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Progressives are Nothing More Than Thieves Part 2

If you missed part 1, read it HERE.

 

In the end, the elites make the decisions and determine who succeeds, and who does not.

Remember, progressivism was the home for population control and eugenics. They believed they could, and should decide who should survive and procreate. They are still at work, but as their efforts were viewed negatively, they have to rename their program.

Enter Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood.

“It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award. I admire Margaret Sanger enormously. Her courage, her tenacity, her vision … When I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I’m really in awe of her. There are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life, from the causes she launched and fought for and sacrificed for so greatly.” - Hillary Clinton receiving The Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Margaret Sanger Award

The Marxist tenet of redistribution of wealth is, of course, the cornerstone and vehicle by which everything is accomplished.  Recall Obama’s comment to “Joe the Plumber” while campaigning in 2008: “It's not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they've got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.”

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Let’s look at some of these redistributive programs, policies and who was president when they were instituted.

Teddy Roosevelt brought us "New Nationalism."  In his famous speech, he argued that human welfare was more important than government protection property rights. He insisted that only a powerful federal government could regulate the economy, and that a President could only succeed in making his economic agenda successful if he made the protection of human welfare his highest priority.  This is why we now hear familiar themes such as “special interests,” and "social justice."  

John Dewey, one of the leading lights of the Progressive movement, and his former University of Chicago colleague, James Tufts transformed the Founders’ meaning of freedom, to make it thoroughly social in its origin and purpose. Redefining freedom in this way completely alters American political institutions, which assumes at all levels free men and women will be zealous about defending their individual rights. This was promoted under Teddy Roosevelt and accelerated under Woodrow Wilson.

From his early years as a professor of political science, future president, Woodrow Wilson, dismissed the American Founders’ dedication to natural rights and limited government. He claimed that the country was beset with monstrous challenges unlike any other seen before in history, concluding that Americans must overcome their sentimentalism toward the past and fundamentally change their government, making it in theory as powerful as the socialists of his day spelled out. In his unpublished essay written before he was 31, Wilson advocated “practical means of realizing for society the principles of socialism” by unshackling state power.

The Federal Reserve, Progressive Income Tax, and the 17th amendment all under the progressive Wilson.

Charles Merriam, a longtime professor of political science at the University of Chicago and political activist in the first half of the 20th century, developed a new “scientific” study of politics that served the Progressive cause. In doing so, he discarded the Founders’ understanding of key political concepts such as liberty, rights, and separation of powers. His textbook A History of American Political Theories provided both Progressive scholars and government reformers with a new vocabulary for understanding and practicing politics. - Charles Merriam Explains Progressive Political Science

Federal spending in the 1929 budget that Hoover inherited was $3.1 billion. He increased spending to $3.3 billion in 1930, $3.6 billion in 1931, and $4.7 billion and $4.6 billion in 1932 and 1933, respectively, a 48% increase over his four years. Because this was a period of deflation, the real increase in government spending was even larger: The real size of government spending in 1933 was almost double that of 1929. The budget deficits of 1931 and 1932 were 52.5% and 43.3% of total federal expenditures. No year between 1933 and 1941 under Roosevelt had a deficit that large. In other words, Hoover was no defender of “austerity” and “budget cutting.”

New York Governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s politically and intellectually ambitious “Commonwealth Club Address” helped define the election of 1932 as a watershed election, and launch the New Deal revolution in American politics. All the New Deal programs and the Social Security Act were born. FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” was also introduced. 

 

LBJ’s Great Society and ensuing costs including Obamacare as the capstone of this progressive effort tops $22 trillion and counting.

Richard Nixon brought us the EPA and wage and price controls in an effort to stem inflation.

With rampant inflation, Gerald Ford cut taxes, but allowed government spending to increase by signing Democrat passed bills, rather than using his veto and risking the political heat from doing so.

Jimmy Carter brought us the Departments Of Education and Energy.

Reagan initiated huge tax cuts which jump-started the economy, however, promised cuts in spending never happened. Reagan did press the importance of individual responsibility and rights.

George HW Bush presided over a budget that tripled between 1980 and 1989. The ADA and Clean Air Act were enacted under Bush 41.

Bill Clinton had the benefit of a robust economy fueled by the Reagan policies and tax cuts. With a Republican held Congress, a balanced budget was reached, along with welfare reform. Clinton’s efforts to “socialize” medical care failed, in the end, government grew very little under the Clinton presidency.

George W Bush exploded government spending and control in a post 9/11 America. While Bush was responsible for two significant tax cuts, “No Child Left Behind” and Medicare reforms brought huge additions to regulation and expenditures, in addition to such things as the Patriot Act and TARP.

Barack Obama, of course, brought us the “Stimulus Package,” Obamacare, along with the “Race to the Top” education program, and Dodd-Frank banking reforms. Federal spending is now at $3.8 trillion, and 2015 set a record with 81,611 pages of new federal regulations passed.

I know this is long and involved. However, it is vital we understand that we have a systemic problem and it is not from one party. In addition to presidents and Congress who do not recognize any limits placed on them by the Constitution, the Supreme Court began in the early 20th century to give more weight to “Stare decisis” precedent. Thus they and their decisions were more important than the constitution they are to uphold.

We are in deep and serious trouble.  We neither can, nor should, put our faith in a president or Congress. They are only self-serving politicians who seek to secure their power and control you and me. I have had enough stolen from me by progressives, how about you?

 

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Written by Michael Murphy The Voice of Reason

The Voice of Reason

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