During the past year of the 2016 election campaign, many people have compared either Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton to the infamous German ruler Adolph Hitler. Onlookers have watched the debates in horror, as both candidates have made fascist and dictator-like statements. But don’t fear — there is hope. This list could give Americans some effective ways to avoid turning into tyrants.
Remember The Past
In order to change the future, we have to remember the past. Every atrocity in history has been justified by saying, “well someone else did it.” Hitler even used the Armenian Genocide as a justification for committing the Holocaust, even though those types of atrocities were never seen before.
In this day and age, people overlook gun legislation as a problem, since it was included as part of the Constitution. But the amount of violence that is created by armed citizens is still TOO much. To avoid becoming a police state, we need to show that guns are killing people. We should take up this problem with our government, because it is affecting us all.
Education is one of the great equalizers. It separates the misinformed from the wise. One of the ways that we can avoid becoming a totalitarian state is to have educated people fight the power that is exerting too much control. Having an educated public as well as educated elected officials is one key to maintaining control over a power-hungry leader.
This is important. Education should be free for all people, who shouldn’t have to carry crippling debt afterwards. This equal platform would allow many to rise to greatness so that we weren’t solely relying on one tier of people for our every move. Having an oligarchy is just as bad as having a dictator.
There’s an old saying that is not only true, but completely relevant in today’s political climate. The statement goes, “If we were all the same, the world would be a very boring place.” This is completely true now. Our diverse nation is strong because we all bring something unique to the table.
No matter what humble beginnings you come from, there should always be a way in which you can rise to a new job or education level. Hitler used “ghettos” to lock in different types of nationalities. But as a unique country, we cannot allow such large economic differences between people solely based on race or prejudice. Racial hatred is extremely unethical and just plain wrong.
People fear what they cannot understand. People commonly fear different nationalities because of racist stereotypes. Do not get into the habit of listening to powerful politicians who try to make you fear something or someone. Fear is the primary thing that rallies a group of people behind a lunatic. Hitler was able to make his followers fear all types of people, which led to the rise of the Nationalist party.
Do Not Fear The Government
A great line from the cult classic movie V For Vendetta states, “people should not be afraid of their government, government should be afraid of it’s people.” This line is completely true today. You, as a voter, have more power than you think and there is not one vote that goes uncounted. Even if you are only one vote, it could sway the entire process. Take part in the voting system, even if it is just for your local town mayor.
Don’t Believe Over-The-Top Statements
During campaigns, politicians will promise anything and everything. They’ll promise to “Make America Great Again,” and vow to get rid of everything that is making the country bad. However, these campaign promises are not usually true. In the real world, politicians will literally say ANYTHING to get your vote. Don’t believe that they will make all of your dreams come true, because that’s impossible.
Believe In Change That Is Plausible
Free tuition and free health care are much more specific than just blindly promising to make the country “great again.” These improvements are much more plausible because they are well-researched and actually have some economic backing behind them. Believe the politicians who give you facts, figures, and have solid economic proof. Don’t trust idle words.
Know That All Campaigns All Somewhat Fabricated
Behind every good political speaker is a great speech writer. Just as reporters have editors, politicians have people that compose their words for them. So if a politician answers “from the heart,” take it with a grain of salt. Many times, politicians are just really, really good actors.
A Defensive Answer Is Not A Good Sign
If a politician always screams about how bad everyone else is, or they are always defensive, he or she probably doesn’t have facts to pull it off. This was one of Hitler’s great speech moves, because even though his talks were usually not full of substance, they were very loud and animated. A good speaker uses different speech techniques to make people listen, but remember — the speech might be hiding some very terrible motives.
Do Not Believe In Conspiracies
This one is a tricky one. If a conspiracy sounds true, then you’ll have to look into it. Sometimes there have been theories that have turned out to reveal that a politician was completely lying. So don’t trust what the internet says about conspiracies, because this could lead to miscommunication.
Do Not Believe Websites That Are One-Sided
If you are consistently reading a far-right or far-left website, you are going to be thinking with only a one-sided mind. In order to avoid backing someone who might become the next Hitler, reading articles of only one political bias is not the way to go. Our advice: read one far-right and far-left article. This way you’ll be able to compare and find a nice balance.
Look At Multiple Sources
As we said before, switch it up! If you would like to take it to the next level, read a newspaper that is in a different language or from a different country. Having a broader worldview or input from other cultures is helpful when you are trying to accurately discover the truth about a politician or a political party.
Newspapers, Internet, And Television
In trying to educate yourself so that you can vote for someone who won’t make Americans Nazis, don’t rely on only one form of media. Print media is not just the way to find out what you think about the world. And when you really want to dive into what’s actually going on, attend a rally, or simply just ask informed people in your community.
Gut, Gut, Gut
If you ever meet someone or are watching a person on television and your gut begins to curl up, chances are that person is no the right person for the job. Your body has a natural way of telling you that something bad is up. It will send chills down your spine, so don’t fight it. If you are watching a debate and someone is sending you bad vibes, don’t accept what they are saying.
This Goes For Their Followers Too
Followers of a fascist like Hitler are sometimes even worse than the leader themselves. Do not get caught up believing what a large group of people has to say because chances are, they just could be wrong. In today’s society, the only opinion that really matters is your own. Trust yourself to make the judgement.
Power-Hungry People Cannot Be Trusted
People who want power should rarely be given power because they just don’t know what to do with it once they are in control. Politicians who want to be in control just so they can boss people around are incredibly bad news. This also goes for people who are in any form of control, whether they be executives or bank owners. If someone seems too eager to boss you around, don’t let them get the chance.
There Are Exceptions To This Rule
Politicians and people who want power to do good and change things for the better are definitely worth your time. They want power because they want to delegate some of it to other people, so that the best society possible can be created. If someone wants to share power with other like-minded and bright individuals, then they are most definitely worth your vote.
Religion Is Not An Excuse
This one is a hot topic, especially because of people’s views on abortion and gay marriage. However, we must remember that the United States has a separation of church and state for a reason. America celebrates all types of religions and should not allow the hatred of some to dictate the lives of others.
No Religion Is Better Than The Other
Hitler used religion as one of the reasons to pit different groups of individuals against each other. There is no reason to use religion to divide a nation, because religion is almost always based on the golden rule, or something very similar to it. At the core of religion, and in life, is the message to be a kind person. Hating someone for how they pray is wrong — plain and simple.
The United States Is Forever Changing
America is consistently changing due to technology, business, and the economy. This country is not the same one that was founded way back in 1776. The Constitution has had amendments tacked on over the years because of all the changes our nation has undergone. Holding onto some rights over others is wrong, because it doesn’t help the society we are living in today.
Some Rights Have To Remain Constant
Rights that are given to us by birth are always to be kept sound. We should always have freedom of speech, happiness, and the ability to live a safe life. In order to do this, we have to shun rulers who want to take away those rights from others, no matter their sexual orientation, race, or gender.
America Isn’t The Only Country In The World
We are guilty of occasionally believing that we are the only country in the world. There are other countries that are far superior in different aspects of life, but we excel in other areas. When we believe that we are the be-all-end-all of countries, that is when we risk becoming a Nazi-like state. There has to be a world awareness in our culture.
Other Cultures Are Beautiful
Other cultures should be not only accepted, but appreciated. The world should not be divided by boundaries, but should be shared. Don’t hate a culture because it is different than your own. Make trying new things a constant in your life, so you don’t get too used to one way of living.
Teach Children To Celebrate Diversity
It’s cliché to say this, but children are the future. They are going to become what we are not, so show them early on that there is no reason to hate. Racism is not created by birth, but is taught by parents and society. To create a more accepting world, we have to show children that we are all human beings that deserve to be respected and loved.
Learn From Children
As we grow up, we begin to form opinions of different people and sometimes start to hate them for whatever reason. Children, on the other hand, do not do this. They are much more accepting than some adults, because they haven’t been groomed in what they should believe. Children usually only act out of love, which is what we all really need to do more of.
Do Your Research
Trying to fight off a Nazi-like regime is pointless if you are not educated. Research might just mean reading a book about American history, or reviewing a website that analyzes socioeconomic view points. The way to combat fear and misunderstanding is to thoroughly look into today’s problems and struggles.
Idiots Will Never Win
People will always be misinformed. But the idiots who run for President or other elected offices will never truly have power if bright and educated people speak up. It only takes one person to shoot a dictator down, so why not be that person? Watch the news and read books, people.
Talk About Politics
Most people say that you should never talk about politics during a party. But this is misguided information. Talking about politics and what’s going on in the media is a great way to get rid of any taboo feelings about it. If you talk more about what you are feeling, you might find out that other people see things the same way you do.
Don’t Shove Opinions Down People’s Throats
If you have strong opinions on something, don’t force them down someone else’s throat. The key to not promoting a Nazi government is to allow people to have opinions that might differ from yours. The minute we begin to all think the same is the minute that ours becomes a totalitarian government.
Stay Off Social Media
It’s an everyday occurrence now — people update their statuses with videos and long commentary about what they think is going on in the government. But most of the time it is misguided information and sometimes it is just plain wrong. Don’t take your friend’s political status update as anything more than just a biased rant.
Pay Attention To Politicians’ Social Media
This is a great way to really see the inner workings of what politicians are up to. Check out what they are tweeting, retweeting, and posting. If they are only talking about how much their opponent is an idiot, than their campaign might not be that solid. But if they are uploading videos with current events and tweets that actually give insight about the world, they’re worth a read.
Do Not Accept Hatred As Power
Anger does not lead to anything good… it leads us to the dark side. Rage never creates good conversation or good progress, it only creates fighting. Tell me: have you ever had a fight with someone that ended with any progress toward finding a solution? No. The answer is no.
Do Not Accept Weakness, Either
If someone is hiding information, then they are also not to be trusted. People who hide anything from anyone are sneaky, and there is usually a reason behind the sneakiness. Don’t let people or politicians hide anything, because they will hide EVERYTHING from you — including coverups of events like the Holocaust.
Be Willing To Compromise
Compromising is hard, but it’s necessary in politics. Not every politician is going to believe in every single thing that you believe in. So you’re going to have to pick the person who represents what you want, but may have a different solution.
Don’t Give Up Too Much
Don’t give up too much of what you want when you are voting. You may not like either of the candidates perfectly, but check and see which one has closer viewpoints to your own. Do not just make a random decision if you don’t see someone who you intensely like. Jumping to conclusions might just have you voting for the next Hitler.
Feel The Bern… Or The Other Ones
If you can’t decide between two popular candidates, there are others who you can look into. Just because you only know of two people running for president, doesn’t mean that there aren’t other candidates out there that might best suit your needs. Do your research and maybe the perfect person will be out there.
Strive For Better
Do not settle for people that run campaigns of hate and injustice. Just because they are popular does not make them right! If we want to change society so that Americans don’t end up as Nazis, we will have to take control. Remember that there are no insignificant people, when it comes to the government. Everyone can make a stand.