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PART 2 of 2


By Joe Kress

March 17, 2012

With the election of Franklyn Roosevelt, the Fair Society - elected by a desperate populace, the underpinnings of socialism emerged from its birth canal. It began with the bank holiday which was the coup de grace for those small banks still struggling to survive. The mega banks didn’t fail in the Great Depression but the smaller banks shut down, those located in towns where the people’s savings disappeared. Most of them never opened their doors again although the beneficiaries were the central banks and those too big to fail. They increased their number of depositors and benefited by deals with businesses and corporations formally of smaller banks already in bankruptcy.

The announcement of the National Recovery Act, the stuffing of the Supreme Court, the WPA (Work Project Administration), Social Security, the Income tax, a public school system based on Germany’s Bismarck indoctrination… to train just enough and no more hoi polloi (the 11 + program) to create servants of the state, using a clearing house administrating its own single major test for 11 year olds to separate those students in their early years to be either assigned to be trained as skilled workers or depending on the test grade, promoted to higher educational opportunities. Those who demonstrate to be academically promising were allowed to move up through the education system through the universities.

Under the tutelage of the Marxist John Dewey, transformation of public education in the U.S. differed in some aspects from the Bismarck system. He set up the one fits all contrivance those of limited skills and those who are brilliant were to be schooled to meet minimum education standards. Only by the family’s personal wealth, or by part time work or through grants could a college prospect continue on to college during the depression years. Technical training was more or less available but not seriously emphasized. After the War, the GI Bill opened the door of a college education for all who served. This made a tremendous, beneficial impact on the American dream.

Sixty five years later, we are burdened by unionized teachers more concerned about their retirement pensions and salaries and protecting the inept then they are for educating the next generation. The public education strives for minimum expectations and was re-refined by George W. Bush what Dewey first instituted earlier, to train everyone to only the minimum standard using many tests created by the government to such an extent that teachers taught only to pass tests, not to develop real knowledge of the subjects, otherwise the school and the teachers including the principles could be demoted or transferred, if the ratings of the school were below government determined standards.

All Roosevelt’s efforts had long term, lasting effect, but did nothing to end the great depression. It took the Second World War by draining the treasury to create wartime jobs. In the years going forth, the creation of a society more and more dependent on government handouts, and special treatment for selected interests, meant to strengthen the Democrat Party where handouts are key to Marxist foundations and for perpetual reelections. This political attitude perpetrated the nation’s ride down a slippery slope that cumulated, the first time, with the worst of the worst, the Lynden Banes Johnson Administration “The Great Society,” an ugly exhibition of rampant indulgence and prolific waste during a major war benefiting Lynden’s financial interest in the Brown and Root Company, the largest contractor operation in Vietnam; and the war industry profiteers coupled with a lousy non-military cabinet the members at the top, such as the Secretary of Defense McNamara and other unqualified political appointees who never carried a gun but dictated massive, doctored, military propaganda statistics and advice to the Commander in Chief.

The enormous cost of Nam and the Administration’s new socialism greatly resulted in serious borrowing by congress - draining the nation’s treasury one again. There is another cause of the coming disaster, probably the lynch pin to all of the nation’s problems during the last 30 years.

The politicization of religions’ involvement with divergent political parties to the extent that instead of being a real force, the evangelicals’ devotion to Israel and other Christians fixated for the U.S. to be borderless. The Demoncrat leaders are the strident promoters for the cause of winning elections by creating class envy. The result is now visible, a righteous hatred between both the parties. Add to mix are the unemployed, the anarchists, the uneducated, the new, young un-sophisticates, ignorant of the reason for America’s beginning offers a menu for a caldron, and in it a stew only Macbeth’s witches could understand and relish. Citizens under 30 or those in their early forties fell between the cracks in public education and the agnostic/atheistic, liberal socialist publishers of school history books such as graphic illustrations of sex for 5 year olds was accepted by the liberals to the consternation of the religious.

This indoctrination against the principles of decency includes suppression of military chaplains as well as all public exposure to anything related to God or religion now is taking place as this is written. It is the same what happened in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The most recent issue of CFR’s publication, Foreign Affairs has an article “God and Caesar in America” by Daniel E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam. In it they mention what the future holds within the military where the new recruits are significantly different from those who they replace – those of an older generation of volunteer religious believers mostly indoctrinated by their married parents’ religious beliefs. It held them to their moral principles. In the article there is a drawing of a Republican elephant dressed in religious garb preaching to a group of uninterested students watching scrolling iPods, a couple sitting at their desks kissing, and a kid sleeping, others are in various stages of non-interest.

My own experience serving in the Air Force while located in Korea 1951-1952 and during that non-war war in Vietnam 1968-69, I witnessed airmen and combat infantry soldiers doing works of charity for the civilian population; promoted by their wing and battalion commanders.

In the Vietnam non-war there was the My Lai massacre by young draftees just out of boot camp led by a panic stricken infantry lieutenant. This made headlines for several weeks including the trials. That incident was really the only reported major human catastrophe relating to military misconduct, but it turned American citizens against the war. I had occasion to be among combat troops and saw the men doing everything possible to help civilians at great risk, since those they helped might have been members of the Viet Cong waiting for the opportunity to kill them.

There were incidents of babies used to murder GIs using explosives hidden in their diapers. Reports from Afghanistan by those few reporters who entered the actual fighting zones spoke the truth of what they observed: true valor and charity. They had nothing but praise for our combat troops and medics for their acts of mercy and dedication – administrating to civilians and wounded enemies, rebuilding destroyed villages and schools. Military doctors operated on friend and foe alike. The Muslim radicals blame our troops for burning the Quran , but never credit Americans who forfeit their lives in a country they never knew existed until the 9-11 war erupted.

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On the other hand, the treatment of captured Muslims held in the Abu Grab prison demonstrates what can happen when military misfits are placed in positions where cruel acts run rampant for lack of supervision. The main damage is the loss of credibility in the eyes of the world. It is my hope that our young, volunteer military will retain the same stamina, courage, loyalty, moral principles and dedication that ninety nine and nine tenths percent of those now serving. Our military serves and eventually returns to civilian life. They just may be the catalyst, that “beacon on the hill” holding strong to the principles of past generations – God-fearing and ethical. May the good Lord bless them and protect them.

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The "Curmudgeon," Joseph H. Kress, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) obtain a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in economics and minor in accounting.

He served in England and Viet Nam where he received the Bronze Star during the TET Offensive, then he was appointed Chief of Supply for two state-side assignments; the DOD's Defense Disposal Agency where he was chief of disposal operations for all of Southeast Asia, based at CINCPAC Headquarters in Hawaii. He retired from Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio as chief of supply with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 52, and now he and his wife reside in Summerville, S.C.

Since leaving the military, he was involved in political campaigns, writing articles for the local papers, and as a realtor.










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