Monday, August 30, 2021

Leaders Deliberately Delude Themselves and Society

"History is the paved walkway leading to the stepping stones of the future."  Rich Kozlovich

By Rich Kozlovich

On August 28, 2021 the Canada Free Press ran this piece by , Franz von Papen and today's Republican Party outlining the problem with self serving, delusional appeasers like Franz von Papen, who served in various positions in the post WWI German government, including Hitler's Nazi government.  

This is a quote from Von Papen's 1952 Memoirs.

“At the first [Hitler] cabinet meeting, he [Joseph Goebbels] gave us a lecture on the art and science of propaganda, of which the gist was this: 

‘During the many years of struggle, I have learned how to influence the masses so that they will follow us without question. Whatever decisions we took during those years, we prepared the ground by the incessant repetition of suitable slogans, until the party members believed every word of them. We shall now have to use the same methods to convince the entire German nation of the necessity for Government’s economic and political measures.’” (pp. 289-290) 

The times, the events, the issues, the people may vary, but otherwise nothing ever changes with the left.  The moral foundation of leftism radiates around one thing.  Do or say whatever it takes to get and hold power in order to control the lives of everyone, even to the smallest detail.  

The author noted Franz von Papen became the poster boy for how to cozy up to a tyrant without becoming one claiming:

I and my colleagues made in assuming that radicalism would become more moderate rather than more intense.” (p. 248)

Cary goes on to say:

It was his disingenuous excuse for continuing to serve the Nazi regime.   Papen’s DNA can be found in the Republican Party in both houses of Congress, but most importantly in the U.S. Senate.  They include, but are not limited to these Republican Senators: Lindsey Graham; Lisa Murkowski; Susan Collins; Ben Sasse; Richard Burr; James Langford; and Willard Romney.  Also, over in the House of Representatives, some Republicans display The Silence of the Lambs.  Or, more accurately, the Silence of the Pachyderms.  

The Democrats played fast and loose with rules impeaching Trump twice, once after he wasn't even President any longer.   And provided America as we know it continues to exist after this, these actions will go down into history as the contemptible acts of corruption and treason that they were.  What was the reaction of the Republican party?

 "There was little pushback from the GOP.  No outrage"

It's clear the Republican Party's leadership is as bad as Franz von Papen and his peers, all of whom were well educated, well versed in politics, and unlike most everyone in positions of power and responsibility in government today, they were well versed in history.   But in spite of all this Benjamin Franklin's words ring loud and clear over and over again.  

“So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”

Let's take this one step farther.  Not only does this "von Papen gene" permeate government, it's infected the nation's trade associations, unions, commerce, the military, media at every level and totally infected academia.  Will America even last until 2022?   How do you dismantle the impact of 125 years where leftist misfits infiltrated, indoctrinated, infested and corrupted America's institutions? 

What must be first order of business to begin the repair?  Public and higher education! Eliminate the Department of Education, stop funding universities, eliminate teacher's unions, which is nothing less that a viper's pit of anti-American venom.  

That's a slow long term battle that needs to be fought, and it's not for the faint of heart, because the left will continue as they always have:

............we prepared the ground by the incessant repetition of suitable slogans, until the party members believed every word of them. We shall now have to use the same methods to convince the entire German nation of the necessity for Government’s economic and political measures.’

Then there's this to overcome:

There are two types of people in the world. The Winston Churchills and the Neville Chamberlains. (Chamberlain was one of the go-along-get-along guys with a policy of appeasement toward Adolph Hitler. RK) Everyone likes them, as they are agreeable. Everyone hates the Churchills because they are opinionated, out spoken and in disagreement with the go-a-long-get-a-long crowd. When the Chamberlains screw everything up they all turn to the Churchills of the world.   After the Churchills fix everything they can’t wait to get rid of them. Why? Because they don’t know how to go-along to get-along.  The Rules, # 81

That's not conducive to long term commitment to controversy.

The times, the events, the issues, the people may vary, but otherwise nothing ever changes with the left, and the enablers are always with us, insidiously and mendaciously worming their way into positions of power and influence.   Yet, while these past enablers were taught history, and read history books, none of it mattered.  As important as history is, it will not overcome greed, pride and self interest.  History only works when we read it. It only matters when we remember it correctly.

Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality!  Everything has an historical foundation and structure.  Everything we're told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality.  If what we're presented fails in either one of those categories - it's wrong!  All that's left to do is develop the intellectual response to explain why it's wrong!

However, it would be nice if today's leadership in all areas of endeavor would have read at least one history book in their life, because the patterns of life keep repeating over and over again.

If you are in a position of leadership, it's important to be able to see all sides of an issue. You just can’t be on all sides of an issue, if you really are a leader.  What we're finding is many of our leaders aren't leading.  They're taking polls and organizing the direction everyone wants to go, including national suicide. 

In the course of my life I've been fascinated how so many are so good at getting leadership roles while being so bad at being leaders. A real leader must be prepared to be the rock in the current, standing against evil forces and yelling, "Stop, we're all going in the wrong direction”, and hope the go along to get along mob doesn't kill him.  


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