But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand. Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me (Ezekiel 33:6,7).
For nearly three years now I have been posting the stories of courageous women on this site. I have had a more serious purpose for this than just telling the marvelous and worthwhile stories of women who deserve some recognition. All along I have known that things in our country are getting worse and worse. We have been losing freedoms for a long time. I must be a watchman and warn everyone I know that danger lurks ahead. I have posted these stories to show that other women have lived through hard times. Other women have stood firm for the truth even giving their lives for it in some cases. I hope that women today will be brave as well.
Many people are sounding the trumpet for us to hear today.
One such person is Kitty Werthmann. Kitty lived through the horror of Hitler’s rule in her country, Austria. The parallels between 1930’s Germany and Austria and the last few decades in the United States are too exact to ignore.
With thanks to Lauren Lane, in a February 19, 2013
article from NewsWithViews.com, (http://www.newswithviews.com/Lane/lauren101.htm)
I am reprinting parts of the testimony of Kitty Werthmann here with interspersed commentary of my own.
Kitty: “I am a witness to history.”
“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.”
Kitty says that when Hitler went to Austria, he was welcomed with open arms. The people elected him with a landslide victory.
Comment: The people in the United States jubilantly reelected Obama in spite of warnings by Christians and conservatives.
Kitty: “In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.” Hitler would promise jobs and a higher standard of living for everyone. “We were overjoyed,” remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed. After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.”
Comment: Where have we heard this before? Roosevelt created jobs using your parents’ tax dollars during the 1930’s. Obama is no different. What do you think all of the “stimulus” money that he is stealing from some taxpayers and giving to others is all about? (http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/22/federal-workforce-continues-to-grow-under-obama-budget/)
Kitty: “Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women.”
Comment: Obama received 55% of the female vote in the last election. (67% of single women.) He did this by promulgating the lie that the Republicans were “waging a war on women”. Obama positions himself as a champion of women. Of course, unborn women don’t count.
Kitty: “Then we lost religious education for kids.” Schools were nationalized. “The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag.” Kitty describes the horrible changes including compulsory attendance on Sunday for ‘National Youth Day’. Parents were forced to comply with all of the government regulations or face fines or jail.
Comment: We lost the control of our public education system following the War Between the States. Education in America became dominated by thinkers from the Frankfurt School in Germany through the influence of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin. Religion was one of the first things that they removed in favor of humanism.
Kitty: “Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna. After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything…. As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income.”
Comment: Back in January 2012, two U.S. Congressmen urged conservatives in strong terms to immediately fight the Obama mandate forcing religious institutions to provide free abortifacient birth control, calling it a “very, very real” threat to religious freedom. One of the congressmen called the mandate an attempt to push the church out of healthcare. This was a clear warning bell to us. In spite of these warnings, the church lost. Obama pushed his socialized health care system on us anyway. Warning: This is resulting in higher taxes and is another step in Obama’s attack on religious freedom. The abortion surcharge is payback to Obama’s Planned Parenthood supporters. It is a gauntlet thrown down to the church.
WILL WE WAKE UP NOW? WHAT WILL IT TAKE, AMERICA?
Kitty: “Next came gun registration.”
Comment: Obama is using the tragic school shootings as an excuse to disarm all honest and responsible Americans. The fact is that if a few responsible teachers were allowed to have secure weapons nearby, AND IT WAS KNOWN, there would be fewer shootings, or maybe even none.
In spite of all of the liberal press to the contrary, gun registration and/or confiscation is a danger to a free people. Hitler, Mao, and Stalin all started with weapons confiscation from victim populations.
Kitty: ” No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.”
Comment: Just this past month, February 2013, the Obama Administration announced that the rights of religious conscience for individuals will not be protected under the Affordable Care Act.
Before the Holocaust in Europe, there were people who tried to warn their countrymen about the dangers they were in. I am thinking specifically here about Dietrich Bonheoffer. Bonheoffer tried to be a watchman for his countrymen. He worked hard to get his fellow Germans to see what Hitler was really doing since the early 1930’s. Bonheoffer could not convince enough people and we all know what happened. Dietrich Bonheoffer was martyred at the end of WWII (1945).
I pray that Americans will wake up before it is too late. I pray that we will make the necessary sacrifices so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy any freedom at all. The tide of opposition may seem too huge to roll back. But our God is greater and more powerful. Let us pray and then work for freedom!