Sunday, 25 June 2017

Every "Patriot" should know the story of the White Rose

Am I a Patriot , I suspect its a bit of a case that if I was to call myself one it would probably;y mean that I was not

Most are aware of Samual Johnsons 

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel".
 And  Andrea Leadsom's call for 'patriotic' Brexit coverage has  prompted anger

Ms Leadsom's, the leader of the House of Commons, has come under fire for calling on broadcasters to be “a bit patriotic” in their Brexit coverage.
The outgoing Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, described Leadsom, who stood for the leadership of the Conservative party last year, as “sinister” for her comments on the BBC’s Newsnight.
Ms Leadsom said:
 “It would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic. The country took a decision, this government is determined to deliver on that decision.”
Emily Maitlis, who was presenting the show, asked Leadsom if she was accusing broadcasters of being unpatriotic .
“Are you accusing me of being unpatriotic for questioning how negotiations are going, questioning whether you have the position of strength that she said she wanted?” 
Leadsom replied: 
“I’m not accusing you of anything, Emily. I’m simply saying we all need to pull together as a country. We took a decision a year ago today to leave the European Union, we have a very strong hand and we are very well prepared for the negotiations.”
Farron said: 
“This is a sinister threat to the free media. How dare Andrea Leadsom tell the press what they should think. This isn’t a George Orwell book. She needs to apologise for these comments and realise what she said was frankly stupid.”
The Cambridge Dictionary describes Patrioisn  as the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it

It is being proud thats the problem you can love your country and being discusted  by its actions.

Every  February 22nd wear a White Rose in memory of the young members of the White Rose movement  who executed buy the Nazi on that day in  1943.

The White Rose (Germandie Weiße Rose) was a non-violentintellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich. The group conducted an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign which called for active opposition against the Nazi regime. Their activities started in Munich on June 27th, 1942, and ended with the arrest of the core group by the Gestapo on February 18th, 1943.[1] They, as well as other members and supporters of the group who carried on distributing the pamphlets, faced show trials by the Nazi People's Court (Volksgerichtshof), and many were sentenced to death or imprisonment.

Tke most famous members were  Hans and Sophie Scholl, often referred to in German as die Geschwister Scholl (literally: the Scholl siblings), were a brother and sister who were members of the White Rose, a student group in Munich that was active in the non-violentresistance movement in Nazi Germany, especially in distributing flyers against the war and the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. In post-war Germany, Hans and Sophie Scholl are recognized as symbols of the Christian German resistance movement against the totalitarian Nazi regime.

This is an example of young people who loved tier country so much that they  stood up to  one of the most evil government  in rhe world .

Who were the Patriots in Nazi Germany ?

Here are some of their leaflets. which led to their arrests and execution

"Isn n't it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days? Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes– crimes that infinitely outdistance every human measure– reach the light of day? ”
— 1st leaflet of the White Rose
“ Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way ... The German people slumber on in dull, stupid sleep and encourage the fascist criminals. Each wants to be exonerated of guilt, each one continues on his way with the most placid, calm conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty! ”
— 2nd leaflet of the White Rose.

“ Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right - or rather, your moral duty - to eliminate this system? ”
— 3rd leaflet of the White Rose
 Those who believe that Patriotism is about your country right or wrong are no such thing.

For me it is loving your country but also admitting its wrongs and indeed being ashamed when its government and yes its people break the law or degenerate  and abuse other Peoples and Nations

Governments  and the Media who accuse those   who criticise   their failings of  "not being Patriotic" are  on dangerous ground .

1 comment:

  1. Excellent posting Glyn, better to be a critical friend than a slavish lapdog.