ELDER PATRIOT – “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” – Norman Thomas, six-time Presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America – 1944 speech
Whether Thomas ever actually said this is under contention. Regardless, the accuracy of the statement is irrefutable. Consider a little noticed Washington Post story that ran yesterday.
Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are renewing their vow to pass “meaningful” gun control. Whenever senators from opposing political parties decide to work in a bi-partisan manner you can be certain another of our Constitutional protections will be compromised. The fact that both men ran their election campaigns as strict defenders of the Second Amendment should be remembered by the voters during future primary and general election challenges.
By definition, bi-partisanship necessarily means that at least a small slice of the liberal agenda is being adopted into law with the passage of every legislative act. It has been this way since 1790 when the Constitution was first ratified and our first elected and appointed leaders could be divided into two groups; those who believed in strict adherence to the recently adopted Constitution and those who believed in change around the edges.
Now, after 225 years of bi-partisanship and compromise, our federal government looks nothing like the Framers intended for us. With marginal tax rates approaching 40% and the government telling us what products we have to buy – from healthcare to light bulbs to toilets – we have long since lost our standing as the “freest nation on earth.”
The Framers warned us against the rise of two great political parties because they knew that corruption would rear it’s head under the name of bi-partisanship with the result being the tyranny of one-party rule. Sadly, it has come to that as the President and Congress work in unison to enrich the banks and international mega corporations through the indebtedness of the American people and the passage of laws (ACA, NDAA, Dodd-Frank, forced immunizations, etc.,) that are clearly unpopular with the people.
This cannot change until and unless a political party abiding absolute adherence to every written word of the Constitution has control of 60 seats in the Senate, 218 seats in the House of Representatives, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. This is unlikely, but if you value the Constitution a good place to start is to break up this old boys club by voting for anyone who isn’t an incumbent every chance you get.