Throw the bums out, 1930’s edition

More from Milton Mayer’s They Thought They Were Free: the Germans 1933-45, which I can’t put down:

National Socialism was a revulsion by my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government–against all the higgling and haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, their coalitions, their confusions, and their conniving. It was the final fruit of the common man’s repudiation of “the rascals.” Its motif was, “Throw them all out.” My friends, in the 1920’s, were like spectators at a wrestling match who suspect that beneath all the grunts and groans, the struggle and the sweat, the match is “fixed,” that the performers are only pretending to put up a fight. The scandals that rocked the country, where one party or cabal “exposed” another, dismayed and then disgusted my friends…

While the ship of the German State was being shivered, the officers, who alone had life preservers, disputed their prerogatives on the bridge…

My friends wanted Germany purified. They wanted it purified of the politicians, of all the politicians. They wanted a representative leader in place of unrepresentative representatives. And Hitler, the pure man, the anti politician, was the man, untainted by “politics,” which was only a cloak for corruption… Against the “the whole pack,” “the whole kaboodle,” “the whole business,” against all parliamentary politicians and all the parliamentary parties, my friends evoked Hitlerism, and Hitlerism overthrew them all.

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