly emotional, sometimes hysterical speech making, appealed to the alienated and the disaffected. Hitler railed against the Treaty of Versailles, rival politicians, and political groups, especially Marxists and delivered anti-Semitic tirades, blaming the Jews for Germany’s problems. Later he changed the name to The National Socialist German Worker’s Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or (NSDAP), called NAZI for short.
It is not likely that D Trump would become Führer of the Republican Party with dictatorial powers. In spite, of a love hate relationship, because he espouses the party’s racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiments, however, he does not have loyalty to the party, despite signing an oath, he will be most likely become an Independent candidate. With his huge bigoted following, his defection will certainly destabilize the Republican Party and hand the Presidency to Hilary Clinton. The Republican Party is making contingency plans if Trump should win the nomination. Trump has mastered the art of fear as a political weapon.