35 years old and he is taken by it nine years to become Chancellor? Never too belated to turn yourself around. I Am 34. Time to commit some treason. I'm bored. I'll subscribe to your revolution. ...
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- 35 years old and it takes him nine years to become Chancellor? Never too late to turn your life around.
- I'm 34. Time to commit some treason.
- I'm bored. I'll sign up for your revolution. Which beer hall should we congregate at?
- So who we killin'?
- No, we need to start a coup and do it where people in power are already congregating at a beer hall. Didn't you guys read the Bear Hall Putsch manual?
- shit, i told you guys there was a manual!
- "A year in prison, that should sort him out..."
- The biggest problem was that the judicial system in the Weimar Republic had not been purged of conservatives, unlike the other branches of government. As a result, many judges despised the democratic form of government that the Socialist party had formed. They wanted a return to the monarchy or a form of government with a stronger executive (similar to what they previously had). When Hitler went to testify, in addition to talking about his role in the Beer Hall Putsch, he grandstanded and gave speeches on why democracy can never work and how a strong, central figure should lead Germany. This grandstanding not only led him to become a national figure (the newspapers ate it up), but got the judge to sympathize with him. As a result, he got a sentence that was laughable.
- Ah, purging the judiciary - an essential step on the road to democracy!
- It sounds malicious, but in reality, these were not the typical judges you think of when you think of a functioning democracy. Rather than being independent and apolitical, these judges had a clear political agenda, and didn't even agree with the type of government they were serving. It would be as if the Supreme Court members in the United States thought Congress shouldn't exist. Simply makes no sense for a court. Unfortunately, that was the way it was in Germany at the time.
- The Weimar Republic was effectively a giant bandaid placed over a wound that was already hideously infected. You can put a democracy in place, but if you leave the right-wing judiciary, keep the right-wing army officers in place (although limited by Versailles Treaty), elect a an extremely right-wing officer as president, and in general have a population that has lived and believes in military rule and autocracy it's not going to last. Plus the famous "stabbed in the back" myth led most of the German population to believe that it was the politicians of the Republic that led to Germany's defeat in WWI. Read more comments