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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 6:41 a.m. MST

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

I remember living in Germany in the early 1970s and the people in our area still had the fervor have their past. Hitler had power almost handed to him by the people to get their say in government. Then he developed the way to stay in power. Power corrupts people and absolute power takes away people's freedoms. The ability to roll into the flat lands of Poland and take their country was impressive for those European countries and without the ability to fight his war machine. Going to Dachau was not easy as those people were not proud of their deeds of the past and didn't advertise it to the world.

We have a government that is supposed to protect us from these types of errors. However, if people don't have integrity and honor in our government and people keep on electing those who could make a difference for good that don't use their influence, then we end up with a 3 part government federally that will give us the same type of results as previous generations got. History repeats itself, even with a government that was intended to allow rights and powers to people.

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is an excellent read on how academically and technologically advanced Germany allowed a dictator to rise to power. Note that a small part of the blame for the rise of facism in Germany falls on the allies for their overly punitive terms of surrender in the Treaty of Versailles during WWI.

joseywales
Park City, UT

I find it interesting that way too many Americans think that this could never happen in the US. It's interesting how Merkel mentioned that the German "elite" started and the rest followed course. Reminds me of how Hollywood gets behind certain causes, or Presidents, and the uninformed lemmings just follow them because they do not know any better. Recently at the Sundance festival, I talked to a young couple who were making a documentary about the power of celebrity. They had a table set up on the sidewalk with some different items that most wouldn't consider on their own. When they mentioned certain celebrities had tried them and loved the item, an overwhelming amount of people changed their attitude and either took the item or asked where the could get it. It was very interesting indeed.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

It reminds me of how Fox news can say anything and their conservative listeners believe it. Propaganda was the key in Germany.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

In the United States of America we don't have just one form of media and the government hasn't taken over control, completely.

We have the ability to switch or change channels and listen to another choice. After living in various countries in Asia, Central and South America, and Germany, they all had restrictions on their freedoms and forms of military government and quasi-military type of governments, some with martial law.

You don't have to listen and see media to know how those countries got into their deficiencies of civil government. Live in those countries and even visit many more to see how blessed we are to live in our country with freedoms not experienced any place else, including many individual type of freedoms.

You have to know what the definition of propaganda is and it's effect on people's minds who are not in a land of freedom. Germany was a free country at one time and they lost it and we still have troops in that land that spelled problems for our country after Pearl Harbor.

Our military is being cut and freedoms within our country and from outside can still be lost.

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