Back in the 1930s, while Hitler was building up his armed forces to a dangerous level, the democracies were so infested by pacifism that they were left unprepared.  Instead they tried to appease the despot.  In 1938, this appeasement policy culminated with British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, as well as French and Italian leaders, signing an agreement with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler at Munich.  This basically threw Czechoslovakia under the bus, allowing Hitlerite Germany to take over the Sudetenland region, which had a large ethnic German population.  Famous newsreels show Chamberlain returning in triumph, waving this document and declaring “peace for our time.”

The disaster of appeasement

One of the few who saw the folly was the half-American Winston Churchill, who would later lead Britain to hold out against Hitler single-handedly until America joined the war.   At the time, he predicted the terrible future that would unfold:

“We have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat…you will find that in a period of time which may be measured by years, but may be measured by months, Czechoslovakia will be engulfed in the Nazi régime. We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude … we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road … we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: “Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting”. And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”

By taking over the Sudetenland, Hitler acquired the massive Škoda Works that made him even stronger, since they could be turned into making more tanks and other weapons.  And of course, only a year after Munich, Chamberlain had the war he was trying to avoid, a war Hitler was close to winning, and Hitler was far more destructive now that  he was so strong.

Yet back in 1936, Hitler could have been stopped while barely firing a shot.  When he re-militarized the Rhineland, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the French army was then stronger.  In fact, if the French had intervened, the German troops had orders to retreat.  But instead, the French gave in and retreated instead.  Hitler admitted:

“The forty-eight hours after the march into the Rhineland were the most nerve-racking in my life. If the French had then marched into the Rhineland we would have had to withdraw with our tails between our legs, for the military resources at our disposal would have been wholly inadequate for even a moderate resistance.”

Churchill wrote of the contrast:

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Obamacare appeasement

Our nation is facing a crisis, although not of quite the same magnitude, but still massive spending that will bankrupt us.   For example, Obama and his fellow socialist Dems rammed through ruinously expensive socialized medicine against the wishes of the people.  Mark Steyn explained why back in March 2010:

“Look at it from the Dems’ point of view. You pass Obamacare. You lose the 2010 election, which gives the GOP co-ownership of an awkward couple of years. And you come back in 2012 to find your health-care apparatus is still in place, a fetid behemoth of toxic pustules oozing all over the basement, and, simply through the natural processes of government, already bigger and more expensive and more bureaucratic than it was when you passed it two years earlier. That’s a huge prize, and well worth a mid-term timeout.”

As our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, pointed out:

“Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth.”

Steyn’s own country, Canada, is a good example.  In 2005, Conservative politician Stephen Harper promised that if he was elected Prime Minister of Canada, one of the first things on his agenda would be to privatize the Canadian socialized medical system.  But later on, as Prime Minister, he recently won re-election with an absolute majority, but felt the need to reassure Canadians:

“I think we’ve made it very clear that we support Canada’s system of universal public health insurance.”

He knows full well that there are now too many vested interests involved in keeping “free” health, so he doesn’t dare.

How much more evidence do we need that a rotten program must be eliminated early on, just as Hitler could have been stopped bloodlessly in the early 1930s while he was still weak?   Similarly, support for Obamacare is low right now, so now is the time to strike a decisive blow. But the current leadership is so afraid of a government shutdown that they have agreed to the paltriest of budget cuts (see Patriot columns A Budget Deal: Republican Suicide and Boehner Strategy on Budget Will Rescue Obama).

Save wrath for Obama?

So some conservatives have argued.  They are not wrong in one sense.  No one in Great Britain thought Chamberlain was anywhere near as bad as Hitler.  Churchill himself was most generous in paying tribute to Chamberlain after he died in November 1940.  But his policies had none the less enabled Hitler.  And he was getting in the way of effectively combating the Nazi peril.

So during the famous Norway debate on May that year, one of his fellow Conservative MPs, Leo Amery, declared, in language that would be most appropriate towards today’s “go along to get along” RINOs:

“Somehow or other we must get into the Government men who can match our enemies in fighting spirit, in daring, in resolution and in thirst for victory. Some 300 years ago, when this House found that its troops were being beaten again and again by the dash and daring of the Cavaliers, by Prince Rupert’s Cavalry, Oliver Cromwell spoke to John Hampden. In one of his speeches he recounted what he said. It was this: I said to him, ‘Your troops are most of them old, decayed serving men and tapsters and such kind of fellows. …You must get men of a spirit that are likely to go as far as theywill go, or you will be beaten still.’ It may not be easy to find these men. They can be found only by trial and by ruthlessly discarding all who fail and have their failings discovered. We are fighting to-day for our life, for our liberty, for our all; we cannot go on being led as we are. I have quoted certain words of Oliver Cromwell. I will quote certain other words. I do it with great reluctance, because I am speaking of those who are old friends and associates of mine, but they are words which, I think, are applicable to the present situation. This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament when he thought it was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation: ‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!’”

Similarly, despite leftist claims that the Tea Party is over (refuted in a previous Patriot column), they have a vital role as successors to the Amery spirit in getting rid of the neo-Chamberlainite RINOs.  They also need to continue assuring real Republicans that they have the support to kill socialized medicine in its crib.  So, if Boehner won’t lead in cutting spending and especially defunding Obamacare, he needs to get out of the way.  Or else, be forced out next Republican Primary.  The stakes are too high for more dithering while still more big government becomes entrenched.