American Elephants


Winston Churchill on Negotiating With Aliens by The Elephant's Child

Over at Powerline, Steven Hayward posts a “Weekly Winston” quote from Winston Churchill who with long years of writing is exceptionally quotable:

Democratic governments drift along the line of least resistance, taking short views, paying their way with sops and doles, and smoothing their path with pleasant-sounding platitudes.  Never was there less continuity or design in their affairs, and yet towards them are coming swiftly changes which will revolutionize for good or ill not only the whole economic structure of the world but the social habits and moral outlook of every family.



The Endless Repetition of History. by The Elephant's Child

One of the first acts of Barack Obama when he moved into the White House, was to order the bust of Winston Churchill, on loan from the British Government, packed up and sent back to England.

Winston Churchill: Speech to the House of Commons, May 2, 1935.

It is possible that the dangers into which we are steadily advancing would never have arisen…[but] when the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which might have effected a cure.

Churchill provided his own answer:

There is nothing new to the story.  It is as old as [Rome].  It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness of experience and the confirmed unteachability of mankind.  Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong — these are features which constitute the endless repetition of history.




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