Watch closely over the next two months, for it will probably be the most critical period for the future of the country in the past sixty years. Not since the power grab of the New Deal have we seen such a well-orchestrated attempt at such a massive power shift and wealth transfer as is represented in the domestic legislative priorities of the current administration. And these proposals are not transitory in nature. Initiatives such as “cap and trade” and the health care overhaul are transformative, designed by their authors to produce major irreversible change in American culture. Whatever your “soapbox”, pulpit, or sphere of influence, turn up the volume and get serious now, because it may be too late by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, some relevant thoughts of which I have been reminded recently by a couple of subscribers:
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”–Abraham Lincoln.
“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……..I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party; the Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”–Norman Thomas, former Socialist Party candidate for President, in a 1944 speech.