Skip to comments.Obama and the 'Readjustment of Our National Life'
Posted on 01/04/2010 6:11:40 PM PST by STARWISE
Barack Obama famously promised -- and is now delivering -- "fundamental change" to America by expanding the role of the federal government more than any president since FDR.
Like Rahm Emanuel, FDR never let a crisis go to waste, using the Depression to accomplish a restructuring of the political economy. He knew how ambitious was his program. From his 1934 State of the Union speech:
It is to the eternal credit of the American people that this tremendous readjustment of our national life is being accomplished peacefully.
The revolution overcame America, and it passed without the typical bullets and blood attendant to other revolutionary events.
In what is now a clearly prophetic discussion of our current political dilemma, Garet Garrett explains the Marxist template for the conquest of America that fomented via FDR's New Deal.
As an author and editorial-writer-in-chief of the Saturday Evening Post, Garrett wrote among his many works the political monograph The Revolution Was, published in 1944.
In the above-referenced tome, Mr. Garrett lays out the New Deal game plan:
the promise of security and stability in exchange for individual freedom.
The crisis that provided the opportunity for the revolutionaries to formulate and implement the New Deal was the Great Depression. The following excerpt from Mr. Garrett's referenced literary work, while a bit dated, should look familiar.
* Repudiation of the United States Treasury's promises to pay.
* Confiscation of the people's gold by trickery.
* Debasement of the currency.
* Deliberate inflation.
* Spoliation of the savers, whose little rainy day hoards melted away.
* Deficit spending to create buying power by conjury.
* Monetization of debt.
* The doctrine of a planned economy.
* A scheme of taxation, class subsidies and Federal grants-in-aid designed ostensibly to redistribute the national wealth for social justice, but calculated in fact to reduce millions of citizens to subservience, bringing forty eight sovereign states to the status of provinces and to create in the executive principle a supreme government with extensive new powers, including the power to make its own laws by simply publishing from its bureaus rules and regulations having the force of law, disobedience punishable by fine or imprisonment.
While these enumerated concepts were unique to the situation at the time of the Great Depression, the general approach remains starkly similar to today's: Manipulate the currency and economy to control the people.
The federal government has grown extra-constitutionally large and unsustainable over the decades since the New Deal.
The function of a constitutional republic is really just forgotten history to most in our country.
It's over, and Americanism lost.
If a restoration is to occur, a new republic is needed, because the thoughts and character of the former framers and the conditions that gave rise to our once-great republic no longer exist.
While there are many formulas, ideas, and approaches to reverse the current reality, at the root there remains a single concept that must be restored if there is to be any hope: the sovereignty of the individual.
The Declaration of Independence spoke of individual life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as the core of the philosophy characterizes our country. The Declaration of Independence did not provide this sovereignty; it simply denoted these sovereign rights, bestowed by our maker, and referenced their authority over all others, targeting government particularly as a construct of, and subservient to, We the People.
Collectivism abhors individualism.
The collective cannot stand for competition from sovereign individuals. All square pegs must fit in the round holes of the society for the collective to be managed and operated. Once, sovereign citizens instituted government; now, We the People are the responsibility of the government.
The pot has taken control over the potter. The government will control our banks, businesses, use of energy, and apparently now, even our very bodies.
Little is left of the American paradigm of the sovereign individual. Symbolically, we can look forward to the next 4th of July for what remains of the idea of America, although most people likely mark the day by celebrating nothing more than a fascination with pyrotechnics and an undying love of hot dogs
Obama’s program won’t work any more than the New Deal did.
Tha smarmy, arrogant a-hole can adjust my codpiece. That’s about all he’s fit for.
Yet strangely the New Deal’s programs (at least many of them) remain in place.
Rubbish! Mr. Smith was clearly not in Washington on 9/12.
Granted, our beloved country is in desperate straits, but the death of American individualism and exceptionalism is greatly exaggerated. Nor is it at all clear that blood will not be shed before this cultural war is over. While it is fervently to be wished that we will overcome the threat of tyranny without civil war, Americans in vast number will, if forced, choose war over subservience.
Americans in vast number will, if forced, choose war over subservience.
I pray that would be so, but one only has to glance
around at the vast numbers in their 20’s, 30’s and
40’s and their self-centered and relatively easy
lives so far, bereft of any historical perspective
or interest, and there’s a lot of room for wondering
if they wouldn’t just flock to the govt trough.
When all is said and done, the word “failure” will be either spelled ‘Obama’ or be synonymous with Obama.
Point granted. But observe how many of these 20-, 30- and 40- year-olds behave when they are the least bit frustrated by someone else’s agenda: they are outraged by the mere suggestion that they can’t do or have what they want when they want it. They will join the responsible 20-,30- and 40-year-olds out of sheer fury!
Seriously, I do believe that a lot of youngsters are recognizing their own vacuum of historical information and are asking serious questions about who we are and how we got here. I think there is a hunger for meaning that we haven’t seen in a while.
The question is: What is critical mass and which side has it. For myself, I believe that God has empowered the mustard seeds and that America will be restored.
Interesting call today to Hannity. The woman’s name is Christine, she apparently calls in often enough that Hannity immediately called her “his resident lib”. Anyway, she was calling to say that she no longer supports Obama, especially on his health care reform and fiscal agenda. She admitted she was still a lib on social issues. Hannity was stunned...for Hannity that is something!
By the time his name comes up on a ballot for re-election he will be viewed as the greatest enemy of ordinary American’s in the history of the Presidency.
His ideas and policies are THAT disgusting.
A striking resemblance.
My father was born in 1919. He spoke of seeing old miners nearly starve in the 1920s, when they could no longer work. I think FDR had the right idea, and Social Security has served some purpose. Johnson is the one who should be blamed for wrecking the economy with social programs.
Now I just need to adapt to the new Socialist Age in America
The American thinker has good stuff
Social Security: If it had been pre-funded, individually owned and controlled and voluntary... Yes.
As instituted it’s ponzi and detrimental to people and a rip-off financially.
I agree , you know they will. Someone once said this is how Rome and the Soviet union unraveled; the patriots died off in military expansion, and the rest lost interest because they had no nation to be have pride in, they grew to hate it .....much like the USA today
most great nations rarely last 300 years the USA may have matured and gone to seed
Obama has not readjusted my life in any way. When he tries , I will send him a message.
If he tries and succeeds, then he will have one less US citizen to be concerned about.
That reminds me of a local “Cleveland-ism.”
When Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore, the Modell name became a nounverb of a different kind.
i.e. “My stomach is killing me. I gotta take a Modell.”
or...”I had too many beers. I’m going in the bathroom to hug the bowl and see if I can Modell it out”
Drew Carey even used it in his TV show.
Once people get used to government handouts, it’s hard to
break the habit. Our Founders had something to say about