With the November election looming, there seems to be a lot more use of the term “right wing” by those who seem, by omission at least, to be “left wing.” So just what do all these terms being bandied about really mean?
If one was to use, say, a 12″ ruler and whatever object you have is 13″ you wouldn’t start over. Likewise, when measuring poundage on a 0-250 scale, if your object weighed 250.1 you wouldn’t say it was zero, would you? Of course not. Any sort of measurement system is meant to compare extremes.
On the extreme left, you have control. Absolutely positive control. And of course, that’s where the ‘isms’ reside: Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Nazi-ism, and for that matter, Sharia. All lemons that grew on the same tree. It is noteworthy that the Nazis under Hitler were at their core Socialists. Matter of fact, the term NAZI is an acronym meaning “National Socialism.”
On the extreme right, you have a complete and total absence of control, i.e. anarchy.
Both extremes are very very bad. Neither is workable over the long term.
That leads us the great center: A Constitutional Republic and not a democracy. Democracy has been (accurately) described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner.
Here’s a rather ominous warning letter written by Thomas Colton Ruthford, a former German citizen who survived the WW2 years:
Letter to the Editor
6/7/95 – Arlington,
During the past several months in the American press, the
Democrats have frequently denounced the Republicans as Nazis due
to their attempts to control runaway federal spending. How very
ironic. I remember the Nazis, after living under their rule. Let me
share a little about them and recall some of their exploits.
First of all, “Nazi” was gutter slang for the verb “to
nationalize”. The Bider-Meinhoff gang gave themselves this
moniker during their early struggles. The official title of the
Nazi Party was “The National Socialist Workers Party of Germany”.
Hitler and the Brownshirts advocated the nationalization of
education, health care, transportation, national resources,
manufacturing, distribution and law enforcement.
Hitler came to power by turning the working class, unemployed,
and academic elite against the conservative republic. After Des
Fuhrers election ceased being a political conspiracy and was
transformed into a fashionable social phenomenon, party
membership was especially popular with educators, bureaucrats,
and the press. Being a Nazi was politically correct. They called
themselves “The Children of the New Age of World Order” and
looked down their noses at everyone else. As Hitler accrued more
power, he referred to his critics as “The Dark Forces of Anarchy
and Hatred”. Anyone who questioned Nazi high-handedness in the
German press was branded a “Conservative Reactionary”. Joseph
Goebbels, minister of communications, proclaimed a “New World
The Nazi reign of terror began with false news reports on the
Jews, Bohemians and Gypsies who were said to be arming themselves
to overthrow the “New World Order” and Hitler demanded that all
good people register their guns so that they wouldn’t fall into
the hands of “terrorists and madmen”. Right wing fanatics of the
“Old Order” who protested firearms registration were arrested by
the S.S. and put in jail for “fomenting hatred against the
Government of the German people”.
Then the Reichstag (government building) was blown up and Hitler
ram- rodded an “Emergency Anti-Terrorist Act” through Parliament
that gave the Gestapo extraordinary powers. The leader then
declared that for the well-being of the German people, all
private firearms were to be confiscated by the Gestapo and the
Wermotten (federal law enforcement and military). German citizens
who refused to surrender their guns when the “jack-boots”
(Gestapo) came calling, were murdered in their homes. By the way,
the Gestapo were the federal marshals’ service of the Third
Reich. The S.W.A.T. team was invented and perfected by the
Gestapo to break into the homes of the enemies of the German
When the Policia Bewakken, or local police, refused to take away
guns from townsfolk, they themselves were disarmed and dragged
out into the street and shot to death by the S.A. and the S.S.
Those were Nazi versions of the B.A.T.F. and the F.B.I. When
several local ministers spoke out against these atrocities, they
were imprisoned and never seen again.
The Gestapo began to confiscate and seize the homes, businesses,
bank accounts, and personal belongings of wealthy conservative
citizes who had prospered in the old Republic. Pamphleteers who
urged revolt against the Nazis were shot on sight by national law
enforcement and the military. Gypsies and Jews were detained and
sent to labor camps. Mountain roads throughout central Europe
were closed to prevent the escape of fugitives into the
wilderness, and to prevent the movement and concealment of
partisan resistance fighters.
Public schools rewrote history and Hitler youth groups taught the
children to report their parents to their teachers for anti-Nazi
remarks. Such parents disappeared. Pagan animism became the state
religion of the Third Reich and Christians were widely condemned
as “right wing fanatics”.
Millions of books were burned first and then people. Millions of
them burned in huge ovens after they were first gassed to death.
Unmarried women were paid large sums of money to have babies out
of wedlock and then given medals for it. Evil was declared as
being good, and good was condemned as being evil. World Order was
coming and the German people were going to be the “peacekeepers”.
Yes, indeed, I remember the Nazis and they weren’t
Republicans, or “right wing”, or “patriots.” They
were Socialists. And they were monsters.