By: Jay Loeffers
Hi my truth seeking friends, how are you? This is part three in my FDR Exposed articles and we are going to take a very close look at the New Deal programs that FDR shoved down everyone’s throat. I will show all of the overreaching and useless government agencies he kept piling on the average American and we’ll even look at the Welfare State he created that is bankrupting the government and people in general today. We will look to the founding fathers and their opinions on the Welfare State and have a look at what the great and late Ayn Rand had predicted about socialism in America and the problems the New Deal has caused.
Looking at FDR’s progressive views, we know that he believed that mankind is so flawed, that it was too stupid to take care of itself and it needed a government caretaker from the cradle to the grave. The progressives believe that only they can improve people and you should not be left alone for any reason. That they alone can make you better (movie reference: Serenity, a good science fiction movie with the same theme) and they also believe that you don’t know what is best for you. That you should not have all that money you worked for and it’s your duty to pay your government. NO! It’s your privilege to give your money to them. (Second movie reference: Sly Stalone’s Demolition Man with the same idea in mind.)
What was the “The New Deal?” Was it a way to improve the American people’s lives or to jump start the economy? Or was it a way to put forward an overreaching “Invisible Foot” to stomp down and control people’s lives? I say it is the latter one with the then government and progressive president wanting to inflict a new form of slavery through the Welfare State. Then FDR wanted to shred the Constitution with a new Bill of Rights that had nothing to do with your civil liberties.
Here, in a nut shell, is the list of goals of the Social Security program:
1. A controlled limit to poverty (the early war on poverty didn’t work then either).
2. A controlled limit on fortunes and to allow the people to share the wealth (how communist of you Mr. President).
3. To take care of the elderly through government pensions (that does not sound too bad, but…).
4. A controlled limit to work hours (that’s sooo French, oui).
5. A controlled balance to agricultural products and production with a price control on amount and future surpluses (FDR seems to have read the Communist Manifesto at some point).
6. Government pensions, G.I. bill, medical care and other benefits for veterans (that one, I can get behind).
7. A controlled reduction of big fortunes from the wealthiest in America and taxation to run the government (top down, bottom up, sounds familiar – Van Jones).
8. A government controlled improvement to the country and to provide employment in the government based public works. A government rendering of all agricultural surpluses.(burn, baby burn).
Does this sound like a secure idea to you or is it a way for the government to stomp down on your life and civil liberties?
A statement on the Welfare State from Benjamin Franklin, “The Welfare State in London has been the cause of laziness and misery in the people. I have often felt it’s not the government’s job to hand out free money, food and jobs and charity should be left in the people’s hands.”
Even the late and great Ayn Rand has been recorded as saying in a 1979 broadcast of the Donahue Show, that a lot of America’s problems can be traced back to the New Deal and even earlier. Of course, lame brain Donahue and his robot viewers didn’t get it. In an earlier interview in 1959 with a young Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand had stated that problems with socialism had already crept into America in the 1950s! (You can look up both interviews on YouTube – just type in Ayn Rand and search.) So, Mrs. Rand knew that FDR’s New Deal had caused a few minor problems and said it openly and truthfully as she always did. Not bad for a woman from Lenin’s Russia.
Let me look at “The Thing That Should Not Be” (yes, I know it’s a Metallica song reference). FDR’s so-called Second Bill of Rights. Here was a president so ready to help us all out with life and job insecurity and to protect us all from those evil big businesses. Ooohhhh scary. But that was not half as scary as this actual document was if it had passed. Luckily, it was such a nod to socialism that the Congress, with cooler heads, prevailed and said no to FDR. Here are the stated goals of the Second Bill of Rights in 1944 from FDR’s State of the Union speech:
1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farm or mines of the nation.
2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.
4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad.
5. The right of every family to a decent home.
6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment.
8. The right to a good education.
Roosevelt stated in closing, “All of these rights spell security. And after the war is won we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights to new goals of human happiness and well being.”
Wow! Did someone have dreams of unicorns streaming rainbows behind them or what? That last part almost sounded like the Emperor’s “The Republic needs to be reorganized” speech from “Revenge of the Sith” (my inner Star Wars geek has come out). As before, FDR believed that human rights come from the government and not from a higher power, “so as the government gives, it can also take it away.”
A friend of Roosevelt’s, one Hugh Johnson, stated about the New Deal: “A holy thing… The greatest social advance since the days of Jesus Christ.” And Johnson threatened all those that opposed this, “May god have mercy on the man or the group of men who attempt to trifle with this bird.”
During Roosevelt’s later terms, he felt he should become a dictator for the greater good of the country and the American people. He was not alone in this self assessment, even his wife and a media friend of his, Walter Lippmann, loved these ideas and was starting to write up and sign some paperwork for the Dictator of the United States of America.
Roosevelt privately stated that what we are doing in this country are some of the same things that were being done in Russia and even some of the things that were being done under Hitler in Germany.
Really FDR, after all of that, “let’s defeat the Nazis at all costs,” you turn around and do the same thing Hitler did to his own people on policy issues. Great, well that was not even worth fighting for, Mr. President.
Walter Lippmann told Roosevelt, “The situation is critical Franklin, you may have no alternative but to assume dictatorial powers.” (Did I just hear The Empire’s Theme song rise up again?)
Even his wife Eleanor believed that a “Benevolent Dictator” might be the answer for America. Damn, now I hear Tammy Wynette’s song, “Stand By Your Man,” in my head.
Tonight folks, please do your homework and research to find this out. I have the files for some of this. Please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will send them free of charge. For something different as well, I am going to offer you a reading list to help you out even more. Thank you all for your kindness and requests.
Book sources to read and use for research:
1. A PATRIOT’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, CHAPTERS 15, 16, 17, PAGES 555 THRU 634
2. A PATRIOT’S HISTORY READER – ROOSEVELT SPEECHES
3. THE PATRIOT’S LIBRARY, PAGES 269, 593, 599
4. LIBERAL FASCISM, CHAPTER 4, PAGE 121
7. THE REAL BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
8. NEW DEAL OR RAW DEAL? – BURTON FOLSOM JR.
9. FDR GOES TO WAR – BURTON FOLSOM JR. AND ANITA FOLSOM
10. ARGUING WITH IDIOTS – GLENN BECK, CHAPTER 10, PAGES 225 THRU 231
11. BROKE – GLENN BECK, CHAPTER 6, PAGES 67 THRU 73
12. THE 48 LIES ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY – NEW DEAL CHAPTER
13. WHAT WOULD THE FOUNDERS SAY?
14. ATLAS SHRUGGED – AYN RAND
15. THE FOUNTAINHEAD – AYN RAND
16. SOCIALISM – LUDWIG VON MISES
17. THE ROAD TO SERFDOM – F.A. HAYEK
18. THE WEALTH OF NATIONS – ADAM SMITH
19. THE COMING INSURRECTION – THE INVISIBLE COMMITTEE
20.THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO – KARL MARX