It is highly illuminating, if not wholly alarming, that one man was able to “sell” to a significant segment of the German people, his twisted vision of German pride. We find some parallels to our own American political evolution over the last 80 to 100 years. One of those parallels is the coincidence of the rise to power by Hitler and President Roosevelt (FDR) at precisely the same time, with some very similar economic and political events taking place in both countries. The Great Depression affected most of the world’s economies. Many were going hungry and had nothing to lose to subscribe to a political philosophy that would fill their bellies, or their national fervor. Even though Hitler despised Karl Marx’s socialism and vowed to eliminate it from the German culture, what he created was a socialist dictatorship. FDR did much the same thing, except that he created a socialist democracy that we live with today. The idea of the people being SOVEREIGN with individual rights went right out the window. Meanwhile, those that knew better in both countries, looked the other way.
Here are a few of the planks of the Nazi Party and its influence on the state, taken from the following link. http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/dmeier/Holocaust/hitler.html. Some of the similarities between these planks and what exists in America’s Progressive political ideology today are very troubling. (Any emphasis in these planks are ours)
- The State
The state is born out of the necessity of ordering the community of the People in accordance with certain laws. Its characteristic attribute is power over every branch of the community. The state has the right to demand of every racial comrade [Peoplesgenosse] that he live according to the law. Whoever violates the laws of the state will be punished. The state has officials to execute its laws and regulations. The constitution of the state is the basis for its legislation. The state embodies power! In the state men of different opinions and different outlook can live beside each other. The state cannot demand that all men be of the same opinion. It can, however, demand that all men observe its laws.
- The Party
In contrast to the state, the party is the community of men of like opinion. It is born out of the struggle for an ideology. In order to survive this struggle, it gathered together all men who were prepared to fight for this ideology. The ideology is the basis of the order in accordance with which men live within the party. While in the state laws are considered as pressure, obstacles, and difficulties by many citizens, the laws of the party are no burden but rather signify the will of the community. In the state the characteristic is the must; in the party the I will.
III. The Functions of the Party and the State
(a) It is conceivable that party and state are one and the same thing. This is the case when all racial comrades are converted to the ideology of the party and the laws of the state are the clear expression of the will of the ideology. Then the state becomes the great community of men of like opinion. This ideal situation will only seldom be attained in history. It is, in fact, only conceivable if this ideology is the only basis for the inner attitude and takes complete possession of the people….
(c) If the People are not impregnated by the party and its ideology, the party and the state must remain separate. The party will then be an order in which a select group of leaders and fighters is found. The ideology will be carried to the People by these fighters. The party shall prepare public opinion and public desire so that the spiritual condition of the People shall be in accord with the actual legislation of the state.
Therefore it does not suffice for the party to be an elite, a minority, which is bound together in unity. The party has rather the task of accomplishing the political education and the political unification of the German People. It accordingly is charged also with the leadership of its associated organizations. In the course of this leadership the party fulfills its primary task: the ideological conquest of the German People and the creation of the “Organization of the People.” The state is a technical instrument to assist in the creation of this community of the people. It is the instrument for the realization of the ideology. The party is, therefore, the primary which constantly refills dead material with life and the will to life….
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In America today, the ideological conquest of its people is being conducted in a similar manner. Socialism, radical environmentalism and multi-culturalism, under the banner of Progressivism, are being “sold” (propagandized) on the basis of “the common” or “the collective“, without regard to the individual, or constitutional rights. Under this new paradigm, “the common” and “the collective” have a greater priority than the individual, or the foundation of our laws, the U. S. Constitution. (Hitler voided Germany’s constitution when he took power) The three ism’s we have described are being forced on the American people by government edict, constant repetition in the print and electronic news media and institutionalized in our entire educational system, for the sole purpose of control, enslavement and domination of the people. The man-caused global warming myth is an all-too-glaring example. Grossly negligent control of our borders and amnesty for illegal aliens are another.
In furtherance of this process, these ism’s (like the UN’s Agenda 21) are being codified into American law by presidents and lawmakers who have taken on the mindset of protecting “the collective” from all dangers, real or perceived, at any cost to the people, or their individual rights. There is no free choice as granted by our Constitution, only the mandates of the “state”. (See the description of the Nazi “State” above. Notice the similarities.)
The German and Japanese people paid dearly for their apathy, as did the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, today, Americans who should know better, are looking the other way, in abject apathy and indifference.
We have been and are at the crossroads of what the German people faced in early 1933. Will we allow history to repeat itself, or will we make a course correction before it is too late because the people, who should know, were looking the other way? WE THE PEOPLE of the United States of America can determine our future and the future peace of the world, if and only if we believe we are Sovereign. We will only be the drivers of our future if we have the will, the strength, the courage, the multitudes and the resources to defend constitutional freedom and liberty.
America has a unique responsibility. If we shrink from the battle our enslavement is all but assured. The rest of the world is looking to the free peoples of America to show the way. The question is, will we, or will we, and the rest of the world, pay dearly for America’s collective apathy and indifference?
Our Founding Fathers knew full well what can happen to government over time if the citizens aren’t paying attention. They warned us repeatedly of the dangers. In fact, Thomas Jefferson said: “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
Later, in 1837, Daniel Webster said this: “…There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.”
Even with all these warnings, the predictions of these visionaries have come to pass and we will pay dearly for our apathy and indifference, unless ………………… we make the necessary and gut wrenching sacrifices to restore freedom and liberty and return America to its designed destiny as a Constitutional Republic. There is still time.
Time always runs forward. It has no backward component, unless somehow we invent time travel. What has taken place IS and no matter how hard we try, history will record it for all to see. If we have made a mistake, in some cases we can reverse it. In others, reversal is simply impossible and all we can do is pay for the mistake.
But what if governments make mistakes? They very rarely pay for it because their money is our money. And they very rarely apologize for it, because they don’t have to. They just promote the perpetrator, or they appropriate more of our money to pay for the mistake, while we stand in docile compliance of their audacity.
Now that we have been fully immersed in socialism and radical environmentalism for four score and ten, is there any hope of undoing what has been done, when so many of American citizens have forsaken freedom and liberty in exchange for the phantom veil of security and comfort? How can we turn back the clock to a time when Americans were self-reliant instead of dependent; when Americans were responsible for their actions; or when the rule of law meant something; or when there were individuals with individual rights; or when the people looked to themselves to get out of a scrape instead of holding their outstretched hands to a nanny government for rescue and salvation?
How can we unravel the tangled web of razor wire that is our legal, way-too-expensive and unjust justice system? How do we convince lawmakers that what they are doing is sapping the very strength and vitality out of our people by being everything for them and regulating every aspect of their lives? How do the people undo the power that our government has amassed by violating the constitutional limits on its powers for over a hundred years, while WE THE PEOPLE have looked the other way?
All the talk, all the rhetoric, all the articles in the world will not turn back the clock to the time when all Americans were sovereign. Either the believers and fighters in the defense of freedom and liberty coalesce as one on a grand scale, or the hands of the American clock will click ever onward towards abject socialism, radical environmentalism and the one world order.
The clock’s inertia is over 100 years old. The Pendulum of America’s clock swings ever wider towards enslavement, as freedom smiles from a distance and then fades into a dim memory of all things past. The only human characteristics that will set things right and return this once-great land to its former greatness is for the people to believe and act as sovereigns. Nothing less will turn back the clock of time, or jump it forward to a brighter future in the brilliant light of freedom and liberty, from which the pursuit of all happiness springs.
Traitors within, who haunt the halls of government, have bewitched us and taunted the devil within them and us. The traitors bring servitude instead of freedom, security instead of liberty, and dependence instead of self-reliance. We must be forever on our guard to prevent the traitor from convincing us that we are but victims and are in constant need of our father-mother government to watch out over us. Even 2,000 years ago, wise men knew the evils of the traitor within and the devil that stalks freedom in the night and in the back rooms where ambitious men lay the seeds of slavery for all.
The clock is ticking as liberty seeks men who are willing to lay it all on the line to limit the power of government, so that freedom may enter and remain in the hearts and minds of all people forever and government fears the people, instead of the other way around. What we have in America today is “What Happens When The People Cease Being Sovereign.”
Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America“. Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO websites are “SAVE THE USA” (http://www.stusa.us/) and “Getting Even With Government” (http://www.gewgov.com/). Ron can be reached for comment HERE.