Gleichschaltung is a German word which means something like coordinating or bringing into line. This word was used by the Nazis to describe the process of bringing everything in Germany under the control of the Nazi Party. The ideology of the Nazis, or National Socialists, was socialist but unlike the socialism, or Communism of Marx and Lenin, the Nazis and Fascists emphasized national unity rather than the international class struggle. In this, Hitler and Mussolini were perhaps more shrewd observers of human nature than Marx or Lenin since it is more natural for human beings to identify according to nation or tribe than by class.
In any event, the whole idea of Gleichschaltung was that every German should be pulling together in the same direction. The whole German population should behave not as individuals with their own concerns but as the German nation with everyone cooperating toward the common goal of restoring German greatness. Every citizen should act and think as one. Naturally, there was little room for those Germans who happened to dissent from the common goal and still less for those people who weren’t really German, those Jews and others.
All of this may seem to belong to the past, yet I have noticed something very similar happening here, an American Gleichschaltung, albeit on a very small scale, so far. I have written before about people who have dared to dissent from politically correct orthodoxy and have paid the price. Recently these have included the president of Chick-Fil-A, Phil Robertson, Brendan Eich, and others. If you are a conservative Christian who believes in the rational definition of marriage, you can now expect to be silenced. Same sex marriage isn’t the only issue in which no dissent is permitted. Cliven Bundy dared to depart from the script on racial matters and was universally denounced as a racist, even though a transcript of his actual remarks shows that he did not advocate slavery for Blacks nor did he say that they were inherently inferior. He questioned the efficacy of many current liberal policies on the African American community. That was enough to ostracize him.
The latest victims of this American Gleichschaltung are the Benham brothers. These two men renovate homes and until recently were going to have a show on HGTV. Their show has been cancelled because they proved to have extremely offensive beliefs that have no place on television or anywhere else in public. To learn about these extreme beliefs, read this article in the Washington Times. I warn you, you may be offended.
HGTV has decided to cancel an upcoming television series featuring twin brothers who renovate homes amid outcry from liberals about the brothers’ Christian, conservative views.
The series, “Flip it Forward,” has been the target of criticism ever since an article was published on a liberal activist website, Right Wing Watch, claiming hosts David and Jason Benham have a history of speaking out against gay marriage, abortion and divorce, the Daily Caller reported.
The article accused David of being a “right-wing activist in the mold of his father, Flip Benham,” an evangelical minister who heads the anti-abortion-clinic protest group Operation Save America.”
It also said that David Benham led a prayer rally in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention and spoke out against gay marriage.
On Wednesday, HGTV tweeted: “HGTV is currently in process of reviewing all information about the Benhams and we will provide an update as soon as possible.”
On Thursday, the network tweeted: “HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers’ series.”
David and Jasonsaid in a statement that they are “saddened to hear HGTV’s decision.”
“With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals,” the statement read. “If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.
“Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying,” they said. “Over the last decade, we’ve sold thousands of homes with the guiding principle of producing value and breathing life into each family that has crossed our path, and we do not, nor will we ever discriminate against people who do not share our views.”
That is not enough. It is not enough merely not to discriminate against people. Under the New Order you must fully and enthusiastically accept every aspect of correct left-wing ideology, or pay the price. Every American must think and act as one if we are to be free.
There is more.
Slate magazine called the network’s move a “wise business decision.”
I suppose it is a wise business decision, in the same way that a shop owner who agrees to pay money to a gangster running a protection racket is making a wise business decision.
“Predictably, some conservative Christian sites are already crying persecution and ‘discrimination,’” J. Bryan Lowder wrote.
Maybe that is because there is persecution and discrimination here.
So far, the American Gleichschaltung has not been nearly as bad or pervasive as the Nazi version. It has been just a matter of bullying by interest groups and the government hasn’t yet taken a hand in it. Yet, how long before there is actual persecution and discrimination against dissidents, particularly conservative Christians? Recent revelations of the illegal and unconstitutional activities of such agencies as the NSA and IRS, and no doubt others suggest that the idea may not be so far-fetched or paranoid as it may seem.