James Clyburn used to be known as “The King of Soul.” He was later known as “Soul Daddy” and “The Love Docta,” before eventually becoming “The Archduke of Funk.”
But those were different days.
Clyburn’s career peaked with the release of “Strokin’” in 1986.
“When I make love, I don’t just make love,” Clyburn sang, “I be strokin’.”
After a series of debilitating scandals fueled by crack cocaine and unresolved issues with his mother, coupled with his inability to tone down his bombastic dancing style which had become increasingly dangerous due to his rapid weight gain, Clyburn’s career entered sharp decline in the late 80s. Facing bankruptcy, Clyburn was left with no choice but to take a job in the US Congress.
These days, Clyburn is known as “Major Whip,” due to his history of “whipping it out” on unsuspecting folks. He is also known as “Jack Flash.”
This week, he was not talking funk and he wasn’t talking his junk when he appeared on Fox News Friday to declare that Weimar Germany was the greatest country ever.
House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn: "This country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany in the 1930s [if Republicans win]." pic.twitter.com/lbkdPXVCMQ
“This is what happens in a country that follows what happened in Germany in the early 30s,” Clyburn mumbled to Fox News. “I said this in 2018, and caught a lot of hell from a lot of people for having said it. But it was true then, and it’s true now: this country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the greatest democracy going, when it elected a chancellor who then co-opted the media. This past president called the press the enemy of the people. That is a bunch of crap. … And that is what’s going on in this country.”
This is literally “and then one day, for no reason at all, people voted Hitler into power.”
If Weimar Germany was the greatest country ever, why did people vote for the militarized extremist?
As it turns out, Weimar Germany was basically exactly like the United States is right now. Therefore, it makes some sense that the Democrats, who claim that Joe Biden is the greatest president ever and everything is going great in this country, would also not see that there were any problems in the Weimar Republic.
However, many people saw problems in Weimar, just as many people see problems in America now. The problems were economic, social, and political, and it is difficult to say which drove people to embrace the extreme right-wing agenda of Adolf Hitler.
During the period after World War I and before the election of Hitler, Germany was being forced to pay a bunch of money to foreign countries as reparations for the war. (Many people would say that World War II was inevitable based on the treaty that ended World War I.)
Germany was experiencing hyperinflation.
Here is what 1 US dollar looked like in marks in 1923:
That is 1 trillion marks. It actually got even worse after that.