A `Weimar Moment' Approaches? July 16, 2007

by Will

Will Grigg's Liberty Minute

George F. Will, a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist and respected television commentator, warned on July 15 of the possibility of what he called a ?Weimar moment in our politics.?

That expression refers to conditions that prevailed in Germany following that nation's defeat in World War I. A segment of the German population insisted that the defeat was the result of the military being ?stabbed in the back? by corrupt and perfidious political figures. Such people agitated for an authoritarian government that would suppress dissent, regiment society, and recapture Germany's lost greatness. Not surprisingly, they were among Adolf Hitler's earliest and most devout supporters.

Mr. Will fears that similar attitudes are coalescing among supporters of the Bush administration's disastrous war in Iraq. He may be right. Furthermore, our law enforcement system has become militarized and federalized. The dollar's steady decline suggests that severe economic hardship, and the turmoil it brings, may be in our immediate future.

Is there a ?Weimar Moment? in our future? Let us pray that one can be avoided, and strive to take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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