Friday, January 11, 2013

Lessons on Creeping Gradualism

Thank Heaven we still have the living history from Kitty Werthmann and others like her. My parent's friend who also fled Austria is also still very much alive, and living in London. His wife passed a few years ago.

This photo of Ms. Werthmann is a still taken from her video which is on Vimeo.

     My parents had friends who lost everything when they fled Austria, and came to England, in the time of Hitler.  In these times, it's very important to remember the words of those who were there.

This is an abbreviated statement from Kitty Werthmann, who was also a citizen of Austria when Hitler was voted in as their ruler:

    Beginning of Kitty Werthmann's testimony, paraphrased.
“Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

“No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

“Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria. Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little eroded our freedom.”

“This is my eyewitness account.

“It’s true. Those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

“America is truly is the greatest country in the world. “Don’t let freedom slip away.

“After America, there is no place to go.”

Kitty Werthmann

(End of Kitty Werthmann's paraphrased speech)

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                 Does this sound familiar ?   The US is experiencing a creeping gradualism with the erosion of our freedoms daily.    When Glenn Beck says, "Know what you believe", be clear.   The days of mandatory gun registration or mandatory declaration of what you own may be coming.  It can be a preface to confiscation.  Remember that the Patriot Act already allows confiscation of privately held materials of any kind, if the government declares an emergency.  This can be done even without the provision of as much as a receipt to the person, family or company the items were redistributed from.

                As my parents used to say,  "A word to the wise is sufficient".


Matt said...

very sufficient

russell1200 said...

My father told me about how is grand parents hated the Germans. Their parents were Danish and had come from Schleswig and Holstein.

I never thought the gun-control Nazi theme was particularly pursuasive. In the case of Austria, the welcomed the Germans in 1938, and by 1943 a huge chunk of their male population was in the Germany army fighting a huge war. So in effect most of their able body men did have access to weapons.

Far more dangerous is the control of communications, and increased internal espionage. Predator drones will soon be coming to your neighborhood.

JaneofVirginia said...

Thanks for the shout out on your blog, Matt.

JaneofVirginia said...

We already have some interesting helicopters which I assumed were DEA, but might not be.

lotta joy said...

EVERYTHING in history began with a FIRST. That makes the "second" less shocking, then the dominoes begin falling.

A Girl and Her Gun said...

People do not pay attention enough to history do they?

As with bad guy encounters people just do not want to believe it is happening even when it is happening right before their eyes.

JaneofVirginia said...

Sociologists have a term: Normalcy Bias, which they use to explain why normal reasonably intelligent people fail to recognize patterns and situations quickly enough to save their own lives. They simply stand in disbelief. For some reason, this has not afflicted me, as much. I have always understood that anything can happen, anywhere, at anytime. I just hope my knowing this will be enough to save my family.