Friday, December 5, 2008

What ever happened to Otto Wels?

On March 23, the newly elected Reichstag met in the Kroll Opera House in Berlin to consider passing Hitler's Enabling Act. It was officially called the "Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich." If passed, it would in effect vote democracy out of existence in Germany and establish the legal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler.

Brown-shirted Nazi storm troopers swarmed over the fancy old building in a show of force and as a visible threat. They stood outside, in the hallways and even lined the aisles inside, glaring ominously at anyone who might oppose Hitler's will.

Before the vote, Hitler made a speech in which he pledged to use restraint.

"The government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures...The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one," Hitler told the Reichstag.

He also promised an end to unemployment and pledged to promote peace with France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But in order to do all this, Hitler said, he first needed the Enabling Act. A two-thirds majority was needed, since the law would actually alter the constitution. Hitler needed 31 non-Nazi votes to pass it. He got those votes from the Catholic Center Party after making a false promise to restore some basic rights already taken away by decree.

Meanwhile, Nazi storm troopers chanted outside: "Full powers - or else! We want the bill - or fire and murder!!"

But one man arose amid the overwhelming might. Otto Wells, leader of the Social Democrats stood up and spoke quietly to Hitler.

"We German Social Democrats pledge ourselves solemnly in this historic hour to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and socialism. No enabling act can give you power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible."

Hitler was enraged and jumped up to respond.

"You are no longer needed! - The star of Germany will rise and yours will sink! Your death knell has sounded!"

The vote was taken - 441 for, and only 84, the Social Democrats, against. The Nazis leapt to their feet clapping, stamping and shouting, then broke into the Nazi anthem, the Hörst Wessel song.

Democracy was ended.

from The History Place *********** Wikipedia Bio

1 comment:

internationale_clique said...

Does dictatorship exist?

The Reich Chancellor challenged his students with this question. Did democracy create everything that exists? A Social democratic party member bravely replied, "Yes, he did!"

"Democracy created everything? The Reich Chancellor asked.

"Yes sir", the SPD jew replied.

The Reich Chancellor answered, "If democracy created everything, then democracy created dictatorship since dictatorship exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then democracy is a dictator". The SPD communists became quiet before such an answer. The Reich Chancellor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the SPD that he had proven once more that the Jewish faith was a myth.

Another communist raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question Hitler?"

"Of course", replied the Reich Chancellor.

The social Democratic party shill stood up and asked, "mein Führer, does cold exist?"

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" The Social Democratic Party snickered at the young jewish puppet's question.

The young SPD member replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."

The communist continued, "Reich Chancellor, does darkness exist?"

Das Führer responded, "Of course it does."

The jewish-bought SPD communist replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."

Finally the SPD member asked the Reich Chancellor, "Sir, does dictatorship exist?"

Now uncertain, the Reich Chancellor responded, "Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but dictatorship."

To this the social democratic party member replied, "dictatorship does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Dictatorship is simply the absence of democracy. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of democracy. Democracy did not create dictatorship. Dictatorship is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Dictatorship is the result of what happens when man does not have democracy's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

Hitler sat down.

That SPD member's name? -- Otto Albert Einstein Wels