I watch old movies on my lap top
Most are made during the 1930-40 era [westerns, crime etc]
A movie I watched last nite was all about the beginning of the German prelude to Hitler. It told of the various social differences, the confusion of Germanies political future, two brothers who took different paths to their future, an elderly professor who was Jewish and the animosity toward Jewish people. The powerful industrialist who controlled the country, the unemployment, people trying to find happiness in a giant mug of beer and song, the brown shirts etc.
I finally fell asleep, but the movie jumped from year to year and showed the changes within the country. Of coarse the one brother joined the SS but did not totally agree with Hitler and his fledgling party ideals.
Just before I fell asleep, they had the infamous nite of eliminating opposition, mostly by shooting rivals to power/ Industrialist had their property confiscated and then it was lights out for me
The thing that struck me was how much the general political scene resembled our politics today, with division within the population as to the future direction of the country.
The other thing that struck me was if evil leaders, ever gain control over the domestic power of the gun, then the general population has no option but to obey those who control the enforcement of laws by force
I have no doubt many in Germany did not like Hitler, but a charismatic leader with force to make the law, held the power of the majority and you went along to get along. If you disagreed with power, you were considered a traitor to the cause. The penalty for treason was death, the dictator made the rules, and the people quickly learned to obey. The SS was greatly feared by the people, and the SS disappeared many citizens
The country is presently at the stage of disagreement in politics, but golly I hope we don't follow the German saga. One can say we would never do that, but it has happened in many countries, since WW11 when a strong man controls the people by force, at the point of a gun [literally]
Perhaps we need to do a bit of soul searching or we could end up with a divided country and guns, albeit for defending our rights, but defending your rights cuts both ways as others may think their rights are just as important. Even if you think the other side is infested with loonie birds, we must remember that some how we can't resort to violence. Being shot for treason by a strong man, that we allow to control our lives, is a step far more dangerous than rioting, burning etc. even though most of us detest the riots burning etc. I don't have an answer, just a great fear of what the future, may bring to our country, your country some day
I hope the wheels of division and violence haven't already started, and we will be forced go along to get along. Is it too late to stop the wheels from falling off
As I said, I don't have the answer.
Great points Wayne!
The direction that we've been headed in the past decade has been exactly in the wrong one.
We will need to start turning this thing around pretty soon or it could get pretty ugly.
Sadly, if Trump would pull off a miracle win, it might be the worst thing that ever happened to our country in the first year of his new term.
The losing side will riot and be on a mission of destruction, its just a matter of how extreme they might get.......my opinion.
If Biden wins, the right is not going to act this way. But the policies of the left will do MUCH MORE damage down the road with regards to things like energy.
I believe that we are having a cultural revolution and the objective is to get rid of as much as possible to remind people of the old culture as we progress into the new world order.............that features global socialism, redistribution of global wealth, elimination of capitalism and less consumption of natural resources by the rich counties(that get weaker by design) and the United Nations as our Mommy and Daddy.
The Climate Accord is all about this. It has nothing to do with the climate. Let's say that this is true(it is) if such a plan exists(it does) and they have hijacked climate science to get this far(they have) and convinced the entire world to be on board(they have-except for Trump) think about how powerful the movement is and where we are headed next.
Good for the poor people in the world. I like that.
Not so good for the people who have the most and cherish their freedoms the most.
Did you know that throughout history, redistribution of wealth has done the exact opposite of creating wealth? What happens is that everyone involved experiences a lower standard of living.
You can create wealth with free enterprise, but you can't redistribute it.