March 23rd, 1933 Hitler signed into Law the Bill called "Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich" or also called the Enabling Act. The Enabling Act Stated that:
"The Reichstag [the lower house of parliament] has passed the following law, which is, with the approval of the Reichsrat [the upper house], herewith promulgated, after it has been established that it satisfies the requirements for legislation altering the Constitution.
ARTICLE 1. In addition to the procedure for the passage of legislation outlined in the Constitution, the Reich Cabinet is also authorized to enact Laws. . . .
ARTICLE 2. The national laws enacted by the Reich Cabinet may deviate from the Constitution provided they do not affect the position of the Reichstag and the Reichsrat. The powers of the President remain unaffected.
ARTICLE 3. The national laws enacted by the Reich Cabinet shall be prepared by the Chancellor and published in the official gazette. They come into effect, unless otherwise specified, upon the day following their publication . . .
ARTICLE 4. Treaties of the Reich with foreign states which concern matters of domestic legislation do not require the consent of the bodies participating in legislation. The Reich Cabinet is empowered to issue the necessary provisions for the implementing of these treaties.
ARTICLE 5. This law comes into effect on the day of its publication. It ceases to be valid on 1 April 1937..."
This Law effectively gave Hitler Dictatorial Powers while turning the German Parliament into nothing more than a useless gathering. Thus effectively Destroying the German Republic and Completing the Take over by the National Socialists of Germany.
Oddly enough, 77 Years Later to the Day on March 23, 2010, President Obama is going to sign into Law the Health Care Reform Act. Which puts the United States well onto the Road to Democratic Socialism.....