One by one the progressive mayors and college presidents across the south have been chipping away at not only our heritage, but the honor of fallen heroes, many of who died in the great 'War for Southern Independence'. Actually those who would tear down these Confederate Monuments could care less about the statues themselves. It's not about these pieces of stone and bronze stained by the years. It's a power struggle between progressives and conservatives. I thought this was settled, a least for a short while with the election of Donald Trump. I was wrong, and now I fear we are on the losing side once again. Some of us are fighting back. The purpose of this blog is to inform you there is hope. We are attempting to raise funds to erect plaques honoring our fallen Confederate boys in gray. Plaques that will grace the town squares of small towns in the South where they will be welcome. Towns where the voters still have some common sense, unlike those idiots in the large cities and those poor lost young people in our universities. All denotations will be appreciated with the lion's share going to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in that great conflict.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Events not Ideology

50,000,000 Mark Note 1923

Recently I have been reading a number of post from various sites indicating that many young people who are now gravitating toward the left will be difficult for conservatives to retrieve in the foreseeable future. I strongly disagree. Ideologies on the left and on the right are often over-ridden by onrushing events. Events will always trumpet ideology. History is full of great changes in public

First the events in Germany during the 1920's and early 1930's. As a result of WWI Germany found itself in a severely weakened position. Germany was left with a destroyed economy and huge war reparations. This will lead to hyperinflation and eventually, the demise of the Weimar Republic.

"A medal commemorating Germany's 1923 hyperinflation. The engraving reads: "On November 1923 1 pound of bread cost 3 billion, 1 pound of meat: 36 billion, 1 glass of beer: 4 billion."During the first half of 1922 the mark stabilized at about 320 Marks per Dollar accompanied by international reparations conferences including one in June 1922 organized by U.S. investment banker J. P. Morgan, Jr.[3] When these meetings produced no workable solution, the inflation changed to hyperinflation and the Mark fell to 8000 Marks per Dollar by December 1922. The cost of living index was 41 in June 1922 and 685 in December, an increase of more than 16 times. In January 1923 French and Belgian troops occupied the industrial region of Germany in the Ruhr valley to ensure that the reparations were paid in goods, such as coal from the Ruhr and other industrial zones of Germany, because the Mark was practically worthless. Although reparations accounted for about one third of the German deficit from 1920 to 1923,[4] the government found reparations a convenient scapegoat. Other scapegoats included bankers and speculators (particularly foreign), both of which groups had, in fact, exacerbated the hyperinflation through the normal course of their profit-seeking. The inflation reached its peak by November 1923, but ended when a new currency (the Rentenmark) was introduced. The government stated that this new currency had a fixed value, secured by real estate, and this was accepted.

Although the inflation ended with the introduction of the Rentenmark and the Weimar Republic continued for a decade afterwards, hyperinflation is widely believed to have contributed to the Nazi takeover of Germany. Adolf Hitler himself in his book, Mein Kampf, makes many references to the German debt and the negative consequences that brought about the "necessity" of National Socialism. The inflation also raised doubts about the competence of liberal institutions, especially amongst a middle class who had held cash savings and bonds. It also produced resentment of Germany's bankers and speculators, many of them Jewish, whom the government and press blamed for the inflation." The previous two paragraphs taken from Wikipedia .

The other example I will mention in the U.S. involvement in WWII. Prior to Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt had favored the U.S. getting into the war in Europe, but the American public would not support this move. Roosevelt's reasoning on this was swayed by his support for Great Britain, but another factor was Germany's invasion of Russia in June 1941 negating the non-aggression treaty the two countries had entered into in 1939. Russia was viewed by many in the American progressive movement at that time as a great social experiment which the left in this country supported and Roosevelt was eager to assist Russia in the conflict against Germany. But as earlier mentioned the American people did not want to become involved in the war in Europe. Then came Pearl Harbor and minds were quickly changed.

As I said before, events not ideologies shape the opinions of the masses. Those on the extremes of the political spectrum will seldom change, but the vast middle will ebb and flow depending on the onrushing events.

by Ron Russell

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