Hollywood, medicine, taxes, guns, and Harry Reid: consequences and double standards.
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What does this have to do with Obamaquences?
As one reads the detailed and terrifying account of the Battle of Britain — the literally murderous days in 1940 when Hitler’s Luftwaffe appeared repeatedly and en masse over the skies of Britain, London in particular — one can only be astonished at the wide and emotional support for Churchill. Why? Because it was only a handful of years earlier that Winston Churchill was a thoroughly reviled man, not the least by his own set of back-to-back Conservative prime ministers, Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain.
Churchill earned this approbation because he insisted — with considerable precision not to mention an alarmed common sense — that the Baldwin/Chamberlain policy of appeasing Hitler would eventually bring grievous consequences to the British people.
No one listened.
And the day finally arrived.
The consequences showed up.
As Manchester/Reid describe with brutal clarity, the assault on Britain that Churchill had warned of for years began on July 10, 1940, as 20 German medium bombers, escorted by two-dozen fighters and forty Messerschmitts began with an attack on shipping in the English Channel — just off the famed white cliffs of Dover. The assault would soon move inland, and be widened from military targets to civilians. On September 7, a thousand Nazi planes darkened the skies over London in what came to be called “The Blitz.” Docks were destroyed, ships sunk in the Thames, the civilians in the East End running for cover as bombs literally rained down setting their homes and neighborhoods ablaze. Hundreds were killed — and that was only the first day of attacks on London. By the end of the first week of this 5,000 East Enders fled London, “their possessions fit into kerchiefs and pillowcases.”
The Nazi attacks kept coming, mercilessly. Three bombs smashed into Buckingham Palace, just missing the King and Queen. During September alone thousands of tons of bombs descended on to the sudden hell that was now London. Fires were everywhere. Bombs — 2,200 pound naval mines — were parachuted down onto the city. London’s rail system was mostly destroyed, gas lines were demolished, as was the city’s main sewage pipe, making of the Thames River an open sewage system. Shards of glass were everywhere. Now incendiary bombs were being dropped by the thousands, 70,000 in one night alone, making of a city built with brick and wood an inferno.
One day in early December, after the House of Commons had been hit, a Member of Parliament showed up to survey the damage. To his shock he discovered Churchill, sadly wandering the rubble. The MP was instantly struck by the irony. For almost a full decade Churchill had stood in this very building issuing warning after warning after warning of what lie ahead for Britain and for London if Hitler were not stopped. In return he was mocked, ridiculed, ignored, and at one point threatened by party leaders with the loss of his seat in Parliament if he didn’t stop opposing first Baldwin and then Chamberlain. The two men and their entourages Churchill briskly dismissed as “the appeasers.”
Now, here was Churchill, surveying the literal wreckage of the House of Commons. A rubble that was a direct result of all those years in this very place when he had done everything in his power to warn of the consequences that lie ahead. Walking amidst the ruin, with thousands of his countrymen literally dead in their own homes, Churchill was surveying the consequences he had well predicted.
Chamberlain? He lay dying of cancer, with the full knowledge he would forever be disgraced in history. Of his predecessor and fellow appeaser Stanley Baldwin? As the bombs reigned down on London a furious critic wrote:
…what can this man think in the still watches of the night, when he contemplates the ordeal his country is going through as the result of the years, the locust years, in which he held power?
The once popular prime minister was now so unpopular that Churchill quietly noted “it would have been much better had he never lived.”
What does this have to do with today?
Barack Obama is rapidly on his way to becoming the Neville Chamberlain or Stanley Baldwin of America.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?