AdolfHilterused the power of propaganda. He railed against thingsthat he knew the people feared and perceived as threats. In return,those who followed him began to treat Hitler with almost religiousadoration. After Martial law was declared in Berlin, the people allover Germany turned to "Fuhrer worship”. Next came the elections ofMarch 5, 1933, then the Nazis began a systematic takeover of thestate governments throughout Germany, ending a centuries oldtradition of local political independence. Armed SA and SS thugsbarged into local government offices using the state of emergencydecree as a pretext to throw out legitimate office holders and replacethem with Nazi Reich commissioners. On March 23, the Nazicontrolled Reichstag passed the "Enabling Act." This act finallyestablished Adolph Hitler as the total Dictator of Germany. After this,the "Gleichschaltung" (Synchronizing) began –the total coordinationand absorption of the entire nation under the Nazi boot.