A quick scan of progressive-collectivist rants in the mainstream media, along with their talking points when they call in to conservative talk radio to blast the host, will reveal a very telling point that perhaps most if not all conservatives have missed. Basically the progressives believe that there was no United States of America until the New Deal under FDR.
This point of view is most prominent when critics of radio talk show host Mark Levin write reviews of his latest book, The Liberty Amendments, and call in to his radio show to castigate him for merely suggesting that unless all government agencies and departments demonstrate beyond a shadow of doubt that they are vital, they will be automatically dismantled and sent to the grave within three years.
A common rallying cry of the progressives is, "But all of the beneficial government programs of the New Deal will be discarded." Within that rallying cry, of course, is the assumption that the country could not exist without New Deal programs. There is even a strong undercurrent of feeling that suggests that to the progressive, what happened in America prior to the 1930s does not count.
Thus, from 1776 to 1933, FDR's first year in office, nothing good was done. Nothing counts. Nothing matters whatsoever. Everything good and honorable and beneficial in this country came only after 1933.
There is a word for such rubbish, the shortened version being, "Bull."
Not a word of it is true. Zilch.
Perhaps the greatest political minds that ever existed were represented in that small group of men in 1776 and thereafter, who dared defy the oppressive British monarchy to declare their independence and go to war to secure it. These same men showed their genius in crafting what is perhaps the greatest human document on government ever written, the U.S. Constitution.
But none of this mattered, of course. All good things started in the 1930s. In fact, the Founders don't matter. The people who really matter are the notorious and criminal Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Yes, criminal. A mere skimming of the facts of history show that all three engaged in abject criminal activity, using the excuse that they were "helping the American people."
Back to the progressives. One wonders how the collectivists believe that citizens survived without New Deal government programs. For the first 160 years of its existence, the nation had no Social Security, no Food and Drug Administration, and practically no other departments of government except for those specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Services that citizens felt were necessary were implemented at the state and local levels. Yet somehow we survived. But it went well beyond that. Not only did the nation survive but by 1900 it had become one of the two greatest powers on earth, rivaled only by the British Empire.
Citizens managed to have running water, from wells, of course, but it was clean water. Citizens managed to survive illnesses without the help of the FDA. The automobile was invented and Henry Ford had invented the assembly line to get those new autos to the buying public. Roads were built to accommodate the autos. Wilbur and Orville Wright demonstrated that a man could fly a new contraption called the airplane, and those new contraptions began to be manufactured on a massive scale.
And, of course, there is the light bulb, the telephone, and hundreds of other inventions that made American lives better, all before the New Deal. In fact, government had nothing to do with it. Human ingenuity and initiative brought to us these benefits, not government. Yet there is a dangerous and insidious mindset in America that maintains that without a federal government program, we are all up the creek without a paddle.
Note what the federal government is now doing with education. The federal Department of Education is setting national standards that threaten homeschoolers who wish to remove their children from the propaganda and lies of the public school system. But the United States didn't even have a federal Department of Education until 1979 under Jimmy Carter. How on earth did we ever learn to read and write before that? In fact, a case can be made that education has gotten much worse since the founding of the U.S. Department of Education. But the mindset behind the propaganda that we cannot function without a federal program has become overwhelming in America.
Granted, many of the programs initiated by FDR during the 1930s were designed to help those who had been brought to financial ruin by the Great Depression. However, history shows that once the Depression had ended -- in the early 1940s with U.S. involvement in WWII, not during the 1930s as many erroneously claim -- most of these programs were ended because they were no longer needed.
But there is solid historical evidence that shows that FDR's overall economic policies deepened the Depression and prolonged it. Unemployment, for example, stayed above 15 percent during the entirety of the 1930s, sometimes jumping upwards toward 20 percent.
If a serious student of history wants to know how to effectively stop a severe Depression in its tracks, one must go back before the 1930s and FDR. Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding faced one of the worst Depressions in U.S. history in 1921-22. But their approach was the opposite from that of FDR in the 1930s. Coolidge, for example, insisted that government was the problem in the Depression and that in order to get the nation back on a solid financial footing in short order, government spending must be cut to the bone and taxes must be drastically lowered for all Americans.
The Coolidge plan worked, and within a year and a half, the Depression was over. Compare that to a prolonged Depression that went on for over a decade under FDR.
These issues must be discussed in America today with the onslaught of progressive lies that infest school textbooks, the airwaves, and newspaper editorial pages. The masks must be removed and the layers pulled back so that all can see the abject deception and duplicity of the progressive vision for America, which is determined to turn the nation into a collectivist nightmare.
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