Friday, February 1, 2013
Secretary-designate Hagel: Iran has "an elected, legitimate government"
"Democracy: Two wolves and a sheep..." by Clifford F. Thies By Hagel's standard, Nazi Germany had "an elected, legitimate government." In July 1932, the National Socialist Party finished first in Parliamentary elections, with 37 percent of the vote, the Socialists finished second, with 22 percent, and the Communists third, with 14 percent. Three small non-socialist parties together received 21 percent. From this mess, President Hindenburg could not form a majority government, or maybe he simply did not want to deal with either the National Socialists or the Communists. So, he appointed a neutral democrat who ruled for a time by emergency decree, and he called a new election. In the next election, November 1932, a similar result was obtained. Satisfied with assurances he received, President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler to be Chancellor with a minority government. Hitler immediately called new elections. In the third election in this series, in March 1933, the National Socialists increased their percentage of the vote, to 44 percent, mostly at the expense of the Communist Party. Still, the National Socialists did not achieve an outright majority. To get a majority, the National Socialists formed a coalition government with one of the non-socialist parties, viz., with a populist conservative party. And, with a majority, the National Socialists passed a law giving dictatorial power to Hitler. In quick order, opposition parties were declared illegal. Candidates for office had to be approved. There was no freedom of speech or freedom of the press. And, a new election was called to consolidate power. In the fourth and final election in this series, in November 1933, the approved candidates of the National Socialist Party received 92 percent of the vote (8 percent of votes casting blank or invalid ballots). In this history of elections, there have been many shams. Saddam Hussein was supposedly elected, with 99.96 percent of the vote in 1995, and with 100 percent of the vote in 2002. It is widely recognized that the President's Bitch in Afghanistan stole the election of 2009, defeating a coalition of patriots from the wars against the former Soviet Union and the Taliban. In Iran, the parallels to the consolidation of power by the radical shiites very closed followed the Nazi model. Specifically, the prohibition of opposition parties, the approval of candidates and the control of the media. We, who continue to believe in the Declaration of Independence and in the U.S. Constitution, do not believe in majority rules. Rather, we believe in individual rights, given by God to each of us, and loaned by us to the government. The majority cannot take away our rights, which is why we say they are inalienable. Elections do make us free, but are merely the best way we have devised to hold the people who run the government accountable. Even if Iran had fair elections, we would still judge the legitimacy of its government by its respect for the rights of its people. But, Iran doesn't have fair elections, it has sham elections. And the person nominated to be our Secretary of Defense is oblivious. Photo credits - Georgetown.edu, reflectionsinthenight.com