By Tim Wood
Professor of History at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri
I am a student of history. Professionally.
I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it 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 sharper focus.
Something 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.
We (IN POWER) demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back.
We learn 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. (DOES NOT BELONG TO THE LENDERS TO GIVE OUT)
And that is three times the $700B we all argued about so strenuously just this past September.
Who has this money?
Why do they have it?
Why are the terms unavailable to us?
Who asked for it?
Who authorized it?
I thought this was a government of 'we the people', who loaned not submitted our powers to our elected leaders.
We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and we no longer teach our founding documents, showing 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 now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so 'controversial' that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman!).
Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?
We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then allow 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,
and 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 the year 1929 x ten (or more).
And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion, an enemy who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.
Now we have elected President 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 .
All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and 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.
Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over, and then demand he explain it.
Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important to the media.
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.
I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s.
In those times, the savior 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 as full-throttled economic crisis was 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 moneyless, 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 their country, across Europe, and around 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 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 the 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 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 latte, 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. I do not think I am.
MORE RECENT SIMILARITY (1978/1979)
Alan note: having watched and interacted daily with an almost duplicate series of events of what is happening in our nation here today - inside Iran in 1978 and 1979 - using Islamic Khomeini and Soviet Marxist tactics we see here, as their Obama power grab, I cannot fault Tim Wood's conclusions.
We are encountering a replay, on a different playing field, of the same Khomeini/Soviet type revolution and inviting the same result that the Ayatollah and the dozen or so Communist urban guerrilla warfare psychologists in the Tehran Soviet Embassy inflicted on a similarly credulous Iran population.
There they started with general strikes, power outages, gasoline and heating fuel to crash the economy , cause resentment and irritation against the monarchy and cripple government administration and control of events.
Here it needed a strong shove by the Obama Presidency, Liberal Democrat House Speaker Pelosi and power hungry democrat Senate leader Harry Reid to create and pass spending bills (impossible to enact in Iran at the time) to bankrupt and cripple the USA.
There they had audio tapes of Khomeini promises and exhortations made and distributed nationwide (the Internet was not yet available) with instructions to copy and pass them around.
Just like Obama, publicity turned Khomeini into a "messiah" being sent to complete the tasks the Prophet Mohammad had failed to complete and bring change to the world of Islam - the Khomeini flavor.
With a more superstitious populace at hand in Iran, though some might contest this comment relative to Obama adherents, their messiah supporters bought tens of thousands of plastic toy telescopes and stuck a transparency of Khomeini's face at the wide end.
Distributed throughout the countryside, specially remote villages, ignorant individuals, one after another , were told to point these at the moon at night and see how much Allah loved and favored Khomeini that he had put his face on the moon as proof they should follow this new leader Allah was providing them to change their lives.
With modern technology, Obama used the media to "put his face on the moon" with his personal movement logo creating a brand for him.
Western Media, specially the BBC and Voice of America (guided by Jimmy Carter and his administration) began maligning and criticizing the Monarchy softening up the populace to accept radical change - much as the Main Stream Media (and Internet sites) softened America with anti-Bush "hatred".
Persuasive presentation rather than truth was the main thrust in both arenas.
Another similarity between Obama and Khomeini is their nationality. Khomeini did not have a single drop of Persian/Iranian blood. He had a Kashmiri mother and a British father, who converted to Islam. And as we know there is no-one more fanatic than a convert. (Actually to Sunni Islam, not the Shia kind in Iran.)
After the departure of the late Shah from Iran, Khomeini, once in power, began taking steps Obama is emulating
As a cleric with no real education, Khomeini said he had the whole country budget on a piece of paper in his pocket. He had no idea that just the index of the annual budget was presented to the Iranian government in two small suitcases. Piece of paper?
Obama has education but no practical experience of running anything, so in the same sort of ignoramus category as Khomeini, resulting in the huge errors and profligate spending that will ruin, even destroy America.
Khomeini quickly created his Praetorian guard, calling it the Revolutionary Guards. They were there to protect his revolution at any cost of bloodshed.
The same role ACORN and the legislated Civil Defence Force will play once it is passed by Congress and funded with money we do not have.
Khomeini killed virtually very officer above the rank of Colonel in the Imperial Iranian Military - despite their having been promised amnesty and returned to barracks. Where so may were slaughtered.
Not a practical way in the USA so Obama is pressuring Secretary of Defence Gates to enact a new bill in a compliant Congress to have the military oath of allegience be switched from the Constitution to the Presidency. This would oblige them to follow orers from Obama even if these were contrary to the Constitution. Currently they can refuse to obey such orders.
He also pland to defund much of the USA Armed forces and replacr them with his Civil Defence Militia made up of ACORN operatives and youth brainwashed in this mandatory "Volunteer" Camps.
Like the Hitler youth his Brown Shirts would be brainwashed to follow whatever he told them to do, including spying on their friends and parents and forcefully protecting teh Obama movement.
As Tim Wood says, everything is there for all to see bt most of us in the USA have not had the historical background of Tim Wood nor the hands on experience of someone like me in monitoring and analyzing the other most recent major take over in Iran.
So though you have eyes to see you do not recognize what you view and refuse to believe it . Luckily the American Spirit is alive and well and will rise to the occasioin and do what may prove to be necessary to save our country.