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One Man's View » social security http://onemansview.us Have you had enough of the insanity in Government? Sat, 01 Sep 2012 21:28:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 The State of Our Government – Part 3 http://onemansview.us/government/political/the-state-of-our-government-part-3/ http://onemansview.us/government/political/the-state-of-our-government-part-3/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 17:49:27 +0000 Blogger http://onemansview.us/?p=302

THE NANNY STATE

This article in the series discusses how the left is turning our Government into a nation of entitlements.  I’m sure you’ve heard this discussed many times by all the radio and TV pundits.  What you don’t hear much about is why this is happening.  You see, this isn’t an accident.  It’s all part of a grand plan to make the citizenry so dependent upon Government that only those with a certain viewpoint will ever be elected at the national level.  As I’ve stated on more than one occasion, it’s all about Power!

BACKGROUND

I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist.  However, I’ll make an exception in this case, and what I’m discussing goes all the way back to Theodore Roosevelt… who happened to be a Republican.  Roosevelt served as President from 1901-1909, where he attempted to move the Republican Party in the direction of Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses.  He tried to run again in 1912, and when he failed to win the Republican nomination against William Howard Taft, he formed the Progressive Bull Moose Party, beating Taft in the election, but losing to Woodrow Wilson.  You can read more about Teddy Roosevelt here.

When Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected President with a Democratic Congress in 1912 he implemented a series of progressive policies.  In 1913 the income tax was instituted in the United States with the Sixteenth Amendment.  Other significant changes enacted at the national level included direct election of Senators with the Seventeenth Amendment, Prohibition with the Eighteenth Amendment, and women’s suffrage through the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  You can read more about Wilson here.  If you check out the link, make sure you scroll down to the discussion of Wilson’s thoughts on Government Systems.  You’ll be appalled.

Wilson resolved the longstanding debates over tariffs and antitrust, and created the Federal Reserve.  Many of today’s U.S. regulatory agencies were created during these years, including the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  You’re probably asking yourself “Well, are these such bad things?”.  In and of themselves, no, they weren’t.  At that time, big business (i.e., Oil, Textiles, Coal, Steel, et. al.) was running amok and something had to be done.  Unfortunately, they didn’t stop there.

The progressives were committed to changing and reforming the country, and were avid modernizers.  They believed in science, technology, expertise—and especially education—as the grand solution to society’s weaknesses.  Progressivism typically included a favorable attitude toward urban-industrial society, belief in mankind’s ability to improve the environment and conditions of life, belief in obligation to intervene in economic and social affairs, and a belief in the ability of experts and in efficiency of government intervention.  Do you see where this is going?

The term “progressive” is today often used in place of “liberal”.   Although the two are related in some ways, they are separate and distinct political ideologies.  According to John Halpin, senior advisor on the staff of the Center for American Progress, “Progressivism is an orientation towards politics, it’s not a long-standing ideology like liberalism, but an historically-grounded concept… that accepts the world as dynamic.”  Progressives supposedly see progressivism as an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs. liberalism, and as an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive dichotomy.

Cultural Liberalism is ultimately founded on a concept of natural rights and civil liberties, and the belief that the major purpose of the government is to protect those rights.  Liberals are often called “left-wing”, as opposed to “right-wing” conservatives.  The progressive school, as a unique branch of contemporary political thought, tends to advocate certain center-left or left-wing views that may conflict with mainstream liberal views, despite the fact that modern liberalism and progressivism may still both support many of the same policies (such as the concept of war as a general last resort).

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