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(Dec. 18, 2014) — In order to hold an election favorable to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party in 1933, Hitler devised a propaganda story to explain the burning of the building where the German Parliament, or Reichstag, met in Berlin, to create a crisis.
|Translation of Hitler’s Enabling Act decree, 1933, which accelerated |
his dictatorship and the eventual slaughter of millions of people
In consolidating his power, Hitler placed Hermann Goring in charge of German police forces, later known as Hitler’s Brownshirts, or SS. The History Place reports that “Göring immediately replaced hundreds of police officials loyal to the republic with Nazi officials loyal to Hitler. He also ordered the police not to interfere with the SA and SS under any circumstances. This meant that anybody being harassed, beaten, or even murdered by Nazis, had nobody to turn to for help.”
Hitler termed the fire “the beginning” of “a great epoch in German history.” Working in conjunction with a Dutch man determined to burn the Reichstag and other government structures, Hitler’s SS, under Goring’s command, set the edifice ablaze on the evening of February 27, 1933.
According to blogger Professionalized, following the fire, Hitler went to President Paul Hindenburg and obtained his signature granting Hitler’s request to “abrogate free speech, the free press, the right of assembly, and property rights. Within weeks, he used these powers to exclude the communists and socialists from the parliament. This gave him a rubber stamp to do whatever he desired—which he soon did.”
The writer was describing Hitler’s Enabling Act, which “legalized” Hitler’s ability to issue “laws” without the concurrence of the people’s representatives in Parliament. Those who Hitler knew would oppose the Act were banned from voting, while the remainder reportedly voted under threat by Nazi police.
It has been suggested that the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care law known as Obamacare in June 2012 as a result of “blackmail” and “intimidation.”