How did a nation that was conceived in liberty and individual freedom become a welfare state that welcomes progressive socialist politics while at the same insisting they are not socialists?
While Randall G. Holcombe contends that the move toward a limitless government began in the Constitutional Convention, it does not explain why those that were architects of the Constitution of the United States would place limitations upon the central federal government and its accompanying state governments if that were so.Historians and political scholars place the blame upon the era of the New Deal spearheaded by the closet socialist, Franklin D. Roosevelt; but it truly began during the political movement that occurred in what is called the Progressive Era within the Woodrow Wilson administration. Wilson can be recognized as the father of liberal-socialism, which the Democrats hail as progression. It is true, however, that the liberal-progressive socialism grew more quickly with the FDR administration; statistics reveal that Herbert Hoover's four-year tenure showed federal government growing beyond constitutional limitations more than the first seven years of the New Deal.
The unconstitutional growth of the federal government began in 1913 when the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It marked the beginning of government taxing income directly, beginning with 2.5% of the GNP to 20.5% of the GNP that the income tax system gouges today. Government had moved from 1776 as a protector of individual rights to 1913 as an instrument that presumed to guarantee welfare of its citizens.
Income tax is not the only instrument that allowed the government to move beyond its constitutional limitations, it was the growth of the federal government's legal and regulatory power. Powerful financial moguls of the time planned the power of that movement that created the Federal Reserve in 1913, coincidentally the same time that the 16th Amendment was pushed through and legislators were convinced that more government power was required in order to maintain economic well being. It was orchestrated by the most wealthiest and powerful men at the time in a secret meeting held on Jekyll Island.
The Progressive movement was temporarily interrupted when the United States became involved in World War I, despite Woodrow Wilson's political campaign to keep the US out of the affairs of European conflicts. The war meant increased spending, which ushered in an increase in the new income tax system justified by the 16th Amendment. Presidents Harding and Coolidge were unable to stop the progressive movement backed by big-spending Democrat administrations of Wilson and FDR. The advent of a world-wide economic depression provided more political support of the progressive's and their socialist ideological movement. The Democrat Party relied on the political support of the racist Southern Democrats and the power and funding of labor unions that had been created by indoctrinated American socialists via Europe. Organized criminal organizations became powerful because of Wilson's prohibition policy and soon saw the potential of becoming warlords of the labor movement that socialists had established.
Some good did come out of that period, like improved relationship between employer and employees, better working conditions with benefits like safer working atmospheres and workplace accident insurance. However, it also moved the government's unconstitutional growth beyond the limitations set forth by the creators of the US Constitution.
Later Lyndon Johnson would usher in the Great Society, a continued growth of government magnitude at the expense of individual liberty and loss of freedoms like property rights and personal choice. That was not only what Johnson ushered in …
President BH Obama has escalated the movement started by Woodrow Wilson, snowballed by FDR and cemented by Lyndon Johnson – it has become the continued progressive deal of a great society. The Progressive Socialist control over academia and economic and regulatory policies can only continue to strengthen unless the People stand up and declare that true reformation must take place in order to recover the balance and the suppression of a government that continues it march away from personal individual liberties to loss of liberties like property and choice; to a system that is collective, over-burdened with regulations, and lives dictated by the ruling class.
Mike Patton at Forbes provides the statistics and numbers of government expansion (1980 to 2012) and growth of taxation under a tax system that is unfair orchestrated by the political entity that continues its false declaration of being the party of fairness. Republicans, on the other hand, refuse or are afraid to stand up and declare that previous legislation and regulations that are intrusive and against individual liberty to be revoked and repealed. Despite that a flat tax system based on consumption, not income, has been shown by economic experts and on paper as a true fair tax system – a bill introduced in 1999 – still languishes in Congress with neither side of the political fence taking responsibility and action to repeal the 16th Amendment that should never have passed and get rid of the Federal Reserve that should never have been granted the power it has and continues to wield.
Chris Edwards at Cato Institute wrote in 2007 in a paper entitled Federal Aid to the States: Historical Cause of Government Growth and Bureaucracy …
The theory behind aid to the states is that federal policymakers can design and operate programs in the national interest to efficiently solve local problems. In practice, most federal politicians are not inclined to pursue broad, national goals; they are consumed by the competitive scramble to secure subsidies for their states. At the same time, federal aid stimulates overspending by the states, requires large bureaucracies to administer, and comes with a web of complex regulations that limit state flexibility. At all levels of the aid system, the focus is on spending and regulations, not on delivering quality services. And by involving all levels of government in just about every policy area, the aid system creates a lack of accountability. When every government is responsible for an activity, no government is responsible, as was evident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The full policy letter is at Cato Archives.
Since I have touched on the subject of the Lyndon Johnson corrupted legacy, investigators have uncovered the rift between Robert Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, the former who believed that Johnson was instrumental in the assassination of JFK. Five years later, Robert himself would be assassinated as he prepared to run for office of the President of the United States.
It was after Robert Kennedy was killed that the Secret Service policy began to protect presidential candidates.
Obama is a representation of continued corruption and big government agenda.