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  • Did Woodrow Wilson read James Madison's debate notes?

    06/24/2017 9:22:13 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    This is fully conjecture, but I'm convinced that the answer is yes. During the time in which Wilson was inventing the concept of the "living and breathing constitution", Wilson made the following observations: (Constitutional Government, page 55) The government of the United States was constructed upon the Whig theory of political dynamics, which was a sort of unconscious copy of the Newtonian theory of the universe [see: Newtonian government]. In our own day, whenever we discuss the structure or development of anything, whether in nature or in society, we consciously or unconsciously follow Darwin; but before Darwin, they followed Newton....
  • Comparing the radicalism of Charles Beard and Howard Zinn

    06/13/2017 2:40:31 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    The American Thinker has an interesting piece today about Howard Zinn, in which the claim is made that: "Zinn, more than any other man, turned our history books on their heads, and in a way, changed the contemporary course of history." Honestly, I'm not sure that's true. In comparing Zinn to Charles Beard, one of the main issues is the simple expanse of time. Sure, Zinn is more acute in the lies he has written, but Beard has had over a century for his poison to become foundational thinking. Here's the thing: Howard Zinn never knew the real America, so...
  • Woodrow Wilson deported 556 communists and anarchists

    06/08/2017 1:39:50 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    Common knowledge has it that the Red Scare involved Joseph McCarthy, HUAC, and Cold War highlights. While all of this is true, that's the second Red Scare of the 1960's. The first Red Scare is far more interesting. The first Red Scare involved progressives using the force of big government against their ideological opponents, the communists. While it is true that (probably) the two most high profile people to be deported were Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman - both anarchists(not communists) - that does not change the fact that one of the main goals of the 1917-1919 purge was to...
  • Making socialists out of college students

    06/02/2017 5:59:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Making Socialists Out of College Students: A Story of Professors and Other Collegians who Hobnob with Radicals I don't need to say much about this, except this: Read this book! But, do pay attention to the publication date. 1920. It's out of copyright and free to download from the public domain. To our friends who believe that all evil begins in the 1960's, I emplore you. Please look back further. To our friends who believe that all evil begins in the 1930's, I emplore you. Please look back further!
  • Deception is a cornerstone of progressivism

    06/01/2017 1:51:02 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    Lies are as important an ingredient in the ideology of progressives as is h20 in water. Two months ago, a Planned Parenthood pamphlet from 1952 was making the rounds, and everybody was rushing to condemn the organization for it. Here is the pamphlet. Here it is again, and again and again. The last link is the most direct, but at the same time the most problematic. It states at the top "MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH". This entirely misses the point and as far as I'm concerned, it's dangerous. If you guys want to attack individual leaves on the tree,...
  • Who were America's first 48 welfare queens?

    Initiate a discussion about welfare, and inevitably the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt pops up. Often times FDR comes up in the first sentence. Problem is, this simply is not historically accurate. It is true to say that FDR supercharged welfare, but anything else is fake history. Not only did welfare in America exist prior to FDR, but the first welfare program for citizens was repealed in 1929. The interesting story, however, is that it was not people who were first at being put on welfare by the federal government. That's what makes the issue of the first 48 welfare...
  • Donald Trump targets the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

    05/11/2017 9:58:32 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica
    The grapevines that line rolling hillsides and sweeping valleys in Northern California’s wine country have become iconic – a symbol of the region’s rustic charm that helped California earn its reputation as a world-class wine and food destination. But winegrapes have new competition: weed. California’s legalization of recreational marijuana has led to the beginning of a major transformation of wine country. It’s been just seven months, but already investors are snapping up property where wine was once produced. Vineyard operators are developing expertise in cannabis cultivation. New, specialty marijuana businesses are sprouting up in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. And farmers...
  • Yes, a welfare program has in fact been repealed.

    05/09/2017 2:42:49 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Have you ever heard of the Sheppard-Towner Act? No, of course not. That's because it was repealed in 1929. Specifically it was allowed to expire and congress did not move to act, to renew the bill. In 1921, this bill created the first national welfare program in the United States, which as you probably guessed it, was "for the children", and "for the women", and blah blah blah. Progressives always recycle the same foolishness. "For the children" and "for the women" - these are generally the primary schemes that the progressives always use as an excuse to grow government, isn't...
  • Understanding Progressive Nationalism

    03/28/2017 6:53:34 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    In his speech to Congress on December 7, 1915, Woodrow Wilson made the following point about hyphenated Americans: There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life; who have sought to bring the authority and good name of our Government into contempt, to destroy our industries wherever they thought it effective for their vindictive purposes to strike at them, and to debase our politics...
  • Evolution and Revolution, by G. D. H. Cole

    03/26/2017 6:06:24 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    In 1921, George Douglas Howard Cole(Who would become a member of the Fabian Society) wrote the following in a book about Guild Socialism: (page 156) We have now completed our outline sketch of the structure and methods of working of a Guild Socialist Commonwealth, and have thus come to the threshold of the practical problem of transition to it from the capitalist Society of to-day. And here the first question that confronts us, as it confronts all Socialists under the conditions of the present time, is the question of "evolution and revolution." Do we hope and intend to bring about...
  • The 9th amendment vs the living constitution

    03/22/2017 7:40:55 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    There is a new argument that progressives are cooking up, consider this a warning. Be prepared. In Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, the following is written: (page 268) Oddly enough, those who advocate a constitutional "jurisprudence of original intention" and assert that the Constitution "said what it meant and meant what it said," are the ones who most vigorously deny content to the Ninth Amendment and to the concept of a "living Constitution." Presumably, they would not swear fealty to a dead Constitution, not even to a static one of the sort endorsed by Chief Justice Roger Taney in...
  • Will you listen to this speech audio? Unbelievable.

    03/16/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    (He) stated his position when he said that the history of government, the history of liberty, was the history of the limitation of governmental power. This is true as an academic statement of history in the past. It is not true as a statement affecting the present. It is true of the history of medieval Europe. It is not true of the history of twentieth-century America. In the days when all governmental power existed exclusively in the king or in the baronage and when the people had no shred of that power in their own hands, then it undoubtedly was...
  • Progressive Cause Greater Than Any Individual, by Theodore Roosevelt

    03/10/2017 7:08:20 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    PROGRESSIVE CAUSE GREATER THAN ANY INDIVIDUALBy Theodore Roosevelt, October 14th, 1912 Just before entering the Auditorium at Milwaukee, an attempt was made on Colonel Roosevelt's life. The speech which follows is from a stenographic report, differing considerably from the prepared manuscript. - Editor's Note FRIENDS, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a...
  • Woodrow Wilson describes progressive democrats and progressive republicans

    03/06/2017 12:46:08 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    In A People Awakened, a book detailing his bid for governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson stated the following at a campaign speech on November 2nd, just days before the gubernatorial election: (page 203) I feel as I look over an audience like this that something has happened in New Jersey. We have tried to introduce a new kind of political campaign, and it seems to take, for we are not interested in commending a party to you, we are not interested in commending persons for office, but we are deeply interested in commending certain political purposes to you, we...
  • Concerning the Founding of Nationalist Colonies, by Edward Bellamy

    03/04/2017 11:31:17 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Concerning the Founding of Nationalist ColoniesBy Edward Bellamy, editor of The New Nation (1893) The editor of The New Nation is very often asked for an opinion as to the merits of various plans for starting colonies, communities and exclusive settlements for the purpose of carrying out the principles of nationalism. By way of general reply we would say that the existing colonies called cities, states and nations seem to us best adapted to the illustration of our principles. The machinery of these existing organizations is strong, well proven and complete, and it belongs to the people as soon as...
  • The 14th amendment and the re-founding of America

    02/24/2017 10:07:56 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Historians are fond of referring to the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments together as "America's Second Founding". These three amendments produce an overwhelming, positive good: They abolish (Constitutionally) the legacy of the British Crown in bringing slavery to these colonies and henceforth these states. But here is the funny thing. The "Founding Fathers" of these three amendments, did not create a brand new United States of America. They did not discuss contraceptives. They did not discuss homosexuality, or abortions, the parents of illegal aliens, or any other of the things that radical judges like to say they discussed. They didn't...
  • C-SPAN list of best presidents highlights historian malpractice

    02/22/2017 8:22:35 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    This is exactly why we need citizen historians. The "real" big time "historians" don't teach history because at the worst they do not want to, or at the best they are incapable of teaching it because they are ignorant of it. Most of the time, historians teach history as a series of unrelated events while memorizing who said what, when what was built, and what year did x happen. Instead of teaching Americans, the people of Liberty, about the story of Liberty that history has to tell. It's the greatest story never told. C-SPAN's list of presidents is getting attention,...
  • Where We Can Work With Socialists, by Theodore Roosevelt

    02/21/2017 12:38:13 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Where We Can Work With SocialistsIt is true that the doctrines of communistic Socialism, if consistently followed, mean the ultimate annihilation of civilization. Yet the converse is also true. Ruin faces us if we decline steadily to try to reshape our whole civilization in accordance with the law of service, and if we permit ourselves to "Be mislecf by any empirical or academic consideration into refusing to exert the common power of the community where only collective action can do what individualism has left undone, or can remedy the wrongs done by an unrestricted and ill-regulated individualism. There is any...
  • Where We Cannot Work With Socialists, by Theodore Roosevelt

    02/21/2017 12:35:04 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Where We Cannot Work With SocialistsIt is always difficult to discuss a question when it proves impossible to define the terms in which that question is to be discussed. Therefore there is not much to be gained by a discussion of Socialism versus Individualism in the abstract. Neither absolute Individualism nor absolute Socialism would be compatible with civilization at all; and among the arguments of the extremists of either side the only unanswerable ones are those which show the absurdity of the position of the other. Not so much as the first step towards real civilization can be taken until...
  • New audiobook release: The Challenge of Waste, by Stuart Chase

    02/18/2017 6:59:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    It's that time again, another audiobook has been finalized and ready for download. The Challenge of WasteWhat's interesting about this 1922 book, is that Stuart Chase, who would a decade later coin the term "New Deal" and be an adviser to FDR, based much of his opinions for this book on a study about waste which was commissioned by Herbert Hoover. That's because Hoover himself didn't stop being a progressive until seeing his own failures as president and Franklin Roosevelt doubling down on what clearly did not work. Hoover, like any other early 20th century progressive, was utterly obsessed with...