January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. He accomplished this by dividing the population, intimidating the public with political terrorism (using the Sturmabteilung, the “Brownshirts”), blaming every problem and misery (even a worldwide depression) on the administration in power (Weimar), and scapegoating Jews for the ills of Germany society.
Hitler made lots of promises to the German people to gain the trust of a small majority of the voting public. He held subsequent elections, but violent intimidation and fraud played prominent roles in each one. His Ministry of Propaganda took over all media and pushed only the narratives the Party wanted the public to believe. He exploited a tragedy, the Reichstag fire (which the Nazis may have started), to institute an “Enabling Act” which superseded all civil liberties and laws and undercut the power of the Reichstag to pass and enact laws.
Having used the Enabling Act to make the Reichstag irrelevant, Hitler ruled by decree. Through decree, he imprisoned those who posed a “threat” to national security. He stripped his favorite scapegoats, the Jews, of their rights. Under Hitler, the State took over and controlled where citizens worked, their wages, and their jobs. The State-controlled who citizens could associate with. The State-controlled who could marry whom. The State-controlled what lives were worth allowing continuing. The State-controlled the information the citizens could have access to.
State spending went wild. The nation was pouring money into its military because Hitler had a specific agenda of conquest. He led through an ideology of power, force, threat, and hate. Very quickly, Germany was facing a financial crisis. Hitler placated the public with free education, health care, and vacations.
In a little over 6 years, Germany instigated a world war which led to utter, catastrophic, and complete ruin for them, much of Europe, and left 80,000,000 dead.
Does history repeat itself or does it merely rhyme? Either way, the next election will be telling. If Democrats get the opportunity to pass the laws they want to destroy honest elections, eliminate the Congressional protection of the filibuster and turn the Supreme Court into a Democrat rubber stamp, even without another world war, the United States of America will absolutely face utter ruin and catastrophe. Look no further than the current situation at our border to see what this totalitarian regime is capable of when it puts its totalitarian talents to the task.