Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Cheerful Refutation

Dorcas' Daddy wrote a comment on one of my recent posts (Cassandra), and unless I am mistaken, it was a gentle reminder that speaking out has it's own merits, and that not speaking out can lead to a greater tyranny.

The trouble is, he uses the same tired quote about the beginning of Nazi Germany.

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;

And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
I am sick to death of this quote. It is not applicable. Maybe if someone would have passed it around in Cambodia in 1974 it might have had an effect.

The quote itself is applicable to a rising totalitarian empire. What we are looking at here is the dying gasps of an overreaching dying empire.

Why is it that in the USA anyone or anything that we dislike or we are afraid of has to be brought back to the simplistic and black and white of the second world war and the defeat of Nazism. It appears to me that this is no longer a valid construct to use to describe the current state of affairs.

Give that shit a rest. Start discussing instead the problems faced by Rome in the crisis of the third century. The reforms of Diocletian are much more pertinent. Look at the vagaries of the Late Sung Dynasty.

But for Christ's sake, not everything in the world can be related to Nazism.

(BTW: DD, I haven't forgotten your shiny silver eagle, will send it to you early next week. Keep reading, keep commenting, and don't be offended when I disagree)


Lweson said...

is this a repost or

Anonymous said...

I agree...and I disagree. I am not sure because I haven't read the original posts and response, however I myself see this huge trend into Socialism in the U.S. An ever growing Federal Government where the original powers of the state are extremely minimized and the power of the people is constantly albeit slowly stripped away. That was the hallmark of Nazi Germany and the beginning of that era. I do not honestly believe it will stop at the economy, eventually it will expand and our rights under the Constitution will gradually be pulled for one reason or another. Then where will we be?

Dorcas' Daddy said...

I love when we disagree, and thanks for the shoutout, maybe I'll pick up a reader or two.

I just wrote about the problems the Romans had..with keeping time..I think I may start a modern-day clepsydra factory.

It is a really tired quote, so you got me there. But a democratic-republic demands citizen participation, and when the best and brightest, like you, decide to keep their heads down it's a bad sign.

Next post, I noticed you contacted your Congress-critter, so you're speaking out.

Keep 'em coming, you're a daily read!