Repeating the Past


In the 1930s, an Asian country had expansionist ideas while a European country was invading its neighbors. The Asian country was Japan and the European nation was Germany. It led to World War II.

Fast forward 80+ years.

An Asian country has expansionist ideas while a European country is invading its neighbors. The Asian country today is China (Hong Kong and now eyeing Taiwan). China has used military and naval forces to build artificial islands and blocks other countries from their fishing and economic rights. The European nation is Russia (annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and now targeting Ukraine itself).

For those too young to remember, a World War is not a pleasant experience for soldiers or for those at home. If you think consumer shortages are irritating now, look into WWII with blackouts, military draft, Victory Gardens, sugar and gasoline rationing, all copper going to the military, War Bonds, vaccines for the military first, and a host of other inconveniences for the home front.

Now Democrats and progressives are bent on destroying our country, and with a mentally questionable president, the damage to the American way of life is potentially massive.

There are those who would echo “’Peace at any price’ … the politics of appeasement espoused by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his diplomatic approach to Hitler’s Germany.” But it failed to stop the approaching war. Enemies then saw appeasement as weakness, just as our modern enemies see the debacle of the Afghanistan withdrawal as weakness.

George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If we fail to elect new leaders this year we can trust (based on their historical activities) we will surely find ourselves in another global conflagration.

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg, Ga.


  1. Ken, with regards to WWII, you failed to mention the US’s full-on isolationist mood that reached its peak in the late 1930s. Most Americans and politicians at that time believed our nation’s interests were best served by staying out of foreign conflicts … and to focus more on problems at home, such as the economy as it was. This ideology along with its policies was no longer feasible by late 1941, some 18 months after France had already fallen and the alliance of Japan, Germany and Italy were formed. Today with this new rebirth in American isolationism, and which has amplified in recent years; one would have to ask but at what cost (national security) is there really in further isolationism, especially when current super world powers are once again flexing their military and strategic might.