A quote from Willie Ley, modernized and made new.
When things get so tough that there seems to be no way out, the Russian embraces the vodka bottle, the Frenchman a woman and the American the Bible.
The [Democrat] tends to resort to magic, to some nonsensical belief which he tries to validate by way of hysterics and physical force. Not every [Democrat], of course. Not even a majority, but it seems to me that the percentage of people so inclined is higher in [Blue States] than in other countries. It was the willingness of a noticeable proportion of the [Democrats] to rate rhetoric above research. and intuition above knowledge, that brought to power a political party which was frankly and loudly anti-intellectual. The [Far Left] not only burned books they disliked, they also classified theoretical physicists with “[Racists and Fascists].”
AoSHQ Book Threader All Hail Eris confesses: I replaced “German/s” with “Democrat/s” and “Jews and Marxists” with “Racists and Fascists”. It’s a testament to the insightful prescience of Ley’s words that they still resound after so many years with only minor revision, nothing more than an update of the terminology needed to keep them fresh and relevant. The methods and mindset of tyrants, it seems, are timeless; the only thing that ever changes is the name they adopt. Progressivists, of every era and by any name, never progress. With them, everything old is, well, old again.
Ley’s original article can be perused in full here, if you’re interested.
Apropos of nothing and totally immaterial though it is, CF Lifers will probably know that Willie Ley was my late wife’s grandfather, on her mom’s side. In fact, both my mother in law’s and my wife’s middle name was/is Ley. He died several years before Christiana was born; my MIL says one of the things she remembers most vividly about him is the strong smell of the big, fat stogies he constantly puffed…and inhaled, for Pete’s sake. That alone earned the man my undying respect. From what the mother in law has told me about him, her pop was quite the character all around, a very interesting fella. I wish I could’ve met him.