Learn from history

Along roads in rural America, you’ll see small fields where brands and varieties of seeds are planted side by side, identifying each so comparisons can be made. They’re called “test plots,” and it’s a way of comparing one product against another. They’re out there for everyone to see, and if a variety fails a time or two, you can bet it will disappear from the marketplace.

This concept also occurs in everyday life. It’s called “history” and it’s said that those who fail to learn from it are destined to repeat it.

Occasionally, vain and aspiring leaders who claim to know what is best for the masses have experimented with various forms of government control.

Socialism has been tweaked, twisted, camouflaged, renamed, disguised, spun and lied about for centuries, but the fact remains, it can only survive until the government runs out of the people’s money. Social justice, redistribution of wealth, socialized medicine, collective agriculture, nationalised industry, none of these things are new, none are unique; they’re tired and proven failures, over and over again.

But, every so often, a group of elitists, (or progressives, as they call themselves today) are convinced they are different, they are smarter and, this time, they can make it work.

Compare the test plots of nations and governments throughout history. Good examples are where socialist and democratic republics exist side by side and the very best are where countries have been divided and the people are similar in heritage and history. North and South Korea, for example, and, better yet, Germany, which is now reunited after 40 years of divided rule.

I served in the U.S. Army in West Germany from 1958-62 and remained there for a time after my discharge. During that time, the Soviets closed the border and erected what was known as the Berlin Wall to stem the exodus from the East German socialist utopia they had built. Since the inevitable collapse of that system, a reunited Germany, as a democratic republic, has risen from the ashes of that war to again become the strongest and most prosperous nation with the lowest unemployment in Europe under Angela Merkel, the first female chancellor since Germany became a nation-state in 1871.

It is unbelievable that, after not only watching this play out over and over and after participating in the rebuilding of other nations following the ravages of socialism and fascism that left them in ruins, we have let our own country be dragged to the brink of the same hell by a criminally corrupt administration supposedly elected by the people. God help America!

D.F. Heimrick,