Wednesday, February 25, 2009



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 leaders.
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, and 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.


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 by
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, museums, 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.