I recently discovered the website of Peter Kurth , some of whose books I've read, but who also writes intelligently and pointedly (and liberally) on politics, society and other matters of the day.
On one page of his blog, he quotes Dorothy Thompson (anti-fascist journalist) :
"No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument [of] the Incorporated National Will. ... When our dictator turns up you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American. And nobody will ever say `Heil' to him, nor will they call him `FÃ¼hrer' or `Duce.' But they will greet him with one great big, universal, democratic, sheeplike bleat of `O.K., Chief! Fix it like you wanna, Chief! Oh Kaaaay!'" -- Dorothy Thompson, 1935.
And they say there's nothing new under the sun.