There have been, since early fall, a number of comparisons made between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler– and in response, a number of defenses against this assertion.
Opinions aside, you can’t refute the facts (unless, of course, you’re Kellyanne Conway), so let’s explore Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in the 1930’s:
Germany in the 1930’s was a dismal picture. The country had just bitterly lost WWI and was forced to pay enormous reparations for its role in the conflict. These reparations swiftly devalued the Deutsche mark and caused a period of devastating economic decline. Germans had lost faith in the government and were seeking elsewhere for salvation; enter Adolf Hitler.
Hitler ran for president in the 1932 election and was resisted vehemently by the German establishment– only fueling anti-establishment Germans’ support for him. Though he lost the election (by 16.2%) he was appointed chancellor in 1933– and with the president’s death in August of 1934, Hitler assumed his new position of Fuhrer.
Hitler garnered support for the Nazi party on the premise that he would “make Germany great again,” a promise which resonated with a struggling people. Hitler’s platform included a few major points which may sound familiar:
- A “war” against establishment politics
- An immigration freeze (i.e., no aliens, no refugees)
- Press censorship if the printed word defames the Reich or population
- Freedom of religion as long as it doesn’t offend the German moral
At this point it’s absurd to disregard the parallels between Hitler’s assumption of power and Trump’s. Both men took advantage of a rightfully defeated people to realize their own agenda.
Make no mistake, Donald Trump’s near immediate censorship of national agencies and media outlets alike, his blatant disregard for facts (bonus: his claim to the authority to rewrite fact) and his intent to keep all of his campaign promises is the beginning of a Fascist America.
It is inadmissible for Americans to sit by in silence as we watch a play we’ve seen before. Nazi Germany didn’t plan on being Nazi Germany– their failure was recognition. If we can recognize the Trump administration for being what it is, maybe we can save ourselves.
The office of Donald Trump, as well as millions of blue collar workers across the country, are screaming for a revival of the blue collar job force. Families that have worked in industry for generations are seeing their local plants and mines shut down en masse, and they’re angry– rightfully so, I might add.
Trump and his cabinet have now officially proclaimed their intent to bring back manufacturing jobs and revitalize the coal industry. A move such as this would help all of those pissed off heartland Americans who feel their voices are going ignored and their struggles discounted.
Well, not really.
The reason that the United States has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 has very little to do with international trade deals, and very much to do with the pending obsolescence of those very jobs.
The first industrial revolution boasted a great American progress. Manufacturing was the newest industry, and human labor was the latest technology. American factories employed the vast majority of the urban population– a tradition to be clung to for the next 100 years in the United States.
It could be asserted that the second industrial revolution is already well underway, as conservative projections land the portion of manufacturing tasks performed by robots at 25% by 2025. Growing automation in manufacturing has largely made human employees outmoded. Why hire 100 men to do the work that 15 robots could do faster and with less error? From a business standpoint, it only makes sense to carry out all manufacturing automatically– a fact of which Donald Trump, a businessman, should be well aware.
That’s not to say that Trump’s administration won’t create new manufacturing jobs for Americans, because they very well may. To create manual manufacturing jobs, however, is only putting a band-aid on the employment problem.
A sustainable, long term plan would include affordable tech education– be it certificates or college degrees– that would allow those robbed of their manufacturing jobs to learn the new trade.
Maybe it’s time for a new revolution, wherein American workers are leading in tech development rather than being robbed of their jobs by that very tech.
The bottom line is that somebody, somewhere is going to be developing this new technology. If the American people and government refuse to adapt, it is almost guaranteed that we as a nation will be left behind as the rest of the developed world progresses.
Just hours in the oval office and Trump signs in his first executive order, aiming to “minimize the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal.” What exactly does this mean?
Well, nobody knows.
Donald Trump is playing his usual “wait and see” game, as though building the suspense of the nation is going to somehow garner support for his charge on Obamacare.
The bottom line is this:
Without the ACA, millions of Americans would be without both preventative and reactive medical treatment. Families across the country would be in agonizing debt while receiving the care they so desperately need, and to defund Obamacare without having a legislative replacement is downright irresponsible.
The only thing that could be meant by “easing the economic burden” would be a re-allocation of tax dollars to other programs, leaving ACA beneficiaries aground indefinitely.
Let’s be clear– this isn’t a win for anyone.