In 1933 the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party), led by Adolph Hitler, came to power in Germany. Initially, the people of Germany viewed the Nazis as an aberration, something temporary to endure, nothing more than comic relief. The Nazis were not taken seriously.

That is until they started changing the rules on German citizens. Josef Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, created “the big lie.” If you tell people the same lie over and over, eventually, people start to believe it to be true. Newspapers and other media outlets were restricted, and free thought was censured if it did not conform to what was approved by the Nazis. So in effect, no free thought at all was allowed.

Free elections became a thing of the past. Only those loyal party members were allowed to run for office in ‘elections’ that had already been pre-determined. If a potential candidate professed a different ideology or beliefs from what the Nazis approved of⏤they were guaranteed to lose, if they could run at all.

History shows us that the Nazis were, in fact, deadly serious. Ultimately they ended up forcing the entire world into a war where millions of people died on the battlefield, civilians suffered “collateral damage,” and millions more were exterminated in the Nazi death camps.

After the war, the global threat became International Communism, brought to you by Chairman Mao in the People’s Republic of China, and Josef Stalin in the Soviet Union. A government system in which many more millions lost their lives at the hands of the communists and many millions more was subjugated under a system that outlawed free thought and expression. A quick way to join the other millions who were either summarily executed or who suffered brutal torture and then endured a brief and final show trial followed by very public execution was to speak out against the government. All done to send the message to others that ‘this could also happen to you.’

Fast forward to the year 2021, and here in America, we are beginning to see some of the same things that took place in Nazi Germany, Communist China, and the Soviet Union. In fact, anywhere that communism has reared its ugly head. It’s always the same.

Free thought and expression are being restricted if it doesn’t conform to what those in power and their supporters approve of. Social media platforms are purging conservatives and supporters of President Trump and Republicans. Socialist-Democrat members of Congress and the Senate have begun to call for the silencing of anything they disagree with. If you’re a conservative, you’re labeled as an “Islamaphobe,” “homophobe,” “Nazi,” “Bigot,” etc., etc., etc. They can come up with any kind of a ‘phobe’ instead of just acknowledging that you happen to be someone who has a different perspective or solution to the problems that beset America.

Following the recent events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol, the Socialist-Democrats have begun to use what happened as their very own ‘Reichstag moment.’ 

The burning of the German parliament that happened in pre-World War II Nazi Germany that was used by the Nazis was to justify even more crackdowns against the ‘undesirables’ in the German population and was used to solidify their hold on power.  Through their rhetoric, the Socialist-Democrats seem to be much more interested in punishing President Trump and his family and forcing a hard-left government onto the American people.

Are the commies winning? It sure seems like they have the upper hand right now. But Americans have proven to be much more resilient than what the Socialist-Democrats seem to believe. I’m confident that this, too, shall pass. If the Socialist-Democrats have proven anything over the years, they always overplay their hand.

The commies might be winning for the moment. But in the end, they will lose. Just as their discredited ideology always does.

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