Pandora wrote: macliam wrote:
expressman33 wrote:Everybody complains when a politician makes promises then once in power goes back on them. Whether you agree or disagree with his policies ,Trump is doing what he said he would do in his manifesto
... so did Hitler
Here is the 25 point program (Munich Platform) of the National Socialist German Workers' Party aka NSDAP, or as we liked to call them Nazis.
It's pretty clear that "no Jew may be a member of the nation". But I don''t think they ever promised to exterminate them. In fact I think, they tried to keep that one quiet.
It's also pretty clear on the "abolition of incomes unearned by work" and the demand for the "nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations", which all sounds a bit left-wing to me. I suspect that's why they were 'national socialists'.
I didn't say Hitler didn't do MORE
than his manifesto, but he did what he said he'd do - he refuted the constraints of the Versailles treaty, he demanded the incorporation of Volksdeutsch areas into a greater Reich, he fed on the anti-semitism and anti-commercial feelings of the post-war Germany, he insisted on a Germany that would take it's "rightful place" at the world's table.
My 1935 book marvelled at the way he had the railways running like clockwork, was building the Autobahn network (taking a leaf from Mussolini's book) and had instilled a "national spirit" into the people. Mussolini had been a socialist and took some of his ideas from there, but the skill was in whipping up the workers to provide a revolutionary force whilst telling the rich that they were better off with him than with the Communists. Hitler did the same - he had little respect for the old "Aristos", but left them with their lands and incomes because they gave his policies a hint of legitimacy.
Now I'm not sying Trump will be another Hitler or even a Mussolini - but he doesn't need to go that far. A certain non-military financial wizard came to power not far from here in the early 20th century and set about renewing the national spirit, fixing the economy and controlling the lives of his people with "Faith, Football and Fado (music)". His name was Antonio Salazar and he was the longest-ruling fascist leader in Europe. His Estado Novo had it's secret police, torture and executions too - and Amnesty International was founded in 1961 when two students were given 7 years hard labour for allegedly "having drunk a toast to liberty".
Meanwhile the apologists in the world just looked on and did nothing...... but then, there's a difference between the power of the USA and that of Portugal!