US Army vet turned journalism professor asks probing question: Are we becoming Nazi Germany?

As globalist predators and their media lackeys crank up their propaganda machines to prepare the masses for another lockdown, perhaps as early as the fall, it’s imperative that we take stock of where we’ve been over the last 18 months and where we are heading if we allow them to do this to us again.

The below article by Ronald Yates adds historical perspective that is missing from today’s “news” reporting. If you compare the control measures implemented over the last 18 months with those used by authoritarian regimes throughout history you are automatically dismissed by the establishment as a “conspiracy theorist,” even when the same coercive tactics are being used to curtail freedom of movement, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. From the blatant censorship, the canceling of people’s jobs, careers and even bank accounts, to the dual justice system for those on one side of the aisle [Hillary Clinton, Antifa thugs and Hunter Biden] versus those on the other [Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Gen. Michael Flynn and now Allen Weisselberg], it’s got all the makings of a techno-dictatorship hiding in plain sight, albeit masked beneath the veneer of “democracy.”

The term “conspiracy theorist” is used today for a reason — it shuts down debate and all serious evaluation of our current political climate, ignoring the biggest question of all — do we still live in a democratic republic?

Disclaimer: Ronald Yates is an Army vet, a journalist and a scholar. He does not deal in conspiracy theories.

By Ronald E. Yates

I’ve noticed that whenever the subject of Nazi Germany is raised, someone always says something like this: “It’s unbelievable that Adolf Hitler was able to manipulate and control the entire German population.  It just seems impossible.”

Yet that’s exactly what he did.  

Yes, there were some dissenters and political foes, but they were subdued and quashed as the boundless power of the Nazi regime shut down all dissent with the use of the brown-shirted Sturmabteilung or SA, the Schutzstaffel or SS, and the dreaded Gestapo or Geheime Staatspolizei.

Perhaps a bit of context is in order here.  I spent three years in Germany with the Army Security Agency involved in SIGINT (intelligence derived from electronic signals and systems used by foreign targets).  I am fluent in German, my wife is German, I have studied German history, and I keep up with current events in the country.

Like a lot of Americans, I always assumed that America was safe from the kind of tyranny the German people experienced under the heavy hand of the Third Reich.  There is no way our federal, state, and local governments could restrain and control the American people the way Hitler and his Nazis dominated the German population, I thought.

Yet, for the past 18 months, that’s exactly what has happened in America.

A nation that always prided itself on its independence and individuality was suddenly locked down.  Travel was restricted, schools and businesses were shuttered, we were commanded to wear face masks, voting laws were altered, isolation and quarantines were mandated, and speech was censored by social and mainstream media if Big Tech oligarchs judged what was said or written as “misinformation.”

It didn’t stop there.  A public health emergency was declared, borders were closed, and large gatherings were forbidden — including church attendance, funerals, and weddings.

In short, civil liberties that Americans had always taken for granted were suspended by those in power, just as the Nazis rescinded the rights of the German people, including a free press guaranteed by Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918 to 1933).  The German press quickly complied with its new masters.

Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, had no use for a free press and once said, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

Alter that quote a little, and you have a passage more relevant to American social media today: “Think of social and mainstream media as a great keyboard on which Big Tech oligarchs can play.”

Big Tech in the United States is following another Goebbels maxim: “Not every item of news should be published.  Rather, those who control news policies should endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.”

We know what that “certain purpose” is.

During Biden’s socialist regime, the legacy media’s goal is to promote socialist policies and protect our feckless president from all criticism — the same objective that Goebbels was tasked with during Adolf Hitler’s reign.

No doubt Goebbels would be proud of America’s Big Tech oligarchs.  They are performing the same tasks in 2021 America that Goebbels performed during the 12 years of the Third Reich.

Instead of opposing restrictions on our First Amendment rights, which guarantees five basic freedoms (religion, speech, the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances), millions of panicked Americans were quick to acknowledge and tolerate these new restrictions of their civil rights.  The media declined to investigate the pandemic, its source, its causes, and its severe impact — especially on young children and the elderly.  Instead, our media spent most of the pandemic refusing to look at China as the cause and source of the COVID-19 virus, choosing to pillory President Trump for daring even to suggest that China might be culpable.  Today, we are learning (much to the chagrin of the media) that Trump was probably right.  The virus came from a Wuhan, China lab and not from a flying rodent.

As was the case in Nazi Germany, American K–12 schoolchildren and students in universities are being indoctrinated with political dogma from socialist organizations like Black Lives Matter.  Curricula are filled with the bogus and deceptive Critical Race Theory and the debunked and fallacious 1619 Project.  Those who don’t adhere to the dogma are ostracized, canceled, and even fired from teaching positions.

In 1930s socialist Germany (Yes, folks, the Nazis were socialists.  Nazi stands for “Nationalsozialist” or National Socialism), the Nazis went even farther.  They sent educators, religious leaders, and political opponents to concentration camps like Dachau.  They encouraged supporters to take to the streets to harass and assault Nazi opposition.  It was a winning tactic because few Germans dared oppose armed mobs of brownshirts who were never arrested or prosecuted for their assaults on people or property.

Sound familiar?  Remember Black Lives Matter and Antifa in places like Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and New York City?  They are still burning and looting.

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street,” Goebbels once said.  “Total dominance is the goal.”

In Germany, it was one-party dominance that put the state at the summit of the political and social lives of the German people.  History was rewritten, free speech was suppressed, books were banned, people’s lives were monitored, and religion was ridiculed and stifled in favor of the secular nation.

Today, Democrats in Congress talk about banning or outlawing the Republican Party — or at least those Republicans and independents who supported and voted for Donald Trump or who refused to follow government decrees and diktats during the pandemic.

Others are quick to support the lockdowns and suspension of civil rights.

“This pandemic is a ‘black swan event,’ one without modern precedent,” opined Harvard Law professor Charles Fried.  “Most people are worried about restrictions on meetings — that’s freedom of association.  And about being made to stay in one place, which I suppose is a restriction on liberty.  But none of these liberties is absolute; they can all be abrogated for compelling grounds.  And in this case, the compelling ground is the public health emergency.”

I’m not buying it.

What we have experienced in the United States since January 2020 has been a gross overreach of state and national power — the domination of individual freedoms never before seen in this country.

Where were the resisters, the “anti-Nazis”?

In Nazi Germany, Jews were portrayed as a public health menace, vermin to be exterminated.  The monthly magazine Neues Volk, published by Germany’s “Office of Racial Policy,” argued that all Jews suffered from “hereditary illness” and that each Jew cost German taxpayers and the community 60,000 Reich Marks over the course of a single lifetime.  Lists of Jews were compiled in every German town and city, and today we know that millions were rounded up and murdered.

There are troubling parallels to that kind of thinking in America today as examples of anti-Semitism escalate day after day, mostly from a left that supports Palestinian causes and terrorist tactics but maintains a visceral hatred toward Israel.

Democrat members of Congress have taken that kind of political and social “cleansing” even farther, insisting that Republicans, conservatives, and anybody who supported or supports Donald Trump should be sent to “re-education camps” and “deprogrammed.”

Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leftist Democrats insist that “lists” should be made of all Trump supporters so they can be “ostracized and otherwise punished.”  Keeping “enemies” lists was a favorite tactic of the Gestapo.  Thank you, AOC, for reintroducing this insidious tool to Congress.

But Democrats didn’t stop there.  Michael Beller, principal counsel for the tax-supported Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), said in a video that the children of supporters of President Donald Trump should be seized and placed in “re-education camps.”

“We should go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away, and we’ll put [Trump-supporters’ children] into re-education camps,” Beller said in the video.

Beller must have been listening to Adolf Hitler, who, in 1933 said this about children: “If the older generation cannot get accustomed to us, we shall take their children away from them and rear them as needful to the Fatherland.”

Is this the state of our nation today?

We are a country divided politically and socially into warring tribes: Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals vs. conservatives, minorities (brown, black, and yellow people) vs. whites, victims vs. oppressors, communities “of color” vs. police, the “haves” vs. the “have nots,” socialists vs. capitalists.

All that’s left is for Americans on opposing sides to arm themselves and commence slaughtering one another because of conflicting political and social opinions or skin color.  Wouldn’t China, Russia, and America’s other enemies just love that?

In 1920s Germany, it was Hitler’s brownshirts attacking the feeble Weimar Republic — Germany’s first experiment with democracy.  It was a growing Communist Party vs. a nascent Nazi Party.  But after 1932, when Hitler and the Nazis gained power, Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, and political opponents were rounded up and sent to concentration camps.

Is this the “Endlösung” (final solution) that some socialists, radical leftists, and Democrats are proposing for America’s Republican Party, conservatives, and Trump supporters?

Are we headed for a one-party socialist political system in which we allow our rights to be suspended indefinitely, the way we did for the past 18 months?

After millions of courageous Americans went to war in World War II and more than 500,000 made the ultimate sacrifice fighting fascism, are we going to roll over and accept domination by a few elite socialists and leftist Democrats who are convinced they should remain in power ad infinitum?  Are the American people going to submit to the Big Tech oligarchs, the corrupt and compliant media, and the socialist elites in Washington and allow their rights to be trampled and obliterated? Are we becoming Nazi Germany?

The above article originated at American Thinker under the title Are We Nazi Germany? Ronald E. Yates is a U.S. Army veteran, author, former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent and professor/dean emeritus of journalism at the University of Illinois. 

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25 thoughts on “US Army vet turned journalism professor asks probing question: Are we becoming Nazi Germany?”

  1. This article is truly correct.
    We who love the Lord Jesus Christ must first fasten our eyes and heart and minds firmly and completely upon the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has already told us, before any of this diabolical mess began.

    We have no need to be afraid for He has promised to keep us from the Wrath to come and take us through the present turmoil.

    It might seem utterly impossible that what was done to Germany in the WW2 could now happen across the whole world, HOWEVER that is to neglect that God’s devil has been working hard for over 6000 years to perpetrate the current global mess.
    Thus we know that God has not been taken by surprise and to quote one brilliant lady ”things are not falling apart. They are falling into place.”

    So in the midst of this global mess LOOK UP and let us be about our Father’s business whilst we expectantly look for His return.

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  2. Hello Leo,  Don and I just finished this, it took us three days we paused and came back. It is VERY long AND INTERESTING to say the least, BUT PLEASE read. It is, well  I am at a loss for words, how to describe what is shared. The end of the article is a shocker, what they have done.

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    Again a GREAT article thank you.God Bless Sharon and Don Gricol  Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


  3. There is an urgent need in this Orwellian Digital Age for more deliberate coordination to improve digital safety within the Social Security System of Big Brother’s UN global village. The Global Coalition for Digital Safety is the “Endlösung” (final solution) that Fabian socialists will use to exterminate their enemies, whose socially-secured souls are digitally-marked with the Beast’s SS#. These enemies of the Marxist state are not unlike beef cattle that bear their master’s digital name stapled to their ear. Contently chewing their cud, these deluded beasts fatten up in the security of the slaughter-house feedlot. Oblivious to the holocaust that awaits their numbered souls, they are like the Third Reich’s Jews who were numbered, showered, and thrown into Auschwitz’s ovens.


      1. Having their deluded souls digitally-marked with the Beast’s social security number, and being held captive together in It’s diabolical Social Security System, are lawless Marxist Morlocks and lukewarm Laodicean Eloi. Believing Lucifer’s Masonic Lie that “all men are created equal”, these two opposing humanistic organisms have failed to democratically assimilate together within the interfaith melting-pot of Neo-Babylon’s UN Global Village. In obedience to the gospel command in Revelation 18, the wise virgins of Christ’s holy Bride have fled out of the Beast’s socially-secured “City of Destruction”.


      2. But the Mark of the Beast is not yet here because we are not aware of who the Antichrist is. A whole heap of things have to happen before then as enumerated in Revelation 6 through to Revelation 13. There is no way, when you read about the seals that the Lamb of God opens and the consequences are we there yet. Up to now we have not seen a conqueror bent on conquest; men everywhere slaying each other; the cost of wheat and barley being equal to a man’s wages worldwide; and a quarter of the earth has not yet been subjected to deth by sword, famine, plague and wild animals. Please be careful how you write your opinion you could frighten many new Christians or those who do not know their Bible which does not help anybody except the enemy of our souls. Fortunately, your comment is a little dense and obtuse so perhaps there is no damage done.


      3. Julia, the antichrist spirit of the Beast is here, powerfully implementing It’s evolutionary mark within Satan’s democratic New World Order. Why are you not aware that the spirit of Antichrist is administrating the evolving digitally-marking of men’s souls?? Humanism’s “dense and obtuse” Marxist social gospel is the strong delusion that God has sent to democracy’s UN global village (2 Thessalonians 2: 11). Under this strong delusion the foolish virgins in Christ’s Bride ignorantly receive Socialism’s Security Number that enables them to buy oil for their empty lamps (Matthew 25: 9). The red horse rider is here and about to suddenly unleash the violent bloodshed that the Lamb of God unsealed in His prophetic book 2000 years ago (Revelation 6—).


      4. Well, my dear, if you can make sense of what you have just written God bless you. I see no reason to retract what I said, okay? Mostly because I did not understand your response. I would love to ask you if English is your first language but it could be deemed as pejorative and that would not be my intention at all. Ah well perhaps it’s me,. despite being English!


  4. Trump, Giuliani, etc. are the other side of the same coin as Clinton, Biden, etc. Most of the people I know who drank the Trump kool-aid have woken up to the realization that the entire Republicans vs Democrats show is a sham. Everyone in all governments, corporations, and MSM work for the globalists, regardless of party affiliation.

    The Republicans vs Democrats drama makes for great theater. It sucks a lot of people in, getting everyone self-righteously worked up and angry with each other. That is precisely what the globalists want.

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  5. Yes “we” are. Every conservative I talk to is living in denial. Praising our wonderful nation with all the freedoms we enjoy. Many have gladly been jabbed. No one is listening or taking action. Not sure what we are supposed to do.
    Things are hopeless. I can’t wait to be martyred. I hate life and there is no point to being on this God forsaken planet. The church is doing NOTHING. Dead or comatose.
    People won’t do squat because they are too fat and lazy. Even trying a peaceful secession by building our own economy requires too much effort for any. I despise them all.
    There are maybe .0001% of the richest people in the world running this nightmare. And those fighting it are outnumbered at least two to one.
    I am the only person offline who knows what’s going on. Or cares.
    All my family and friends don’t give a rip.
    There is nothing left to do but wait to be killed.
    I can’t fight this crap alone. No one listens to me.
    My family rolls their eyes.
    What can we possibly do? Even religious wise? Fast and pray and prepare for martyrdom I guess. Nothing else left. We are dead.
    No point witnessing or praying for the lost since they will all go to Hell anyhow.


    1. Easy, Rachel. There is a lot going on behind the scenes we aren’t privy to. The media definitely won’t let us know and will just twist the truth anyway. Hold on. Keep the faith.


    2. In answer to the man’s question – ”yes” the vast majority will do just that. However please be aware this is not just happening in America but it is happening, one way or another, across vast swathes of the world. We – that is those of us who know they are disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth and are devotees of His Word, should not be surprised by all this. The Tribulation is not just going to happen in a vacuum, the world has to be prepared and what we are seeing now is God’s last effort to get those nations who have turned their back on Him to turn back as Nineveh did at the ‘ninth’ hour! Alas this will not happen, we are heading for the Tribulation as inevitably as the sun will rise tomorrow. Especially when we also see the appalling rise in antisemitism. It has always been there but like many other things it’s now ‘in your face’. May God’s people have the sense to make aliyah and make it quickly, otherwise I dread to think what will happen to them. Then it will be for the Christians to start watching out because persecution will not stop at the Jews but will also spill over to all those of us who have had the gall to pop our heads above the parapet.

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    3. Precious lady please do not think like that, grab hold of some of God’s promises and cling on to them. You are still here on this planet? Then there is a point to your being here. I am 78 and a bit handicapped due to arthritis, I also live in a country whose language I find too difficult but that does not mean I should just turn my face to the wall and give up. I take it you are a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Then you and He are in the majority. I do so feel for you as it is very hard to keep one’s equilibrium when everything seems to be falling apart. There is a well known Christian speaker – Jan Markell – who says everything is falling into place. However we have been warned in the Bible what to expect the closer we get to the Tribulation. In some ways do you not consider it amazing that God should choose this time for each of us to be born? Do you have any idea how many millions of Christians who have gone to be with the Lord longed to be in these times? Nothing, absolutely nothing is happening without God’s consent and you are so precious to Him. As for not witnessing that sweet lady is from the pit of hell, of course, there is every point in continuing to witness, there is not much time left, how people respond is God’s business He calls us to witness, we are completely incapable of making somebody be born again, that is the job of the Holy Spirit. I do so hope and pray you have a spiritually mature friend you can turn to as you do sound so very, very sad. I suffered from 55 years of chronic clinical depression but the Lord healed me some 13 years ago so I have a fairly good idea of how you might be feeling.
      What can you do? Thank God that He knew you would be able to go through this and come out with flying colours, He knows you better than you know yourself. Thank God that, at the moment, you are not being sexually abused, or physically abused as I was as a child, I experienced other forms of abuse too. You might be experiencing some verbal abuse but Jesus warned us this would happen because as the world hates Him it will hate us, so what? The Creator of the Universe loves us just as every one of those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ love each other.
      If you wish to speak more to me, email Leo and he will pass on your email to me and I will be truly happy to respond back. You will not be the first to do that. XXX

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      1. Beautifully stated. Thank you very much. I am reminded of how Peter sank into the sea when he took his eyes off of Jesus. Our focus must be on Him, not the troubles around us. He promises never to forsake or leave His own. I trust Him fully to see us through the storms of life. God alone is my peace. WEM

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      2. What a great response Julia Pomeroy! Yes we need to grab hold if God’s promises. I think I have posted this before but I don’t think my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ will mind. Psalm 37 is chock full of promises. It’s been my wife and my favorite these past 18 months:

        37:1 Do not fret because of evildoers,
        Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
        2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
        And wither as the green herb.

        3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
        Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
        4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
        And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

        5 Commit your way to the Lord,
        Trust also in Him,
        And He shall bring it to pass.
        6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
        And your justice as the noonday.

        7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
        Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
        Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
        8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
        Do not fret—it only causes harm.

        9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
        But those who wait on the Lord,
        They shall inherit the earth.
        10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
        Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
        But it shall be no more.
        11 But the meek shall inherit the earth,
        And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

        12 The wicked plots against the just,
        And gnashes at him with his teeth.
        13 The Lord laughs at him,
        For He sees that his day is coming.
        14 The wicked have drawn the sword
        And have bent their bow,
        To cast down the poor and needy,
        To slay those who are of upright conduct.
        15 Their sword shall enter their own heart,
        And their bows shall be broken.

        16 A little that a righteous man has
        Is better than the riches of many wicked.
        17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
        But the Lord upholds the righteous.

        18 The Lord knows the days of the upright,
        And their inheritance shall be forever.
        19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
        And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
        20 But the wicked shall perish;
        And the enemies of the Lord,
        Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
        Into smoke they shall vanish away.

        21 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
        But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
        22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
        But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

        23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
        And He delights in his way.
        24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
        For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

        25 I have been young, and now am old;
        Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
        Nor his descendants begging bread.
        26 He is ever merciful, and lends;
        And his descendants are blessed.

        27 Depart from evil, and do good;
        And dwell forevermore.
        28 For the Lord loves justice,
        And does not forsake His saints;
        They are preserved forever,
        But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
        29 The righteous shall inherit the land,
        And dwell in it forever.

        30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
        And his tongue talks of justice.
        31 The law of his God is in his heart;
        None of his steps shall slide.

        32 The wicked watches the righteous,
        And seeks to slay him.
        33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
        Nor condemn him when he is judged.

        34 Wait on the Lord,
        And keep His way,
        And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
        When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
        35 I have seen the wicked in great power,
        And spreading himself like a native green tree.
        36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
        Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

        37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
        For the future of that man is peace.
        38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
        The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

        39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
        He is their strength in the time of trouble.
        40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
        He shall deliver them from the wicked,
        And save them,
        Because they trust in Him.


    4. Hi Rachel, you are not alone. There are many of us. Too bad you don’t live next door…..we could talk daily over coffee. My family is awake, with the exception of 1 brother. He may be the only one who got the shot also. You maybe could move? Get close to like minded people who are not idiots. My neighbor and I have been talking about the screwed up reality…..he gets it now. Two years ago he would literally scream at me if I even mentioned something not endorsed by msm…..but now he knows I was right and he looks rather scared shitless…and he is exmilitary. I think he is just a bit overwhelmed.

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    5. You should read two books by the FBI agent W. Cleon Skousen. “The Naked Communist’ was published in 1958 and contained 45 “Goals of the Communists.” The other book is “The Naked Capitalist.” It describes what he called Corporate Socialists. The one he looked at were names like JP Morgan and John D. Rockefeller. It was a review of a 1,200 book by Carrol Quigley called “Tragedy & Hope.” The end game for these is described not only by Marx, but by Plato, in his book “The Republic.” A more modern look is Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It is exactly what the Weather Underground engaged in as described by Paul Kengor in his book “Takedown”.


      1. Unfortunately the young woman comes over as somebody who is desperately sorry for herself but not in a position to act upon advice which has been proffered to her, all she can do is moan, so I doubt your advice will be taken.


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