Return of the "Red Decade"
Democratic Party Embraces Socialist Bill of Rights
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
If you are a regular to this column, then you know we have mentioned many times that current events in Washington, are very familiar. We've seen this movie before. And we have.
the past four years we have drawn our readers attention to the fact
that Obama's agenda is, in fact, a socialist agenda a form of "Marxism
Lite", if you will. In fact, we have pointed out many times that the
Democratic Party, itself, seems to reflect the agenda of the socialist
party. We have even, on occasion, suggested the Democratic Party change
it's name to more accurately reflect its socialist ideology.
curse of America is its refusal to learn from its past. In fact, more
often than not, we refuse to look back for guidance even when compelled
to do so by out-of-control events. We pay a heavy price for that
reluctance and reticence.
Had we looked back recently, we would
have realized the roots of the machinations of the Democratic Party, and
its current leader Barack H. Obama, are deep in "The Red Decade" of the 1930's in America.
Red Decade is a term coined by journalist and historian Eugene Lyons to
describe a period in American history in the 1930s characterized by a
widespread infatuation with communism in general and Stalinism in
particular. Lyons believed this idolization of Joseph Stalin and
exultation of Bolshevik achievements to have reached its high point in
1938, running deepest amongst liberals, intellectuals, and journalists
and even some government and federal officials." SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Decade
Consider this: "Communal
consciousness was also stimulated by the activities of socialists and
communists throughout the 1930s. Although probably fewer than 100,000
Americans were members of socialist or communist parties in the 1930s,
enough prominent intellectuals joined or gave their support to such
parties, and enough strikes and demonstrations were led by such groups,
to earn the 1930s the title of "the red decade" from some historians.
For both socialist and communist groups the goal was not communal
consciousness, but class consciousness—a recognition by the poor and the
workers in America of their common plight and of their common
exploitation by the rich. Socialist and communist political parties
often required extraordinary dedication from their members to the
cause—in the case of the Communist Party, the near-complete
subordination of their individual lives to collective action and party
leadership. Socialists and communists sponsored colleges, newspapers,
journals of opinion, plays, art exhibits, folk-music concerts, parades,
and summer camps to promote class consciousness. Socialists and
communists led various labor and farm unions and sought to build class
solidarity among these members." Source: http://www.enotes.com/1930-lifestyles-social-trends-american-decades/red-decade-solidarity-individualism
Now consider this from an article published in 1948:
The Democratic Party Adopts the Soviet Bill of Rights:
historic Democratic party is no more, that it has been transformed into
a labor party so completely that there is nothing left of it but the
name. The process by which [the] transformation….was brought about had
its beginnings during the period of “crisis government” established by
Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “brain trust” in 1933. Measures having
far-reaching application and effect were drafted by the President’s
“advisors” and were jammed through Congress, frequently without most of
the members having an opportunity to read them.
Mr. Roosevelt had
been elected in 1932 by an electoral majority of eight to one….In such
circumstances, Congress practically abdicated. It became literally a
“rubber stamp” Congress. And Republican Senators and Representatives,
with the majority of their constituents supporting President Roosevelt,
were careful not to show too much opposition to measures which he
favored. That’s why is was so easy to junk the Democratic platform of
1932 and to enact so many measures that violated the most fundamental
principles of the historic Democratic party without protest from
Southern Democrats, and even with their support.
One sequence [of
the transformation] began during the period from 1935 to 1937, or at
the very height of what Eugene Lyons has called “The Red Decade,” when
it was fashionable in certain circles in New York, Los Angeles and
Washington to glorify all things Russian and to affect a “revolutionary”
attitude toward all existing institutions in the United States. It was a
time when literally dozens of organizations with high-sounding names
were set up in this country by the Communists to attract innocent
“fellow travelers” and when The Daily Worker undertook to popularize the
slogan “Communism is the Americanism of the Twentieth Century.”
February, 1935, Joseph Stalin announced that the Russian Constitution
would be democratized; in June, 1936, the first draft of the new Soviet
Constitution was completed and published, [and adopted December 5,
1936]. It was promptly translated into English and by February, 1937,
copies of it in the form of a five-cent pamphlet were available
throughout this country. It immediately became the leading topic of
discussion among the so-called “liberals” in the United States.
Soviet Bill of Rights….guarantees every citizen a job….the right to
material security in old age and also in case of illness and loss of
capacity to toil….[and] “The equal rights of citizens of the USSR,
independent of their nationality and race, in all fields of economic,
state, cultural and public-political life is unalterable law. Any
direct or indirect limitation of rights, or conversely, any
establishment of direct or indirect preferences of citizens dependent on
their racial and national membership, as well as all preaching of
national exclusiveness, or hate and contempt, is punishable by law.”
late January, 1944] President Roosevelt revealed that the [New Deal]
was being replaced by a streamlined post-war program. Here is what
President Roosevelt said:
“As our nation had grown in size and
stature, however – as our industrial economy expanded – [our previous
life and liberty] political rights proved inadequate to assure us
equality in the pursuit of happiness. We have come to a clear
realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist
without economic security and independence. In our day these economic
truths have become accepted as self-evident.
We have accepted, so
to speak, a second bill of rights under which a new basis of security
and prosperity can be established for all – regardless of station, race
or creed. Among these are: The right to a useful and remunerative job
in the industries or shops or mines of the nation; The right to earn
enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; The right
of every business man, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of
freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or
abroad; The right of every family to a decent home; The right of
adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good
health; The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old
age, sickness, accident and unemployment; The right to a good
The striking resemblance which this whole passage
bears to the….Soviet Bill of Rights need not be dwelt upon. In his
message to Congress on September 6, 1945, President Truman said:
objectives for our domestic economy which we seek in long-range plans
were summarized by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt over a year
and a half ago in the form of an Economic Bill of rights. Let us make
the attainment of those rights the essence of post-war American economic
Notably, he issued a “salute to labor” on Labor Day,
1946, and more recently on June 28, 1947….he discussed the subject in an
address to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People at Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In his “salute to labor,”
President Truman said:
“Labor, perhaps more than any other group,
has consistently supported [FDR’s] “Economic Bill of Rights.” We must
now move forward to full achievement of these objectives: useful and
remunerative jobs for all; income high enough to provide adequate food,
clothing and recreation; freedom from unfair competition and domination
by monopoly; adequate health protection; more effective social security
measures, and educational opportunities for all.”
In his more
recent address to the [NAACP], by coupling these “economic” rights with
other civil rights, he stated clearly….that it is the responsibility of
the federal government to guarantee and to enforce these new rights.
“The extension of civil rights today means not protection of the people
AGAINST the government, but protection of the people BY the government.”
(The South’s Political Plight, Peter Molyneaux, Calhoun Clubs of the South, Inc., 1948, pp. 56-57, 67-70, 75-77, 81-84,)
and from whom, have you heard those very same words and sentiments
expressed in recent months? As the writer says above: "The striking resemblance which this whole passage bears to the…Soviet Bill of Rights need not be dwelt upon." I would agree. The reason is abundantly clear.
we are seeing, right now, in Washington, DC and, indeed, throughout the
United States is nothing more than a replay of "The Red Decade" from
It's "Marxism on the March" in America. All the while we are suffering from the damage done this country during the original Red Decade.
am slowly coming around to the conclusion that America's financial
crisis and Obama's election and reelection and even the current "fiscal cliff" crisis have been carefully contrived and orchestrated.
at our immediate future, I am now expecting a devastating US monetary
collapse probably before the summer of 2013. Why? Because it is the next logical step in the devolution of the United States as a constitutional representative republic.
I am right, and I now believe that there is a very good chance that I
am, the US government must be rendered inoperable. We are very nearly
there even now.
Not to worry, though, I suspect there is a
brand new government, waiting in the wings, to immediately step forward
and save the day. It won't be a constitutional government. It won't
be a representative republic. It WILL be an authoritarian, powerful,
central government based on Marxism -- Communism.
Why in the world would I dare even speculate such a thing? Because, dear reader, I am a student of history. (Emphasis on "STUDENT". I'm STILL learning!) We are told by "the preacher" in the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.
It is unfortunate but most do not understand that by studying the past one also studies the future.
I have made an attempt here to connect the past of the US to the its present and to my interpretation of the country's immediate future. And no, it is not pretty nor pleasant.
J. D. Longstreet
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