Picture it, Austria 1938: crime, unemployment, high interest rates to name a few…After promising the Austrians the Moon, they welcomed Hitler with open arms:
- Austrians were employed, through Public Work Service;
- The SS were installed, no crime and all guns confiscated;
- Farmers had farms, but they were owned by the state…just to name a few.
See any parallels?
- Destruction of the individual and individual rights;
- Destruction of private business both small and corporate;
- Artificially created inflation;
- Pay citizens more (in the form of aid) to stay home versus work;
- Increase in taxes- just to name a few…
Totalitarianism works best when it starts innocuously, then by the time there’s a public outrage…it’s too late. All I can say is wake the fuck up.
Read on my friends….
Kitty Werthmann and her story.
She wasn’t old enough to vote in 1938 – approaching her 11th birthday. But she remembers what happened very well.
Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.
Not so. Hitler was welcomed to Austria.
In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs.
My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.
We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany, where Hitler had been in power since 1933, she recalls. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living.
Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group – Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone in Germany was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria. We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back.
Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler. We were overjoyed, remembers Kitty and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.
After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.
Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.
It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.
America is truly is the greatest country in the world.
Don’t let freedom slip away.
After America, there is no place to go…