The post-election itch for peace and unity reminds me of the trap the West fell into between the world wars. They were so obsessed with peace – at any cost – that they pretended not to see Hitler’s blatant violations of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. For him, the treaty was just toilet paper.
Even when Hitler started punching Europe with sharp elbows, the West was extremely reluctant to enforce the peace after winning the war. When it became obvious that Hitler was getting out of control, their squishiness for peace left them reacting to events when new circumstances required them to govern events.
But the longing for peace was understandable. Europe was cratered during World War I and massive rebuilding needed to be done. The deadly Spanish Flu pandemic crept in on the heels of that war. Then came the Great Depression. By the time Hitler began gobbling up sovereign nations, the last thing the weary masses wanted was a second world war.
They just wanted to get back to normal.
That feeling mixed horribly with the reality Hitler was creating. He smelled blood in the water and was hell-bent on getting his way. Their peace was his weapon. While Hitler bulldozed into countries to expand German territory, Western democracies did nothing. So he grew bolder.
In the end, the longing for peace led to an “unnecessary war” that left more than 50 million people dead. The West’s obsession to “get back to normal” turned out to be a timid peace that opened the floodgates to legions of horrors that altered the course of world history.
America is in danger of being lured into the same trap as Democrats and the left run around punching their sharp elbows into the country’s gut.
Joe Biden is not Hitler and we’re not heading to a third world war. But what’s identical is the quirk in human nature that hopes an easy peace will appease ambitious tyrants who smell blood in the water. That kind of peace mixes horribly with the realities that crooked Democrats and the left have created.
After four years of unprecedented treachery inflicted on America by leftists, liberals and slithery Democrat politicians, Biden and his media want us to pretend that all the hell they’ve put the country through never happened. Hell-bent on getting their way, they’re bulldozing over our most precious institutions, and the social and political wreckage is threatening to alter the course of American history.
And the irony of all ironies is that deranged Trump-haters are using Hitler to justify it all:
“This week 82 years ago, Kristallnacht happened,” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said on air, referring to the “Night of Crystal” named for all the broken glass that dirtied the streets of Germany after the Nazis vandalized Jewish property.
“It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity and, in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and proof. After four years of modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to normal,” Amanpour said.
Constantly comparing Trump to Earth’s most demonic megalomaniac is the sloppy habit that’s driving Democrats to break laws, reduce the Constitution to toilet paper, and turn a blind eye to the head-stomping mobs who dare conservatives to wear MAGA hats. Nothing’s off the table as long as they bring “Hitler” to ruin.
The problem is that they’ve ruined everything else in the process.
They’ve ruined the intelligence apparatus with years of Russia collusion. They’ve ruined the genteel advice and consent process with the Kavanaugh fiasco. They’ve ruined the impeachment remedy with an overt partisan kangaroo court impeachment. They’ve ruined businesses, education, social life, and church life under the cover of COVID. They’ve ruined race relations by turning skin color into a blunt political weapon. They’ve ruined the free press. They’ve ruined free speech by demonizing anyone who strays from the progressive narrative – threatening them with intimidation, professional death, and outright violence. They ruined the voting system by creating sleazy laws and procedures that deliberately omit protections that insulate elections from massive fraud.
To top it all off, it looks like they’ve stolen the election. It will take time we don’t have to prove the case in court, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the constellation of irregularities bear the fingerprints of the same culprits who dreamed up Russian collusion, impeachment, “plausible deniability,” and all the rest. It’s shocking.
And after all the law-breaking, looting, violence, threats, coup attempts and high-level corruption, they blame Trump for dividing the country. Worst, our institutions have done nothing to match their level of aggression, or to protect those who get their heads bashed in because of their political differences. So they’ve gotten bolder.
Post-election Democrats and leftists are now beating their chests atop the ruins and demanding that the “Trump base take a deep breath,” “suck it up,” and stop “undermining democracy” by refusing to concede. They want the country to get back to pre-Trump normal.
That’s not going to happen.
The kind of peace and unity they’re calling for will only open the floodgates to more problems. These restless political souls will not stop until they “reset” society and get revenge on those who empowered Trump.
What they miss is that voting for Trump was never about Trump, per se. We are the tens of millions of Americans who hired him to find big solutions to deep problems that couldn’t bear another term of “presidential,” mealy-mouthed politicians who make excuses for letting the country rot gracefully. We weren’t looking for a fine-tuned precision instrument to tinker with termite-infested political structures. We were looking for an axe and a hammer to remove the infestation and rebuild a frame that stands the test of time.
Trump passed the interview. His taste for tweets is what Ulysses S. Grant’s tastes was for Old Crow whiskey; it got him into trouble, but he did the job masterfully where “sober” generals failed miserably. It was always about the job and the policies; not the person. That’s not going to change. So, whether Trump is pushed out or not, the tens of millions of Americans who hired him aren’t going anywhere.
And we are seething.