The Lesson of Ernst Rohm

Most, of course, will not recognize this name, even many of those who purport themselves to be Neo-Nazis. Once the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, and reputed to be one of the only people in the Third Reich who could call Adolf Hitler by his pet name in public, he is the poster child for why no one should revel in totalitarianism, no matter how appealing its simplistic, “I just follow the leader,” philosophy is.

The reason? Totalitarianism only works for you if you are amongst those that the regime values, or holds as an ally, or the strong man leader trusts. The moment his trust in you fails, usually because of the machinations of other people, or groups, within the party, jealous of your influence, or power, you wind up like Ernst Röhm, sitting in a jail cell waiting for someone to shoot you, because you refused their offer of suicide.

Or, if you’re a member of a group that the regime suddenly finds unacceptable, you find yourself being herded onto trains, to be “relocated” to a place where undesirables are kept, most likely a concentration camp, or slave labor camp.

Appeal to law, if this happens? There is none. Rule of law? There is none. The law is made by the select few, and applies only to the select few. And the select few changes on a whim, based on lies and conspiracy theory, as in the case of Ernst Röhm.

Please do not misapprehend what I’m saying. Ernst Röhm was a street thug and a killer. He was not someone I feel sorry for, I am simply using him as the best example of why you should avoid totalitarianism.

I find I have to bring this up, because today’s American political process is being subverted by people who espouse despotism, and admire despots and admitted killers, telling us that these are people to be admired for their strength. They are not. They are killers, thugs, and mass murderers, just like everyone surrounding Adolf Hitler. They are no more worthy of admiration than any other killer the human race has ever produced.

I find it idiotic that I have to bring up this lesson from history, since my father’s generation fought against this nonsense, but one of the people fawning over despots and admitted killers presently occupies the White House, and spews his trash into the airwaves every day on twitter. It is a shame, a criminal shame, that the United States has to endure a president who espouses everything we oppose, all in the name of making America great again, as if he would have any clue what that actually entailed.

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