Yep, the big three networks and major newspapers before them shaped American opinion. Could there be a Tea Party without the internet? Not very likely.
I didnt know one way or the other about Soc Sec lack of popularity. Good info.
My father was a Depression era teenager and WWII vet. The only, single time I heard him curse was in the 1960s when uncle Walter brought up FDR. Every other time FDR came up, he'd bite his lip, walk outdoors and I assume, mutter obscenities to himself.
As for FDR era judges, The Four Horsemen of Scotus stuck to the Constitution and stymied much of the New Deal. I forget which one was replaced with an FDR toady; its been downhill ever since.
I alternate between downright despair and weak hope for our country. We are without doubt witnessing a Great Awakening. The Tea Party movement has the statists worried, as they should be, for socialist edifices will soon come crashing down. The only question is what will replace them, tyranny or a new era of freedom? I am not hopeful.
...Congress long gave up much of its Article 1 Section 1 powers to the courts and administrative agencies. The reason I am not very hopeful for a return to constitutional government is a practical one. What do we say, "We really, really mean the Constitution means what it says this time around?"
It's good that you wrote it and it makes a lot of sense, but at the same time it is sad. Thanks for the education and thanks for your tremendous contributions to this forum.