This is the story of a small group of “troublesome young men” in the British House of Commons attacked the appeasement of Hitler by the British elite, led by Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister. Their numbers were few, they seemingly had no chance in a country that did not want to see what they saw, the coming war with Germany. Not only was Britain still war weary form WWI, but it was also hopeful that a stronger Germany would serve as a buffer from the Communist Soviet Union in the East. They saw this as the greater threat, refusing to see the more immediate threat of a rearmed and aggressive Germany.
These few young men put their political futures at risk and paid a dear cost for being faithful to their vision of readying Britain for war. Their champion was Winston Churchill, but without their loyalty, hard work and sacrifice, Churchill would never have had the opportunity to lead Britain through its maximum hour of danger.
This story reminds me of Margaret Mead’s words, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
It is my hope that such troublesome young men (and women) will rise up in America to call us to our better future, a future that can be ours if she musters the courage to face our realities and courageously face down the friends of appeasement of the darker forces that haunt our political landscape.