Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chilling History Lesson

From the wiki:
"The Enabling Act (German: Ermächtigungsgesetz) was a 1933 amendment to the Weimar Constitution that gave the German Cabinet – in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler – the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag. It passed in both the Reichstag and Reichsrat on 23 March 1933, and was signed by President Paul von Hindenburg later that day. The act stated that it was to last four years unless renewed by the Reichstag, which occurred twice. For all intents and purposes, the Enabling Act gave Hitler plenary powers and made him the dictator of Germany." 

Just doing a bit of light reading about the Holocaust, and this fact jumped out at me.
Think hard, now-have we any recent example of a national leader who changes laws by whim or fiat? Hmmmm?
Starts with an "O", ends with a destroyed country? Class? Anyone?

1 comment:

Doug said...

Even if you reject whatever I write, look for yourself at history and see the pattern of world dictators who often come to power as a benefactor but soon hold power by force, enslaving populations.
Look at Cuba. Syria. North Korea.
Even King Saul in ancient Israel.
Man is corrupt, and we need a better King.