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SDShad BS: english republicans (63* d) RE: english republicans 10 Apr 02

Just a quick historical nitpick on the inclusion of Hitler in that list: Adolf Hitler was never legitimately elected Chancellor in and election conducted correctly under the terms of the constitution of the Weimar Republic. In the last general Reichstag elections before he became Chancellor, only two months before, the National Socialists actually lost a fair number of seats in the Reichstag, and their power and influence were considered to be on the wane. In a power vacuum in January 1933, after the resignation of Chancellor von Schleicher, President Hindenburg appointed the corporal Chancellor, because the Junkers thought they could control him, use him and the popularity he held in certain quarters.

As soon as he was in power, however, he proved them wrong. Ethnic and political persecutions began almost immediately. Within a month, the first concentration camp at Ornienburg had been established. A month after Hitler's appointment, the Nazis burned down the Reichstag and pinned it on political opponents. Hitler was immediately granted "emergency powers." Five days later there were new elections, and with suppression of opposition parties that might block the Nazis from forming a government already underway, the Nazis were able to form a majority government--but only after disallowing all Communist deputies elected to the Reichstag. But by then, the Weimar Republic had already ceased to exist.

So the boy finally won an election, but only by first obliterating the Republic and terrorizing any political opposition. Doesn't seem to count to me, no matter how popular he quickly became.

Oh, and Kevin, what the hell sort of spellchecker do you use? :-)


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