I’m sure many of you understood that historical reference. In 1933, a young communist named Marinus van der Lubbe, acting alone, lit a fire that engulfed the the German Parliament Building, called the Reichstag. A day later, Adolph Hitler as Germany’s chancellor demanded and was given emergency powers to deal with the “crisis.” The Nazis held all communists in Germany responsible for the actions of van der Lubbe claiming they were conspiring against the government, so it was considered justified by many Germans when Hitler ordered thousands of communists across the country arrested, and forced all communists members of the German parliament out of their seats. The Nazis also suspended the basic civil liberties of the German people, including freedom of speech. They explained this was necessary to protect the country from those who would destroy it. The Nazis would never restore those liberties.