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The Pros And Cons Of The Weimar Government

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The year is 1933: six years before the second world war. Adolf Hitler was just declared chancellor of Germany in late January. Following the Reichstag Fire, Hitler advised German President, Paul von Hindenburg, to write a decree nullifying many of the key civil liberties of the German citizens as a sort of “punishment.” Confused and flummoxed civilians wanted answers, begging the government to discuss the reason behind all this. Around this time, the Weimar Constitution’s new amendment gave the German Cabinet - in effect, Chancellor Hitler - the power to enact laws without the involvement of Reichstag. Hitler took this as an opportunity to preach his ideologies; and thus, he presents a formal dissertation promoting the bill at the Kroll Opera House to the public on March 23. As he builds power, Adolf Hitler utilises the Aristotelian appeals of pathos, ethos, and logos to strategically manipulate and exploit the minds of the German people to diplomatically annex them to his side in his 1933 speech on The Enabling Act.
In his declamation, Hitler displays a mastery of ethos. He asserts his dominance in his statement, saying, “Our legal institutions must serve above all for the maintenance of this national community” (Hitler). He shows aggressive intelligence by claiming none other than his institutions shall serve the national community. Hitler acts as if it’s almost fundamental that Germany have his guidance to run the country. He’s wanting a profound revival of religious
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