A Quotation for our Times

November 12, 1936. Winston Churchill speaks to the House of Commons about Britain’s continuing failure to respond to the threat of German fascism:

The Government simply cannot make up their minds, or they cannot get the Prime Minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent…. The era of procastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, or delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.

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