The More Things Change...
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the [decision to go to war] through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
That's April 18, 1946. Sounds familiar, no?