Divide and conquer. Never has the population in this country been more divided than it is now and that includes the civil war.
With all due regard to not wanting to incite civil unrest, civil unrest must be considered. What is at stake is the republic, the United States of America and this is not hyperbole nor is it melodrama.
To use Germany of the 1930s is dangerous because it causes such ignorant reactions. So I will not focus on who did what but more on what they did.
In 1933 in response to the Reichstag Fire, the Reichstag (Weimar Republic Parliament) passed the Enabling Act. This was done to give the government of Adolf Hitler plenary powers which essentially allows the government to just about anything it wants and it becomes a dictatorship. And while our Patriot Act does not provide the same powers it has given our government the ability to invade our lives as never before in our history.
If we have nothing to fear, than fear itself, doesn't it make sense then to oppose those that lead us with fear?
The slide from being a republic to becoming a police state started out with the oppression of the opposition. On the other side of this period of history over 50 million people had been killed. This is not hyperbole, not melodrama, it is fact. It is the result of the people in the republic being divided.
It starts out by focusing on those that are different from the majority. It continues by broadening that oppression on more and more people and soon even those that were on the side of the Government became enemies of the state also. It starts when violence is inflicted on those that protest against the injustices of their system of governance. It is supported by propagandists that know exactly what words to use to galvanize and polarize our passions for our Homeland's Security. And soon the pitch, or the angle of the slide becomes more steep. Before anyone realizes it violence becomes endemic to our lives and our governance.
So do not see the differences of the occupiers that are protesting in the streets now. See the common ground they share with those that believe they have nothing in common with them.
They are our brothers and sisters. They are Americans with different priorities but their desire is to preserve our American Democracy. They want to live in a free country. They want to worship their god and their religion. They want to love those they want to love, the ones that the god in their heart tells them to love. They want to work and share in the support of their country as much as anyone else does, but they want it to be equitable and just in its process.
Defend your fellow Americans. They fight for you all, you just don't know it yet.