PATRIOTISM ABOVE PARTISANSHIP
By Betty Freauf
Alfred E. Smith, Democratic governor of New York during four terms, became the Democratic candidate for President in 1928 but lost to Herbert Hoover. In 1932, he supported Franklin D. Roosevelt for President, but by 1936 he was so shocked and alarmed by what he saw happening that he decided to warn his Party. Because of the popularity of President Roosevelt this step was considered by some to be virtual treason. Nevertheless, on January 25, 1936, Alfred E. Smith gave a radio speech in Washington, D.C. to warn the American people that the Democratic Party was being betrayed. He began by saying he felt patriotism should be above partisanship.
The first danger he saw was “class warfare – inciting one class of our people against the other resulting in the herd thinking mentality and to use the confusion as an excuse to change our laws.” Yes, the Pied Pipers of the welfare state would pit the “haves” against the “have nots” and by breeding envy and class hatred, they would then pretend to intervene on behalf of the less fortunate who were led to believe that the cost of intervention would be borne by those better off than themselves.
While the Bible states the poor will always be among us, the ever-alluring promise of something for nothing is always attractive. In the 1936 book The Roosevelt Red Record, the Communist theatre movement noted Marxism’s “Class struggle” was played out by such groups as the YWCA, YMCA and church groups. These agitational plays did not need to mention the word “communism” to be effective. Earl Browder as secretary of the Communist Party, U.S.A. told how the Negroes were being roped into the class warfare. In his report on the progress of the Party before the Comintern Congress in Moscow, 1935, he “spoke in detail of the great strides in Negro work, centering the Scottsboro, Herndon and Negro rights struggle” This was reported in the Communist “Daily Worker” on 7/29/1935.
The next thing Smith viewed as dangerous to our national well-being was government by bureaucracy with unelected officials as heads of these newly created unconstitutional agencies which were draining resources and helping to redistribute wealth and how careless Congress had been neglecting their Oath of Office which Smith saw as reverent as they call upon God Almighty Himself to witness their solemn promises.
Then Smith went on to describe a number of planks in the 1932 Democratic platform that had been violated. He felt a platform was a covenant with the people, to be faithfully kept by the party entrusted with power, and that the people were entitled to know in plain words the terms of the contract to which they were asked to subscribe. It was the GOP party platform that someone showed me in 1979 that convinced me I was in the wrong party so I switched to the Republican that was somewhat similar to the Democrats 1932 platform, i.e. less government…. But after only a short time, I came to realize that a party platform was like a white wedding dress – worn only once and oftentimes flies under false colors.
As Smith described 1932 it came to my mind how someone yelled “Financial Crisis” after the November 4, 2008 election and suddenly we had a well-orchestrated financial bailout on our hands and Barack Hussein Obama’s (BHO) campaign pledge for hope and change began to be reality as if the “Messiah” had been sent to us by God Himself to solve such times as these. “In 1932, the people of the United States were in the lowest possible depths of despair and the Democrat platform looked to them like the star of hope; it looked like the rising sun in the East to the mariner on the bridge of a ship after a terrible night,” said Smith.
As I am drafting this article we are 24 hours away from the swearing-in ceremonies and the $170 million extravaganza in Washington, D.C. where BHO and others often refer to FDR with great admiration. (And the left criticized Sarah Palin’s outfits paid for by the McCain campaign.) People are caught up with emotions as this new, mysterious well-educated man, who offered hope and change, has been (s)elected as our next president. FDR, a 32nd degree Freemason, said, “If it happens, you can bet that we planned it that way.”
Barack’s supporters judge him by his charisma, his beautiful family, his youth, his ability to read the Teleprompters well and last but not least, how he rose to the top and became a part of this historical event after being born into such a dysfunctional family. Even when he was caught admitting he wants to redistribute the wealth when speaking with “Joe the Plumber” in that impromptu neighborhood visit, just like the followers of FDR in 1932, BHO followers didn’t see the dangers of this Marxist philosophy.
BHO could have chosen any church in Chicago but he chose Reverend Wrights’ Marxist Liberation Theology church to help advance his political aspirations and many are still troubled by his refusal to show his original birth certificate to prove he’s eligible to be a U.S. President and/or his college records which very possibly show his place of birth. What will happen if it is found later his presidency began with a lie? History has been rewritten and the educational system further dumbed down. Democrat Jimmy Carter nationalized education by creating the Department of Education so many Americans are unable to recognize platitudes from reality.
It was also under Jimmy Carter the Community Reinvestment Act was created requiring banks to make loans to low-income people. This worked well until the housing bubble broke and the doomsayers in Washington, D.C. yelled “Crisis.” But allow me to remind you about a headline in my local Statesman Journal on August 13, 1980, Consumers ‘skipping out’ on debts. It seems debt-deluged consumers were increasingly missing payments, declaring bankruptcy and in some cases skipping town. “Slow pays” and “skips” were driving local businesses into a corner with their suppliers and creditors. The current ripple effect of debt in the local economy was caused by the national recession, according to the business and banking community. Oregon’s jobless rate hit 9.5 percent.
President Reagan inherited this mess from President Jimmy Carter, which the Democrats conveniently forget to mention while blaming President George W. Bush for the mess being inherited by presidential-elect Barack Hussein Obama. Reagan didn’t panic, call it a crisis and start borrowing or printing money to bail everyone out as BWO seems to want to continue to do following in Bush’s footsteps. Instead, Reagan began to cut government spending and lowered taxes. It took a few years but soon things got back to normal and the economy began to once again thrive. But this economic plan is different and all the stimulus packages in the world will not solve our problem because the conspirators for one-world government need to sabotage our current money system in order to implement a new economic system of cashless, computerized commerce and exchange. Is this the change to which Barack Obama referred?
The 1932 Democrat platform stated, “We advocate immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commission and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating extravagance to accomplish a saving of not less than 25 percent in the cost of Federal Government” but Smith said no offices were consolidated under FDR, no bureaus were eliminated and that the ordinary housekeeping cost of government was greater than ever before in the history of the Republic and because the deficits continued to grow should tell people it is all planned. We’re bankrupt.
Smith seemed distraught but little did he realize the FDR administration from 1932 to 1936 was only the tip of the iceberg. The communists said if they could get FDR into office, he could create all these agencies. But after four years, the people were already used to slopping at the federal trough so they re-elected him again and again which brings us to 2009 and insanity. When Democrat Smith gave his speech in 1936 he recommenced Democrats compare what the FDR administration had done and told them to line it up with the Socialist party platform which was identical. Representative Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) is an admitted socialist and he votes with the Democrats. Vladimir Lenin once said “Communism is socialism in a hurry.”
The alphabet kept growing under other presidents and many more administrative agencies were created – the most recent agency being the Department of Homeland Security by President George W. Bush after 9/11 with Executive Order 13286 on February 28, 2003 that federalized our men and women in local law enforcement clearly violating the Tenth Amendment – State’s rights. All this was done without Congressional approval making null and void any balance of power and no vote to hold any Congressperson responsible.
Our first president George Washington warned of the dangers in carelessly tampering with the checks and balances in our Constitutional Republic. Former New York governor Smith reminded the listeners that our Constitution and the first ten amendments were drafted by refugees and by sons of refugees – men with bitter memories of European oppression and hardship. All their hatred of the Old World was distilled in our Constitution and they wanted the federal government to be strictly limited in its power with exceptions to those expressly reserved to the States and to the people. Case in point: Roe –vs- Wade. I wonder what kind of media coverage the annual pro-life marchers in Washington, D.C. on January 22 will receive? (Roe –vs- Wade anniversary) The Obama cavalcade of Hollywood celebrities, gutter-mouth rappers and the “red carpet” moment leading up to the inauguration surely had lots of media coverage
As I listen to talk radio, I hear those who came to America legally warning they see the same signs coming to us as they left behind in some other country.
Another plank said, “We favor maintenance of the national credit by a Federal budget annually balanced on the basis of accurate Federal estimate within revenue” but Democrat Smith asks, “How can you balance a budget if you insist upon spending more money than you take in and even the increased revenue won’t go to balance the budget because it is hocked before you receive it.” Smith said if you took everything away from the rich, the debt still couldn’t be paid and that was 1936 folks! He said the poor will never pay it so that leaves the middle class, who are referred to as the rank and file and “the sin of it is they ain’t going to know that they are paying it. It is going to come to them in the form of indirect and hidden taxation. It will come to them in the cost of living, in the cost of clothing, in the cost of every activity that they enter into…”
In the 1979 book Restoring the American Dream America had a $15.6 trillion deficit taking into consideration billions of dollars owed by such agencies as the TVA, the Export-Important Bank, the Federal Home Loan Board plus entitlements such as the Ponzi Social Security program and government pension obligations so today’s national debt could easily be in access of $50 trillion or more. President Bill Clinton claims to have balanced the budget before he left office but it was more smoke and mirrors. He failed to tell the American people he continued to rob the Social Security system as well as federal employees retirement benefits. Despite all the red ink, wasteful spending continues to be rampant.
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Just remember, the majority of the statements in this article came right from a concerned Democrat in 1936 fearing for his country if things didn’t turn around. Although FDR seemed to help in this slide into a dictatorship and one world government, President Woodrow Wilson was also responsible. All we can do is pray that BHO used his liberal ideas to get into office but now that he’s there, he’ll reverse and return to genuine Constitutional government. It’s going to make his followers angry and his life could be in danger but this is the only way we can get our country back. He may very well be our last elected president. The Lord puts into office the person he wants so perhaps Barack is truly in the White House for reasons unbeknown to those who did not support him. If he is indeed God’s man, then we pray for his success. Acts 5:38-39.
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