Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Trump's new video, is this not like Goebbels?

Someone, a friend, placed this video on Facebook. It was just  posted by President Donald Trump HQ . It immediately  reminded me of some of Joseph Goebbels' propaganda speeches. Here is the video:

It isn't that Trump is blaming the Jews, but he is blaming  mysterious  global  special interest groups as did the Nazis. And it isn't that the Clintons haven't been dishonest and they do have some awful views about morality, (I am not voting for her or him), but Trump has elevated our problems to the level of a global conspiracy just as Hitler did. And he is making himself a savior figure which we as Christians should reject with every ounce of our faith.

Here is part of a speech by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Much of it, in my opinion sounds like Trump except of course, it is about Germany, and the Jews are the main bad guys:

"We are just good enough that international capital allows us to fill its money sacks with interest payments. That and only that is the result of a centuries-long history of heroism. Have we deserved it? No, and no again!

Therefore we demand that a struggle against this condition of shame and misery begin, and that the men in whose hands we put our fate must use every means to break the chains of slavery.

Three million people lack work and sustenance. The officials, it is true, work to conceal the misery. They speak of measures and silver linings. Things are getting steadily better for them, and steadily worse for us. The illusion of freedom, peace and prosperity that we were promised when we wanted to take our fate in our own hands is vanishing. Only complete collapse of our people can follow from these irresponsible policies.

Thus we demand the right of work and a decent living for every working German.

While the front soldier was fighting in the trenches to defend his fatherland, some Eastern Jewish profiteer robbed him of hearth and home. The Jew lives in the palaces and the proletarian, the front soldier, lives in holes that do not deserve to be called “homes.” That is neither necessary nor unavoidable, but rather an injustice that cries out to the heavens. A government that stands by and does nothing is useless and must vanish, the sooner the better.

Therefore we demand homes for German soldiers and workers. If there is not enough money to build them, drive the foreigners out so that Germans can live on German soil.
Our people is growing, others diminishing. It will mean the end of our history if a cowardly and lazy policy takes from us the posterity that will one day be called to fulfill our historical mission.

Therefore we demand land on which to grow the grain that will feed our children.

While we dreamed and chased strange and unreachable fantasies, others stole our property. Today some say this was an act of God. Not so. Money was transferred from the pockets of the poor to the pockets of the rich. That is cheating, shameless, vile cheating!

A government presides over this misery that in the interests of peace and order one cannot really discuss. We leave it to others to judge whether it represents Germany's interests or those of our capitalist tormenters.

We however demand a government of national labor, statesmen who are men and whose aim is the creation of a German state.

These days anyone has the right to speak in Germany — the Jew, the Frenchman, the Englishman, the League of Nations, the conscience of the world, and the Devil knows who else. Everyone but the German worker. He has to shut up and work. Every four years he elects a new set of torturers, and everything stays the same. That is unjust and treasonous. We need tolerate it no longer. We have the right to demand that only Germans who build this state may speak, those whose fate is bound to the fate of their fatherland.

Therefore we demand the destruction of the system of exploitation! Up with the German worker state!
Germany for the Germans!"1.

It is of course horrific that we must endure either candidate; God is undoubtedly searching our hearts as his people. This is that very clear time when we must not put our faith in man or woman but in our Lord.

1. This can be found at Calvin College which has an excellent archive of Nazi propaganda. http://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/index.htm


Reformed in Herrin said...

At least he didn't blame some vast right-wing conspiracy

Jodie said...

I was in Germany three times early this year, and all three times at some point or other someone would ask me "What is going in in the US with this Trump guy? Don't you recognize what he is? Have you all lost your minds?"

The Germans have not forgotten how or why they suffered their own national destruction nor its aftermath during the cold war. They just can't believe we have.

Sarah said...

In response to Jodie's comment. We have friends in Norway, Sweden, the UK and Colombia, SA. All but one of them we have seen in the past 16 months. All have expressed the same concerns and thoughts that Jodie reports from her German travels. The Swedish friend works in local/regional government positions in that country. I don't understand their form of democracy, but it works for them, and her reports of their thoughts about the US are very interesting. Actually in each of their countries most are in horror of what we as a country have done.

I had not liked any of the candidates that were put forth by any party in the primaries. However, unlike you Violet, I choose to vote for "her" to make sure that "he" did not benefit from my vote in any way. Still did not keep "him" out. Since then I have been strongly criticized by a couple individuals for not voting for him, as "the Christians prayed, and this was the man God wanted" Well from things I read, I guess 4 of 5 Evangelicals did that, but then, how do those who wrote that really know. I see too much of a repeat of what brought the World Nazi Germany.

Viola Larson said...

Hi Sarah,
I felt they were equally bad. After all pushing for abortion even in the ninth month is not unlike Nazi Germany's desire to rid themselves of those who were, in reality, innocent and helpless. Also I believe religious freedom was at stake for Christians. But no I could not vote for Trump.

Jodie said...

It just shows the real power of propaganda. Even when you know you are being force fed malarkey, you still tend to believe a piece of it. Ninth month abortion? Religious freedom at stake???

The GOP and Trump would have had us believing Mother Teresa was axe murderer.

Viola Larson said...

I think you are confused Mother Teresa was very much against abortion. Also Clinton and Planned Parenthood did and do advocate for abortion even in the 9th month. As for religious freedom when someone is forced to participate in a same sex wedding with their creativity or they cannot be a policeman and write a book which barely speaks against SSM, etc. we begin to see the loss.