Like many baby boomers I grew up watching WWII newsreels and movies about Nazis. So as a kid I wondered a lot about how Germans could have allowed crazy Nazi gangsters to take over their whole country and its armed forces. It was a Mystery.
OK, I suppose what I didn't appreciate back then was that in the early days of Hitler's Rule, when the Nazis were taking over, things looked different in Germany than they did as the war in Europe wound down ... and the Fuhrer was blowing his brains out.
However, what I really couldn't grasp then was just how damn appealing a cruel and dishonest authoritarian style of leadership can be to a lot of people. That's especially true if those the hungriest to rule select the right whipping boy(s) and they gain control over a substantial aspect of the most popular forms of media.
Watching today's hungry-for-power Republicans claiming the January 6 episode of domestic terrorism at the Capitol didn't even happen, and willfully spreading disinformation as part of a campaign to sabotage the nation's effort to battle COVID-19, solves the mystery.
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