“How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”
This fine piece of political wisdom is most often attributed to Adolph Hitler, who was heavily influenced by the works of Helena Blavatsky and thrust into power by the Aryan worldview-inspired Thule Society’s Dietrich Ekhardt. As he became chief overseer of the post-Weimar Republic that was crushed by reparations after the debacle at Versailles, Hitler made a name for himself on the world stage on the coattails of a hyper-inflating economy where it required millions of German marks to buy a pound of potatoes.
Desperate people do desperate things. Their economy in ruins, so many of their lives shattered, the populace turned to the charismatic messiah that offered solutions to their misery. His economic solutions were accompanied by pre-planned social engineering policies, some of which came courtesy of the eugenics movement that was born in America, nurtured by the Progressive Movement (research this yourself if you don’t believe me) and shipped all over Europe, including Germany.
Essentially, as most of you know, the pre-World War II German people swapped relative independence for controlled dependence and the stage was set. Laws were changed, new policies implemented. The most visible of what followed is now history.
Other factors, operating behind the government/corporate scene, do not make into textbooks.
So such a quote like the one above from someone like Hitler would surprise few. And, of course, such words would never have been uttered by the leaders of the American society at any time during its 200+ year history. Our revered leaders, in whom “We the People” put so much trust could never, would never, regardless their party affiliation, think such things. Or did they?
Much more recently in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, America’s national elected leaders from both parties dream only of a highly educated and participative constituency that will scrutinize the actions of those responsible for forging the future of this Constitutional republic outfitted with a representative democracy. Or do they?
And what about us, the citizens of this land? After all, we so often find it easy to judge and condemn our government with impunity while divesting ourselves of the responsibility inherent to the very liberty we possess. It is easy for anyone to say what has become of our leaders. But what has become of us? So here’s a test. See if what you are about to read sounds anything like America today, some (not all) of its people, their attitudes and inclinations.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, from spiritual truth to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
This process is most often attributed to Prof. Alexander Tytler (Lord Woodhouselee, 1747-1813), though it has also been attributed to a host of others such as Benjamin Disraeli, Arnold Toynbee and Lord Thomas Macaulay. The important point is not who said it, but that it was said.
Does any of this lengthy quote sound vaguely like what we see today, and have seen increasing incrementally in past decades in this country?
Some, but thankfully not all, among us expect government to manage and finance their lives, womb to tomb. Some companies, too. And for all the talk during the 2008 presidential campaign about Obama’s move further toward socialism, we only have to look at the Bush administration and the mysterious and morphing financial bail-out (please forgive me, I mean rescue) to see what by any other name could easily be called a socialist maneuver.
But in terms of a socialist future for America, why not go straight to the horse’s mouth. The words of Norman Thomas will do nicely. Though many today do not know his name, Thomas was the U.S. Socialist Party candidate for president in every election from 1928-1948 and co-founder of the precursor of the ACLU. Certainly a card-carrying socialist, here is what their presidential candidate said about America’s future:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
The state of affairs in America today is not only the doing of the government/corporate hierarchy that, according to Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and others, promotes and sets all types of fiscal policy that serves its interests. The responsibility for the state of affairs in America today also lies squarely at the feet of its citizens. Dependency on the federal government spells doom.