Democrats and the Democrat Party they form have become truly despicable.
I can cite former Democrats such as Dennis Prager who has frequently called himself “a Kennedy liberal.” He has pointed out, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party; the Democrat Party left me.”
Reagan began his political career as a liberal Democrat, admirer of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and active supporter of New Deal policies, but in the early 1950s he shifted to the right and, while remaining a Democrat, endorsed the presidential candidacies of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956 as well as Richard Nixon in 1960. His many GE speeches—which he wrote himself—were non-partisan but carried a conservative, pro-business message; he was influenced by Lemuel Boulware, a senior GE executive. Boulware, known for his tough stance against unions and his innovative strategies to win over workers, championed the core tenets of modern American conservatism: free markets, anticommunism, lower taxes, and limited government. Eventually, the ratings for Reagan’s show fell off and GE dropped Reagan in 1962. That year Reagan formally switched to the Republican Party, stating, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.”
One of the things that undoubtedly resulted in these two brilliant political thinkers’ sense of abandonment was the fact that they clearly HAD BEEN abandoned by the Democrat Party as it continued to “evolve” (liberals love that word, worshiping it in place of a God who stays the same) into a degenerate spiral. And it was that profound abandonment of key Democrat liberal views – the abandonment of classical liberalism into something that can only be described today as a hybrid of Marxism and fascism – that then led these men to question their entire political presuppositions that had resulted in their being Democrats in the first place.
Yes, I know, liberals always confidently assure us that Nazism and fascism are right wing. But how, exactly? If they say militarism, then how was it that the Soviet Union had the largest and most powerful military machine in the world? If they say racism, then – apart from their own bigotry – how do they escape their own racism? If you want to talk about anti-Semitism of the Nazis, it turns out that Democrats are actually far more anti-Semitic than Republicans. And, again, the genocide of the leftwing Soviet Union dwarfs even that of the Nazis.
So, what exactly is it that makes Nazism “right wing”? Well, maybe the left would say that the Nazis were “Christian” and left wing ideologies are secular. But that is hardly true, either. I document in a previous article (“Hitler Wasn’t ‘Right Wing’, Wasn’t ‘Christian’; And Nazism Was Applied Darwinism“) that Nazism and Christianity had virtually nothing to do with one another, and that in fact Hitler was an acknowledged atheist.
I did not know at the writing of that article that in fact Hitler actually wanted to kidnap Pope Pius XII, and that the SS officer placed in charge of the operation understood that Hitler would have murdered him following his capture. I don’t see how that doesn’t do anything more than strengthen my case that Hitler was hardly a “Catholic.”
When it comes to Nazi ideology and Nazi policies (not the least of which was the sort of abortion and Darwinian eugenics that liberal progressive and modern-day Democrat Icon Margaret Sanger engaged in), Nazism was far more in line with liberal progressivism than anything remotely conservative. A couple quick statements by Margaret Sanger, the patron saint of Hillary Clinton:
In Pivot of Civilization, Sanger referred to immigrants and poor folks as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders,” “spawning … human beings who never should have been born.”
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” (Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon)
In her “Plan for Peace,” Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed “feebleminded.” Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. (Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107)
And I also show in a comment to that article that Nazism was far, FAR more in line with Democrat Party liberalism than it ever could be Republican Party conservatism when it came to big government and big government policies.
Jonah Goldberg points out that Nazism was in fact “far right.” But only in the sense that the Nazi Party, i.e. the National Socialist German Workers Party, was the far right of the extreme left.
A good article I recently found on the subject of socialism and fascism is available here. Basically, the latter is simply a particular species of the former.
American conservatism calls for a strong military defense, yes. But as we shall see, so also did FDR. And in every other aspect, consistent conservatism calls for limited and small national government. Which was the diametric opposite of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi project, which controlled every sphere of life the same way the Democrat Party tried to do during the last two years when they had power.
If you think for so much as an instant that Adolf Hitler wanted less centralized power for himself and more control in the hands of the states/districts and the individual people – as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and conservatives constantly talk about – you simply couldn’t be any more ignorant.
That said, just what are the two fundamental issues I claim in my title that FDR would have denounced in the Democrat Party of today?
They are military power and the willingness to use it (i.e., the heart of any foreign policy) and government or public employee unions (i.e., the heart of Democrat’s domestic agenda).
These are no small matters: the former is central to any rational foreign policy and the latter has become central to Democrat domestic policy.
I describe FDR’s fundamental opposition to government unions and the reasons he was opposed to them here. And I provide FDR’s very own words and his very own reasoning. Suffice it to say that as pro-union as FDR was, he was profoundly opposed to government/public sector employees having the very sort of collective bargaining rights that Democrats today routinely demand for the public sector unions which constitute the bulk of union power today, and which massively contributes almost exclusively to the Democrat Party machine. FDR realized that these employees were employees not of some unfair private company, but of the American people. He also recognized that the government becomes a monopoly unto itself, and that government unions striking 1) exploited that monopoly power in an unfair and un-American way, and 2) was a defacto attack against the American people.
Please read the article above for more.
That leaves the other issue, the foreign policy issue of military power and the willingness to use it to deal with threats to the nation.
A speech by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill could have been given today to expose the American liberal views of Democrats basically since Lyndon Baines Johnson refused to seek re-election after liberals turned on him. It certainly powerfully applies to the Democrat positions in the war on terror – that Obama once refused to even acknowledge – of today. Churchill began:
I have but a short time to deal with this enormous subject and I beg you therefore to weigh my words with the attention and thought which I have given to them.
As we go to and fro in this peaceful country with its decent, orderly people going about their business under free institutions and with so much tolerance and fair play in their laws and customs, it is startling and fearful to realize that we are no longer safe in our island home.
For nearly a thousand years England has not seen the campfires of an invader. The stormy sea and our royal navy have been our sure defense. Not only have we preserved our life and freedom through the centuries, but gradually we have come to be the heart and center of an empire which surrounds the globe.
It is indeed with a pang of stabbing pain that we see all this in mortal danger. A thousand years has served to form a state; an hour may lay it in dust.
What shall we do? Many people think that the best way to escape war is to dwell upon its horrors and to imprint them vividly upon the minds of the younger generation. They flaunt the grisly photograph before their eyes. They fill their ears with tales of carnage. They dilate upon the ineptitude of generals and admirals. They denounce the crime as insensate folly of human strife. Now, all this teaching ought to be very useful in preventing us from attacking or invading any other country, if anyone outside a madhouse wished to do so, but how would it help us if we were attacked or invaded ourselves that is the question we have to ask.
Would the invaders consent to hear Lord Beaverbrook’s exposition, or listen to the impassioned appeals of Mr. Lloyd George? Would they agree to meet that famous South African, General Smuts, and have their inferiority complex removed in friendly, reasonable debate? I doubt it. I have borne responsibility for the safety of this country in grievous times. I gravely doubt it.
But even if they did, I am not so sure we should convince them, and persuade them to go back quietly home. They might say, it seems to me, “you are rich; we are poor. You seem well fed; we are hungry. You have been victorious; we have been defeated. You have valuable colonies; we have none. You have your navy; where is ours? You have had the past; let us have the future.” Above all, I fear they would say, “you are weak and we are strong.”
Churchill gave that speech back in 1934. Just imagine how much unparalleled human suffering would never have happened if only the weak and appeasing policies of the leftist bleeding hearts had not triumphed! The left wrongly claim to stand for peace and compassion and every good thing. But the exact opposite is true, as they have in fact murdered millions and millions of innocent human beings with their naive and morally stupid policies. And to whatever extent liberals have good intentions, the road to hell is paved with liberal intentions.
Think back to Obama’s positions as a candidate in which he demonized Bush’s war in Iraq and his surge strategy. Think of Obama’s incredibly naive and incredibly failed policy of talking to Iran without preconditions.
I could go on all day about Democrats taking on the views that Churchill condemned; that our enemies really aren’t that evil and how we can talk to them and reach some kind of accord short of fighting them. It is as naive and morally idiotic today as it was in the era of Churchill and – yes – Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
I did not realize this until I watched a program I viewed on the Military History Channel called “Decisions That Shook the World.” But FDR rapidly became what we would today call a neo-conservative.
In the late 1930s, FDR began to watch with growing horror as the Nazis began to take over Europe. In secret letters to Winston Churchill, he offered his moral support to the Allies. FDR knew that if the people – who did NOT want to become entangled in what they saw as a European war – were to find out about these letters, they would turn against him in outrage. The American people in the 1930s and early 1940s were crystal clear that they did not want to become involved in another world war in Europe. As it was, at the very time that the American people were the most worried about FDR secretly getting involved in the war behind their backs, FDR was in fact secretly corresponding with Churchill to do that very thing. FDR also – again secretly – ordered his military commanders to devise a secret military plan with Great Britain for when FDR was able to involve America in the war against Hitler in Europe.
Now, today, it would be very easy to condemn FDR as duplicitous. And he WAS incredibly duplicitous. FDR was a man – we find out in the words of the historians who narrated the “Decisions” program – who had no problem saying and doing things in private that he very much did not want to be known in public. As an example, FDR, in direct defiance of the United States Supreme Court – directed his Attorney General to wiretap suspected spies. That was literally an impeachable offense. FDR was breaking the law to deal with what he saw as a growing threat against America.
Rep. Wendell Wilkie, the Republican candidate for president in the 1940 election – warned the American people, “If you elect FDR, he will get you into a war you don’t want.” And FDR, deceitfully, in a speech, said, “That charge is contrary to every fact, every purpose of the past eight years.” It was, as history documents, a complete lie.
Another lie FDR told the people came on the eve of the 1940 election. FDR told mothers, “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” And it is hard to imagine a more dishonest promise, given that he was at the moment he said those words doing everything he knew how to get America into the war in Europe.
One of the points the historians made clear is that, “If all of Roosevelt’s acts were publicly known, he likely would have been impeached.” He most certainly would NOT have been re-elected in 1940.
FDR was reelected on the promise that he would not do what in fact he was determined to do.
In 1940, the “anti-war” candidate was the Republican, Wendell Wilkie. He had the virtue of being honest, but likely on the wrong side of history (we can’t know for sure what would have happened had the United States not become involved in World War II, but it doesn’t look pretty). Democrat FDR may have had the virtue of being right, but he was certainly profoundly dishonest.
Now, I could write how FDR was quite constant with other modern liberal presidents who say one thing and do the exact opposite (I’m speaking directly about Barack Obama, the examples of which are now already legion). But that isn’t my project here. My project is to point out that, when it came to being prepared for war and then fighting that war, FDR was fundamentally in opposition to the modern Democrat Party agenda.
That briefly stated, it was the Republican Party which ultimately came to realize that FDR was correct in his views of the military and the need to vigorously defend American national security. And it was the Democrats who came to turn on FDR’s realization and abandon his views.
They didn’t do so all at once, or right away. As much as modern liberals tried to attack Ronald Reagan as putting the world on the brink of nuclear war in his Cold War stand against the powerful Soviet Union, one President John F. Kennedy was every bit the cold warrior that Reagan ever was. And, again, any liberal who doubts this is simply a fundamentally ignorant human being. That said, it was during the Kennedy presidency that JFK cynically – and by executive fiat rather than any vote by Congress – allowed the government unions that came to own the Democrat Party lock, stock and barrel to collectively bargain as a means to help the Democrat Party. And the moral collapse of the Democrat Party was incredibly precipitous after that.
At this point in time, anyone who doubts that radical Islam is easily capable of not only destabilizing the world, but plunging it into economic depression and global war is delusional. The mere prospect of a collapse of the Libyan government alone could spell enormous problems in the likely event of a civil war in that country. Oil prices could literally more than double, which would simply obliterate any potential global economic recovery. If Iran is able to obtain the bomb – which is most assuredly will if it hasn’t already – we will see a rise in Islamic fundamentalism, jihadism and terrorism such that the world has never seen as the Iranian regime rightly sees itself as impervious to any meaningful international action against it. If that isn’t bad enough, we would also see a nuclear arms race quickly escalate in the craziest region in the history of the planet as Sunni Muslim regimes tried to protect themselves against the Shiite Iranian threat.
For what it’s worth, even as mainstream liberals celebrate and rejoice in the overthrow of one Arab leader after another, it is IRAN which is most benefitting from the chaos. From the New York Times:
MANAMA, Bahrain — The popular revolts shaking the Arab world have begun to shift the balance of power in the region, bolstering Iran’s position while weakening and unnerving its rival, Saudi Arabia, regional experts said.
I have been warning and warning about this. But the world listens to Obama, not me.
But in light of Obama’s policy of appeasement, of asking for meetings of minds with no preconditions, allow me to rephrase Churchill’s words to suit our modern-day situation:
Would the invaders consent to hear Barack Obama’s exposition, or listen to the impassioned appeals of Hillary Clinton? Would they agree to meet that famous African, Kofi Annan, and have their inferiority complex removed in friendly, reasonable debate? I doubt it.
Allow me to share with you the consensus view of liberalism today at one of its elite headquarters of Columbia University:
Columbia University is holding a series of public hearings on whether or not to allow ROTC back on campus now that DADT has been repealed. A wounded Iraq veteran who recently enrolled at Columbia took to the microphone and asked fellow students to support ROTC. He was booed, jeered, and called a racist.
Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.
“Racist!” some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.
The former soldier responded to the jeers with this awesome statement:
“It doesn’t matter how you feel about the war. It doesn’t matter how you feel about fighting,” said Maschek. “There are bad men out there plotting to kill you.”
The despicable so-called “Americans” in the audience only laughed and jeered more.
Anthony Maschek was a staff sergeant with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He was shot 11 times and spent two years recovering at Walter Reed. He’s an American hero and those thugs at Columbia are a disgrace. This is no different than those pieces of crap who spit on veterans coming back from Vietnam. It’s disgusting that in 2011 our veterans should have to be heckled by cowards.
FDR would have turned his back on this Democrat Party as a bunch of contemptible and despicable traitors to the United States of America. He would have looked at the government unions that today are the sine qua non – the “that without which” – of the Democrat Party machine. And he would have been disgusted that the entire Democrat Party rests today upon an inherently un-American foundation. Then this president who risked so much to keep America and the world safe from tyranny would have looked upon the modern Democrat Party and its repeated denunciation of those who would fight America’s most terrifying enemies even as those enemies grew stronger and stronger while we have grown weaker and weaker, and he would have vomited in contempt for the party that he had such a profound role in shaping.
By the very standards of the figures that you cite as your greatest heroes, I denounce you as the pathetic, vile, un-American fools that you truly are, Democrats.
I would say that you should be ashamed of yourselves, but I doubt that you are capable of that virtue in this house-of-card world that you are building now. And the problem with houses of cards is not merely that they fall; it is also that they tend to burn furiously when a match is struck.
And when the Antichrist warned of by the Scriptures for more than 2,600 years comes (as described in the Books of Daniel and Revelation), it will be Democrats, the quintessential fools, who welcome him with cheers and adoration.