endlösung

The Germans, with their knack for putting a lot of meaning into a single compound word, have a word for “final solution”  — an infamous plan that was almost a decade in the making before it was carried out.  That word is endlösung.  It was used by Herr Hitler to describe his ultimate plan for the virulent enemies of the Thousand Year Reich, but he was coy about what it actually meant, lying to suit the occasion, until it became grimly clear what he meant — the forced relocation and mass murder of millions. By then, well, that was the final word on the mostly secret Final Solution.

I just read a brilliant February 2017 account, by Ron Rosenbaum, of the failure of German media, and German politicians, to ever get a hold on the slippery liar who would become their infallible leader for all twelve years of its glorious Thousand Year Reich [1].  He was, in the alarming manner of our own Donald J. Trump, normalized, even in his most bizarre, clownish, insane moments.  

There are some, I suppose, who still believe that Hitler’s military machine that conquered much of the world with its blitzkrieg, lightning war, a maniacally fast overrunning of nations by soldiers literally flying on speed, (a drug called Pervitin [2] was widely distributed to keep the wehrmacht triumphantly on the offensive), was Germany’s greatest hour.  Such people are, as a lawyer friend might put it, not unsympathetic to Nazism.

What is MAGA’s endlösung, er, endgameThey want states’ rights, except when it comes to abortion, gay marriage, contraception, interracial marriage, voting rights, unlimited dark money in politics, repudiation of Climate Alarmism, end of all government “entitlements” and regulation, enforcement of cannibis prohibition and so forth.   All those are well within the federal government’s right to regulate everywhere at once, according to the unique and purely “transactional” legal geniuses of the extreme right-wing judicial fraternity known as the Federalist Society.  Standard rules for elections for federal office to ensure full voting rights for all citizens?  States’ Rights!  Medical insurance/health care for poor people?  States’ Rights!  Pollution?  States’ Rights!   Guns?  States’ rights!   The unappealable right of a state legislature to overturn an ugly election result?  States’ Rights!  

During the Third Reich, when Herr Hitler was making Germany great again, the Nazis realized the importance of having a uniform, lockstep, one party government, judiciary, media and culture.   Again, German had the word for it:  gleichschaltung.  Rosenbaum describes it:

But swiftly, oh so swiftly, the order of the day became “gleichschaltung” — “realignment,” or forced conformity, savage normalization. Goebbels and other Nazi propagandists made it their crusade to get the German body politic “adjusted” to the new reign of terror. “Gleichschaltung” meant normalize or else.


The first German profession to fully Nazify, expelling all Jews, Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Christian Democrats, etc., was the German doctors.  They were quickly followed by German lawyers.  Soon it was the civil service and everything else.  If you wanted to advance, or even keep your job, as long as you weren’t a Jew, you swore an oath of personal loyalty to Herr Hitler.  In a very short time, it became normal that every clerk you met, every teacher, every policeman, every judge, was a Nazi who has taken a blood oath to whatever the Führer had decided to do that day.

So we have many MAGA candidates running on the proven lie that the 2020 presidential election (and not any others on those same ballots) was riddled with fraud, rigged, stolen from the rightful winner who got a record (for an incumbent) almost 74,000,000 votes.  Biden, not really the president, not REALLY, you know, if you consider how much outright fraud there was (none was actually demonstrated, outside of a few aged Floridians casting multiple votes for F POTUS), and all the allegations, well, you can’t ignore the millions who honestly believe that the REAL lie is that the election was fair.   They are literally running on the Big Lie.   

The Big Lie was perfected by Hitler’s PR genius, Minister of Public Enlightenment Aryan Superman Dr. Josef Goebbels (popularly known as the Poisonous Dwarf). Comparisons are odious sometimes, but when the foo shits…

[1]   Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post” February 5, 2017   •   By Ron Rosenbaum      https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/normalization-lesson-munich-post/?s=03


[2]  Pervitin was Nazi Germany’s wonder drug, one that was designed to enable pilots, sailors and infantry troops deliver superhuman performance. Soldiers who took Pervitin stayed awake for days at a time, walked for miles without resting, and felt no pain or hunger. Today we know this drug as methamphetamine, or crystal meth.  (from top google hit, oddly enough a site called Amusingplanet.com, under the title:  Pervitin: the Wonder Drug that Fueled Nazi Germany   

1https://www.amusingplanet.com/2020/05/pervitin-wonder-drug-that-fueled-nazi.html)

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