Suppose, for a moment, that there exists a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to assert dominance over this country. And suppose, further, that this conspiracy has been using Barack Obama to advance their cause.
Now, of course, the bloom is off the rose. The people have united against Barack Obama, so he will no longer be able to carry the ball. He has done well in his six months, but it is time for fresh legs.
But there is one last service that Barack Obama can perform...
Of course, the important thing is to make sure the right people get blamed. So you plant stories in the media about how the opponents of the President are dangerously unhinged, and a threat to his life.
Which brings us up to this afternoon...
I’ve said all along that BO is in more danger from his own people than from the opposition.
February 27, 1933
The German Parliament (Reichstag) burns down. A dazed Dutch Communist named Marinus van der Lubbe is found at the scene and charged with arson. [He is later found guilty and executed].
February 28, 1933
President Hindenburg and Chancellor Hitler invoke Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution, which permits the suspension of civil liberties in time of national emergency. This Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and State abrogates the following constitutional protections:
* Free expression of opinion
* Freedom of the press
* Right of assembly and association
* Right to privacy of postal and electronic communications
* Protection against unlawful searches and seizures
* Individual property rights
* States’ right of self-government
A supplemental decree creates the SA (Storm Troops) and SS (Special Security) Federal police agencies.
Who Did It?
Historians do not agree on who is actually responsible for the Reichstag Fire: van der Lubbe acting alone — a Communist plot — or the Nazis themselves in order to create an incident. Writers such as Klaus P. Fischer feel that most likely the Nazis were involved.
But regardless of who actually planned and executed the fire, it is clear that the Nazis immediately took advantage of the situation in order to advance their cause at the expense of civil rights. The Decree enabled the Nazis to ruthlessly suppress opposition in the upcoming election.
Gotta wonder what would happen to any reporter who dares to examine the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy if something like this were to take place.