1930 vs. 2010
An 80-year reversal of fortune and intelligence
By Walter Brooks
In 1930 America and Europe were deep into the Great Depression with 25 percent unemployment.
In 2010 America and Europe were deep into the great recession with 10 percent unemployment.
In 1930 America turned left and embraced the liberal path to recovery offered by Franklin Roosevelt and the Democratic Party while Europe turned right and embraced the recovery offered by Adolf Hitler and the Fascist Party.
The result was sixty-million dead.
In 2010 America turned right and embraced the conservative path to recovery offered by Sarah Palin and the Republican Party while Europe turned left and embraced the liberal solutions offered by the Liberal parties.
The result will be an economic collapse beyond our wildest imaginations.
Why? Because "Every nation has the government it deserves."
In the 1930s Americans were less educated, less informed, and apparently less stupid. They saw that the Republicans over the previous decade under Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover had lead them to their catastrophe.
In 2010 Americans look for answers provided by Fox News, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, Michelle Bachman and here on Cape Cod, Jeff Perry.
Joseph de Maistre wrote in 1811: "Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle merite" - "Every nation has the government it deserves."
We deserved Nixon and Bush, and now it looks like we deserve their 2010 equivalents.