How Hitler Rose to Power


Have you ever wondered about Hitler’s rise to power?  I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful history teacher in high school who not only was a student of Nazi Germany, but spent many months as a POW in an Nazi prison camp.  He escaped and ended up with Patton’s 3rd Army in Sicily, then through Germany.  He spent quite a bit of time on the rise of Nazi Germany because he thought there was a lesson in it.

Ian Kershaw’s International Herald Tribune piece.

“…The Nazis’ surge in popular support (2.6 percent of the vote in the 1928 legislative elections, 18.3 percent in 1930, 37.4 percent in July 1932) reflected the anger, frustration and resentment – but also hope – that Hitler was able to tap among millions of Germans. Democracy had failed them, they felt. Their country was divided, impoverished and humiliated. Scapegoats were needed.

It was easy to turn hatred against Jews, who could be made to represent the imagined external threat by both international capitalism and Bolshevism. Internally, Jews were associated with the political left – Socialist and Communist – which was made responsible by Hitler and his followers for Germany’s plight.

Increasingly, Hitler seemed to a good third of the German electorate the only hope of putting the country back on its feet, restoring pride and bringing about national salvation. By 1930 it was effectively impossible to rule Germany without Nazi backing. But while Nazi electoral gains could block democracy, they were insufficient to bring Hitler to power.

From 1930 onward, therefore, the German state was locked in stalemate. Democratic forms remained. But democracy itself was in effect dead, or at least dying. The anti-democratic elites tried to broker solutions, but failed on account of Hitler’s intransigence.

Ultimately, because he could find no other authoritarian solution, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as head of government, or chancellor, on Jan. 30, 1933. What followed led to disaster for Germany, for Europe and for the world….”

The Pet Jawa has a chilling film about the rise of anti-Semitism in the world today.
The video

I keep harping on this because I am constantly shocked and dismayed over the number of neo-Nazis, KKK, and white supremacists who are actively involved in the anti-immigration movement. For the sake of brevity and to prove a point, I’m going to stick to one state – Arizona, and one county, Maricopa.

Let’s start with Prop. 200 in 2004.

“Proposition 200, an Arizona state initiative passed in November 2004 with 56% of the vote, requires individuals to produce proof of citizenship before they may register to vote or apply for public benefits in Arizona. The proposition also makes it a misdemeanor for public officials to fail to report persons unable to produce documentation of citizenship who apply for these benefits, and allows citizens who believe that public officials have given undocumented persons benefits to sue for remedies. Authors of the ballot measure, the Protect Arizona Now committee, wrote it because of a serious concern for lax voter registration and voting procedures and concerns that public services to immigrants from neighboring Mexico, many of whom are illegal immigrants, were too costly. Opponents called it anti-immigrant, and considered it to be reminiscent of California’s 1994 Proposition 187….”

In many ways this was the beginning of the whole mess in Arizona.  The movers and shakers behind this fascinating little group of people go back to the original Council of Conservative Citizens and the White Citizens Council in 1956.  From the Tucson Citizen.

“…To head its National Advisory Board, PAN recruited Virginia Abernethy, a self-described “ethnic separatist.” Abernethy also serves on the advisory board of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the contemporary incarnation of the White Citizens Councils of the 1950s. Some clues about the group’s orientation: Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon David Duke is featured at fund-raisers for the CCC, which maintains that dark-skinned people are turning the United States into a “slimy brown mass of glop.”

…The CCC, co-founded in 1985 by Robert Patterson, is the successor of his Citizens Councils of America. The CCA, whose goal was to preserve the “natural rights” of racial separation, was established in 1956 when 30 chapters of White Citizens Councils coalesced. CCA and KKK membership overlapped – Byron de la Beckwith, the killer of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, held membership in both.

Fearing that “integration leads to miscegenation,” Patterson single-handedly founded the White Citizens Councils in 1954 in reaction to the Brown vs. Board decision, which outlawed educational segregation. Known as the “White Collar Klans,” the councils were the “civilian” arms of the Ku Klux Klan….Actually, it’s not just us dark folks Abernethy and her cronies hate. They’re not fond of Jews either.

Abernethy serves on “The Occidental Quarterly” editorial board, which the Center for New Community notes is a “virtual who’s who” of white supremacist, anti-Semitic writers, including “… an individual who has published over a dozen articles for a Holocaust denial magazine called the Journal for Historical Review.”…. For instance, the Occidental Quarterly articles “Understanding Jewish Influence I (and II): Background Traits for Jewish Activism” argue that the Inquisition and the Holocaust were “defensive measures” against Jewish “aggression.”

PAN’s association with racial separatists and hate mongers is not limited to Abernethy and the CCC. To pay people to gather petition signatures, PAN received $305,000 from the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the American Immigration Control Foundation. In turn, the latter groups have received more than $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation established in 1937 to, among other things, promote white racial superiority….”

Kathy McKee, the first director of PAN once said,

“…”This is ridiculous to spend the money to make it [a] bilingual society. Part of the culture is dress, diet, though that means different things to different people. I like grits and collard greens, but I think that whatever is our culture, and I think that is debatable, what is the very essence of our culture, we should be allowed to keep it without having to finance second languages and other cultural influence from other countries.”…”


“…American Border Patrol
This California-based white nationalist group is headed by Glenn Spencer, who believes that the Catholic Church and the Mexican government are conspiring to reconquer the Southwest for Mexico. His newsletter has published stories arguing that people of European descent have a right to protect their culture and bloodlines against the rising “alien tide” (Center for New Community Background Brief). Spencer is well-known for inflammatory, racist statements like this: “The Mexican culture is based on deceit. Chicanos and Mexicanos lie as a means of survival” (Los Angeles Times, August 28, 1996). According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, FAIR’s executive director Dan Stein “has warned that certain immigrant groups are engaged in ‘competitive breeding’ aimed at diminishing white power.”

Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
A group with close ties to white nationalist organizations. Their weekly television show has featured prominent white nationalists and far-right conspiracy theorists. They also provide major funding for Glenn Spencer’s American Border Patrol and other anti-immigrant groups (Center for New Community Special Report). FAIR has pledged to donate $50,000 to the PAN campaign.

Citizens Against Illegal Immigration
This group is headed by Kathy McKee, the Director of Protect Arizona Now. They claim that illegal immigration leads to “the destruction of our language and our culture” and a “breakdown of law and order, and total absence of government accountability to taxpayers.”

United Patriots of America
This group has contributed money to the PAN campaign. The President of United Patriots of America, Chris Simcox, is the founder of “Citizens Border Patrol Militia,” a vigilante organization that patrols the Arizona/Mexico border in armed groups to keep immigrants from crossing. Simcox stated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that it doesn’t matter if he dies in a blaze of gunfire to protect the U.S. borders (

NumbersUSA provides information attempting to link “mass illegal immigration” with environmental problems. The group’s leader, Roy Beck, is the Washington editor of The Social Contract, a journal that has published articles by prominent white nationalists (SPLC Report)….”

T. J. Ready is profiled in our favorite liberal blog, The Feathered Bastard.

“…Bosom bigot buddies: J.T. Ready (in suit) and Rep. Russell Pearce (in flag shirt) work the crowd together. Like you needed more proof that AZ’s nativist movement is riddled with racists, rednecks, and raving wing-nuts, the anti-immigrant protest at the state capitol this Saturday (6/16) featured a rabble-rousing speech by none other than the Ernst Roehm of the East Valley, the Martin Bormann of Mesa, everyone’s favorite fat-boy fascist, J.T. Ready. Yep, despite the fact that Ready’s been outed by the Anti-Defamation League, and my print cohort The Bird as a white supremacist who’s kept a page on the neo-Nazi Web site (now, a racist MySpace “for whites by whites”; despite the fact that Ready reportedly attended last year’s Winterfest event in Phoenix hosted by the neo-Nazi National Vanguard; and though Ready’s posted white supremacist messages on my blog and others; he was welcomed, cheered and embraced Saturday by a crowd of 300 or so on the capitol lawn, a crowd angered whenever the term “racist” was raised in regards to their movement….”

United for a Sovereign America views neo-Nazi Ready as a “patriot”.   And then there is the SPLC report. Ready is pictured with his little neo-Nazi friends. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a photo of Russell Pearce.  Pearce is quoted in the LA Times today. Pearce was caught forwarding an anti-Semitic email.  He lost J.D. Hayworth as one of his supporters. Recently Pearce helped introduce legislation that is chilling.

“…For instance, Pearce has made known his intention to put a referendum on the November ballot that would prohibit hospitals from issuing birth certificates to children born of illegal parents. Never mind that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution clearly states, that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside,” and that, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”…”

Another Pearce offering is even worse, if this is possible.

“…Other Pearce-sponsored legislation in this session reveals a methodical goose-step towards the eradication of entire class of individuals from the population. The most dastardly of these is
HB 2631, which amends current marriage law to require that a prospective bride and groom provide both their social security numbers and proof of citizenship before a marriage license is issued. So only Americans can wed Americans. What if your girlfriend is here on a student visa? Tough luck. How about if your boyfriend has a green card? No dice. Better look for a citizen, sweetie.

You’d have to be tone-deaf to history not to note a faint echo of the Nuremburg laws of Nazi Germany. Of course, in the case of the Nuremburg laws, there was no masquerading the nefarious intent of the regime, which was proactively and unabashedly racist. Take this excerpt from those laws dealing with marriage:

Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or kindred blood are forbidden. Marriages concluded in defiance of this law are void, even if, for the purpose of evading this law, they were concluded abroad.

Agreed, we’re dealing with entirely different contexts, and the Nuremburg laws were more directly focused on the Jewish people. But the similarity is near enough on the surface to send chills down one’s spine….”

Then there is Scott Hume aka Shawn Hughes

“…One neo-Nazi who’s made the scene at the Pruitt’s protests is “Shawn Hughes,” who bears an uncanny resemblance to a dood named Scott Hume. Hume has a site called Scott’s Super Site which just happens to use the same e-mail, “” that “shawnaz” uses when posting on the message board for, a rabid white supremacist site, where he describes himself as being the “acting unit leader of NSM-PHX.” That would be the Phoenix chapter of the National Socialist Movement, which holds regular BBQs in the area, like at Papago Park. One such event was recently documented in a write-up on the national NSM site; it noted that a “free prize raffle,” was “`commedically conducted’ by Shawn Hughes, who coordinated and MC’d the event.”

Interestingly, the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix reported on just such a neo-Nazi BBQ, in its November 23 issue, with an item titled “Neo-Nazi groups seek recruits in Arizona.” Below is a shot of Scott/Shawn from a supremacist grill fest:…”

Just for fun, a little information on additional Neo-Nazi activities in Arizona. As far back as 2004, the local Neo-Nazi groups were recruiting for their anti-immigration associates.

“…The recruiting effort is being led by Kalen Riddle, a self-proclaimed Nazi and white supremacist. On his Web site, Riddle, pictured toting a rifle and dressed in a Nazi uniform complete with swastika armbands, claims that two of his favorite things are “ethnic cleansing and weapon making.”  Riddle’s occupation is listed as “National Socialist.” In addition Riddle requests that “any WN [White Nationalist] volunteer is asked to keep WP [White Power] or Third Reich imagry (sic) to a minimum and not to talk to any press.”

Aiding Riddle is convicted felon Casey Nethercott.  Nethercott was arrested in Arizona in March 2004 on a warrant from Texas. Recently, he was given a five-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and is awaiting trial on charges of allegedly pistol-whipping an undocumented immigrant in Texas in 2003. The former bounty hunter has served time in the past for false imprisonment and assault because he wrongly apprehended the chief of police’s son in Riverside, California. In addition to those felony convictions, Nethercott has also been convicted of numerous misdemeanor gun violations.

Both Riddle and Nethercott are members of Ranch Rescue, a border vigilante group documented in ADL’s 2003 report, Border Disputes: Armed Vigilantes in Arizona, as an extremist organization that encourages people to take the law into their own hands….”


Then one final shot will bring you to the SPLC report about Bill White.
I know you think there is nothing to this, and no connection with reality.  But, I want to burst your bubble.  Bill White is a close friend of the wife of Francis Coombs, formerly of THE WASHINGTON TIMES.   The Washington Times is owned by Sun Myung Moon, cult-leader.

“…n the piece, I also reported that William A. White of Roanoke, Virginia, head of a neo-Nazi white-supremacist group called the American National Socialist Workers Party had acknowledged to me in a telephone interview his long connection with the late Samuel Francis, former editorial writer and columnist for The Washington Times, Marian Coombs, wife of Fran Coombs, managing editor of The Washington Times, who is the impetus and power-behind-the-scenes for all the Washington Times coverage of race, culture, and immigration stories, and Robert Stacy McCain, who is responsible for the A2 culture page for The Washington Times and reports directly to both national editor Kenneth Hanner and Coombs, who runs The Washington Times newsroom and all its desks with an iron fist. I know. I was there for more than two decades, before Coombs came to the newspaper, and was a first-hand witness of how The Washington Times newsroom has operated under Coombs’ management. He was my boss for 17 years. I know the story of his management first-hand. Samuel Francis, George McDaniel, and William A. White, all white-supremacist neo-Nazis  were close friends of Thomas Fleming, editor of Chronicles magazine of the Rockford Institute, Fran Coombs, Marian Coombs (who often wrote for Chronicles, Human Events, The Washington Times, the American Conservative magazine, and other right-wing publications about her views on race, culture, immigration, et cetera)….”

How does someone like Hitler rise to power?  How about the fact that the luminaries from the Maricopa County GOP who have been quoted in the LA Times lately about their opposition to John McCain.  Well, you see those individuals I’ve mentioned above, in Maricopa County?  J. T. Ready and Russell Pierce, they are either known members of the National Socialist Party or are closely associated with it.  They are card carrying members of the Maricopa County Republican party.  They don’t like John McCain.  They are associated with Rusty Childress, Joe Arpaio, and J. D. Hayworth.

The information above about the Washington Times is DOCUMENTED.

Now, you want to know how Hitler came to power in Germany?  He had friends like the above.

It’s all about illegal immigration folks.