Marxism and the Democrats: The Evolution of the Progressive Left

Our great founding father and President Thomas Jefferson once founded a political party.  This party is the longest standing official party still in existence.

Yep, I’m talking about the Democrats.

But they weren’t called the Democrats in Jefferson’s time.  Rather, they were known as the “Democratic-Republican Party” when Jefferson held office.  They were officially established as the “Democrat Party” in 1828.  A great many Presidents were Democrats after the party’s official establishment, some of the most notable being Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.  Obviously there are other notables but these four are the past Presidents most responsible for transforming their Party and America, for better or for worse.

To start with Andrew Jackson, he has been credited with the real spread of citizen involvement in the political process.  He was firm and strong in all of his opinions, earning him the nickname, “Old Hickory”.  The views he held in terms of economic and political philosophy were equivalent to that of a modern day conservative or a Revolutionary-era Republican such as Jefferson.  Those views included a strict adherence to the Constitution, as well as very limited federal government and a firm belief in State’s rights.

Essentially, he was a conservative by modern standards.  He believed in the grassroots as well, which is way he focused so much of his campaign for Presidency trying to get the people involved in the political process.  He is viewed by many to be the champion of democracy.

Next up is President Wilson.  Woodrow Wilson was the champion of ‘Progressivism’ long before FDR.  He set America on the path to the left when it comes to economic and social issues and began the evolution of the Democratic Party from Jeffersonian Values to Marxist values.

Some of the most notable progressive policies he implemented were the Federal Income Tax, the Federal Reserve Act (establishing the Federal Reserve Bank), the Federal Trade Commission Act (designed to regulate businesses), the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the Federal Farm Loan Act.  All of these stuck the government’s hand into the economy and hindered the processes of the free market, even though they were good for certain organizations.  For example, the Federal Farm Loan Act made it easier for farm families to borrow money when they couldn’t before because they didn’t qualify for loans or have the necessary collateral to put up for the loans they wanted.  This may have helped farmers expand their crops, but it was reflected in higher prices for consumers throughout the early 20th century.

Next up is FDR, loved by many, feared by more.  This President served four terms, implementing increasingly progressive policies as he went.  The majority of these policies were contained in the ‘New Deal,’ which is credited as the beginning of Welfare, Social Security, and various other Social programs.  It also implemented the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program designed to provide work to young and unmarried men during the Great Depression, the National Recovery Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration.  Unemployment compensation, minimum wage, and maximum hours were also established by the New Deal, along with Social Security.

At the time of their implementation, many of these programs seemed to offer perfect solutions to the problems that the country faced.  Some of those problems were in fact solved, but they have also created new, greater problems that the country has had to face.  All of the policies in the New Deal have taken us a step closer to Marxism.

Finally, Lyndon B. Johnson.  He did not accomplish much as the President, but what he advocated for and is credited most with is the “Great Society”.  This was a series of federal initiatives with good purposes: an end to poverty, an end to racial injustice, increased medical care under Social Security, increased social-welfare programs, and federal government support for education.  This legislation was really the tipping point when it came to Marxism in the U.S.A., as it expanded government involvement into many sectors of private life.

How do all of these Progressive policies make America more Marxist?

Let’s take a look.

The Ten Planks of Communism, according to Marx, are as follows:

  1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of lands to public purpose.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the State.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal obligation of all to work.  Establishment of Industrial Armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in government schools.  Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form.  Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.

 

I’m not here to say that the modern Democratic Party is trying to destroy America, because they’re not.  They are trying to TRANSFORM America.  The heavy progressive/graduated income tax is already in use in the United States, Public Education at the Middle and High School levels is basically free, Eminent Domain allows the government to seize private property (as do several other laws and regulations), credit in the United States has been centralized by the Federal Reserve (and the Fed holds an exclusive monopoly on “counterfeiting” or printing money, as well they control all state capital in terms of money), the Estate Tax and other various inheritance taxes have greatly decreased the freedom of private property owners to pass on their possessions and property to whomever they wish, and there are various other examples in America for each and every one of these Marxist “Planks of Communism”.

I won’t say that it has been entirely the Democrats, as I’m 100% sure there have been a few Republicans here and there that have signed on with various progressive legislation and ideologies.  But, the vast majority of Progressivism has been, and is still, found in the Democratic Party and Progressivism is progress towards Communism.

It is a lofty and unattainable goal.  Marx speaks of Communism as the key to a perfect world, but we can’t have that because people aren’t perfect.  There will always be liars, cheaters, swindlers, and power hungry, greedy men and women in the world.  And there will always be a lot of them.  Human nature prevents us from ever achieving a perfect society.

Progressivism and Modern Liberalism do not try to stop short of communism, they just take the steps towards it and eventually hope to achieve it.  Most liberals and progressives have big hearts and just want to help people, but Socialism and Communism are not the answer because they do more harm to the majority while lifting up only a few.  Capitalism, a free market economy, and a society based on the preservation of essential rights ensure the most benefit for the most people.

Glenn Beck explains it like this: “Before America, a large majority of the World’s population lived in abject poverty.  But after America, it switched.  Now we see only a small minority of the World’s population still living in abject poverty, while most of the World is much better off.”

America was founded on free market, capitalistic ideology, and it catapulted the world into a new era of prosperity and innovation.

Why not instead of turning further down the wrong path towards Marxism, we turn back to the ideas that made America the greatest Country in History?

Let’s bring back the American Dream.

Publius

 

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