This is probably one of the best examples of Hitler's political and personal cruelty. In order to consolidate his own power and eliminate opposition to him, Hitler's design was to deem the enemies of Germany as less than human. This dehumanization was what allowed the ease with which so many were tormented and killed. It was not that Hitler ever said that "These are bad people." Rather, he made the argument that individuals who were against him only did so because they were actually less than human. Throughout his writings and speeches, the targeting of individuals of Jewish faith or homosexuals or gypsies was done so as arguing that the true standard of being a human being was not met by these groups of people, so keeping them is a crime against humanity. This sad and twisted logic was embraced by so many. Once the floodgates had opened in robbing people of their humanity though insult, dehumanizing comments and terms, and targeting a group of people, the abuse, intimidation, and elimination was easier to accomplish.