Greed, corruption and let the bands play on. It was a period of loose living, immoral behavior, of drink, of smoking–all turned on in an era of the 1920s through 1930s where entertainment and gangsters held a nation in awe and envy . That was America, specifically New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Chicago, New Orleans, Nevada, Miami, and Havana, Cuba with pockets elsewhere. Famous criminals roamed almost without fear from a national loose knit justice system wholly controlled within state laws. State borders were a benefit to interstate crime in those days.
The United States was in love with a robust stock market that busted during the Great Depression. The Midwest farming practices by farms found huge sand storms ravaging the earth’s vital topsoil which was to take years of improved farm practices to remedy.
The US President was Franklin D. Roosevelt who was crippled by polio but was kept secret from the American people. His condition made no difference to his performed duties other than to the political view at the time that any handicap showed a weakness and may well effect election results.
While in Europe arose the Nazi Party and the emergence of Herr Adolph Hitler, a little known corporal in the German army who rose to power on his gift as an orator and with powerful underlings who embraced his crazed world-view. Germany invaded other countries including the United States by setting up German Youth Camps whose leaders took the name of Brown Shirts. Their justification was that Germans living abroad had a right to express their patriotism for the mother country.
My friend and correspondent Tom McKellop sent me an article from Barron’s dated May 11th by Thomas G. Donlan called Their Darkest Hour. His commentary piece can be backed up as truthful by many of the Hollywood movies that were made during this 1930s-1940s period depicting the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. I had written in an earlier article how England was really saved by the development of the British Spitfire and the problems faced with English bureaucratic fools. Similar experiences were faced by American men of vision and inventors by American bureaucratic fools!
During the American revolt against English rule, General George Washington waged a battle rather unique in the annuals of warfare to that time. He fought a limited campaign of disruption, hit and run skirmishes which he learned from battles waged against Indians in the French and Indian War. This became Churchill’s strategy.
The British government leader was Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and he wrote his sister in April of 1940, “The accumulation of evidence that an attack is imminent is formidable…and yet I cannot convince myself that it is coming.” This was a lesson given us in history. Pacifists do not deter those having ambitions and are willing to plunder and kill to win wars. The attack came a few days later. Chamberlain barely survived a parliamentary vote of confidence in May after a debate that saw a rebel member quote Oliver Cromwell to the Prime Minister, “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you! In the name of God, go!” Sir Winston Churchill who had been a member of the government was elected the new Prime Minister and this likely saved the world from a rebirth into a new Dark Age.
With the fall of France, Britain was faced with a delaying action and Churchill used Washington’s tactic of defense– a waiting game that took eighteen months. Roosevelt was providing economic help but Churchill was depending upon God’s deliverance by faith in RIGHT over tyranny and building a powerful fortress against invasion until America across the ocean could be persuaded to join the fight. The attack by Japan on the Hawaii naval base set loose a sleeping giant as the Japanese Naval Command feared. It won the battle and other skirmishes in the Pacific but it lost the war. This act unleashed the American spirit to turn from pacifist to war hawks unleashing the might of the powerful American Industrial base.
Yes, as Thomas Donlan concluded his commentary: We shudder to imagine the world today if the British Parliament had thrust up an appeaser or a peacemaker to be Prime Minister. Churchill provided an example for Americans resisting the convenient American First movement, appeasing the Japanese lust to expand by providing them much wartime supplies in their conquest of China and elsewhere.
Appeasement can bring a false peace but the hard road to liberty is a better path.