History’s Warning About Dictators: It Will Be as Bad as it Seems

By Pecco Beaufays

Some days ago I listened to the former candidate for Chancellor of Germany, Mr Armin Laschet, who was giving a speech warning of the dangers of extreme right positions within some groups in current German society. His warning: “Don’t let these groups come close to governmental functions; they will use their positions to destroy democracy.” 

Does this sound familiar? A current candidate for President of the United States wants to be a dictator just for the first day in office. 

Paul von Hindenburg, President of Germany in 1933, reluctantly agreed to appoint Adolf Hitler as Chancellor after the parliamentary elections of July and November 1932. These elections had not resulted in the formation of a majority government. 

On January 30, 1933, Hitler officially began his duties as Chancellor of Germany.
On February 1, 1933, on Hitler’s first full day in office, he dissolved the Reichstag (parliament). 
On February 3, 1933, Hitler announced his plans to cleanse Germany of certain races. 
On February 3, 1933, Hitler announced his plans to fight for additional Lebensraum (living space) in Eastern Europe.
On February 4, 1933, Hitler restricted the freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
On February 22,1933, the formerly private security forces SA and SS became auxiliary police.
On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building was set on fire. A young communist was falsely blamed. 
On March 5, 1933, another election resulted in a non-majority for Hitler’s party, NSDAP, but he stayed in office.
On March 11, 1933, Josef Goebbles was named Propaganda Minister, main spokesperson for the government.
On March 22, 1933, building for the Dachau concentration camp began.
On March 23,1933, Hitler declared the Ermaechtigungsgesetz, the Enabling Act. That constituted the end of democracy in Germany. Democracy was destroyed within two months.

Think twice, and be careful and mindful about what you wish for. History can repeat itself.