Saying the most unpopular and unwelcome thing

‘I do not withdraw a single word’

“A former president, who provoked a violent attack on this capitol in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence. Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president. They have heard only his words, but not the truth, as he continues to undermine our democratic process, sowing seeds of doubt about whether democracy really works at all.” U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY 05-11-21.

We’re reading Andrew Roberts’ great bio Winston Churchill; Walking With Destiny. 

It is 30 September 1938. Neville Chamberlain has returned to London from Munich, waving a scrap of paper. He had just given away democratic Czechoslovakia, its mountain defenses and significant armaments industries, to Adolph Hitler — free of charge — and he was damned proud of it.

King George VI invited the P.M. to share his balcony and accept the adulation of the crowds. Chamberlain was being likened to Disraeli and Gladstone for appeasing the dictator and forestalling his wrath.

In the House of Commons, a back bencher bucking his own party leaders, Churchill marshaled the English language and sent it into battle (as was said of him many years later).

Book cover, Winston Churchill walking with destiny

“I begin by saying the most unpopular and most unwelcome thing. I begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat. … The German dictator, instead of snatching his victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course.”

For naught. On October 5, the House of Commons approved the Munich Agreement by 366 to 144. Churchill, long in the political wilderness, was now persona non grata in his own Conservative party. Andrew Roberts continues:

“Between November 1938 and mid-March 1939, Conservative Central Office made a coordinated and sophisticated attempt to deselect* Churchill as the Conservative candidate for Epping. (* Deselection is when support for an MP is withdrawn by their local party.) Biographer Roberts continues:

In a press statement [the local party boss] condemned what he called “Mr. Churchill’s unhelpful attitude towards the man at the helm” Afterwards, the Loughton branch passed a motion requesting that Churchill support the prime minister.  … On March 4, Epping constituency officials denounced the absent Churchill.

Roberts continues:

“Almost any other politician, faced with a revolt on such a scale in his constituency within a few months of a general election, would have made compromises or toned down his speeches to head off a potentially disastrous outcome. Instead, Churchill … told [his constituency] “I do not withdraw a single word. …”

“What is the use of parliament if it is not the place where true statements can be brought before the people? What is the use of sending members to the House of Commons who say just the popular things of the moment and merely endeavor to give satisfaction to the government whips by cheering loudly every ministerial platitude? People talk about our parliamentary institutions and democracy, but if these are to survive, it will not be because the constituencies return tame, docile, subservient member and try to stamp out every form of independent judgment.”

Roberts continues: “At dawn the next morning, the entire geopolitical landscape changed when Germany invaded the rump of Czechoslovakia. … All the years of protestations about how Hitler wished only to incorporate ethnic Germans into the Third Reich were revealed overnight to have been lies, and those appeasers who believed him to have been his dupes.”

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Churchill said of an opponent that history would not treat him well. “I know, because I intend to write that history.” History despises appeasement but rewards courage. Appeasement goes with the flow, courage stands against the odds.

Where do YOU stand?

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55 Responses to Saying the most unpopular and unwelcome thing

  1. Tom PITA says:

    2023 Scenario (satire)
    From CNN Headquarters in Utah (yea, we moved, get over it)
    Press Release, no sorry, BREAKING NEWS, a CNN exclusive report:
    Back from obscurity, Mitt Romney today announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. Banished to the back benches by his party for standing up for truth, justice and the American Way when he denounced Orange Man Bad as the greatest threat to democracy since
    Genghis Khan, Atilla the Hun, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot rolled into one, Mighty Mitt said “Aw shucks, I don’t hold grudges against my party, just ask any of those fine people who used to work at the companies we raped, I mean brought back from the brink of insolvency when I was at Bain.”
    Standing by his side, another profile in courage, was Liz Cheney. We remember her great self-sacrificial stand against the orange apocalypse. Banished by her party while she was the 3rd most powerful ranking member, languishing in obscurity while pulling down a seven figure salary
    at The American Enterprise Institute, she said, “I stand with Almighty God and those who love the truth, who cannot abide the Big Lie and embrace the Fool.”

    Mitt continued “Today I announce my candidacy. I announce a New Wing of the Republican Party, the FB wing. Hah, you probably thought I was making a joke there. FB is just a short-hand for Fabian, which most of you wouldn’t understand. But FB is quite catchy, and has absolutely
    nothing to do with Facebook, Zuckerberg or Chan. Just take a look at our logo, which is the time-honored Coat-of-Arms of the great Fabian Society. (quick flash to the Coat-of-Arms). We stand in the tradition of those great empire builders of yesteryear, we will Make America Great Again. We will bring prosperity, enforce our Laws, sorry, I mean uphold the Constitution, and just get everything back to normal again. Free masks, free vaccinations, free money! Just go to our website, flash your identity card, I mean Vaccine ID, and you willautomatically become a member.”

    Cuomo to Blitzer – “Wow Wolf, what do you think of this? Do you think Americans can handle this much Truth?”
    And now a word from our sponsor, NIH/Moderna


  2. Edward Rothschild says:

    Cannibalism at it’s finest on the far right side of the dial. Keep it up, boyz.


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