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There was almost nothing socialist about Nazis, once in power

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To the editor,

Do I have to do this again? Last week another conservative played the Nazi card. This week, Rep. Bob Kingsbury joined. He writes, "I came into adult status as a First Scout for a Rifle Squad, (to defend the well-being of the people); fighting socialism (The German Nazi’s and “Nazi” stands for “National Socialist Party”).."

The claim he was fighting socialism is from another planet. The "National Socialist Worker's Party" was ...

To the editor,

Do I have to do this again? Last week another conservative played the Nazi card. This week, Rep. Bob Kingsbury joined. He writes, "I came into adult status as a First Scout for a Rifle Squad, (to defend the well-being of the people); fighting socialism (The German Nazi’s and “Nazi” stands for “National Socialist Party”).."

The claim he was fighting socialism is from another planet. The "National Socialist Worker's Party" was socialist in name only. Everyone but right wingers knows this. The Nazis were founded by extreme right reactionaries such as the racist Völkisch German nationalist movement and the anti-Communist Freikorps militia culture. Drexler, Feder and Eckart were the main founders of the "German Worker's Party" of 1919 that became the Nazis. Thinking it was another socialist party to watch carefully, Hitler was sent in as a spy but then found he supported the party's ideas. There was almost nothing socialist about Nazi actions when in power. The Nazis even sought to repeal Germany's Healthcare Act of 1871 but Hess convinced them not to on the eve of war.

Nazis despised both socialists and democrats; liberals of any stripe. They were represented by Germany's largest party, the Social Democrat Party. To the Nazis, these socialists and democrats, along with communists and Jews were why Germany lost the War. Hitler outlawed the Social Democrat Party as soon as the Enabling Act passed in 1933. Then the German Communist Party was banned, too. The Social Democrat Party was an ally of the west, Mr Kingsbury! The fascists were not. You fought no German socialists during WW2. Here is who you fought.

Not only were Nazis racists who saw Blacks and Jews as inferiors, Nazis saw women through the neolithic lenses of biological purpose. The 1933 Law for the Encouragement of Marriage paid young women to get married. In 1934 came the Ten Commandments for Choosing a Mate. After four years in the Hitler Youth, every girl at 14 entered the German Ladies League. There they learned how to be a good wife and mother and that their place was in the home. Women were forbidden to wear make-up and long hair had to be put in a bun or braid. Hitler and Mussolini had valuable prizes for women who had four or more kids. Medals, too.

On Hitler's rise to power, Women were removed from the blue collar labor force. Then the professional women were dismissed. 100,000 women teachers found themselves without a job or a union. With Abortion and contraception outlawed; careers destroyed and rights violated, this WAR ON WOMEN caused large numbers of women to flock to liberal political organizations.

On his rise to power, Hitler also sent thousands of brownshirts to arrest homosexuals and close their businesses. 700 were jailed on the first day. A police force (IIS) for tracking homosexuals evolved to become the Reich Office for the Combating of Homosexuality and Abortion. Created by Himmler and Hitler in 1936, it was Germany's bureaucracy for policing the nation's sexual and reproductive lives. By 1939, 100,000 gay men had been arrested in their WAR ON GAYS.

WAR ON IMMIGRANTS! The Nazi's 25 Point Plan (1920) was vehemently anti-immigrant. They attacked those not speaking German in Germany. They attacked cultural diversity by attacking all non-German culture, art, and music as enemies of German purity. The 25 Points wanted the government to shut down all foreign cultural and artistic expressions. WAR NON MULTICULTURALISM!

True socialism nationalizes its industries but when the Nazis came to power they privatized industries instead. Fascism believes in private property and private enterprise — socialism doesn't. Germany's Social Democrats supported workers' rights but the Nazis outlawed unions because they were democratic and socialist. WAR ON UNIONS! To get a job after unions were crushed, workers had to join the party's National Labor Front. Socialism is when the people, through government, control production and distribution while Fascism is a merger of corporate power with state power — CITIZENS UNITED ON CRACK!. Supported by industrial giants, Mussolini's Blackshirts operated similarly, crushing unions and forcing popular socialist mayors to resign. Tens of thousands of liberals, democrats, socialists and communists were murdered by the fascists in Germany, Italy, and Spain. All this before the war!

All the traits of the Nazis listed above are anything but socialist. They are typical right wing regimes: wars against women, workers, unions, immigrants, multiculturalism and homosexuals. You will find them everywhere you find right wingers in power.

 James Veverka

Tilton