I suppose it won’t be long before the left puts 1 and 1 together. Yes, Donald Trump seems to be a national socialist, or as you would say in German, Nationalsozialist. We call them “Nazi” for short.
Before you hyperventilate, let’s first turn our minds to the real reason why we hate Nazis. Hint: It has nothing to do with nationalism or socialism.
Where Hitler went (very) wrong was not in his protection and enthusiasm for all things German. (It is never wrong to be proud of who you are and of your heritage, language, and culture.) It was not his desire to link the government and business together to create an ideal working economy for the middle and lower class. (Socialism is bad for its own reasons, reasons which Hitler would have discovered in time.)
Hitler went wrong when he started to round up and kill people. He also went wrong when he decided it was a good idea to invade his neighbors.
Let’s just keep that clear. That’s what we think of as Nazism, not the nationalist or the socialist part, but the “kill all the Jews” and the “invade Poland, France, and Russia” parts.
Couple of questions before you go around calling Trump a Nazi:
- Has Trump ever said or insinuated that he wants to kill people who are of a different ethnic background? Yes, he has said we should build a wall, he has said we should carefully scrutinize immigrants from Muslim countries, but he has never called for their murder nor has he insinuated in any way that it would be nice if they did end up dead. (Of course he wants to kill terrorists, but over here on the right we can tell the difference between a terrorist and a Muslim.)
- Has Trump ever said or insinuated in any way that he wants to invade another country? In fact, Trump has come out openly and said he simply wants to live in peace. He doesn’t want to create a no-fly zone in Syria. He doesn’t want to send our troops to the Middle East. He doesn’t want to inflame passions in Russia or China.
By these two measures alone, we cannot call Trump a Nazi, even though he is most definitely a nationalist and most definitely a socialist.
Now, a bit of a history lesson. Had Hitler not invaded the other countries, had he not exterminated the Jews and other less desirables, he might have ruled for a very long time. His nationalism had the effect of bringing the German people together as a new nation of a single culture and language and heritage. (You must understand that the German people did not see themselves as brothers until Hitler.) His socialist policies would’ve worked great at mechanizing Germany, but if the US and other countries weren’t doing the same (we were doing far worse in terms of socialism that Hitler ever did at the time), they would soon be outpaced. They would’ve joined a large number of other European countries that gave up on socialism in the 90s as they saw the more capitalist countries running right past them.
I like to keep things in perspective, and while socialism is really, really bad, it is nothing compared to what Hillary was trying to bring to our country. Selling out our government in the name of globalism would’ve been far worse. Not only would we be stuck with socialism, but we would have to change the entire world to get unstuck. And at the same time, we would lose everything that makes us different from the rest of the world, thus disarming us in such a fight.