Something of Historic Proportions Is Happening

Dang! I wish I were eloquent enough to write this! (Edited for length.)

by Tim Wood, 2008 December 1

I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied history all my life.

I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

relax_207x160Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten – fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two years.

We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money, yours and mine. And that is three times the 700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September.

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents of why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving.

Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, and school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing un-elected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government, our education system is worse than a joke. (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.) The list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.

It is potentially 1929 x ten.

And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska.

obama-friends-sm1All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment. Everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course the media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: change. Why? I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.

This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure.

Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again. And that is only the beginning to a world social government.

I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s.

gun-control-worksIn those times, the messiah was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts” would bully them into submission.

And then, he was duly elected to office, with a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department-by-department, person-by-person, bureaucracy-by-bureaucracy.

The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the indigent, and goodies for the military-industrial complex.

He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe, and across the world.

He did it with a compliant media; did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and ‘CHANGE’. And the people surely got what they voted for. (Look it up if you think that I am exaggerating.) Read your history books.

Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker.

He was right, though. Don’t forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less than six years, a shorter time span than just two terms of a U. S. presidency, it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors, all with the best of intentions of course. The road to Hell is always paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another drink, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.

Some people scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe and why I believe it.

I pray I am wrong. Pray with me for the truth, because the truth will set us free.
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14 Responses

  1. Authorship of this article is misidentified on many other websites: http://sbuschollian.blogspot.com/2009/03/historian-deals-with-online-identity.html
    Furthermore, the writer is far from “eloquent”!

    Despite its attempt at deception (or maybe even because of it), I appreciate that someone sent this essay to me for the simple reason that it troubled me and got me to thinking and researching.
    The first sign of trouble is the way the article starts, “I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life.” No sound professional will start a serious essay in this manner. There is no indication of who this person really is. I tried to find out what these 15 books might be. Amazon offers about that many history books written by Tim Wood, most of which are aimed at an audience age 9 to 12 and average 48 pages each. Given that even the most brilliant historian of all time might choose to remain relatively undiscovered by writing for an audience of pre-teens, I still am not impressed by the essayist’s credentials.
    Another occurrence at duping readers is, “I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.” This rhetoric screams, “I don’t know what I’m talking about!” My translation of this sentence is something like, “Because I am unwilling and/or unable to establish my credentials, I’m going to demand that you respect me blindly.” First, professors do not necessarily know what they are talking about just because they teach college. Considered within context, ” . . . our education system is worse than a joke,” we really need to know where this professor teaches. No college professor worth a salary is going to judge the entire education system based on one college, especially when, for all we know this is a professor who teaches remedial history at a community college in Whoknowswhere, USA.
    In any case, back to the essay. If that’s not enough for this self-proclaimed prophet, he promotes his message “as a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions.” How does he qualify his “objective” view? “I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it.” Okay . . . who can argue with that? Sorry, but that’s not rational, much less practical.
    Essays like this and the people who get roused by them illustrate the harm that a little bit of education and a whole lot of arrogance can do to a population. The author conveniently omits one of the greatest elements of the Third Reich that allowed its successful rise: nationalism. Nazis successfully drew upon German nationalism and fear to motivate the masses after WWI. Fear itself can be a dangerous thing when it leads us to similar reactions to threats.
    Finally, this author provides no solution to the problem he fabricates. This vacancy is unforgivable. His cry of warning is the equivalent of a driver yelling, “You’re going to get hit by a car!” just before he runs over you. He intentionally evokes fear, but does nothing to help you. Okay, I will concede that he encourages us to “Look it up if you think I am exaggerating” and to “Read your history books.” However, it still comes across as arrogant, translated as, “No need to look it up because I’ve already done all the work for you, and I’m here to tell you what you should be thinking about it!”
    To say the least, the essay reeks of amateur application of historical perspectives and ethics. The fact that so many people with good intentions are quick to lap up his sophomoric rhetoric is far more disturbing to me than his message. If readers are already prone to agree with a writer like this, they are only encouraged to justify their fear, rather than actually challenged to think for themselves. For me, I can’t hear what this writer is so desperately trying to say because I have no reason to trust him in the first place. He tries so hard to convince me that he is right that his message remains out of focus. As a result, all I get out of it is that another radical extremist is trying to warn us of another political conspiracy.

  2. Well, he’s got the basic message right, but his metaphor is a bit lacking.

    That’s too tame. The guy is a fucking idiot.

    It’s obvious that something is very wrong in this country, but to think that Obama, as apparently ignorant and obsequious he is, will be Hitleresque in his rule, while completely ignoring the last 8 years of American quasi-dictatorship, is too lame for my level of prose at this moment.

    Sure, Oblahama will fuck up the country as bad as Bush, but to interpret events through your own hostile right-wing political lens and not see the irony of it is pretty flabberghasting.

    Let’s leave the dire warnings to people who actually have the best interests of all Americas people in mind along with solid facts and evidence, this man’s purported “15 books in 6 different languages” notwithstanding.

    Pfeh. What a douche.

  3. “We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents of why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving.”

    Ring a bell gloomdoom? I doubt it eh?

  4. Tim Wood-

    i thought u had a nice article i noticed u being anti-obama…

    dont be such a stupid moron.
    the public had a choice..
    elect Obama- biden… OR mccain- PALIN ?

    PALIN,,.. are u kidding me ? u rather see mccain- palin get elected ? can u see palin as President ? i think shes just a moronic clown…

    as u can see most of the public is smarter than u when it comes to being deceived by politicians.

  5. Regarding this article:

    ”Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker.”

    What did Winston Churchill say before being called names?

  6. What a crock of shit…no wonder gun sales to rednecks is surging since Obama’s win.

    However will agree that this is the end of the American empire,
    death by unregulated capitalism…poetic justice.

  7. I should like to see a one world government that acted only in the interests of the common people, and tackled the planet-wide problems of fiat money, global warming, peak oil and population downsizing. Why wouldn’t you want to have a world government ? It gets a bad press because “One World Government” is code for the ultra-right-wing Illuminati Conspiracy. But from a human point of view, we really need a world government.

    It is clear that democracy, as it is practised, is wide open to being taken over by well-organised parties backed by the wealthy, and acting in the interests of the wealthy – plutocracy. Ownership of the broadcast media should not be in private hands.

    So yes, let’s have a peoples’ revolt worldwide, lock up the bastards that are in charge now, the Big-O too ( he’s obvious happy with the current war paradigm if he keeps the Defense Secretary on and doubles troops for Afghanistan ).

    Unfortunately, although we are all in agreement about what is wrong, as soon as we seize power we are going to find that we don’t see eye to eye at all. This guy is a crazy, as far as I can tell. What makes the US so exceptional that the rest of the world has to pay to let them live in luxury ?

  8. you are right – having been in government and seeing who he has picked for his cabinet, it does not bode well for the USA >>> we are moving toward an international ‘new world order’ – and the USA plays no significant role… I’m afraid we are witnessing the dissolution of a once great country… Thomas Jefferson would be mortified as to what we have and will become, shortly… Tragically, I do not see any way to change the course we are on, unless the citizenry become activists – but that isn’t in the cards… is it???

  9. Looks like new world order in progress

  10. preach it until people can understand corruption and feel compelled to search for freedom in thair own life we are ever so close to the demons that make you cringe confusion is an excuse for a lack of ideas which are dificult to feel and so never know

  11. This confuses politics of the left and the right, badly. It raises fear but offers no logic, no path, and no hope. It is this kind of generalized panic, without a rational proposal, that spawns the bigger problems mentioned.

  12. Wow great article

  13. Yes, I’m usually the same way (pray it’s wrong) until lately. I’ve just been growing so dang impatient for the “tearing down” of the old paradigm to begin.

    I can’t hardly wait to get started rebuilding the world into a far better place.

  14. Thanks for posting. I’ve been sensing a lot of the same sort of things he noted in the article. And I pray we’re wrong too.

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