Patriot Act II is Step Three in Bush’s “Dictatorship for Dummies”

After he became Chancellor in January 1933, Hitler transformed his democratic position into dictatorial power. Calling an election - and taking advantage of the Reichstag fire - he got the Reichstag to pass the Enabling Act. Then, using the power this gave him to make his own laws, he set up the Gestapo, banned Trade Unions and opposition parties and (on the Night of the Long Knives, July 1934) removed even the opposition within the Nazi Party. When Hindenburg died, Hitler declared himself Fuhrer.

Enabling Act of 1933:
On 5 March, 1933 Hitler held a general election, appealing to the German people to give him a clear mandate. Only 44% of the people voted Nazi, so Hitler arrested the 81 Communist deputies, which did give him a majority.

On March 23, 1933, the newly elected Reichstag met in Berlin to vote on Hitler's Enabling Act, officially called the 'Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich,' the 'distress' having been caused by the Nazis themselves in order to create a crisis atmosphere that would make the law seem necessary to restore order. (A month earlier, they had burned the Reichstag building, blaming it on Communist ‘infiltrators’.)

On the day of the vote, Hitler told the Reichstag, "The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures." Nazi storm troopers gathered in a show of force chanting, "Full powers - or else! We want the bill - or fire and murder!!" They also stood inside in the hallways, glaring menacingly at anyone who might oppose Hitler's will.

The vote was taken - 441 for, only 84, the Social Democrats, against. The Nazis had achieved what Hitler had wanted for years - to tear down the German Democratic Republic and end democracy, thus leading to the complete Nazi takeover of Germany. The legislation took power away from the Parliament and handed that power over to Hitler and his administration for a period of four years. The Nazis took over local government and the police. They replaced anti-Nazi teachers and University professors. Hitler set up the Gestapo (the secret police) and encouraged Germans to report opponents and 'grumblers'. Tens of thousands were arrested and sent to concentration camps for 'crimes' as small as writing anti-Nazi graffiti, possessing a banned book, or saying that business was bad.

Most people don't realize the similarities between Hitler's "Enabling Act" and present day Homeland Security legislation. Most people who watch documentaries or movies about Hitler have no problem admitting what a horrible man he was. They often ask questions such as, "How could the German people give him so much power?" These same people are the ones that give you the "crazy look" when you try and tell them what a horrible piece of legislation that the Patriot Act is.

George Bush is the worst president in the history of the United States.