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National socialism – The only USA-compatible socialism?

America – greatest nation in the world. One of those powerful ideas on which the society of the USA still rests to a significant degree. Also quite telling when you realize “America” is not a nation, and not a country either. The hubris is right there, totally obvious. But that’s not the most interesting part.

Ron Paul follows the idea that the USA shouldn’t meddle in other countries’ affairs and try to dictate ideas onto them. That is based in humility, personal responsibility and a caring for others – not to screw them over, and that leading to more time being dedicated to care for internal problems so that everybody wins.
The thing is though that this easily insults those who still cling to that ego-boosting idea of being the greatest. The mindset that causes so many problems in the first place.

Now we have a somewhat different approach. Bernie Sanders is much more daring, one could think, by openly calling himself socialist. (Although Ron Paul’s approach might ultimately have been more socialist in spirit, without mentioning it.) How does he pull it off? By not putting blame and thus responsibility on people. His target demographic are people who see themselves as total victim of corporate greed and corruption. It’s a self-image all-too-willingly adopted by people. But this also puts Sanders into a champion position. And that’s the same maneuver that Obama pulled. People who saw themselves desperate and helpless (and innocent!) in the face of social struggles looking up to him as the one person who will fix things for them. Extra-convincing because he talks loudly and with fervor. And the hype train is moving yet another time. The fact that Sanders considers Russia a problem that needs to be contained (through crippling economic sanctions, what a novel idea) further underlines that rejection of responsibility for the external consequences (imperialism) of the same corporate greed and corruption he decries as the scourge of the own people.

And the historical parallels keep growing.
We need to pay attention to how this develops.

This could lead to a state where the USA’s foolish foreign policy will no longer be blamed for the suffering of the common people of the USA, but instead fortified by the justification that the (gloriously stolen) wealth is now distributed fairly. This is a situation that, if it cannot be avoided by the corpo-rats, would still work for them. If you THEN criticize their imperialist foreign policy, you will be considered opposing the functioning well-being of their nation, of every single person.

If Sanders becomes president, let’s hope he will do better than Hitler did, shall we?

Or maybe we should stop hoping and start making sure.
(Hope and hype is just one letter difference.)
 
 
 
P.S.: If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we at least have some nasty puns ready, hah.

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About the comparison grievance of U.S. presidents and Hitler

Occasionally someone calls Obama a new Hitler or some such, and while I cannot speak for those people’s intentions and reasoning behind such claims, I’d like to cause you some discomfort by pointing out how this would actually make sense.

Keyword Obamacare. Social insurance. Apparently he cares about Americans (at least as the official story – he’s still a politician). People who still operate on the cold war propaganda condemn him as a “socialist”, which is tragically amusing, because he’s still so far away from that. But let’s just acknowledge the type of policies he supports.
Recently I listened to an album of a comedian. I liked his humor. Eventually he said that Obama is a pretty good president and got applause from the audience. This is typical mainstream ‘liberalism’ (their own naming, not necessarily an accurate description).
So it seems that people put what Obama allegedly wants for U.S. Americans above the continued and even intensified foreign politics of George W. Bush, of drone strikes, collateral damage, warmongering, lying and deceiving, generally spreading death and terror in the name of corporate and financial interests.

So to emphasize: He focuses on social needs, but only for his own nation, in stark contrast to how he acts towards others. (Not that this is a new thing for the USA.)
And here comes the whammy: You know what this is called?

National socialism. In German historical context abbreviated “Nazism”.

Combine that with the obviously growing fascism of the US government and you got a situation eerily reminiscent of early Nazi Germany. And ‘nobody’ noticed because there are no swastikas. … And because the more you condemn others and the past (hindsight being easily 20/20, and it always being easier to see someone else’s faults), the more you lose sight of the present.

The basic formula is that as long as sociopaths are allowed to run the show, you will get such political developments.