I first read Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in 1968. Recently I’ve been looking back through it and have noticed some sentences underlined but long since forgotten. This afternoon I was struck by this line about Hitler when he was demanding to be appointed Chancellor:
“Hitler. . .was demanding for himself the chancellorship of the democratic Republic he had sworn to destroy.”
Oddly enough, he had been quite public about this for some time. It was no secret that he had not run for president (he lost the election to von Hindenburg) because he wanted to strengthen the government but because he wanted to have authority over it. It was clear to anyone paying the slightest attention that he wanted to be a tyrant.
What made that sentence stand out for me now more than it did 48 years ago is that America is in the odd position of having one of its two major political parties being quite clear that it is opposed to government in almost all its dimensions.
It is no surprise, then, that the presidential candidate put forward by this party so very openly wants to be an American tyrant. That should scare the dickens out of us, right?