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Quotes on America by the Founders and other real Americans (Part 2)

Below is part 2 of a compilation of inspiring quotes about our nation, liberty and our national values. They put the challenges and rewards of a free Republic into perspective. It is fascinating how many of these could have been written in the last year… 

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams  

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln 

“If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” – Noah Webster 

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” – Daniel Webster  

On God and Country … 

“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” – Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation  

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” – Patrick Henry 

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin  

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” – Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence 

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” –  John Adams 

“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?  Thomas Jefferson 

On War and Freedom … 

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War” –  George Washington

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.”- Benjamin Franklin 

“There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet an enemy” – George Washington 

“Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.”-  John Adams 

“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.” – John Adams 

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” – Benjamin Franklin  

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” – President James Madison 

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever” – John Adams 

On Banks … 

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” Thomas Jefferson 

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”    Thomas Jefferson 

On Free Speech… 

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter” – George Washington 

“Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech” – Benjamin Franklin 

“In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech” – Benjamin Franklin  

On the Right to Bear Arms …

 “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man”  – Thomas Jefferson 

“Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms” – James Madison 

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms . . .” – Samuel Adams 

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” – Noah Webster 

On Patriotism …

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” – Thomas Paine  

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts–not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” –
Abraham Lincoln 
 

On Foreign Policy … 

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world” – George Washington 

“We do not need to import any foreign economic ideas or any foreign government. We had better stick to the American brand of government, the American brand of equality, and the American brand of wages. America had better stay American” – Calvin Coolidge 

Wake up, America! It is time to return to our national values and reclaim our birthright. It is time to take back the unalienable rights granted us in the Declaration of Independence; Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. As we are taught by history through the words of our founders – we are a nation built on the Constitution and the principles of Christianity and we must regain our moral compass to restore our country.  

In the words of Washington, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” 

And Jefferson, “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”  

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

Howard Dean: “This is a form of Redistribution”

At last they are starting to admit what their real agenda is… if you haven’t figured it out yet the goals are socialism and redistribution of wealth! The rats are no longer afraid to come out of the dark.    

Shortly after taking office Obama told us what he was going to do, but most people refused to believe or failed to listen: 

If  you still have any doubts that the Democrat/Progressive Party equals Marxist/Socialism, let former DNC Chair Howard Dean explain it to you:

Communitarianism is the philosophy of community organizers. Ultimately this leads to Communism. The President, many in his administration and Congress clearly subscribe to the Cloward/Piven school of thought. They are a threat to the original Constitutional Republic put in place by the founding fathers. 

So what debate is Howard Dean referring to… we never had a debate of capitalism versus socialism. During the campaign, when Joe the plumber asked the President about his plan, Obama offered the “spread the wealth around” comment. When those opposed to the concept tried to make it an issue, it was shut down and ridiculed by the media. Conservatives across the country would welcome a debate on the Constitution, capitalism and freedom versus Socialism, centralized government and “nanny state” control. 

In a recent appearance on Squawk Box, Dean explained how the Healthcare Reform Bill is a form of redistribution of wealth.

Or Max Baucus who says this is an income shift…

Notice that the idea of redistribution some how never quite reaches the political class who so desperately believe it is the “right medicine” for the rest of us. Congress has balked at giving up their “Cadillac health coverage”. They are not at all interested in joining the rest of us in the public pool. Maybe the Congress, the President and his staff, all of whom feel that they should decide what appropriate compensation for executives should be, would rethink their salaries. After all, since it is a privilege to serve, maybe they should earn a salary more in line with the national median income of $50,000 per year.  

Each day more and more of the radical left show their true colors. When will the country wake up? Yes, there is growing awareness but the clock is ticking and time is running out. With each bill they pass and each regulation they change the Progressives are pushing us down a path from which recovery will become increasingly more difficult. 

Make your voice heard. Demand the return to a Constitutional Republic, fee market capitalism and American liberty. 

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left! 

“If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what’s at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.” – Ronald Reagan 

“Government growing beyond our consent had become a lumbering giant, slamming shut the gates of opportunity, threatening to crush the very roots of our freedom. What brought America back? The American people brought us back — with quiet courage and common sense; with undying faith that in this nation under God the future will be ours, for the future belongs to the free.”  – Ronald Reagan

The Mount Vernon Statement – Constitutional Conservatism

From MountVernonStatement.com:

In light of the challenges facing the country and the need for clarity in the age of Obama, The Mount Vernon Statement, modeled on the Sharon Statement issued on Sept. 11, 1960, is a defining statement of conservative beliefs, values and principles penned by a broad coalition of conservative leaders representing a wide spectrum of the movement including fiscal, social, cultural and national security conservatives.

CONSERVATIVE LEADERS UNITE AND SIGN ON TO THE MOUNT VERNON STATEMENT

Historic Document Defines The Principles, Beliefs And Values Of The Conservative Movement

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Over 80 leaders, representing tens of millions of conservative activists nationwide, today signed The Mount Vernon Statement, a declaration of leadership for a new generation of conservatives that defines the principles, values and beliefs of the conservative movement.

“With this statement, and its many signatories, a new day dawns for the conservative movement,” said Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation, and one of the drafters of the statement.  “It reasserts conservative principles, values and beliefs that are embraced by more people in this country than those of any political ideology.  Fifty years ago, the federal government threatened to grow exponentially.  Visionaries then gathered in Sharon, Connecticut, to articulate essential principles of American governance.  Today, that threat is even greater, and so we must articulate anew the nature of Constitutional Conservatism in the 21st Century.”

“This is an historic moment as, since the 2008 election, conservative leaders from across the country have been meeting and planning a comeback.  A year ago some pundits claimed that conservatism was effectively dead.  But today, as revelations about Washington’s futility in addressing America’s problems continue to mount, the movement is alive and poised for a resurgence of Constitutional Conservative leadership,” said Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan and master of ceremonies for the signing event.

The Mount Vernon Statement 

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The self evident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the
    rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
    politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
    economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America’s national interest in advancing freedom
    and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
    end.
  • It informs conservatism’s firm defense of family, neighborhood,
    community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.

 February 17, 2010 

We the undersigned join in our support of the guiding principles of The Mount Vernon Statement.

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan      Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council      Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center       Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union      David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan     Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government      Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com       Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring      Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review

Sign the petition on-line here:  http://www.themountvernonstatement.com/

By signing the petition you can send a message to our leaders in Washington about what is important to us.  The text of the document lays the foundation for a conservative coalition. It reminds us of  the founding fathers’ vision for us. It is time for a return to the values and principles of government that made us a strong and prosperous nation. 

Restore the Republic, Restore the American Dream, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.  – Ronald Reagan

Scary Progressives/Socialists: In Their Own Words, Part 2

“Progressivism” is a reform movement that began in the 1890’s and has remained active to this day. At times it has had a lower profile but it has been an active force in American politics for over 100 years.

So what is my beef with “Progressives” ? In part 1, I gave you the history of the movement and the names of some of its’ current members. For the second part of the answer I offer you a compilation of the Progressives in their own words:

Early Progressives/Socialists:

NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, ITALIAN PHILOSOPHER & FATHER OF MODERN POLITICS:

“Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER & PLAYWRIGHT:

“The moment we face it frankly we are driven to the conclusion that the community has a right to put a price on the right to live in it … If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way. Is it any wonder that some of us are driven to prescribe the lethal chamber as the solution for the hard cases which are at present made the excuse for dragging all the other cases down to their level, and the only solution that will create a sense of full social responsibility in modern populations?”

“I don’t want to punish anybody. (But there are) an extraordinary number of people whom I want to kill. I think it would be a good thing to make everybody come before a properly-appointed board, just as they might come before the income tax commissioner, and say every five years, or every seven years, just put them there, and say, “Sir, or madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence?”

If you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the big organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.

JOHN DEWY, AMERICAN PHILOSPHER, PSYCHOLOGIST & EDUCATIONAL REFORMER:

“Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.”

SIR FRANCIS GALTON, ANTHROPOLOGIST & EUGENICIST (He invented the term Eugenics):

“It has now become a serious necessity to better the breed of the human race. The average citizen is too base for the everyday work of modern civilization.”

“(Eugenics) must be introduced into the national conscience, like a new religion. It has, indeed, strong claim to become an orthodox religious tenet for the future, for Eugenics co-operates with the workings of Nature by securing that humanity shall be represented by the fittest races. What Nature does blindly, slowly and ruthlessly, man must do providently, quickly and kindly.”

WOODROW WILSON, 28th U.S. PRESIDENT:

“The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can. His capacity will set the limit; and if Congress be overborne by him, it will be no fault of the makers of the Constitution … but only because the President has the nation behind him and Congress has not.”

“Government does now whatever experience permits or the times demand.”

“All that progressives ask or desire is permission–in an era when development, evolution, is a scientific word–to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.”

STUART CHASE, AMERICAN ECONOMIST & ENGINEER (Credited with coining the term The New Deal used by FDR):

“The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”

“Why should the Russians have all the fun remaking a world.”

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, 19th CENTURY GERMAN PHILOSPHER:

“There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.”

“After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, 32nd U.S. PRESIDENT

“Throughout the nation men and women, forgotten in the political philosophy of the Government, look to us here for guidance and for more equitable opportunity to share in the distribution of national wealth… I pledge you, I pledge myself to a New Deal for the American people… This is more than a political campaign. It is a call to arms.”

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”

“Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.”

“If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”

“As new commander in chief under the oath to which you are still bound, I reserve the right to command you in any phase of the situation which now confronts us.”

MARGARET SANGER, AMERICAN FOUNDER OF THE BIRTH CONTROL MOVEMENT:

“We are failing to segregate morons who are increasingly multiplying … a dead weight of human waste… an ever-increasing spawning class of human beings who should never have been born at all.”

OTHERS:

“I believe that now and always the conscious selection of the best for reproduction will be impossible; that to propose it is to display a fundamental misunderstanding of what individuality implies. The way of nature has always been to slay the hindmost, and there is still no other way, unless we can prevent those who would become the hindmost being born. It is in the sterilization of failure, and not in the selection of successes for breeding, that the possibility of an improvement of the human stock lies.”

“The case for government by elites is irrefutable.” – Senator William Fulbright

Modern/Current Progressives:

FRIEDRICH AUGUST VON HAYEK, AUSTRIAN BORN ECONOMIST & PHILOSOPHER:

“Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has sole control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rates higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for.”

“Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such. It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving. It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance. It has, for this reason, invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing. The tug of war between conservatives and progressives can only affect the speed, not the direction, of contemporary developments.”

LYNDON JOHNSON, U.S. PRESIDENT:

“I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.”

“There is but one way for a president to deal with the Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it’s really going to work, the relationship between the president and the Congress has got to be almost incestuous.”

“No member of our generation who wasn’t a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.”

“It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.”

JIMMY CARTER, 39th U.S. PRESIDENT:

“Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.”

“What has happened at Guantanamo Bay… does not represent the will of the American people. I’m embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people.”

MICHELLE OBAMA, U.S. FIRST LADY:

“The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

BARACK OBAMA, 44th U.S. PRESIDENT:

“It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure everybody who is behind you, that they have got a chance at success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”

“It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

“But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and Warren court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. … one of the, I think the tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.”

BILL FLETCHER, JR., SENIOR SCHOLAR – INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES’:

In this sense, comrades, I am here to not only speak to you about the subject of this panel, but to put before you a challenge. Too many of us on the Left act as if we have all the time in the world to make changes. If it does not happen in our lifetimes, too many of us think, it will inevitably happen in the next. No! History demonstrates exactly the opposite. There are no guarantees.

“DSA is needed as a major force to transform the Left and compel the entire Left to recognize that ours must be a struggle for power; a struggle for a progressive politics; a struggle to create a national-popular bloc capable of truly altering the priorities of this country…and this necessitates theory and it necessitates organization.

Remember the words of A. Philip Randolph that I think are so applicable to this moment:

“At the banquet table of nature there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you can’t take anything, you won’t get anything; and if you can’t hold anything, you won’t keep anything. And you can’t take anything without organization.” What more needs to be said!

MANY OTHERS:

“Two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa.” – Anita Dunn, former Obama White House Communications Director

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, Obama White House Chief of Staff

“[A]lmost all gun control legislation is constitutionally fine. And if the Court is right, then fundamentalism does not justify the view that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms. ” – Cass Sunstein, Obama Regulatory Czar

“ In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — a Democratic revolution — to begin to put in place saying that we’re going to have impact on the people of Venezuela…” – Mark Lloyd, FCC Diversity Officer

“Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system.” Stokely Carmichael, African American Activist

“Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous, but they are not. Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy.” – David Korten, Member of the Club of Rome

“Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.” – Barney Frank, Rep. U.S. House of Representatives, (MA)

“Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money because they are convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it’s an adults only, no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.” – Ron Bloom, Obama’s Manufacturing Czar

“I think ultimately the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down and there’s going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume in terms of energy and material resources in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous.” – John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar

There is a consistent set of themes running through their comments:

  • more government
  • individual freedoms are secondary
  • the government knows best
  • use of what ever means necessary
  • the Constitution is outdated
  • capitalism is bad
  • “social justice”
  • redistribution of wealth
  • global government

So this is where it starts – the question is where would it end? These people are radicals who want to reengineer our society and our nation. Open your eyes America, the Constitution and the American way of life are under attack! You must fight back, the threat is real. There are “progressives” in our government who want to “fundamentally transform America”. This transformation is underway. Will you help stop it?

What is a Progressive? (and why they should scare you) Part 1

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left! 

If you are a regular reader of my blog you are familiar with my closing tag line above or a variation of it, which I close most blogs with. 

So what is a “progressive” and what is my beef with them? For the answer you must look at American history beginning in the early 1900’s. 

“Progressivism” is a reform movement that began in the 1890’s and has remained active to this day. At times it has had a lower profile but it has been an active force in American politics for over 100 years.

The American “progressive movement” was originally led by “intellectuals and social reformers” (aka the elite) seeking to address the economic, political, and cultural issues which had resulted from the rapid growth/industrialization of the country as well as the growth of modern capitalism. The Progressives believed then as they do today, that this rapidly changing society required the establishment of a “new order”.  Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Croly, John Dewey and Charles Merriam were early political leaders of the movement.

Progressives don’t always agree on how to solve problems but generally they agree government must be actively involved at every level of society to drive reform. They also agree the existing constitutional system is antiquated. They believe it must become a dynamic, evolving instrument of social change, aided by scientific knowledge and the development of administrative bureaucracy.

Some of the first changes the early progressives made were; the direct elections of Senators, the open primary, the initiative and referendum. To drive the desired societal change through the government there was a need for more revenue which resulted in the 16th Amendment and individual progressive income tax.

Progressives are elitists – their vision was to use the Presidency to provide the direction and the vision to drive the evolution of a progressive government. 

“All that progressives ask or desire is permission–in an era when development, evolution, is a scientific word–to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.” – Woodrow Wilson 

The Progressive Party led by Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin was very successful in the years following WWI. After the war there was an up swing in left leaning politics in the United States. Political parties such as the Workers’ Party (the Communists), the Socialist Party and the Farmer-Labor Party, all increased their membership in the early 1920’s.

In 1922, the Conference for Progressive Political Action (C.P.P.A.), another left wing progressive movement partnered with railway unions to create a political force at the state and local levels, successfully backing several liberal candidates for Congress.

In 1924, the C.P.P.A. convinced Senator La Follette to be their candidate for president, giving him full control over the party platform and his choice of a running mate. The platform he laid out is as follows:

  • Government Ownership. Claiming mismanagement by private enterprise, the Progressives called for government ownership of the nation’s railroads, timber forests, coal, ore and oil fields, and power-generating water resources.
  • Tax Reform. Saying the lower and middle classes paid a disproportionate amount of income tax, the Progressives called for lower of tax rates for those groups and promised sharp increases on the wealthy.
  • Agricultural Reform. The Progressives were proponents of farm subsides and other government programs to support farmers. These included price supports and relief from the costs of over production.
  • Judicial Reform. The Progressives wanted limitations on both judicial reviews and injunctions. They argued that judges were overturning too much legislation based on constitutional grounds. They said that this was blocking the implementation of programs and legislation that was designed to “benefit” the lower and middle classes. 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Compare the above to the Progressive Promise found on the website of the Progressive Congressional Caucus: http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?SectionID=5&ParentID=0&SectionTypeID=2&SectionTree=5

Beginning in 1924, Norman Thomas became a leading figure in the American Progressive/Socialist movement running for president six times between 1928 & 1948 as the candidate of the Socialist Party of America. 

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas

This statement is the key to understanding the Progressives. They are radicals who understand that the way to take over America is through an evolutionary process not a revolutionary one. The radicals of the 60’s, using unrest over the war, the momentum of the civil right’s movement and LBJ’s Great Society  tried to move their agenda forward with a more openly revolutionary approach but this was quickly rejected by mainstream America. 

Since then the Progressive Movement has operated quietly inside the Democratic Party slowly moving their agenda forward and waiting for their opportunity. Their patience paid off in 2008 after G.W. Bush’s unpopular second term. 

So who are today’s Progressives and how do they operate within the Democratic Party? 

Within the House of Representatives the Democrats have a group called the Progressive Caucus.

“The Progressive Caucus is an organization of Members of Congress founded in 1991 by newly-elected House Representative Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont), who is a self-described socialist.”

The following is a list of all current Representatives in the Congressional Progressive Caucus: 

    Nancy Pelosi (CA) – Speaker of the House

    Steny Hoyer (MD) – House Majority Leader

    Jim Clyburn (SC) – Majority Whip

    John B. Larson (CT) –Democratic Caucus Chair 

Co-Chairs
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)             Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)    Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)         Hon. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)

Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)  Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)  Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)  Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)  Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)  Hon. André Carson (IN-07)  Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Judy Chu (CA-32)  Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)  Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)

Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)  Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)  Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)  Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)  Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)  Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)  Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)  Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)  Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)  Hon. John Hall (NY-19)  Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Alcee Hastings (FL-23)  Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)  Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)  Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)  Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)  Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)  Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)  Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)  Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)  Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)  Hon. Eric Massa (NY-29)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)  Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)  Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)  Hon. Jim Moran (VA-08)  Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)  Hon. John Olver (MA-01)  Hon. Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)  Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)  Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Jared Polis (CO-02)  Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)  Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)  Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)  Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-39)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)  Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)  Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)  Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)  Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)  Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)  Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)  Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)  Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19) 

The names on this list should surprise no one as they are some of the most liberal members of Congress. Here is a link to their website: 

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?ContentID=166&ParentID=0&SectionID=4&SectionTree=4&lnk=b&ItemID=164 

Until 1999 the Progressive Caucus worked in open partnership with Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations’ websites.

Excerpts from the website of the Democratic Socialists of America: 

“The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics. 

We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.

 We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships”.

DSA website has a youth section, Young Democratic Socialists (YDS). Made up of students from colleges and high schools and young people in the work force, the Youth Section works on economic justice and democracy and prison justice projects. It is a member of the International Union of Socialist Youth, an affiliate of the Socialist International. The Youth Section meets several times during the year. More information is available from YDS staff. 

Also on their site you will find a variety of resources in the form of PDFs. Most of these are in support of all the administrations major agenda items; Health Care Reform, Green Jobs, Climate Change Regulations and Card Check to name a few. However there is one that really stands out called “How a President Creates Change” by Joseph Schwartz.

Below is the opening of this article:

“The impressive depth and breadth of your electoral victory, combined with Democratic gains in both the House and the Senate, provides the possibility of reversing three decades of growing inequality that is the primary cause of an impending depression. To put it simply, the world now produces more than it can consume; we now are paying the price for using excessive debt to make up for the declining purchasing power of the global working class. But to do avoid a global depression you will have to act boldly and quickly. As a constitutional law scholar, you realize that the system of checks and balances and separation of powers established by our founders consciously aimed to forestall rapid change. Thus, almost all the reforms we identify with the twentieth-century Democratic Party—Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act, the Civil Rights Acts, and Medicare—occurred in the periods 1935-1938 and 1964-1966, the only times when the Democrats controlled the presidency and had strong majorities in both chambers of Congress. 

 If upon taking office you lead with boldness, your administration could pass major legislation in regard to universal health care, massive investment in green technology, and labor law reform that would transform United States social relations for generations to come. But as a former community organizer you know that such reforms did not come from the top down; they arose because moderate elites made concessions to the movements of the unemployed and the CIO in the 1930s and to the Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s, and welfare rights movements of the 1960s. While your office cannot conjure up mass social movements, you can call your supporters to ongoing grassroots activism”. 

Throughout history, Progressives have been enamored with the wrong people. This included people such as Stalin and Mussolini. Early Progressives were supporters of eugenics and remained interested until Hitler made it into a bad word. At a minimum Progressives are statists, who favor a dominant central government that tightly controls its’ citizens, at their worst they can morph into power mad social engineers who believe they can reshape society through science and government. 

Today, the progressive movement is the lunatic fringe of the left. The Progressives in the administration and Congress openly express their admiration for Mao, Chavez, Che Guevara and Castro. Mark Lloyd, Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Ron Bloom, Maxine Waters and Carol Browner are just a handful of these radicals who have taken up residence in our government. It should not go without notice that President has made references in his speeches to his “progressive friends”. 

During his Sept 2009 Healthcare address to joint session of Congress, he said:

“To my progressive friends, I would remind you that for decades, the driving idea behind reform has been to end insurance company abuses and make coverage available for those without it”.

If you have any doubts that there is a Progressive movement hard at work inside this administration, think again! Go to the website of Progressives for Obama and read this article:  http://progressivesforobama.blogspot.com/2010/01/organization-you-get-nothing-without-it.html  or check out these sites: http://blog.pdamerica.org/ or http://www.democrats.com/ 

The Progressive Movement goes against everything America stands for: it created progressive income tax, prohibition, the Federal Reserve, the U.N., every single government agency – from the Department of the Interior to the FDA – these were all progressive ideas. Progressives believe in the philosophy that life is just too complex for the common people to understand or deal with so they should back off and let the government solve the problems. Kind of reminds you of the town hall meetings on Healthcare Reform, doesn’t it! 

Here is the real problem – the more power and control the government gets, the more power and control it wants. The founding fathers recognized this, which is why there is a separation of powers built into our Constitution. It was intentionally designed this way to provide checks and balances to control the speed of change. 

Progressives believe in social re-engineering. They believe that they can improve the world by changing the structure of society and the roles of the people in it. Unfortunately, what usually starts with good intentions eventually goes awry. The governments of Chavez and Castro have not created a better life for all. What they did create was equality – in poverty for the masses and wealth for the elite! I defy you to find a “regular person” in a truly “progressive/socialist” society who is happy with their individual freedom, their quality of life and their ability to pursue their dreams. Americans are spoiled – we take these things for granted. There is no free lunch, all entitlements come at a cost. What are you willing to give up, to have your “security” provided by the federal government. I want more from my life than …work, eat, sleep…die! 

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”   – Winston Churchill 

“The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer’s money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse.” – Thomas Sowell

Open your eyes America, the Constitution and the American way of life are under attack! You must fight back, the threat is real. There are “progressives” in our government who want to “fundamentally transform America”.  This transformation is underway. Will you help stop it?

“Most people who read “The Communist Manifesto” probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of “the workers”.” – Thomas Sowell 

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left! 

Coming: Part 2 – Scary Progressives/Socialists – In Their Own Words

Make Mine Freedom – A dose of truth from “the greatest generation”!

This cartoon is both prophetic and an accurate portrayal of our current situation. Unbelievably, it is from 1948! Maybe instead of “The Story of Stuff”, they should be showing this in our schools.   

Amazing how well the message applies today. Wake Up, America!

Restore the Republic through Truth and American Values – Reject the Socialist Agenda of the Progressive Left!

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security – Benjamin Franklin

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. – Ronald Reagan

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.  – Ronald Reagan