Okay, before I begin, I’d like to note that I’m writing this as a reaction to the way President Aquino and many of his allies in the LP seem to brand people they don’t like as “Nazis”. Indeed, when the president (and soon to be former president) went to Japan, he called the occupying Chinese forces in the West Philippine Sea “Nazis” and allegedly even compared leading presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to Adolf Hitler himself, saying that Filipinos should best remember how Nazi Germany’s Fuhrer rose to power all those years ago. Then you have Mar Roxas claiming that the supporters of the LP are threatening and harassing him like “Nazis”.
Well ladies and gentlemen, the big problem here is that President Aquino and his allies seem to throw words like “Nazi” and “Hitler” around too liberally without truly understanding what they mean. The word “Hitler” seems to have become a go-to word for President Aquino to describe an individual he doesn’t like and the word “Nazi” has become a go-to word for people he reviles. Truth be told, if one looks at Hitler and the Nazis in history books, they’re more complicated than the LP seems to think they are and are actually the ones that resemble them more.
And lastly, to be honest, if Hitler and the Nazis of World War II are comparable to anyone in this day and age, look no further than President Aquino himself and his LP allies. Indeed, what’s sad is that the current president seems to miss out on the actual mentality of Hitler and his many followers in Nazi Germany and the sheer hypocrisy of him not knowing that he is a better analogue of Nazism than anyone else. Of course, considering how President Aquino seems to grasp history, the idea of him being the “Hitler” of the Philippines flies way over his balding head.
Of course, we all know that Hitler and the Nazis were anti-Semitic. However, inspecting Hitler’s years growing up will reveal that his hate for Jews goes a lot deeper than one might assume. As a matter of fact, Hitler’s mindset is not at all that different from President Aquino.
Hitler’s mother was but a poor woman at the time who struggled in an economically devastated country. Forced to work menial and often difficult jobs for rich Jews, the young Adolf saw how her mother’s employers often looked down on her. Later on in life, he would be denied entry to a school in Austria as it seems that the school authorities were more interested in accepting other students. Unfortunately, all Adolf Hitler saw was that some of the more popular students and school admins were in fact Jews and thus his hatred of them deepened. His anti-Semitic mindset would go on to be the main theme for his allies later on in life.
President Aquino, while not anti-Semitic, is certainly vindictive. Observe how he goes out of his way to punish those he deems are enemies of his family. Note how he seems insistent on former presidents Arroyo and Marcos being the “villains” of history and has them arrested on charges that are not even clearly defined. Remember also how he went out of his way to impeach poor Judge Corona whom he saw as an enemy. His views and treatment of his opponents look less like the actions and decisions of a statesman and looks more like the annoying tantrums of a spoiled child. Much like Hitler, many of his actions as leader of our country were done more out of an existing grudge rather than something that is done for national improvement.
Truth was, while the Jews did do their share of suspicious activities, Hitler simply took advantage of the historic mistrust the German people had for the Jews. Since he hated them anyway, he made propaganda that painted Jews as the people who were responsible for all the hardships Germany suffered at the time. He made it appear as if the Jews were people who were looking to conquer Europe and rationalized that Nazi Germany’s harsh treatment of them was simply a response to the threat they presented to the people of Germany.
Do I even need to talk about President Aquino given how much he just loves to blame other people for his own failings? What’s worse is that President Aquino was very quick to steal the achievements of his predecessors (such as former President Arroyo’s whom he hates so much) and claim that they were his own despite the fact he doesn’t even seem competent enough to handle even the most simple of political tasks such as apologizing or placating disgruntled people. At the end of the day, President Aquino just vilifies his enemies so that people may see him and the LP as the “heroes” of the country despite the fact that they are anything but.
Irresponsibility And Neglect
Many claim that Hitler was indeed evil and, with that, I have to agree. However, I don’t subscribe to the idea that Hitler was actively evil. In fact, from my own point of view, he was evil in the sense that he was neglectful towards the morality of his actions. For instance, while the man himself never visited the concentration camps where the “undesirables” of conquered territories, he was more than willing to allow the more brutal and inhumane personnel in his regime do all the depraved butchery that they could.
President Aquino is pretty much the same with his brand of selective justice and apparent disdain for people he doesn’t know personally. Sure, the man may seem like an incompetent lout and not apparently actively malicious, he nonetheless allows for terrible atrocities to take place either of his own gain or simply because he doesn’t care. Take how he just left the SAF 44 to die miserably at the hands of terrorists and how largely indifferent to the plight of starving farmers who were shot to death.
So there, next time the LP wants to call anyone “Hitler” or “Nazis”, they should first look at their dear leader and themselves!