Skip to comments.Charley Reese Sees a "Weimar Republic" in Our Future
Posted on 07/23/2003 8:42:39 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you supporting the notion that there should be another civil war?
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.
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?