The Coming Second American Civil War (11 of 14)

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11.

THE CHANGING NATURE OF POLITICAL PARTIES

We people are funny. We do crazy things, contradictory things, unintelligent things that make us down the road laugh and wonder why we did that. Our Founders never intended political parties. They certainly never intended for us to have a two-party system that dominated Congress. The fear was factionalism. Their naivety: that we could be a people without building factions. They themselves built political associations that would form into political parties and become factious.

In “1792, followers of Thomas Jefferson adopted the name Republican to emphasize their antimonarchical views. The Republican Party, also known as the Jeffersonian Republicans, advocated a decentralized government with limited powers. Another faction to emerge in the early years of the republic, the Federalist Party, led by Alexander Hamilton, favoured a strong central government. Jefferson’s faction developed from the group of Anti-Federalists who had agitated in favour of the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States. The Federalists called Jefferson’s faction the Democratic-Republican Party in an attempt to identify it with the disorder spawned by the “radical democrats” of the French Revolution of 1789. After the Federalist John Adams was elected president in 1796, the Republican Party served as the country’s first opposition party, and in 1798 the Republicans adopted the derisive Democratic-Republican label as their official name.” (From Encyclopedia Britannica. The full article can be found HERE.)

In 1800 when Jefferson defeated Adams for president there was one essential political party; the Democratic-Republican. Andrew Jackson split this alliance and now we had the Jacksonian Democrats and the Democratic Party. It wasn’t until 1854 that the Republican Party became official and it rose in opposition to the Democratic Party’s defense of slavery. These two political parties, the Republican and Democrat Party have dominated ever since and run this nation, not as Americans but as political party members. This, in itself, has helped destroy this nation and lead us into a new civil war as everything in our time has become about politics and all about one political ideology over the other.

The Academy Award for Greatest Propagandist Success goes to the Democratic Party. In the greatest sleight of hand, using words not playing cards, they recast the public perception of both parties: the Republicans into only for the rich and the Democrats always for the poor. But, you see, this was already part of the language of progressivism growing in the U.S. since Theodore Roosevelt, burned into our hearts through Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. In classic Marxist rhetoric we were always in a struggle between the “haves” and “have-nots”, the have have because they stole it from the have-nots. It was the small guy against the big powerful guy with all the stolen advantages aided by the crooked in government and it all must come down. But the Democrat Party had one glaring problem, they were clearly supporters of slavery and even after Lincoln took slavery away from the South they supported (with the Supreme Court’s help) a form of apartheid; separate but equal.

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed it has since been thought of as a Democrat Party triumph. It wasn’t. In fact, the Democrats under the leadership of House Speaker Lyndon Johnson fought with everything they had to deny it. Even as vice president under President Kennedy who proposed the Act he fought it, until he was president and he saw the national wind was totally against him did he then become for it and signed the Act into law.

If you go out into the street and ask about Franklin D. Roosevelt you will find most think of him as the savior of the Great Depression and World War II. Among scholars today he’s known for prolonging the depression with his government interference, and while he allowed our soldiers to fight like it was a war, he gave away Eastern Europe to Stalin which has been a thorn in the world’s side ever since. But progressive Franklin understood class warfare and he was going to fix all our problems, so he stated in his State of the Union address in 1944:

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people — whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth — is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights — among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however — as our industrial economy expanded — these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all — regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

  1.     The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

  2.      The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

  3.      The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

  4.      The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

  5.      The right of every family to a decent home;

  6.      The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

  7.      The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

  8.      The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

(I wonder why our Founders didn’t think of this. Oh, because the State didn’t grant rights, God did, and we had the right to all these economic goodies but we had to earn them for ourselves and in so doing they would be done right. But we got lazy and didn’t want to earn them and so demanded the government give them to us and with that all the strings they would see fit to add, and they do, many times over.)

Back to the point. The Democrats won the war of words and, in modern terms, rebranded themselves as the protectors of and providers of the little people and those awful Republicans are only for the rich and big business. And everyone swallowed this claptrap. Pure class hatred right out of Marx and Engels. But so many of us think of it as God’s Truth.

Over the years I’ve tuned into one or another House or Senate committee as they tackled issues and people. I rarely sit through a whole meeting and it doesn’t matter which political party is the majority and the party that is the minority. Whichever party is in whichever position I see the same thing: incompetence, disingenuous sincerity, political insanity. And a pretense of being Washington, Adam, Madison, Franklin, Mason waxing philosophical when they clearly aren’t. Instead they are crude, intellectually vacuous, political hacks, self-loving, ideologically driven. In the parting shots made at the latest disaster Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to confirm a Supreme Court Justice one Democrat tried to wax philosophical like Thomas Jefferson stating that she, among her Democrat comrades anyway, understood the Constitution and said “We the people, not we the party.” At this point blood shot out of my eyes and I hurled. They, the Democrats, have become so partisan, and have been for some time, they can’t recognize the Constitution even when they hold it in their hands. Don’t feel good with this, Republicans, you’re guilty, too.

I’m telling you we are building up to a new civil war because we believe these lies that one group is this and the other group is that and the “this” and “that” is couched in absolute terms that feeds our hatred. We are so convinced that we won’t listen to any contrary thought.

Let me be clear, we have real serious problems in this nation, including corruption among big business that needs “fixing.” Burning the house down will not fix the problem even though sometimes it sounds right. Republicans, we won’t fix all the problems the Democrats caused by destroying the Democratic Party. Democrats, we won’t fix all the problems the Republicans caused by destroying the Republican Party. But until we each understand how we are being manipulated by our leadership and buy into their lies and make them our truths all that is left is civil war.