Editor's note: Hilmar von Campe wrote the following comments in July 2004 – "long before anybody had heard the name of Obama," as the writer explains. His thoughts are still relevant, perhaps more so, today. Von Campe is the author of "Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America"
There is a great deal of confusion regarding the nature of the Nazi movement. Most if not all people who are familiar with the events of those years agree that its leaders were criminals. But quite a number of them, especially in the media, call Nazis fascists. Even though the bloody years of Nazi rule ended 64 years ago, the definition of who they were is of great importance for today. Without it we would be blind to reality.
As a German World War II veteran who grew up under the Nazis and who has studied about everything that has anything to do with their ideology, it is not difficult to define their reality. One principle theme of my 280 radio and television interviews in America has always been the comparison of the moral and ideological basis of the German Nazi society of that time and the American society of today. That theme also enters my books and articles.
Nazi society was based on lies, and lies are in the process of taking over America. I try to clarify for the American people that the ideological attack on America is part of the global attempt to eliminate God everywhere, replace Him with arbitrary rule of (leftist) man and destroy freedom. Godlessness brought Germany down. Godlessness is America's and freedom's No. 1 enemy.
Nazi is an abbreviation for National Socialist. Nazis are Socialists. That means they are radical left-wing. Fascists, on the other hand, have to be placed on the right. To put the label of fascism on National Socialism is an invention by the Soviet and East-German Communist leaderships after the war. It is meant to eliminate in the public mind the embarrassing link between the Nazi movement and socialism and hide the deadly threat to free society. After they had launched their antifascist movement, they made the label of fascism stick with the help of leftist media around the world. They also invented the word Nazism, a ridiculous word creation also used in the U.S., for the same reason: to replace the correct definition National Socialism.
The implication of what I am saying is far-reaching. Fascism, an authoritarian form of government with ugly features, is not an international conspiracy and a global threat to the United States. Global socialism, however, is. There are innumerably different socialist parties and movements. They are all fruits of the same rotten tree and lead inevitably to a totalitarian system. All socialist functionaries use national concepts and language in their different countries, but you can't argue rationally with them because they have a hidden purpose, which is different from the purpose of their non-socialist opponents. They are committed to transforming the world into a socialist system with them at the top. They are in America, and they are no patriots; they are traitors to their country, to the words and spirit of the Constitution, and to the mission of freedom, given by our Creator to this nation at her birth. The "politically correct" is the American equivalent of the "party line" of the Nazis and the Communists.
Bob Just described his own party as the "Party of Treason." "Hatred and corruption," he writes in Whistleblower magazine, "are on the march in America as they have never been before, and leading this march is the Democratic Party." And the United Nations, I add. Just points out that there seems to be a loyalty to "something other than the American people" and refers very often to the Nazis. "If I am right about the fanatical direction my party is taking, then America has never faced a danger like this, and real Democrats who stand by and watch will be as guilty before history as the actual leaders of this corruption movement. … Carried to its extreme, this corruption movement will destroy us all." Not many people understand that totalitarian socialism grows out of moral corruption.
Liberals in reality are socialists; they are not true Americans as far as I am concerned. They may not necessarily be a conscious part of the conspiracy, but they are part of the conspirators' immorality, their concepts and lust for power, which are expressions of hard-core socialism. But the appeaser of treason is no better than the traitor – both are liars who covet other people's money and property and sponsor all and every immoral cause hostile to our Creator.
Socialist philosophy is rooted in the concepts of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a French political philosopher in the 18th century: that man is good but exposed to the corruption of society, and that it is the corruption of the political and social environment that is responsible for the evil in society. Therefore, justification for the socialists' policies is the pretense that they are out for justice and want to change the social and political structures to free mankind. That, of course, is a lie because evil is within every person, and their political praxis is reduced to the brutal fight for power by all means, playing up, lying to and enlisting the underdog. Only the means are different for the various socialist branches, but the principle is the same for all: the end justifies the means. Joseph Goebbels, propaganda minister of Hitler, is quoted in Germany with the statement "… it is not for nothing that we have chosen the name National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), because at heart we are Communists." Briefing his generals before the invasion of the Soviet Union in June of 1941, Hitler told them that he wanted to bring them "real socialism." His declared intention was to destroy the Christian churches after victory.
American socialists are closer to Adolf Hitler than to their Founding Fathers and our Constitution. Remember, the Holocaust is only the consequence of a godless concept of the liars, and so is the philosophy of these socialists, which leads to the mass-murder of abortion. Four times as many unborn human beings have been killed in abortions than people in Nazi camps, among them 6 million Jews and millions of others. I might add those millions who were killed mainly in the socialist Soviet concentration camps, in one of which my father also perished. I have not heard Gorbachev or Putin apologize to anybody for Soviet atrocities.
Finally, it is also important to realize that Islamic terrorism is only a religious subdivision in the battle for global power. The military war has to be fought, as it is being done, but the need for an ideological/moral answer to the vacuum created has to be recognized. Terrorism is based on hatred and class (say religious) warfare and allows murder for power, like Marxist/Communist and National Socialism. The Soviet politburo is responsible for the creation of many of the Middle East intelligence services and terrorist organizations. It also needs to be stated that unchanged Soviet Russia uses military strength for reasons of blackmail but advances its agenda through subversion.
Is there a way out of the mess? Yes there is. God is still waiting for America to change and apply His commandments to all sections of society. That implies that Congress has to make it impossible for socialist judges to change the Constitution to their very limited godless concepts. American society can and should work out solutions, which are valid for the whole of the world. God, not vague religious concepts, is the answer to godlessness. America needs a moral rebirth.
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