Friday, August 01, 2008

I Found This Quote Interesting

"…the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.
All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

–Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarschall


cat's momma said...

And that ploy has always worked here in the states.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

OMG. No, really, I felt the similarities, but imagine how 'unpatriotic' we'd be branded if this got published somewhere big. Where lots of people could read it. My blog is all-art-all the time, and I can't risk alienating those who blindly believe whatever is told to them without a thought (thanks here to the influence of the Holy Union Sisters who taught us to use our noggins, believe it or not). But this is jaw dropping. Thank you.

Sue J said...

It's always quite fascinated me how the USA touts democracy around the world when only a portion of its population ever votes and really it's the lobbyists with the deepest pockets who seem to call the tunes. Which would appear to me, to have little to do with democracy. Voting is compulsory in OZ, and you get fined if you don't. I also don't think you can *impose* democracy on a country, and I think when the dust settles in Iraq not much will have changed at all. Before it all started, when all the sabre rattling was going on, I watched a documentary in which a retired military man (USA, high up) said they would never win a war in Iraq - the British and French had both tried and they'd been nickel'n'dimed to defeat. Same applies in Afghanistan. Look how long the Russians tried - still failed. Just an outsider view, although our ex-Prime Minister agreed to join in all the conflict without consulting parliament!! Now how democratic is that? When all said and done it was only ever about the oil.

The Crusty Crone said...

The USA is not a true democracy since 'representatives' do the actual casting of votes for the presidency. Most citizens were totally flabbergasted when "we" attacked another country. It seemed like it was out of the blue and I think it was. It makes my nose wrinkle when I hear someone say our armed services are fighting for our freedom. Our freedom had nothing to do with it. We were the attacker and it was either for oil or personal revenge... Bush's revenge. He's the worse president we've ever had... I can only hope it stays that way and we don't get someone even worse than him. And he's just the idiot puppet for the guys behind the scenes. This country will never be the same and I'm just not sure if that's good or bad.

Thx for the comments.