The Price of Freedom
Hate, Fear and Envy took center stage this week…
HATE – Nancy Pelosi, ex-Speaker of the House, “Republicans want women to die on the floor”
FEAR – Joe Biden, current Vice President of the United States: “Unless the Jobs Bill is passed we will have more rapes and murders next year”
ENVY – From the “Occupy L.A.” event (one of dozens of examples):
Demonization and demagoguery are designed to remove common sense and civil discourse from consideration, and replace them with the raw emotions of hate, fear and envy.
This has all happened before…and in such recent memory that you would think that THIS country, at least, would have learned from it.
I’ve just finished reading Erik Larson’s book ‘In the Garden of Beasts’…and the parallels between our current situation and Germany in 1933-1934 are frightening…and enlightening.
1933-1934 was THE critical time in the rise of National Socialism in Germany. But in order to sweep away the last vestiges of democratic rule, and bury any remaining traditions of open dialogue and dissent, the Nazis needed to remove common sense and civil discourse from consideration. They needed to replace them hate, fear and envy.
The Jews were the object of most of this hate, fear and envy, of course. And from the looks of the sign above, they are becoming that again, as “Millionaires & Billionaires” are fast becoming code-words for “Jews”. Still, Republicans/Conservatives are the main focus of the Left. Any and every smear, lie, and attack is intended to inspire hate, instill fear, and heighten envy. And this is all justified by the Left as some kind of “payback” for all the “oppression” Bush and the Republicans caused.
In cities across America the people exhorting the OWS crowd are using hate, fear and envy to urge the “occupiers” to overthrow our Republic, and replace it with something or other that they feel will give them everything they want. These mainly are intended to fan the flames of ENVY, and inspire Class Warfare. But more and more they are including anti-Semitism, as shown in the photo above, and at this link: http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/13/more-anti-semitism-at-occupy-los-angeles/?singlepage=true
This stage has been set once before. Hitler used hate, fear, and envy to set the stage for his absolute rule as Fuhrer, yet at any time up until August 2, 1934 he could have been stopped. On August 2nd, President Hindenburg died, and all the pent up hate, fear and envy allowed Hitler to consolidate all power to himself.
From August 2, 1934 until the end of the war in May, 1945, none dared openly dissent (and few dared dissent before August 2nd). Those who dissented were labeled “unpatriotic” and “Jew lovers” (among other terms), and any dissent brought swift retribution…even death. When Bush was President, this bumper sticker was very popular: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”. Of course, a trip to any military cemetery dispels this nonsense, but it was very popular for eight years. And while “Dissent = Racism” hasn’t made it to a bumper-sticker yet, it is the prevailing sentiment from the Left as long as Obama is the Resident of the White House. Yesterday Loretta Sanchez said this: “The Tea Party and Republicans are unpatriotic, hate America and are screwing the ‘Working Class’”…because “they oppose Obama”!!
The stage is being set once again, as it was in Germany in 1933 and 1934. How will this “play” play out?
The other focus of Larson’s book is on the utter failure of the world to confront and blunt Hitler’s territorial ambitions. Larson highlights the naiveté of Liberalism as President Roosevelt named William Dodd to be our Ambassador to Germany in 1933. Dodd felt he could “reason with Hitler”, and “persuade him with Liberalism”. Both Roosevelt and Dodd felt that confronting Hitler would only anger him…and thus Dodd, a college professor from Chicago, was named to bring the light of Liberal thought to Germany. It was, obviously, a disaster. For even though Germany was stuck with Hitler at that point, Germany could have been contained and stopped from leading the world into the conflagration of World War II. Still, the world desperately wanted to believe that war could be averted with appeasement…especially France, England and the United States.
Dodd lasted one year, and came home having achieved nothing, although HIS eyes were finally open.
‘In the Garden of Beasts’ is a compelling read, and (whether Larson intended it to be or not) is a clear reminder that what we used to think “could never happen HERE”…is indeed happening HERE, and now! The cost of the book is about $15, or for a few dollars worth of gas you could drive over to the library and get it from there. And then there’s the investment of reading the book. Whatever the final tally in time and money, it is in its own way the Price of Freedom. For unless we remember that it CAN happen here, it will…and we will have no freedom at all.