I got the following in an e-mail from a friend:::::::::: Interesting piece by Pat Dollard.
I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books in six
> languages, and have studied it all my life. I think
> there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not
> believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis,
> or a credit crisis. Yes,these exist,but they are merely
> single facets on a very large gemstone that is only
> now coming into a sharper focus.
> Something of historic proportions is happening.I can sense
> it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks
> like, and how people react to it.
> Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is
> something happening within our country that has been
> evolving for about ten - fifteen years.The pace has
> dramatically quickened in the past two.
> We demand and then codify into law the requirement that
> our banks make massive loans to people we know they can
> never pay back? Why?
> We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which
> has little or no real oversight by anyone, has
> "loaned" two trillion dollars (that
> is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will
> not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is
> our money.Yours and mine, and that is three times
> the $700B we all argued about so strenuously just this
> past September.Who has this money?Why do they have it?Why
> are the terms unavailable to us?Who asked for it?Who
> authorized it?I thought this was a government of "we
> the people," who loaned our powers to our elected
> Apparently not!
> We have spent two or more decades
> intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
> We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored
> our history, and no longer teach our founding documents,
> why we are exceptional, and why we are worth
> preserving.Students by and large cannot
> write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are
> not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards
> continue to back mediocrity.Why?
> We have now established the precedent of protesting
> every close election (now violently in California over a
> proposition that is so controversial that it wants
> marriage to remain between one man and one woman.Did you
> ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?).We
> have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing
> unelected judges to write laws that radically change our
> way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN
> and others to turn our voting system into
> a banana republic.To what purpose?
> Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are
> in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking
> system is on the verge of collapse, social security is
> nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government,
> our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college
> and know precisely what I am talking about)-the list is
> staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.It is
> potentially 1929 x ten.And we are at war with an enemy we
> cannot name for fear of offending people of
> the same religion, who cannot wait to slit the throats of
> your children if they have the opportunity to do so.
> And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about,
> who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a
> town as big as Wasilla , Alaska.All of his associations
> and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen
> fields of employment, and everything we learn about him,
> drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely
> you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund
> a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our
> military for use inside our
> borders?No?Oh,of course.The media would never play that
> for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah
> Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe
> is more important.)
> Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one
> word: change.
> Why? I have never been so afraid for my country and for my
> children as I am now.
> This man campaigned on bringing people together, something
> he has never, ever done in his professional life.In my
> assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical
> lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces
> into a new and different power structure.Change
> is indeed coming.And when it comes, you will never see the
> same nation again.
> And that is only the beginning.
> And I thought I would never be able to experience what
> the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s.In those
> times, the savior was a former smooth-talking
> rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average
> German knew next to nothing.What they did know was that he
> was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and
> pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged
> his way onto the political stage through great oratory and
> promises.Economic times were tough, people were
> losing jobs, and he was a great speaker.And he smiled and
> waved a lot. And people, even
> newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his
> "brown shirts" would bully them into
> submission.And then, he was duly elected to office,
> a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great
> Depression].Slowly but surely he seized the controls of
> government power, department by department, person
> by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a
> Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to
> think.How did he get the people on his side?He did it
> promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless,
> and goodies for the military-industrial complex.He did it
> indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control,
> health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and
> promising to re-instill pride once again in the country,
> across Europe , and across the world.
> He did it with a compliant media-did you know that?And he
> did this all in the name of justice and . . . change.And
> the people surely got what they voted for.(Look it up if
> you think I am exaggerating.)
> Read your history books.Many people objected in 1933 and
> were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun
> of.When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the
> late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England
> (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat
> and called a crazy troublemaker.He was right, though.
> Don't forget that Germany was the most educated,
> cultured country in Europe.It was full of music, art,
> hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less
> than six years - a shorter time span than just two terms
> of the U. S.. presidency - it was rounding up its
> own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning
> children against parents, and neighbors against
> neighbors.All with the best of intentions, of course.
> The road to Hell is paved with them.
> As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to
> emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe
> what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if
> they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe
> what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of
> seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my
> eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what
> is transpiring around me.
> Some people scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am
> foolish, naive, or both.Perhaps I am.But I have never been
> afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly
> what I believe - and why I believe it.
> I pray I am wrong.I do not think I am.