As we observe that tragedy of a tyrannical President fighting with an unequivocally worthless Congress over the Budget, Debt Ceiling, and ObamaCare disaster, we realize that this bunch of Washington politicians are really the result of our government’s devolution into a single progressive party system, totally oblivious to the needs and desires of the American people. It’s immaterial whether you refer to them as Democans or Republicrats; a vast majority of them are evil, self serving politicians bent on one fundamental purpose: keep the status-quo and keep their cushy membership in the ruling elite class. The mere mentioning of the ideas of congressional term limits, tax reform, federal budget limits, or debt limits evokes an instant condemnation and political assassination of any upstart member of either the House or the Senate who dares to advocate such measures.
It is time to abolish the ill-evolved concept of “career politician.”
In this past year, 2013, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the three most devastating governmental attacks on the future and freedoms of our country:
§ The Federal Reserve Act
§ The 16th Amendment Legalizes the Internal Revenue Service
§ The 17th Amendment, robbing the States of control of the Senate and Protection from Federal Government Tyranny
These things happened while the ultimately progressive President, Woodrow Wilson was in office and he got there by virtue of Theodore Roosevelt’s failed Progressive Party (Bull Moose) campaign of 1912. The Roosevelt “Bull Moose” candidacy split the Republican vote and insured Wilson’s victory over incumbent President William Howard Taft.
As Judge Andrew Napolitano rightly points out in his book, “Theodore and Woodrow,” Roosevelt and Wilson were two progressive American Presidents who destroyed constitutional freedom. They were sometimes labeled otherwise but both were true big and powerful Federal Government advocates. They worked together to guide our country into today’s era of overarching government control, a political philosophy which both parties have consistently followed, concluding with both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Our founding fathers started out with a two party system: the Federalists led by George Washington, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton who believed in an all-powerful large Federal Government and the Democratic-Republicans notably led by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who believed in a power-limited Federal Government.
After the War of 1812 the Federalists died off and the Democratic-Republicans soon split into the Democrat and Whig parties. By the 1850’s the Whigs were replaced by the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican president.
At the turn of the century big government progressivism was in full bloom in both parties and the Republican establishment decided they could best suppress the exuberantly progressive views of Teddy Roosevelt by installing him in that powerless “do nothing” position of Vice President of the U.S. That ploy failed miserably when President McKinley was assassinated in 1901 and Teddy became our 26th president.
A true progressive, Roosevelt (inappropriately labeled Republican) pushed his progressive ideas through 1909 at which time he personally picked William Howard Taft to succeed him in implementing his progressive agenda. Taft turned out to be a huge disappointment in his conservative views and Teddy changed his mind about running for a third term and, with the help of banker J.P. Morgan, ran for another term as a correctly labeled Progressive. This turned out to be a perfectly executed plan to split the vote between Taft and Roosevelt and give the presidency to Woodrow Wilson who had promised J.P. Morgan that he would breathe life into that “Creature From Jekyll Island” (originally spawned in 1910) by passing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.
This legitimized the happenings on Jekyll Island where the most powerful financiers in the world (representing 25% of the wealth on the planet) conspired to illegally restrain world trade to their monetary advantage by the establishment of a banking cartel to control banking throughout the world. Their goal was to establish the method of creating money “out-of-nothing” when needed and assure that inevitable losses are paid for by the taxpayers.
They were eminently successful and provided Progressives a powerful controlling tool utilized to this day.
In order to accomplish the Progressive’s goal of massive Federal Government expansion to control every aspect of its citizen’s lives, the lack of money was a monumental impediment. The obvious simple solution: institute an income tax which would result in the taxpayers paying for the “BIG” government. Thus the second important part of the Progressive Revolution of 1913 was the passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, The Federal Income Tax.
Judge Napolitano commented:
“The passage of the 16th Amendment . . . signified Americans handing over the freedoms earned by the blood of their forefathers and entrenching themselves into a slavery contrary to the very essence of our nation’s beginning.”
Another irritating constraint to the Progressive’s goal for absolute government control was the inconvenience of the Constitutional mandate of continued Federalism by the State government’s control of Senate appointments. Both Roosevelt and Wilson advocated the direct election of the senators as a means of furthering the power of the federal government and a strong campaign by the Progressives in 1913 ended in the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment prevents the states from protection from the Federal Government encroaching on their sovereignty.
Woodrow Wilson summarized his view and the view of all progressives since:
“While we are followers of Jefferson, there is one principle of Jefferson’s which no longer can obtain in the practical politics of America. You know that it was Jefferson who said that the best government is that which does as little governing as possible . . . . But that time has passed. America is not now and cannot in the future be a place for unrestricted individual enterprise.”
Wilson’s view regarding the Constitution was that it should be thought of as a “Darwinian” rather than a “Newtonian” document and thus should evolve with changing times. The Wilson idea on leadership is summarized by his view that a true leader should command the subservience of the masses by stirring up their passions, not their intellects.
The Progressive Revolution of 1913 set the stage for the eventual devolution to the single party dictatorship which exists today. The evils of progressivism were temporarily inhibited by President Calvin Coolidge during the 20’s, but re-exploded in the 30’s and 40’s under the tutelage of that supreme progressive, Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the exception of the Coolidge and Reagan perturbations, Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party of the 1850’s is officially dead.
The ingrained progressivism of the Democratic Party (as firmly established by FDR and Truman) did suffer its own aberration of conservative thought in the name of John F. Kennedy. By any reasonable definition, he was a conservative.
On July 4th, 1946 John F. Kennedy, a 29 year old Lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and veteran of the war in the Pacific, gave the keynote speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston which exemplifies his political and governing philosophy. He began with a discussion about the profoundly religious contribution to the shaping of American history. He said:
“Throughout the years, down to the present, a devotion to fundamental religious principles has characterized American thought and action.”
He continued on to discuss the importance of the Declaration of Independence, the First Amendment to the Constitution, and quoted both President Washington and President Lincoln regarding the indispensable requirement for religion and morality in governing our nation. He said further:
“The American character . . . has been essentially individual. The right of the individual against the State has ever been one of our most cherished political principles. The American Constitution has set down for all men . . . that there are certain rights held by every man which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny.”
Today's Hijacked Marxist Democratic Party — the home of Barack Obama, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi — would instantly politically assassinate a candidate like JFK, a conservative champion of economic growth, tax cuts, limited government, and peace through strength.
Unfortunately that miniscule flame of conservatism and common sense in the Democratic Party was brutally extinguished by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 leading to President Lyndon Johnson’s willfully steering the nation onto the course of massive government intervention into the day-to-day lives of all Americans, and unfettered social spending. Thus the inexorable transfer of unbridled power to Washington and the political expedient of unsustainable promises to the American people had begun, totally uninhibited.
Norman Thomas, six-time U.S. presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America, Gus Hall, four-time U.S. presidential candidate for the U.S. Communist Party, and Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member and mentor to a young Barack Obama all contributed to today’s transformed Democratic Party. In my October 2012 article entitled “The Hijacking of the Democratic Party” I remarked that I voted for JFK in 1960 but “the Democratic Party of 1960 has ceased to exist.”
The last vestige of Jeffersonian limited government conservatism died with Ronald Reagan and Progressivism reigned supreme in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
Our evil dictator, Obama couldn’t be more thrilled about the apparent rift in the Republican Party. His hope is that the Tea Party will be the equivalent resurrection of 1912’s “Bull Moose” effect and give the 2014 and 2016 elections to the Democrat progressives for the completion of the destruction of the United States.
Obama’s recent employment of this “Bull Moose” strategy worked perfectly for him as he paid for a “fake” libertarian’s candidacy to split the Republican vote for Virginia’s Governorship and gave it to the extremely progressive candidate. The Republican establishment progressives helped out by purposely “dumping” the Tea Party candidate as part of a nationwide plan to destroy the Tea Party in favor of retaining the Republican Party as a progressive clone of the Democratic party.
If we allow the Republican progressives to kill the Tea Party and suppress Libertarian thought, the single party dictatorship is permanently enshrined. It is excruciatingly obvious that a 3rd party revival by the Tea Party would simply be a stupid repetition of the “Bull Moose” experiment of 1912. Peter Schweizer, author of “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets” described this ridiculous infighting between Marxist Progressive Democrats and Progressive Establishment Republicans as being analogous to the staged battles in professional wrestling. They growl at each other, and perform controlled, fake nasty attacks on each other, but in reality it’s all about the MONEY and retention of the status-quo!
One of our last hopes is a move similar to the 1850’s when the Lincoln Republicans replaced the Whig Party. We desperately need a Tea Party/Libertarian movement to suppress the leadership of the Republican establishment progressives and form a new enlightened conservative version of the Republican Party. The Progressive dictatorship that we now suffer under has no relationship to the interests and desires of the majority of America’s citizens; it is the natural response to the single loudest group of people with a unified direction and large enough to enforce its views.
Friedrich Hayek in his monumental “Road to Serfdom” points out that such a group will always be formed by the worst elements of any society. A high level of education and intelligence of individuals will always counter the formation of such a group.
“. . . we have to descend to the regions of lower moral and intellectual standards where the more primitive and common instincts and tastes prevail.”
“It will be those whose vague and imperfectly formed ideas are easily swayed and whose passions and emotions are readily aroused who will thus swell the ranks of the totalitarian party.”
TRUTHFUL EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS IS THE ULTIMATE ANSWER!
Written by Chuck Boyde