Monday, August 13, 2012

No Allies To Our Axis

If you live in America and have a cable TV subscription, as I do, there's barely an hour of the day or night when you can't find a World War Two documentary to watch. World War Two is a big deal here, doubtless because that was the last war where we unequivocally won, and could say without reservation "We were the GOOD guys in that fight." (Even the bad things we did then were exponentially less evil than what the Nazis did -- our concentration camps for citizens of unpopular ethnicity were still better than their concentration camps for citizens of unpopular ethnicity.)

But the German people never rose up to overthrow the Nazis -- had Germany won the war, or Hitler been smart enough to never start it in the first place, the swastika flag might still fly over Germany today, and the Holocaust dismissed as mere conspiratorial ravings. Indeed, most Germans never even thought there was any reason to overthrow the Nazis -- after all, Hitler "only" grabbed all those emergency powers for himself after the burning of the Reichstag, and claimed valid-sounding national-security reasons for doing so, and the majority of Germans then -- like the majority of Americans now -- told themselves "I have nothing to worry about, because I've done nothing wrong. Only terrorists and evildoers need fear the growing power of the state."

The Nazis stopped ruling Germany because the victorious Allied armies demanded it. But there's no country or group of countries on Earth willing and able to do the same for America, if it comes to that. Voting won't do it either: where the NDAA, TSA and other unconstitutional monstrosities are concerned, there's no difference whatsoever between Obama and Romney. If we Americans don't clean up our mess, there's nobody who will do it for us. 


Blogger Kevin Carson said...

It gets worse -- after the US defeated the Nazis it became the world's biggest job retraining program for Nazi war criminals, and took over the Nazi role in conducting counter-insurgency warfare against the left-wing resistance forces in former Axis-occupied countries. The provisionsl governments the US installed were made up of former Axis collaborators in most cases. See Gabriel Kolko, The Politics of War, on this stuff.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Abel said...

And yet, Kevin, having literal Nazis walking free, yet at least constrained by the laws of America's constitution, is STILL better than the situation America is heading into now. Nowadays, by contrast, OUR war criminals aren't even told "You're not allowed to do that anymore." (But the whistleblowers who deign to expose them get their asses prosecuted as fiercely as the law will allow, if not moreso.)

1:28 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Yep. Having leaders who pal around with Nazi war criminals is def better than having leaders who are Nazi war criminals.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Charles Pergiel said...

Once upon a time Tam suggested we repeal the amendment that changed the election of senators to the popular vote. I kind of like that idea. It's also the only one I've heard that I think we might be able to pull off.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Abel said...

How's that supposed to help, Charles? None of our recent problems boil down to "Dang, the people just have TOO MUCH SAY in what their government is doing!" Quite the opposite, in fact.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Charles Pergiel said...

I'm not sure. I think it's a desire to go back to the way things were, because everything we've done since then has just made things worse. I don't know whether it would help or not, and I doubt whether it will happen, but it's the only plan I've heard that I think has a prayer. Everything else seems to depend on "the people" waking up and seeing the light, and that ain't gonna happen.

5:50 AM  

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