A beautiful Thursday morning here in the great Republic, and my black coffee is poured, now some more homegrown perspective…
Let’s start out today by saying; Yes Harry S. Truman is “quoted” as saying these words from the rear platform of a train in Syracuse, New York, on October 10th, 1952 while “stumping” for Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson II.
Snopes (a social media “fact” checking site) is quite succinct in stating that Harry S. Truman was a great President and he definitely is attributed as to having said this. Although he never really did much while in office… But wait there’s more. Truman’s Fair Deal, where he recommended that all Americans have health insurance. That the minimum wage (the lowest amount of money per hour that someone can be paid) be increased. And that by law, all Americans be guaranteed equal rights.
So, let me break this down a bit more… Health Insurance is not a constitutional right, nor should our tax dollars be spent to cover the cost of living life. Minimum wage is exactly that… the minimum. That’s why it’s called “minimum wage”. It’s the job you get when you have the least amount of qualifications. The one that is commensurate to experience.
The last part of his “fair” deal. “All Americans be guaranteed equal rights”. That is what the Constitution and Bill of Rights, already indicated? If answering yes, then wouldn’t enforcing that constitutional precedence be the answer? I would say answering yes, is the only answer needed.
Let’s break it down a little bit more with more of his words;
Socialism is what they called public power. (Public power is a socialist ideology, so we can confidently say; they were right and Truman was a social progressive).
Socialism is what they called social security. (Social Security, is a socialist style program, that’s why they incorporated the word “social” into the program).
Socialism is what they called farm price supports. (government supported farm subsidies are indeed a socialist style program).
Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. (Any form of government backed insurance is a socialist program, no matter if it is beneficial to the people or not).
Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. (labor organizations are and have always been a socialist/communist construct. Again, it doesn’t matter how it may or may not benefit the people initially, they eventually become corrupted).
Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people. (Collectivism and Progressivism are not constitutionally sound and do not support the tenets of the Founders).
Woodrow Wilson; “If you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.” ~ Address to the Jefferson Club of Los Angeles
You read that correctly. DO NOT REPEAT THE PREFACE.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ~ Preface to the Declaration of Independence. (Thomas Jefferson).
For 65 years (circa 1900-1965) the Progressivist movement took root and propagated throughout many administrations. From Theodore Roosevelt up until the moment LBJ “turned the tide” and took on the job of “slapping” our Founders in the face. The greatest divide the two political parties have ever known was instantly created, and when socialism “came of age” in America via vocalized radicalization. The “leftist” was born!
This was the point where those who believed in the progressive ideology of the constitution being a “living document” and those that believed it to be “carved in stone” (with an amendable processes), collided, head on. Before this time… they coexisted in a more accountable existence, one side giving a bit and the other acquiescing. It was more about compromise for the better good of the people. The mid-60s was the point when the “carved in stone” crowd realized that the “jig was up” and socialism, like cancer was metastasizing into something much more destructive than they had imagined. The beast they had created… was growing.
Getting back on track, we can see that all of what Ol’ Harry mentions in his speech, are indeed based upon social progressive ideologies. All of the above mentioned programs and more, were inserted into our government by past administrations that were socially progressive in their administrative and philosophical approach to constitutional republicanism. They were socialist/communist at the very base root.
My father would say; “If it smells like crap, it’s probably crap.” I would say; “If it smells like anything other than Constitutional Republicanism, then it is probably “anything” other”.
I can say with certainly that their approach is not about the individual sovereignty, our Founders talked about. And it is certainly not about individual liberty and freedom. It can’t be about “pursuing your own version of happiness”, because they encouraged everyone to think in terms of “collective happiness”.
Let’s face it; if it talks about We the People in a collective sense, then it can only be socialism at the base root. It may be slathered with a “creamy, whipped cream” and given another less abrasive name, but it’s socialism, none-the-less.
Before any one say’s it; yes… we have social programs. They were inserted by progressives who thought in the collective sense. Forced charity backed by extorted tax dollars of We the People. We have no real say in how those dollars are spent, but are forced to pay a tax on our own pursuits of happiness, so others can find their own versions, even if we don’t agree with any of it.
We pay for it all from the sweat of our own brows (forced charity) while they ignore our requests for oversight investigations for allegations of mismanagement of tax payer monies. What can We the People do? We have come a long way baby… but it hasn’t always been the right direction.
We should all know by now that our Founders created the greatest form of government this world has ever known; a Constitutional Republic. A government with simplistic “rules and regulations” that must never infringe upon the rights of its own “law-abiding” citizens. How much more perfect could it get? We the People get all of our natural rights protected for us from “government” infringement… and all we had to do was remain a “moral, ethical” people while maintaining an ever vigilant “watch” over our politicians.
We failed to do even that. We let them convince us to “trust” them. We allowed them to compromise our values with money. We allowed them to absolve us of our responsibilities while they created the perfect “scapegoat”. They selected the Founders, who risked their lives to present to us the best governing solution ever known to mortal man. Did our Founders make a mistake? The only mistake they made… was entrusting it all to the efforts of future generations.
By “entrusting it all” I mean things like; “the Declaration of Independence has lost its significance.” ~ Woodrow Wilson; Philadelphia, July 4, 1914
This is exactly what current Democrats want us to do and believe in. This is what they are selling to anyone who will listen. It was sold to us back in 1914… and it is being offered up again for our consideration. We have to decide on whether we believe we are a Nation built upon the Liberties and Freedoms described within the preamble of our Declaration of Independence, or should we allow ourselves to become slaves to “collective and progressive” socialism”?
Again, if it smells like anything other than Constitutional Republicanism… then it probably is.
We the People need to decide upon which side of the aisle we stand. Are we part of the “have your cake and eat it too” crowd, or are we a principled people with moral and ethical values that support “sweat of the brow” pursuits? Can we be a charitable people, helping our neighbors overcome hardships, taking care of the elderly in our communities, ensuring that our neighborhoods are safe for children to play in… without having to give up our individual liberties and freedoms? Of course we can… it just takes more work from us as individuals.
Our country was built upon a union of individual liberties and freedoms… and based upon the premise that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. It was never intended for us to “give up” individualism to be given permission to have those rights. They are Creator bestowed, unalienable rights that no man has a right to usurp. Why would anyone ever think about giving that up?
I have a theory… but bear in mind I’m not perfect. I make mistakes like everybody else. My opinions and perspectives are not always perfect, but I keep trying and learning. The difference is in the “trying and learning” and how you approach it. For myself, it is first and foremost about the relationship with my Christ. About the “talents” he bestowed upon me at birth. The ability to rationalize theory and truth while allowing Him to show me the errs of my past, through honest self-reflection. I’m not talking about religion here… I’m talking about relationship. Our Founders were not necessarily “religious” men (there was a lot surrounding religious oppression during their time), but I do believe they understood the relationship aspects of Christ.
As for my theory? People will always seek the path of least resistance, and they will always look for a scapegoat to blame for their own inequalities and iniquities. If we absolve ourselves of the responsibility of pursuing our own happiness… we have someone to blame for our inability to pursue it to a satisfactory outcome. The “Blame Game” is one we all have played from time to time… some just play it better than others.
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