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Sunday, October 16, 2011

History Repeats Itself

I'm starting to develop this theory. It has to do with America as we witness it in 2011, and its rightful place in history.

Some compare the "Occupy Wall Street" protests we've been watching in New York City to "the 60's."  Lots of hair.  Youth.  Anger at "the man."  Calls to violence.

Perhaps they'd be right in thinking so, if you ponder only the narrow view.

But that doesn't work if you take into account the other - more dynamic, more focused, larger-in-numbers - movement that's also sweeping the land. The Tea Party.

Put the two - "Occupy Wall Street" and the Tea Party - together, and what do you have?

Weimar, 1923.

A weak and ineffectual central government.

A corrupt, detached, listless and drifting political establishment.

Influential and growing power bases on the left and the right, pushing aside traditional political parties that lack direction or a driving force.

A feeble leader at the top who is unable to control events swirling around him.

A restless public that demands immediate fixes to mounting problems.

And no fixes emerging.

Turmoil.  Angst.  Disaffection.  A growing willingness to solve problems - on the left and the right - by any means necessary.

The only thing lacking, to make the comparison complete, is hyperinflation.  And the Fed is working diligently to effect that.  Does this chart showing the value of the German Mark over a six-year period from 1918 to 1923 look familiar?

Remind you of our out-of-control national debt crisis?

Or, to keep the theme, does this graph showing the amount of our currency in circulation look familiar?

The natural question to be asked by those not familiar with history is: Where does it end?

In answer I have a two-word response:

Adolf Hitler.

Let's all hope those in Washington figure all this out.  Before it's too late.  Because there are a lot of crazies loose in the land.

And we know where that ends.

May God help us.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana --