So… I totally forgot to acknowledge my eleven year blogiversary at the beginning of the year.
Happy Blogiversary To Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now that that is out of the way….
If you’re not dead, and have been paying the mere slightest attention to politics, or if you’re alive, I’m sure you’ve come across someone saying “Trump Is Hitler!!!!!”.
No. He’s not. Hitler actually had a core set of beliefs. He wrote about those beliefs in Mein Kampf, even as he was becoming politically active. And he pretty much stuck to them and expanded on them once he gained political power. Yes, his beliefs were twisted and delusional, and yes, evil. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that the Jews caused Germany to lose World War One, never mind the “final solution”. Thing is, Hitler really really REALLY cared about things. Twisted and insane, yes. But he cared and had a real passion for his country.
The only thing Trump really cares about is Trump… And money. He has no core set of beliefs. That can be said of Hillary Clinton, and there is a lot of evidence that can support that claim. But at least she usually takes a few years to completely contradict a previous statement. Trump has taken three different positions on things within a span of hours! And that’s on the few items he has expresses real opinions on. He doesn’t care about the country. He doesn’t care about Republicans. Judging by his lack of command of any foreign policy issues, even relations with Mexico, it’s clear he doesn’t care about the fate of the nation. He only cares about one thing, and that’s building the Trump brand. And what better way to do that than run for President.
If we really want to compare Trump to someone, I would say a better figure from history to compare him to would be Andrew Jackson, except without the political or military experience. Both Trump and Jackson made their fortunes by speculating on real estate. Not so with Hitler. Unlike Trump, Hitler was very politically active by the time he was, had risen up within a political system, and had helped shape a new political party. Jackson, and Trump, hijacked a party that already existed. Trump, like Jackson before him, were called on by the public to run for President, and both are seen as the ultimate outsider. But, in the end, the comparison between those two men is not a strong one. Jackson at least had political experience before he decided to run for President; he was not a complete novice. He, like Hitler, also had a strong sense of mission coming into the office. Of course, many of those Jacksonian ideas, including the removal of Indians and the elimination of the National Banks (the predecessor of the Federal Reserve) had dire and longstanding repercussions for the nation.
In short, there is no need to invoke Hitler when there are better role models that are native grown and are probably a better match.