Adolf Hitler used the power of propaganda. He railed againstthings that he knew the people feared and perceived asthreats. In return, those who followed him began to treatHitler with almost religious adoration. After Martial law wasdeclared in Berlin, the people all over Germany turned to"Fuhrer worship”. Next came the elections of March 5, 1933,then the Nazis began a systematic takeover of the stategovernments throughout Germany, ending a centuries oldtradition of local political independence. Armed SA and SSthugs barged into local government offices using the state of emergency decree as a pretext to throw out legitimate officeholders and replace them with Nazi Reich commissioners.On March 23, the Nazi controlled Reichstag passed the"Enabling Act." This act finally established Adolph Hitler asthe total Dictator of Germany.