The Nazis were elected and given a plurality in the Reichstag (though the elections probably wouldn't qualify today as free or fair, nor were they completely rigged), Hitler was appointed as Chancellor (an office under the President who could have dismissed him) as a political maneuver to avoid having to ally with the socialists/communists. He became dictator after the President died by passing the Enabling Act using his thugs to make sure his enemies didn't show up, by cutting a deal with several parties, and then surrounding the Reichstag with his chanting supporters (Brownshirts) threatening violence if it wasn't passed.
So, yes, the Germans did vote for the Nazis and did support them and without said support there would have been no Hitler. He was never elected, however.
The average male in 2009 had 5.8 leisure hours a day as opposed to the average female 5.1.
Your link says that men spend 10.3 hours a day working (job+domestic chores) while women spend 10.1 (job+domestic chores) so I'm not sure how that matches up... Perhaps there's a contradiction in the source data?[/offtopic]
More relevant, your link shows: The average American spends 2.82 hours watching TV.
Comparing Fox to its 24-hour news channel competitors, for the month of May 2010 the channel drew an average daily prime time audience of 1.8 million versus 747 000 for MSNBC and 595 000 for CNN.
And if we're Rome and we're on our way to falling, we are not past the beginning of the end of the Republic. We'd need a Sulla analogue first. Besides, people understate the chaos that lead to the Republic's fall and the Empire's rise. If anything it was worse than what Germany had during the Great Depression.
On a note more related to this thread:
Some of my more liberal friends have talked rather excitedly about the Republican Party disbanding or fading to irrelevance. Thinking about it, I could see that, though I could also see their recovery. However, my friends' big mistake is to presume that means that a lot of their policies said friends disagree with will go away. Parties are effectively coalitions of smaller interests and relatively few of those interests are directly in the parties. For example, pro-life sentiment won't go away if the Republican party goes away tomorrow and pro-life people will still be elected on account of that.
The Republicans are still relatively disciplined but they've failed to appeal to large segments of their current base's children. They presume, as they age, they will become Republicans just as their parents did. This will only happen if the Republicans can do for them what they did for their parents and, at the moment, they're failing to, preferring to please their current base. This has been true for a while and we're beginning to see the stultification it's caused. The lack of focus, the lack of candidates, and the shrinking percentage of people who are registered Republicans compared to registered Democrats.
At least, that's my opinion.