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To: chesley

Hitler wasn’t freely elected. He was appointed by Paul von Hindenburg, the German president. Chancellors then were never elected, rather they were appointed by the president. Hitler was named chancellor after the collapse of the von Papen government. Papen and von Schleicher convinced Hindenburg to name him chancellor under the misguided idea that they could “control” him as members of the coalition cabinet.

At the time, the Nazis weren’t even the majority party in the Reichstag. That changed after the Reichstag Fire, which the Nazis set and blamed on the Communists. Hitler then got the majority of then-frightened Germans to vote in favor of an act outlawing all other political parties, who’s members were promptly arrested.

Upon the death of Hindenburg, Hitler announced he was assuming both offices. He then eliminated other enemies and rivals, including Schleicher, in the notorious “Night of Long Knives”. Papen was neutralized by being shuffled into a nothing position and ignored.

The idea that Hitler ever won an election is pure fiction and a myth. He did run for president against Hindenburg, (who hated Hitler and dismissed him as “that Bohemian corporal”), in 1930 and lost in a landslide.


13 posted on 10/10/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Thanks for the correction.

Nevertheless, he does seem to have been quite charismatic.


17 posted on 10/10/2012 10:14:23 AM PDT by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Excellent Summation!

Thank You for setting things straight.

And I would contend that the Lyin’ King was not “Freely Elected” either...votor fraud, false white guilt, ACORN shenanigans, etc included.


21 posted on 10/10/2012 12:23:01 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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