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Charley Reese Sees a "Weimar Republic" in Our Future
King Features Syndicate | 07-23-03 | Reese, Charley

Posted on 07/23/2003 8:42:39 AM PDT by Theodore R.

Weimar Republic

I have a theory that nations are like individuals. Those whose leaders are smart, strong and lucky prosper, and those whose leaders are stupid, weak and unlucky suffer or perish.

That's why it matters which leaders we choose. There are relatively few people in the United States who actually have the power to make important decisions.

The Constitution, for example, vests 100 percent of the power of the federal government in only 537 individuals — one president, one vice president, 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate. Everybody else in the entire federal government operates on authority delegated to them by these 537 individuals. Actually, since most matters can be decided by a majority vote, a mere 269 individuals (51 senators, 218 representatives) can make most of the decisions.

Bald fact: If these people are idiots, a country can go to hell in a hurry. Key question: Does our present political system, in which leaders are chosen in campaigns dominated by money and marketing experts, provide us with the opportunity to choose wise leaders? Given the present situation, I fear not. The universal franchise in which any moron, no matter how ignorant, is given the right to vote is a prescription for disaster. We are looking more and more like the Weimar Republic of Germany that collapsed morally and economically in the 1920s and gave rise to Hitler and his Nazi Party.

If this happens to us, it will be consistent with the predictions of Oswald Spengler, who, in his book "The Decline of the West," predicted that what he called an age of money would be replaced by the age of Caesars just about around the turn of the century. He made that prediction prior to 1918. We today are living in the time frame of his predicted transition to dictatorships.

The quickest way to ruin a country is economically. Those dollars in our wallets are pieces of paper tied to nothing. They are a medium of exchange. What matters is not what the number is on the piece of paper, but the amount of goods and services that piece of paper can be exchanged for. That's called purchasing power. Inflation, whether gradual or hyper-, reduces the purchasing power and thus impoverishes everyone. It is the way that governments have historically robbed the people. In 1967, $1 would buy four or five gallons of gasoline; today, it won't even buy one. It isn't that the price of gasoline has gone up, but that the purchasing power of the dollar, eroded by years of inflation, has declined.

Hyperinflation would mean it would take a wheelbarrow full of currency to buy a loaf of bread. It would mean the ruin of practically all Americans, especially the middle class. All of sudden, a family's entire life savings wouldn't pay a month's rent. Massive poverty and even starvation would descend on the nation, and desperate people would start looking for a savior. Survival would become more important than democratic processes.

Now, here's a scary paragraph from an article by John Berthelsen in Asia Times. You can find it at www. atimes.com. He quotes an analysis done by an expert with Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia in Hong Kong by the name of Christopher Wood:

"Wood predicts that by the end of the decade there will no longer be a possibility that the world's central banks can control the situation, and there will be a truly massive devaluation of the dollar. 'The view here is that the U.S. dollar will have disintegrated by the end of this decade. By then, the target price of gold bullion is U.S. $3,400 an ounce.'"

This is predicted because of the massive trade deficits, massive federal deficits and massive personal debt that stupid politicians and citizens have accumulated. Since the target date is only seven years from now, we have only the 2004 elections to replace idiots with some smart people who might be able to head off this disaster.

© 2003 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: congress; democracy; dollardevaluation; hitler; hyperinflation; leadership; nazis; reese; spengler; survival; tradedeficit; weimarrepublic

1 posted on 07/23/2003 8:42:39 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
That's why it matters which leaders we choose. There are relatively few people in the United States who actually have the power to make important decisions.

The Constitution, for example, vests 100 percent of the power of the federal government in only 537 individuals

It a shame that our governemnt wasn't set up with a "Constitution" that limited the power of these 537 individuals to a limited set of defined tasks and said something like this at the end: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

If they had set up the government like that, we wouldn't have to worry about too much power in the hands of too few men. Oh, well.

2 posted on 07/23/2003 8:48:56 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Theodore R.
bump for later reading.
3 posted on 07/23/2003 8:56:10 AM PDT by lelio
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To: Theodore R.
Charley Reese is becoming less and less interesting to read. His "Weimar" reference above is so thin, it's worthless. He acts like that's the only example of a failed democratic government he's aware of. In fact, it's not a very analogous situation. Weimar was a defeated nation, with little history of a functioning democratic government, and a strong cultural tradition of authoritarianism. Charley ignores these differences, because they also carried a large debt. That's terribly lazy.

A more rigorous analysis of the Oswald Spengler angle would have made a much better article. I happen to think that part is right on, and I'm not sure there is much anyone can do about it.

I suspect Charley's choice of Weimar in this article is a thinly veiled attempt to paint Bush, or others like him, as a rising Hitler, which is absurd. The feverish efforts of some to portray Bush that way effectively distracts attention from the political forces that are truly endangering our republic.
4 posted on 07/23/2003 8:58:46 AM PDT by Snuffington
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To: Theodore R.
"The Constitution, for example, vests 100 percent of the power of the federal government in only 537 individuals — one president, one vice president, 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate."

Somebody needs to introduce Mr. Reese to the judiciary branch of the federal government - how it's composed, the unlimited power to create law, the unlimited tenure, the lack of oversight and responsibility of the members.

5 posted on 07/23/2003 9:02:27 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Onelifetogive
There will bea price, payable in blood, to re-establish what the Founders wrought.
6 posted on 07/23/2003 9:05:02 AM PDT by Noumenon (Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke. ---Robert Heinlein)
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To: Theodore R.
This article raises an issue I have been thinking about the last couple of days. By design, our tripartite form of Federal government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) is designed to provide "check and balances."

My question is, what checks and balances are there on the Supreme Court? Judicial activism has gotten out of hand...what recourse do the other two branches of government have? Somewhere we have lost that, and the Supreme Court appears to be taking their name too seriously.

7 posted on 07/23/2003 9:05:30 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Redbob
I think that he was referring to the elected positions only. Theoretically, the Supreme Court was established at the mercy of the Congress. Weak Congresses over the years have allowed the court to become the supreme branch of government. These Congresses actually prefer the court making the major controversial decisions so as to shield the members from the potential ire of their constituents.
8 posted on 07/23/2003 9:06:53 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: LiteKeeper
Much can be done to check the Supreme Court, but with a weak Congress nothing WILL be done! with a majority vote of both houses, Congress can set aside a Supreme court decision. Similarly, it can pass legislation forbidding court review of an issue (in the Constitution, known as "court-stripping). This has not been done for nearly a century. Congress is complicit in allowing the court to gobble up the power. That protects the members from voter ire. Also, Presidents never ask that the power of the courts be checked. Ronald Reagan in fact named two liberals to the Supreme Court, and the first George Bush one such liberal.
9 posted on 07/23/2003 9:10:06 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
Thank you. Your answer is very helpful, and worthy of further research. Maybe some of the activist organizations, like ACLJ and others, ought to start beating the drums for something to happen.
10 posted on 07/23/2003 9:32:17 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: Theodore R.
Obviously he's referring to elected positions only; my point is that in doing so,he overlooks political reality in this country at this time.

And in doing that, he renders his entire article worthless.
What is the point of an analysis that ignores reality?
11 posted on 07/23/2003 9:32:55 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: Theodore R.
If he said "Whinner Republic" he would have been on to something.
12 posted on 07/23/2003 9:34:03 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Theodore R.
'The view here is that the U.S. dollar will have disintegrated by the end of this decade. By then, the target price of gold bullion is U.S. $3,400 an ounce.'"

Although many of the theoretical underpinings do exist for something like this to happen, the doom sayers have been predicting this for 30 years.
13 posted on 07/23/2003 9:36:37 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: Noumenon
There will bea price, payable in blood, to re-establish what the Founders wrought.

Are you supporting the notion that there should be another civil war?

14 posted on 07/23/2003 9:47:14 AM PDT by rdb3 (Nerve-racking since 0413hrs on XII-XXII-MCMLXXI)
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To: Theodore R.
...Bald fact: If these people are idiots, a country can go to hell in a hurry...

In the last two decades, I've met about thirty congressmen and senators. I have to say without exception I wouldn't hire any of them for minimum wage work. They were idiots to a man. But they were all democraps.

I think we're on our way to hell, but we've lasted a lot longer than might be expected.
15 posted on 07/23/2003 10:01:49 AM PDT by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: Snuffington
Reese is stuck in a quagmire.
16 posted on 07/23/2003 10:03:22 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: LiteKeeper
My question is, what checks and balances are there on the Supreme Court?
The Congress can impeach and remove judges, including Supreme Court justices. The constitution provides for that.

Also, the court has no enforcement authority at all. There are no "Court Police" or "Judicial Police." The enforcement of their decisions is left to the executive branch (with funding directed by the legislative branch). So, a President and/or the congress can ignore a Supreme Court decision and essentially overturn it by not enforcing the decision, or by acting against the decision.

17 posted on 07/23/2003 10:13:03 AM PDT by cc2k
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To: Onelifetogive
LOL ^5!
18 posted on 07/23/2003 10:15:51 AM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: Snuffington
>A more rigorous analysis of the Oswald Spengler angle would have made a much better article

His use of The Weimar Republic could be thin and lazy or even sinister as you suggest OR it could be that for reasons of lowest common denominator he used it. Anybody who reads a newspaper to the point of reading the op eds is educated enough to have heard of Weimar - the paramount thing Weimar is known for is hyper inflation. 2nd most known fact would be its being transformed into a dictatorship. Perhaps not perfect choices but both illustrate the points he wishes to make. If he cited ancient Syracuse how many people would readily understand the reference?

19 posted on 07/23/2003 10:21:48 AM PDT by u-89
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To: Theodore R.
I guess we should strike first and eliminate the National Socialists then and their charismatic leaders, eh?
20 posted on 07/23/2003 10:26:15 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool (Leave Sid alone. -- John Lydon)
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To: Theodore R.
Redistrict via computer to create compact voting districts instead of allowing state legislatures to create "safe" seats. That would solve a great many problems.
21 posted on 07/23/2003 10:36:51 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: rdb3
I support thae notion that another American Civil War is all but inevitable. It's the logical outcome of years of cultural, moral and philosophical warfare waged by the Gramscian Left. They won't give up until they're all dead or we're all in chains.

Take a look around - then turn around and take another look - who's winning the cultural war?
22 posted on 07/23/2003 10:47:04 AM PDT by Noumenon (Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke. ---Robert Heinlein)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
In the last two decades, I've met about thirty congressmen and senators. I have to say without exception I wouldn't hire any of them for minimum wage work. They were idiots to a man. But they were all democraps.

I recently had the opportunity to meet my Congressional Representative. He is a "Conservative Republican" who typically wins his district by a vote of 85% Rep - 15% Libertarian. No Demoncrat in the race. He was much the same as you describe.

He used his "Office Manager" as a butler and explained away his "Yes" vote on the "atrocious" Farm Bill because "It was going to pass anyway."

Made me want to puke!

23 posted on 07/23/2003 10:50:35 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Noumenon
You didn't answer my question. I'm not talking about anything other than getting the answer to my question which is, are you supporting the notion that there should be another civil war?

It's a yes or no question.

24 posted on 07/23/2003 10:52:13 AM PDT by rdb3 (Nerve-racking since 0413hrs on XII-XXII-MCMLXXI)
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To: rdb3
The way you're phrasing it makes it begs other, more serous questions. But here's your answer anyway:

No one in their right mind actively wants war. Whether I think that there should be another American Civil War begs the question as to its inevitability or avoidability. 'Should there be a war' misses the real point. I'd just as soon see my kids and other kids grow up to face down the Machiavellian, Gramscian scum that dominate our universities and our culture without firing a shot. But the history of the Left and their success in co-opting and corrupting our culture and the very language we use to frame our debates suggests that a peaceful resolution is just not possible.

Would I fight in the next American Civil War - yes, and to the death - or rather, to my enemies' deaths. I will not fire the first shot, but when it starts, I know our enemies well enough to know that there shall be no rules of engagement. There shall be no quarter asked, and none given.
25 posted on 07/23/2003 11:14:52 AM PDT by Noumenon (Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke. ---Robert Heinlein)
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To: Theodore R.
bttt
26 posted on 07/23/2003 12:47:42 PM PDT by Tauzero (please return your stewardess to her original upright position)
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To: Theodore R.
bttt
27 posted on 07/23/2003 12:47:42 PM PDT by Tauzero (please return your stewardess to her original upright position)
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To: Noumenon
It seems like a good thread for the:
ALL TIME CHILLING QUOTE OF THE DAY :
"The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism,
but under the name of Liberalism
they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist Program
until one day America will be a Socialist Nation
without ever knowing how it happened----"

Comment courtesy of Norman Thomas, Six-Time Socialist Party Presidential Candidate
and one of the Founders of the ACLU.


They're so confident, that they're informing us of what they're intentions are.If that statement doesn't wake people up , nothing ever will.

28 posted on 07/23/2003 1:09:10 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: Pagey
Anti-Socialism BUMP
29 posted on 07/23/2003 1:15:35 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
>In the last two decades, I've met about thirty congressmen and senators. I have to say without exception I wouldn't hire any of them for minimum wage work. They were idiots to a man.

Adding to what you say I heard ex-rep. Bob Dornan a short while back say - "Now that I'm out of congress I can say this. There are a few really intelligent gifted people in the congress, Doctors, lawyers, etc. But 90% of those folks up on the hill couldn't earn $35,00 a year in the real world." He was saying that is why they are so intent on making a career out of congress with its 150 plus Grand a year plus bennies and graft (he didn't say graft though - I added the obvious).

30 posted on 07/23/2003 6:52:24 PM PDT by u-89
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To: Snuffington
I suspect Charley's choice of Weimar in this article is a thinly veiled attempt to paint Bush, or others like him, as a rising Hitler, which is absurd.

Hitler's socialist party came into power after a decade+ of economic decline during the Weimar republic years. Most of those economic problems were punishment by external forces for Germany's part in WW-I. Some were due to the inability of the Germans to elect sane or wise leaders.

A really bad economy split the major parties (all socialists of different sorts) enough for the NAZIs to grab power with a narrow plurality (not a majority). Hitler used street thugs to consolidate power and elevate himself to the level of dictator.

It is not Bush who would be compared to Hitler, but whoever the Democrats promote to "save" the country from really bad economic conditions -- conditions which can be traced to policies implemented during the Clinton decade.

31 posted on 07/23/2003 8:44:57 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Noumenon
25 was very well put.

I suspect you satisfactorily answered the (snotty?) question.

Best Regards,

32 posted on 07/24/2003 10:31:10 AM PDT by Triple (All forms of socialism deny individuals the right to the fruits of their labor)
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