June 4, 2012
Prior to the 1933 election, the soon to be democratically elected leader of Germany had his goons raid the offices of opposition parties. On the eve of the election, the Nazis arranged to have a fire set in the Reichstag and then exploited this sensationalistic event to call for granting Hitler dictatorial powers. Hitler called for the immediate execution of all communists in Germany, but Paul von Hindenburg, who had appointed Hitler as Chancellor, rescinded the order.
Authoritarian power grabs are a common feature in “democracies” like Germany and the United States. Political parties representing the oligarchical elite often react violently when challenged, as the Nazis did in 1933 and establishment Republicans did the other day in Louisiana.
“The Louisiana State Republican Convention descended into chaos Saturday morning, with several delegates being arrested and the convention chairman being thrown to the ground by police,” Hamdan Azhar reported on Sunday. “Sources report that state party officials panicked when it became clear that Ron Paul delegates commanded a decisive majority of the delegates on the floor – at least 111 of 180 (62%).”
Many observers expressed shock that the establishment would resort to such violent tactics against fellow Republicans. Saturday morning’s incidents come on the heels of increasing panic among state party leaders in the aftermath of Ron Paul’s decisive victory in the Louisiana caucuses in April.
In fact, this sort of behavior should be expected and has plenty of historical antecedents (as noted above), so shock is probably an inappropriate response, especially considering past shenanigans of Republicans when confronted with the popularity of Ron Paul.
Republicans have not called for arresting and executing Ron Paul and his supporters at state conventions, but the mindset is incipient. As history repeatedly demonstrates, it is a short leap from the sort of thuggish behavior demonstrated over the weekend in Louisiana to full-blown fascist mass arrests, political concentration camps, and executions.