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Nazis Under the Bed

August 14, 2018

There’s a lot of interest in parallels between Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The President’s autocratic rhetoric leaves him open to such comparisons, but better than calling him a Nazi or Fascist, we should ask if President Trump has “totalitarian” tendencies.

Totalitarians are prepared to destroy real people, cultures–reality itself—in order to bring about a better reality.

I’m not seeing that in President Trump, so why all these criticisms of Trump  as a Nazi or Fascist?

One of my colleagues who was a television producer used to refer to the History Channel as the “Hitler Channel.” My mother’s family got out of Germany before WW I, so I’ve not been personally touched by the actions of Hitler’s Germany.  But there is an abundance of German newsreels from that era to remind me of what happened after they left.

My life was more affected by the Soviet Union, Castro’s communist Cuba, the Cuban missile crisis and Ronald Reagan’s decision to invade Grenada. Given all that, why isn’t there much about the former Soviet Union and the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev in documentary and feature films. That there isn’t is too bad since the Gulag Archipelago was larger than the death camps in Nazi Germany and crushed more lives.

Why can’t our film producers delve into that history, go to Russia and buy up films of that era and conduct  interviews with survivors of the Gulag? Or, better yet, go to the People’s Republic of China and attempt to produce a documentary on Mao Tse-tung?

The reason, I fear, is that our journalists, documentary and film producers, were indoctrinated in Progressive Left ideas when in college and are just plain ignorant of this other evidence of man’s inhumanity to man. Before there were penalties for “hate speech,” we would call these journalists “stupid.”

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