Monday, July 25, 2016

Progressivism and the scam of "The American Dream"

If you only read the title of the blog entry, you're wasting your time and missing the important details.

I know I just jammed a big huge red button, but this really needs to be written. It's very important for understanding progressive ideology. First, who invented the phrase "American Dream"? It was James Truslow Adams.

What, exactly, did he write? See, what the progressives don't want you and I to do is to actually go and pick up some of these books and commit the heinous act of actually reading them. In The Epic of America, Page 404, he writes:

If, as I have said, the things already listed were all we had had to contribute, America would have made no distinctive and unique gift to mankind. But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

That's what's most commonly quoted from Adams' book. I bolded the phrase a dream of social order, because this phrase - this is a tip off that a scam is being perpetrated. It's a huge red flag. Conservatives don't talk this way. Moderates don't talk this way either. It's radicals and ideologues who are endlessly obsessed with the "social order" - the "social this" and "social that" and the more equitable.... Here. See for yourself.

James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America, page 410: (Yes, this link goes to the original 1931 edition, though in snippet form. Alt link so you can read it.)

If the American dream is to come true and to abide with us, it will, at bottom, depend on the people themselves. If we are to achieve a richer and fuller life for all, they have got to know what such an achievement implies. In a modern industrial State, an economic base is essential for all. We point with pride to our "national income," but the nation is only an aggregate of individual men and women, and when we turn from the single figure of total income to the incomes of individuals, we find there was a very marked injustice in its distribution. There is no reason why wealth, which is a social product, should not be more equitably controlled and distributed in the interests of society.

There's your "American Dream" as originally constituted. It's wealth redistribution and big government. No, really, I don't want you to believe me. Click the link and open the book. See it for yourself. Know it, because you've read what was actually written. With progressives, with any one of their undertakings it almost always comes back to wealth redistribution. Without fail.

This is why I keep trying to provide the original sources, the actual links to the hard copy - and urge conservatives to pick up these books, and read them. We're being lied to on a massive scale, and it only takes about 10 minutes or so to come up with the truth. This is actually really simple and easy. The time consuming part is the reading of the books and discussing, educating others about the realities of progressivism. And, we'll all be so much better off for it.

If a progressive is crowing about something, about how great something is, chances are that if you go back to the original source it won't take you very long to put the lie to everything they're promoting. Everything about progressives is a house of cards. Can we please knock the cards over now?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Who was the first President to issue over 1000 executive orders?

Answer: Theodore Roosevelt, President #26.

It has been said that Obama has racked up more debt than all previous presidents combined, and the same can nearly be said of Theodore Roosevelt with respect to executive orders.

The first 112 years of America : 25 Presidents.

The first 25 Presidents : 1262 executive orders.

Theodore Roosevelt : 1081 executive orders.

Keep in mind, Roosevelt didn't even serve two full terms, he was in for 7.5 years. And yes, many of these executive orders were explicitly to do an end-run around congressional authority, just like Obama does. Just like Obama.

In which term did Roosevelt issue more executive orders?

First term: 251 - just two shy of being more than any other president before him.(Grover Cleveland issued 253 - in 8 years. Roosevelt did 251 in 3.5 years)

Second term: 830 - more than 5 times any other president in any single term.

Most of those executive orders were issued in his second term, after he would have no longer been up for re-election - a classic scheme that progressives do. They assault us when they can't be held accountable anymore. Sound familiar?

Here is a table for illustrative purposes.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saul Alinsky's 1972 interview with Playboy Magazine

Originally published in The Progress Report in 13 pieces, here it is in full, easy access.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Due to probable copyright issues, I probably should not simply cut and paste from the archive.(That's what I would prefer most to do) But I thought many of you would find this to be a useful resource.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt's Pen and Phone

On Jaunary 14th, 2014, President Obama declared:

"We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone."

Who was the first president armed with a pen and a phone? Who was the first president to issue over 1000 executive orders? Of course, it was America's first dictator. America's first progressive president:

Theodore Roosevelt. Who else did you expect? It's nearly always TR at the root of modern executive malfeasance.

Now, in addition to issuing over 1000 executive orders, there is the general insight as to what these executive orders were for. In his book "Take Up Your Pen" (See page 196) the author explains that TR regularly used unilateral directives for major policy purposes, often times as an end-run-around Congress,(much like Obama does today) which was a stark contrast to all of his predecessors. TR used his executive orders to create chaos and havok, earlier presidents only moved slowly and on uncontroversial matters.

It has been said that Obama has racked up more debt than all previous presidents combined, and the same can nearly be said of Theodore Roosevelt with respect to executive orders.

In the first 112 years of America, American presidents racked up over 1200 executive orders. For those keeping count, that's 25 presidents. Only one president other than Theodore Roosevelt reached over 300 - Grover Cleveland. Every other president issued less.

King Teddy the First issued nearly 1100. It only took him 7.5 years to duplicate what it took 112 years to accomplish in the first. That's an average of 145 executive orders per year. The nearest average prior to TR is 41 per year, from William McKinley.

So, you say you don't like King Barry the First's Pen and Phone? Obama's Pen and Phone Power begins with King Theodore Roosevelt. Progressives have always been bad for this country. Always.

Here is a table for illustrative purposes.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Should America eject the communist country known as Hawaii? How about HaBye!

In all the chatter about Brexit, Texit, Texodus, and others, why are we surrendering America to the left? For those of you who have watched D'Souza's 2012 documentary 2016: Obama's America, you know what I'm talking about.

Their universities are practically soviet satellites. It's a communist country. The culture of Hawaii is utter filth, in the context of a free country like America. I never knew about it until D'Souza spent some time on it. Ask yourself this question: Why did Frank Marshall Davis re-locate to Hawaii? Think: Fellow Travelers.

Why are we letting Hawaiian Reds hold America down?

Oh, and about the quandry of 50 state stars? Let's make Jefferson a state.

How about this, instead of us giving up the ship, let's eject the statists and let them have their utopia out in the middle of the Pacific.

Surrendering all 49 seems utterly stupid when ejecting just one would fix so many problems. Just think about it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Defining Progressivism

The use of government as an agency of human welfare in education, in public service, in political weapons of democracy, chiefly to make the round plugs in our society fit into the square holes of our national economy. - William Allen White

Progressives have for so long wore masks and tried to hide who they are, that finding any one of them honest enough to define progressivism is a deeply difficult task. One thing is clear even to the least involved observer: progressivism is a government-centric ideology. Government, above all else, is what means the most to them. As long as government is growing, they can tolerate any and all deviations within that framework.

White's definition is simple, concise, and most of all, accurate. Very accurate. White wrote this in his 1939 book The Changing West, on page 92. Here's a broader view of what he wrote: (See this and this)

To that end we have been trying to use government as an agency of human welfare in education, in public service, in political weapons of democracy, chiefly to make the round plugs in our society fit into the square holes of our national economy. The environmentalists in our politics - and they included practically all the liberal and progressive leaders - were not revolutionists. They believed in the evolutionary democratic process - the political, and social and economic process.

Understanding that the progressives prefer to eat your lunch bite by bite, and not steal the whole thing from you in one swoop is one of the most important ingredients in the mix. We can point to any number of things:

The Welfare State - This has seen expansions repeatedly over the last 80 years and every time various departments take on more people, cover more things, and cost more money. Ultimately, the basics began with FDR. They didn't begin with LBJ, didn't begin with Carter, or Obama.

The Administrative State - The bureaucracy and the aggressive use of regulations has a long storied history that very often gets tied to the EPA, which is one of the chief abusive agencies that we have today. But the abusive administrative agency did not start with Nixon. Didn't start with FDR either. This goes back to Woodrow Wilson. Wilson is the father of public administration, and many agencies that did exist before him did not do the kinds of voter/taxpayer hassling that they do today until Wilson brought his ideas of administration to office and these agencies were reformed in the mold of the progressive ideologue.

Education - We have Common Core today, but the best in-depth analyses of it mention how directly, CC is built on top of Ted Kennedy's No Child Left Behind framework; and those analyses continue, going back through and ultimately to the work of John Dewey.

Land Usurpations - This one is one of the oldest in the pantheon of the abuses of progressivism. The Bundy Family has repeatedly been in the news for all of their antics and chicanery. While they acted the wrong way in response to a bad situation, ultimately it did bring in discussions about how out of control the BLM is. And where does all of this begin? With Theodore Roosevelt. The original master of land usurping was Teddy, who sold us a bill of goods under the guise of national parks. Isn't that always how the progressives do it? They start with something that seems to make sense, until decades later you're scratching your head and wondering what it is you really signed up for. What did the progressives leave out of the fine print? There's always something they demand in return that they don't mention.

That's the problem with progressives, they're all liars. They can't really tell you they want government to control all aspects of your life, and they know that if they try to steal your whole lunch in one grab that you'll fight back.

But if they only steal one pea off your plate, then they steal another pea, then they take one small piece of a slice of ham off of your plate, then they only take one half-spoonful of the sauce....... Next thing you know you have a President Obama completing the job that a President T. Roosevelt began. They're not revolutionists, it's the evolutionary democratic process. Bite by bite, making you a slave to the administrative state. We're making progress. We're not going to tell you where we're making progress too. But just know. We're making progress.

Progressivism is the use of government as an agency of human welfare in education, in public service, in political weapons of democracy, chiefly to make the round plugs in our society fit into the square holes of our national economy.

It's all there, in that short explanation. Now, every time you hear a progressive speak, don't they throw it all to the economy? We need this Obamacare, to save people's money, it's $2500 per year, it's for the ECONOMY. See. Why did we get the welfare state anyways? Well it's good for the economy, we have this great depression going on. What about using government to attack business? Why, that's good for the economy, we can't have all these trusts, we need to bust these trusts. What about the EPA? Well, we have to have a good fuel ECONOMY, don't we?

And finally, what makes White's definition so completely accurate in its brevity is that he threw in the word "weapon". I can't begin on that, otherwise I'll type a whole book. But needless to say, yes, the progressives have weaponized government against us for the purposes of their control of our lives.

This is the definition of progressivism.

Progressivism is the use of government as an agency of human welfare in education, in public service, in political weapons of democracy, chiefly to make the round plugs in our society fit into the square holes of our national economy.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This out of control judge is exactly why I'm re-creating the Constitutional Convention

Many of you have no doubt seen the horrible tragedy of Judge Richard Posner writing that "I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation" and have had the same response that I have.

That's why I have been doing something about it. Blogging or making comments is too easy and probably doesn't have any impact anyways.

We have a big problem in this country with elites believing that they have the right to totally control the media, control our education, and thus, control our history. I say we need to rip it out of their hands, learn it, and then hammer them with it. I know I'm not alone, I just don't know how many people agree with me in this sentiment. I say we need to make it easier for others around us to do the same with useful tools that can make the learning time more efficient. Instead of it taking you a few days, a week or more to go through the convention, which is a very difficult read to begin with, I'll make it so you can do it in a few hours.

With regard to the re-creation of the Convention, it is still a work in progress and will not be completed for quite some time, as the Convention is(was) a massive, massive event. What is currently complete, can be downloaded from here. Still, I can't wait to deliver it to anybody who wants to learn from it, because contrary to what this piece of Judge has stated, the Constitution does deal with many of today's problems. I noted three ill comments from the judge that I want to address:

Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee

They foresaw you, Judge Posner. On July 21st, 1787, Gouverneur Morris had some very prescient comments regarding judges mixing their role in the legislative arena, and how big of a problem that was in England. They also foresaw out of control government, because they lived with it with King George. Here is what Rufus King had to say regarding excessive government: "A great vice in our system was that of legislating too much." (Aug. 7th) Imagine that, the Founders thought government was involved in too much, back in 1787!

Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today

This is how progressives get you. They confuse governmental structure with day-to-day life, with society, with culture, as a way of demeaning and undermining imposed constraints on their power and their ability to dictate to you. Woodrow Wilson was the first to use this tactic. Wilson was, after all, the guy who invented the concept of the "Living and breathing constitution" in the first place. The fact is this: The Constitution is still a very grave threat to anybody who believes in the ideology of progressivism, and the document offends their sensibilities. That to me is a strong indication that the Convention needed to be more easily consumed.

The Supreme Court treats the Constitution like it is authorizing the court to create a common law of constitutional law, based on current concerns, not what those 18th-century guys were worrying about.

This is the second time that the Judge has used the phrase indicating the century.(I underlined them) This is also a common refrain for progressives going back more than a 100 years.(see here, here, here referencing this, here, and here) Much to Judge Posner's and other progressives' chagrin, what happened in the 18th century regarding individual Liberty is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man, much more forward thinking than most of what occurs in the 21st century.

Just to reiterate the title of the blog posting, re-creating the Convention is not an easy project, but it will be done. And it is to the benefit of those of us who stand against anybody with the kind of twisted mindset that Judge Posner is afflicted with.

The Convention download page can be found here.