What American Conservatives Can Learn From Winston Churchill


The facts are well known to historians. The years leading up to World War II were wilderness years for Winston Churchill. When it came to warning his countrymen about the growing threat Adolph Hitler and his Nazi party represented to the world in general and to Britain specifically, Churchill was a lone voice crying in the wilderness. British officials and the British people did not hear Churchill’s warnings for the simple reason that they did not want to hear them.

Having lost thousands of young men fighting in the trenches of World War I, the British public did not want to hear about the possibility of another war with Germany. The prospect of renewed fighting was so distasteful that British politicians and the British public chose to just stick their heads in the sand and ignore Churchill’s prescient warnings. Then, just barely before it was too late, they were forced by circumstances to listen and at long last admit he had been right all along. Conservatives now find themselves in a position similar to that of Winston Churchill and they could learn a valuable lesson by studying his example of perseverance in the face of opposition.

True conservatives feel they are being abandoned by the Republican Party as it bends ever leftward in a misguided attempt to attract women and Hispanic voters. Churchill too was abandoned by his party, a party led by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and later by the ultimate appeaser, Prime Minister Neville “Peace-in-our time” Chamberlain. Like Obama, Baldwin and Chamberlain were more interested in exploiting public opinion for political gain than in influencing it for the good of their country. What Churchill had to contend with was a British public more interested in comfort than conflict and a political party—his own—more interested in exploiting the head-in-the-sand mentality of the British public than in telling the truth about Nazi aggression.

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