In the last truly "free" election in Germany before WWII on November 6, 1932 the Nazis received only 33% of the vote. The Nazis formed a coalition with the Social Democratic Party which gave them a 53% majority and Hitler was named Chancellor on January 30, 1933.
I must be one of the few Freepers to remember WWII from start to finish. The more I have read since, the more happier that I am to be able to try to understand what really went on. This is in retrospect and not in the heat of the actual war.
George Orwell became part of the propaganda war within that organization the BBC. Later Orwell conceded that in order to defeat Hitler, the use of lies and other innacuracies was necessary. I would not be the one to judge that here.
I do have the Horst Wessel Lied on Youtube. It is the marching song of the Germans. One grainly film shows Hitler before he attained power, at the salute. From the left of the film, a small boy waves his hands weakly at the Nazis. Then the communist hard men start in. The helmeted German policeman has his head gear knocked awry. Now come the Nazi hard men. What a fist fight!
I hold it that more than half the Germans did not want that war. Most of my countrymen did not want it either. Once it started, there was no turning back.
The civilized English speaking peoples surely will not fall for a any sociopathic dictator. The Constitution prevents that. IMHO.
Excuse the ramble.
The other night I watched a movie called "Gabriel Over the White House" which was released in 1933. It was funded largely by William Randolph Hearst. The film advocated for an American President becoming a facist dictator to solve our country's problems.
Franklin Roosevelt was given a copy of the script and "He liked it so much that he took time during the hectic first weeks of his presidency to suggest several script rewrites that were incorporated into the film." The film is in the public domain and can be seen in its entirety on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8sNARc6mw
From Wikipedia, "Following the election of Barack Obama, People magazine film critic Leah Rozen included Gabriel over the White House as one of "five films you should absolutely see before inauguration day."" There are those in this country who would gladly give Obama dictatorial powers.