Manifesto, Then and Now

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In 2008, many unsuspecting voters took a cursory look at candidate Barack Obama and saw something new and different. By now a good number of those ignorant citizens have wised up, at least enough to recognize that Barack “Philip Dru” Obama is nothing new. He is just a logical choice of a progressive ideal that began a long time ago, toward the turn of  last century, whose goal was turning the American Republic into a socialist nation, or worse.

Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, a.k.a. Karl Marx, published his Communist Manifesto in 1848. However, his Manifesto borrowed so heavily from a book written by Clinton Roosevelt, The Science of Government Founded on Natural Law, published in 1841, which Marx was introduced to at a Reading Room of the British Museum, that it was close to plagiarism. Author Emanuel M. Josephson even called Science, “Roosevelt’s Communist Manifesto”. What a coincidence Clinton Roosevelt is related to 2 of the 3 early progressive presidents, Teddy and Franklin. I guess it must run in the family.

Marx’s Communist Manifesto had been commissioned by the Communist League in London. The League, formerly known as the League of the Just (or the League of Just Men), was an offshoot of the Parisian Outlaws League (which evolved from the Jacobin movement).

Both Clinton Roosevelt and Horace Greeley, owner of the New York Tribune, the country’s first national newspaper, provided funds for the Communist League in London to pay for the publication of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Moreover, Greeley put Marx on his newspapers’ payroll. Imagine that, the father of modern-day communism on the payroll of a New York newspaper.

Both Roosevelt’s Science and Marx’s Manifesto agreed on the prerequisites for the implementation of communism. Let’s take a look at these 12 prerequisites for creation of a communist society juxtaposing present-day America. How close are we? You be the judge:

The 12 original principles are italicised, present day in parentheses:

1. Abolition of private property  (Look at map of the property owned by the federal government in western United states. The more they own, the less is left for the private citizen.)

2. Heavy progressive income tax (That’s self-explanatory. You know, the whole tax the rich mantra,  and when the progressives control taxation it’s much worse than the present day. 2 examples: FDR, 90%, although he wanted 100%. Carter, north of 70%)

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance (Death tax. At least that’s a start)

4. Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels (Not yet, but the precedent has been established by Kelo v City of New London, Ct.)

5. Creation of a Central Bank  (Behold the out-of-control Federal Reserve that’s accountable to no one.)

6. Government control of Communications & Transportation  (They already have control through the FCC and various transportation administrations. But remember last year, November 9, 2011? The nationwide “Emergency Alert” test when the federal government took control of all TV and radio broadcasts? I do.)

7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture  (There’s GM, so far,  and the feds already control much of agriculture through onerous regulation through dozens of various departments.)

8. Government control of labor  (Hello; Unions, regulations, etc. Take a look at all the required postings at your place of employment describing the various labor edicts your company must comply with and tell me the government doesn’t already control most of what we do)

9. Corporate farms, regional planning  (Most large farming operations are either run directly or indirectly by large corporations heavily invested in the government to regulate the crap out of them thereby reducing competition and just Google regional planning / Agenda 21)

10. Government control of education  (Done. Nothing to add to that)

11. Abolition of religion  (Not yet, but they are making great progress (one exception, the untouchable Islam).

12. Abolition of the family as basic social unit  (They’ve done a bang up job on inner city blacks. Shamefully the welfare check is the daddy to many children)

The point is, there are no new ideas from either side. Ideas are just recycled and reintroduced  from generation to generation. They are only new to those who have no knowledge of history. There is and never will be a perfect system of governance, not until all men (yeah, I know, and women) magically become angels.

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself”, James Madison.

History does inform us of what has worked better and what has repeatedly failed, always with tragic consequences.

Communism, fascism and socialism have been dismal failures wherever and whenever they are implemented (or forced on the population). All have dire consequences. Keynesian economics has always failed.

Capitalism and free markets with free people works better than anything else to date. Yes, it is not perfect, but that’s been covered. Some will sadly be left behind, but most will benefit. In an imperfect world with imperfect people, one cannot ask for more.

We are standing at the crossroads of American history. This election and the coming four years may be the most important milestone in our history since the Civil War.

So read, do a little study of how we got here and help turn back the clock on those 12 prerequisites. We’re running out of time. It’s your duty as a citizen and it’s not too much to ask.

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About thecommonconstitutionalist

Brent is not a scholar. He’s not an author or speaker (yet). He hasn’t published a book nor does he write articles for magazines (yet). He has no advanced literary degree or pedigree (never will). He is just an American who writes and shares what interests him. He cares about the salvation of this country and a return to its Constitutional roots. He believes in God, country and family.
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