Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist


If you are a student of history, the most famous appeasement story in modern times is that of Great Britain Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain attempting to get on the good side of Adolf Hitler with the objective of avoiding the coming Second World War.

A novice at flying, old Neville bravely endured nausea, darting to Hitler not once but twice. It went like this: Great Britain and France were happy to agree to having Germany take over a bit of another sovereign country, Czechoslovakia, if that would keep Hitler from making war on the rest of Europe.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

That was a failure, for Hitler was untrustworthy. Hence, Chamberlain was a failure whose name has gone down in history as a completely disgraced fool. Chamberlain lost his job to Winston Churchill and with nothing more than fantastic rhetoric, Sir Winston rallied the world, succeeding in stopping Hitler and his dastardly demonic designs, but not before millions of lives were lost.

Nineteen years ago, today, another enemy violated our sovereignty and killed 3,000 Americans in a despicable, cowardly act. Coming out of September 11, 2001, Americans, after a very brief period of unification (the last one we have witnessed), split into two camps – appeasers and warriors. Or, if you prefer, into Chamberlains and Churchills.

I remember within two weeks, the church where we were members rushed in an Imam from a local mosque to explain to us that all Muslims did not have the killer instinct of the terrorists of 9/11. Some bought that, some did not.

In time, my wife and I changed denominations and I eventually joined the Georgia State Defense Force, part of the National Guard here. Enough said.

Time goes by and we find places in the country have now elected congresspersons, who, if these were the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee, would likely be brought up for investigation.

Our memories of 9/11 are short indeed.

Today, once again, appeasement is the watchword throughout the land, at least in certain circles. We have, in recent months, heard all sorts of appeasing excuses used to explain rioting, looting and other “peaceful protests.”

Some who truly championed civil disobedience and peaceful protests must be spinning in their grave to find the “peaceful protest” label being mentioned in the same story, let alone the same paragraph or the same sentence, to describe what has been going on this summer.

I mean, there have actually been reporters on location at riots, flames roaring in the background, labeling the scene, “a largely peaceful protest.”

When this started back in May, I said, this isn’t as bad as 1968. I’ve changed my tune as the weeks have gone by. This is much worse than 1968, and it is worse because the management of many cities where the rioting is taking place has taken a stance of complete appeasement.

This stance of appeasement is being actively promoted by one political party, the Democrats, who foolishly think it will finally work this time. In 1968, with the guidance of their own forefather, Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson, the National Guard was mobilized en masse and brought things under control. At least LBJ had a long enough memory to remember the Chamberlain debacle. For LBJ was a junior congressman, in the late 1930s, when this same party, headed by one Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was cheering on Neville Chamberlain and his foolish escapades.

FDR was re-elected for an unprecedented third term in 1940 almost solely because of his promise to keep American boys out of the already existing conflagration in Europe (all the while ignoring what Japan had been doing in Manchuria for years). Ironically, it took one of the combatants, Japan, to, as is the common parlance today, “woke” America, on Dec. 7, 1941.

So, what will it take today to convince the “Chamberlain half” of 2020 America to understand that appeasement always fails? Do we have to elect their basement candidate on Nov. 3 in order to painfully learn this lesson once again? Do we have to let the “Squad” have their way with our nearly 250-year-old republic?

What is it going to take to really wake up and see what hostile forces are doing to the United States today in our Democrat-controlled cities?

Your vote on Nov. 3 is not a cavalier matter. Consider it seriously, read up on appeasement. Think for yourself for a change. We can figuratively see contemporary Venezuela from here.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at [email protected]