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That’s Socialism


Kitty Werthmann is 85 years old. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. At 85 she stands tall, walks like a much, much younger woman and has no trouble explaining that Hitler was elected by 98% of Austrians because he gave a good speech. As I look around the InterTubes for information about her, I see the Left hates her. I see that Alan Colmes gave her his WingNut award. Salon is confused about the “political path” she is taking and also refers to her as a “wing nut.” The loose transcript is from a June 2011 TeaParty speech. Don’t miss her mention of Senator Barbara Boxer, then a U.S. Representative from California and what happened to Austria’s educational system under Hitler.


Begin Loose Transcript:

In 1938 media reported that Hitler rolled into Austria with tanks and guns and took us over. Not true. The Austrian people elected Hitler by 98% of the ballot box.

How could a Christian nation, almost 98% Catholic , elect a monster like Hitler. The truth is, at the beginning, Hitler didn’t look or talk like a monster at all. He looked and talked like an American politician.

In 1938 Austria was in a very deep depression. We had one-third of our workforce unemployed. We had 25% inflation, and if you would borrow money from the bank, you pay 25% interest.

It was not unusual that my mother would feed, on average, 30 people a day, a bowl of soup and a slice of bread. People would come knocking on the door. They wanted to work. There were no jobs. The depression was so bad that we had riots in the streets.

We had two political factions fighting each other. The Communist Party was getting very powerful. So was the Nazi Party. Now when I speak of the Nazi Party, [it was] the National Socialist Party….that is where the word Nazi came from.

So we heard Hitler speaking in Germany. Germany had full employment. They had law and order and we had riots in the streets, and in Germany, people had a high living standard. They all drove the Volkswagen, you know, the little Beetle car and there was never anything said that anyone was being persecuted.

So when we had that unbelievable unemployment and the people were getting so desperate, they petitioned the government for a plebecite for an election, and that’s when we elected Hitler by a 98% of the vote by means of the ballot box. So we got a new government, National Socializm, Nazi goverment. Of course, we had not idea what that would be. We just thought we were all going to live a high-standard of living like Germany.

Hitler promised us that within weeks we would have full employment, and he would feed the poor people. The Red Cross came in. Everybody was being fed. Everybody got something, and we were so grateful. We thought Hitler was our savior.

Oh yes, he was a very good orator. He gave very good speeches and haven’t we heard that here too? Haven’t we?

When we got the new government, nobody was elected anymore. Everybody was appointed, from the school board, the county commission, the city commission to the legislature and to the governors.

Hitler said, the best people are being appointed. We only pick the best people and we trusted him. We had no more elections – none whatsoever.

We also had “Regionalism.” Regionalism is to centralize the government. Centralization is Socialism. So Hitler said, we have to merge our 7 states into 4. That will save money and we would only have 4 governors. We thought “that’s a good idea.”

As a lobbyist in South Dakota, I found a bill – three times – to consolidate our 66 counties into 15. That’s centralization. That’s Socialism. Take away LOCAL CONTROL.

With our new government, we got a lot of new laws. We got the Equal Rights Amendment, a very good law, we thought. Equal Rights for women. Haven’t we heard that here too?

The Equal Rights Amendment had two components – economically and socially. Economically, to redistribute the wealth of the country, and socially, to get all the women, the Moms, out into the workforce, into employment.

Hitler got a lot of chops, political appointments, hundreds and hundreds of bureaucrats, and of course, he bought the Autobahn, the freeway.

The Moms were in the workforce. What do you think happened to the children? Hitler had an immediate remedy: child daycare centers so the State raised our children.

By economically redistributing the wealth, we had massive, massive welfare, because we had a guaranteed income. The government required that everybody be equal. Those who worked hard paid 70% taxes, [and those who didn’t] were getting the equal income like those who worked hard. That’s called Socialism.

Also, education was socialized – quickly, literally overnight. I was 12 years old. I was in 6th grade. I walked into my public school classroom – we had an excellent school system. We prayed in public school and we also had religious education twice a week. That all stopped overnight.

I walked into my classroom March 13, 1938. The crucifix was gone and there was Hitler’s picture, with the Nazi flag on each side. Our teacher said, “today we don’t pray anymore, we sing Deutchland, Deutchland Uber Allas” [Germany, Germany Above All] – the National Anthem, and she said, “we don’t have religious education anymore either we have physical education instead.” And on Sundays there would be National Youth Day and that would be compulsory – everybody had to attend. If our parents wouldn’t send us the first time, they would get a very stiff letter of warning; the second time they would pay a fine of the equivalent of $300 and the third time we didn’t attend, meant jail for our parents.

We couldn’t go to church anymore. The first two hours we had political education. Today I call it Political Indoctrination. We were being told not to listen to our parents. They were old-fashioned, didn’t understand the youth – only Hitler did. We were being totally indoctrinated. The rest of the day we had sports. We got all the equipment free. We got tennis rackets, golf clubs and the boys of age 16 got motorcycles so they could form a motorcycle squad. They were taken out to the airfield to fly gliders.

You can imagine, at the end of the day we went back and told our parents how wonderful Hitler was…We argued with our parents all the time. We said, “look you don’t know anything. You are old-fashioned. You don’t understand us. They put a ridge between us and our parents.

My good mother, when my next school term came around, announced that she would take me out of these horrible public schools. She would enroll me in a private school with an excellent curriculum, but no fun. She packed me off and as we arrived at that big school with the 8 foot wall around it, and an iron gate, I bid my mother goodby and I almost hated her. She was a wise woman. She said, “one day when you grow up you will realize what I am doing for you.”

Needless to say, if my mother had not done that, today I would be a radical Marxist. On holidays I would go back home and visit my friends, and I did not like what I saw. Girls of age 16 were pregnant – to have babies for Hitler. Oh, Hitler wanted lots of babies. The lifestyle was very, very loose.

Hitler also gave us free radios and then he nationalized our radio station. We were told that if you listened to a foreign radio station it was a capital punishment [offense]. You don’t turn on Swiss radio or BBC. We only had one voice – the government.

Newspapers were censored before they hit the street.

Hitler also looted the Jewish banks and then he nationalized our banks.

Then he nationalized our only car industry. Austria produced a little car, a little bit bigger than a Fiat. Hitler said we don’t need a Fiat, we have the Volkswagen.

He also nationalized our healthcare system. Before Hitler, we had an excellent healthcare system, privately insured. We had good doctors, good hospitals. We had a lot of good research. That all stopped. It was free for everybody. I remember my brother-in-law was a family physician. He told me that when he would go to office at 8 am, 40 patients were waiting for him to care for. People went to the doctor for everything and anything. He said it was like practicing medicine on a conveyor belt. He could take enough time for some patients because he was totally government controlled.

The government took away free enterprise, salaried the doctors and the hospitals, and many, many doctors left the country, because if you would need elective surgery, no emergency, you waited 18 months for a hospital bed. Many doctors, including my own husband who did not want to practice medicine like his own brother had to, came to the United States. He marvelled how wonderful our health care is, how wonderful our research is and how wonderful and modern our hospitals were. He said, “I hope [the U.S. system] it will never end up socialized medicine.

The un-elected bureaucrats were writing all the rules and all the regulations. That’s socialism. A lot of it applied to the farmers. The bureaucrats would go onto the land and tell the farmers what to plant, and how much he had to harvest. They counted livestock and determined how much had to be turned into the government because our food was being rationed. God help the farmer who butchered a pig for himself – would surely go to jail. Bureaucrats counted the chickens and decided how many eggs they had to lay. That’s socialism.

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