No, I’m not going overboard. For one, Joe Biden is no Adolf Hitler. He doesn’t have the confidence, the plan, the acuity, the motivation, or the agenda.
But his followers do.
It only took a few hours after the networks started indicating Biden was the likely winner before Democrats started feeling themselves and calling for retribution and retaliation against any and all Trump supporters or enablers.
This is who they are. It’s not about the possibilities of the future, it’s about the sins of the past. It’s about getting even. It’s about correcting perceived injustice.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wondered aloud on Twitter, ““Is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future? I foresee decent probability of many deleted Tweets, writings, photos in the future.”
In a subsequent tweet, she suggested we need to hold Trump supporters “responsible for their behavior over last four years.”
Meanwhile, the Trump Accountability Project was quickly fired up and running, with an ongoing list, communist blacklist style, that people are invited to add to via their website.
Having had the same idea, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich recommend a “truth and reconciliation” committee be formed to reeducate key Trump supporters. Do the similarities between this and Orwell’s “1984” need be deliberately pointed out?
Watching people people on Twitter, which admittedly is hardly representative of normal opinion, was equally enlightening. It was easy to find people suggesting things like “tarring and feathering Trump supporters three times a year for the rest of their lives” or “never letting them forget their role.”
To suggest, as my headline does, that this is eerily similar to how Nazi Germany took off is to earn rolling eyes and disbelief from most. I understand that. People simply don’t believe that anything like that could ever happen again. And those who are part of it are simply unable to see the parallels.
It makes me wonder about the Jews living in Germany in 1934. Did they see it coming? How many had any sense of where things were heading? Were there warnings, and if so, how were they shared? Remember, it wasn’t just Jews in Nazi concentration camps. There were also homosexuals, gypsies, criminals, trade unionists, Soviet prisoners or war, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
It’s not surprising that the Nazi’s had the same taste for identity politics and judging people based on one characteristic that the Democrats have today. This is where the road begins.
There’s no way to know how or if this experiment in personal freedom and liberty that is the United States ends. But it’s not difficult to see the similarities to recent history and wonder if this is how it starts.