WASHINGTON. One was a failed artist. Another raised chickens on a farm for a time. Still another, a former journalist, walked with a pronounced limp due to a malformed right foot. And then there was the famed flying ace turned obese morphine addict.
Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, and Hermann Göring were screwed up misfits that somehow stumbled their way to power in Germany. These frail, damaged souls believed they exemplified the Aryan superman of ancient myth and were uniquely qualified to lead a nation of such Übermenschen.
These unlikely socialist “leaders” did so by exploiting aggrieved Germans through identity politics.
And like the identity politics of today, it centered on race, cries of victimhood, a healthy dose of anti-Semitism, a hatred of capitalism, and a deep love of socialism.
Socialism, identity politics, and scapegoats
In 1920, while at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, the infamous pub frequented by early Nazis, a young Adolph Hitler told a gathering of angst-filled Teutonic beer-guzzlers:
“Since we are socialists, we must necessarily also be anti-Semites, because we want to fight against the very opposite: materialism… How can you not be an anti-Semite, being a socialist?”
The clear implication in Hitler’s statement is that control of money is an integral part of the so-called “international Jewish conspiracy.” He fleshed this out between frosty beverages at the same national socialist thinktank/beerhall:
“The Jews have shown real genius in profiting by politics. This capitalistic people, which was brought into existence by the unscrupulous exploitation of men… have wormed their way into our upper-class families; and the consequence has been that the ruling class has been alienated from its own people.”
A new face, that same socialism
Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted out her disdain for capitalism as well. She also said dirty money influences her congressional colleague’s unwavering support for Israel.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted.
She imbued those, Jews and others, who have amassed copious amounts of cash as having ubiquitous power.
“The wealthiest of our country have accumulated their wealth through a system that keeps people in poverty. This is why we must build a democratic economy that works for all of us.”
Socialism’s constant enemy
But if controlling wealth is the ultimate talisman of power, why are so many dying in the dark in democratic socialist Venezuela? The government there has “democratic” control of its economy. The one with a currency that boasts an inflation rate of one million percent.
But Venezuela’s socialist regime doesn’t blame its woes on democratic socialism. Instead, it faults opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by the US as that nation’s legitimate president. Embattled Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro said in a recent interview that Guaidó is a “CIA agent who serves the interests of the United States and the Zionists.”
Zionists? Maduro would have us believe the old anti-Semitic socialist trope that Jews are to blame for the financial failures of others. That they have been the economic oppressors from post-World War I Munich to today’s chaotic Caracas.
And a collection of Maduro-supporting committees, the Bolivarian Circles, posted this on its website:
“What a coincidence that the first GRINGO [US] senators who have come out to support Guaidó are all from the oil-financial-Jewish LOBBY … The vultures start to fly over VENEZUELA.”
A non-apology, apology
And though many a Democrat has insinuated or outright declared President Trump to be the reincarnation of Hitler, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives found it difficult to pass a resolution rebuking Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments. After all, they did not want to disparage the socialist inclinations of its freshman member, drenched though they are with the usual anti-Jewish rhetoric.
And so, they buried the victim of Omar’s bigotry under a laundry list of their party’s aggrieved constituencies, such as…
“… African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others…”
Even Omar found this watered-down and meaningless condemnation worthy of her vote.
The tighter Democrats embrace the identity politics of angry socialism, our ears will surely reverberate with the dark echoes of anti-Semitism. Echoes that will magnify as socialism seeks the usual scapegoat for its inevitable failings and those of its misfit leaders.