I thought that Heil Hitler meant something like Praise Hitler or Viva Hitler. I was wrong…
No, I am not praising Hitler. I am thinking of the faith, trust and hope that so many Christians have placed in Donald Trump. Trump, they hope and pray, will heal a sick America and make her great again.
Most of my life, I thought that Heil Hitler meant something like Praise Hitler or Viva Hitler. I was wrong. Heil means heal. If you plug “Heil Gott” into Google Translate, it will come back in English as God of Healing or Healing God.
Germany had been greatly wounded by World War One. They were required, not only to rebuild their own nation but to repay the Allies for the expenses incurred in fighting them. The debt was overwhelming and impossible to pay. The result was poverty and hunger. Germans were in pain. Their sense of pride in their own nation and race had been wounded; they had been humiliated in front of the whole world. Germany needed a savior. Germany need a healer… someone who would, “Make Germany Great Again.” Hitler was that man.
When you look at the old movies and films and see hundreds of thousands of Germans, lifting their arms in that strange Nazi salute, and shouting “Heil Hitler”, they are not praising him; they are expressing a vain but glorious hope… They stood for hours and shouted, “Heal Hitler!” It was an expression of their sincere belief that Hitler was the man who would heal Germany and make her great again.
As I listen to so many Christians expressing the vain but glorious hope that Trump will heal America and make her great again, I cannot help but think of all the wounded, hurting Germans, who stood up, in pride and arrogance, shouting “Heal Hitler”!
I Bet that most of you did not know that…
As we look at the competing demands and promises of the Trump and Hillary Campaigns, I thought you might find this interesting. An interesting exercise is to replace the word “Jew(s)” with Mexican, Muslim or Illegal Alien and then to proceed down the list, marking which statements could be found acceptable to the Trump Campaign, the Hillary campaign, both or neither…
If you want to participate in this enlightening exercise, go through it first with a pen, striking out the word “Jew” and replacing it with Mexican, Muslim or Alien. Then go back through the list marking each numbered item with (H) for Hillary, (T) for Trump, (B) for both or (N) for neither. When you are finished, please share your results with us…
- We demand the union of all Germans in a Great Germany on the basis of the principle of self-determination of all peoples.
- We demand that the German people have rights equal to those of other nations; and that the Peace Treaties of Versailles and St. Germain shall be abrogated.
- We demand land and territory (colonies) for the maintenance of our people and the settlement of our surplus population.
- Only those who are our fellow countrymen can become citizens. Only those who have German blood, regardless of creed, can be our countrymen. Hence no Jew can be a countryman.
- Those who are not citizens must live in Germany as foreigners and must be subject to the law of aliens.
- The right to choose the government and determine the laws of the State shall belong only to citizens. We therefore demand that no public office, of whatever nature, whether in the central government, the province, or the municipality, shall be held by anyone who is not a citizen.
We wage war against the corrupt parliamentary administration whereby men are appointed to posts by favor of the party without regard to character and fitness.
- We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood. If it should not be possible to feed the whole population, then aliens (non-citizens) must be expelled from the Reich.
- Any further immigration of non-Germans must be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who have entered Germany since August 2, 1914, shall be compelled to leave the Reich immediately.
- All citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
- The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.
Therefore we demand:
- That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
- Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in blood and treasure, all personal profit arising from the war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
- We demand the nationalization of all trusts.
- We demand profit-sharing in large industries.
- We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
- We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalization of large stores which will be rented cheaply to small tradespeople, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplies needed by the State, the provinces and municipalities.
- We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose. The abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land.
- We demand that ruthless war be waged against those who work to the injury of the common welfare. Traitors, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished with death, regardless of creed or race.
- We demand that Roman law, which serves a materialist ordering of the world, be replaced by German common law.
- In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people. The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
- The State has the duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.
- We demand the abolition of the regular army and the creation of a national (folk) army.
- We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberatepolitical lies and disseminate them through the press. In order to make possible the creation of a German press, we demand:
(a) All editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the German language shall be German citizens.
(b) Non-German newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State. They must not be published in the German language.
(c) All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and the expulsion of the non-Germans from the Reich.
Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies in art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our folk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved.
- We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the state, insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race.
The party as such represents the point of view of a positive Christianity without binding itself to any one particular confession. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our folk can only come about from within on the pinciple:
COMMON GOOD BEFORE INDIVIDUAL GOOD
- In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.
The formation of professional committees and of committees representing the several estates of the realm, to ensure that the laws promulgated by the central authority shall be carried out by the federal states.
The leaders of the party undertake to promote the execution of the foregoing points at all costs, if necessary at the sacrifice of their own lives.