“We are determined as leaders of the nation, to fulfill as a national government the task which has been given to us, swearing fidelity only to God, our conscience and our people…”
A lovely and most common kind of political quote, is it not? The opening comments of the speech given in 1933, was a simple statement to begin a speech filled with appeals to God, first, and only then to conscience and finally to country.
The speaker went on to say that his government would make “Christianity…the basis of our collective morality.” He ended his speech with yet another appeal to the Deity. He said, “May God Almighty take our work into his (sic) grace, give true form to our will, bless our insight, and endow us with the trust of our people.”
Churchill was not in power in Great Britain. DeGaulle had not yet taken his own infuriating gaze to the head of France. Roosevelt would have his own first inauguration more than a month later; he would mention God only twice, each time as if in passing. He would not appeal to himself or his own conscience even once. He would repeatedly mention the Constitution, the Congress and the national Community. He saw himself as the Leader but not the King or Messiah. FDR, that great patrician, seemed to understand he must act, but he must act as the Servant-Leader, only, and not as though he were the People
No, not Churchill, not DeGaulle, not even Roosevelt. On February 10, 1933, the Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler, stood before a packed Reichstag, which would soon burn to the ground, and announced his devotion, seen above, to the Christian faith. Hitler was Reichchancellor, but his was still a minority party. He knew too well his need for time and events to turn the page for him. He was a practical man, after all, and it did not hurt him to mention God. At one time or another he even announced that the Bible was a greater book than his own little tome, Mein Kampf.
I will not compare any modern candidate to Herr Hitler if for no other reason than this; anyone compared to pure evil will seem like lesser evil. I will simply conclude this modest post by offering a small bit of advice. We should be very careful of any candidate who discovers he or she has some form of religion in an election year.