My kids and I from time to time will have a discussion about the proverbial money tree. Man, it would be nice, they say, to have our very own! Yes, it would, I say--if our family had the only one. But if everyone had one, the prices of everything that money could buy would be consumed in a conflagration of hyperinflation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had a lot of good intentions. But he had no common sense. He thought government was a lot like a money tree. Now, his socialist chickens have come home--in the 20th century--to roost. And they--misnamed Social Security and Medicare--are shitting all over us.
It is critical that we learn how to take care of our fellow man. It is equally critical to understand that government has no idea how to accomplish this task. Franklin D. Roosevelt had a 'vision' that government could do the job quite nicely. His acolytes had been to Joe Stalin's Soviet Union, and they were eyewitnesses to Potemkin nirvana. They brought home with them that greatest of lies, and in the process destroyed mens' initiatives to take care of themselves as well as their neighbors. As a result, we have retreated into our TV rooms, seldom to emerge to even notice that we have neighbors. We have never quite recovered from FDR's great blunder. History has proven FDR the political idiot, yet few seem to notice, because we much prefer our television shows to our history books, and our emotive history books to our accurate ones.
Roosevelt's vision particularly targeted blacks, thinking themselves the greatest of benefactors by giving them temporary jobs--which taught them and many others in essence that they could not survive without the 'beneficent hand' of government, and which left them and their tens of thousands of fellow Americans more destitute than before as soon as their make-work government jobs ran out.
Roosevelt took advantage of Americans' skittishness following an establishment-engineered stock market crash and subsequent government 'tuning' that turned an economic problem from an inconvenience into a fiasco.
President Herbert Hoover had his turn at righting the American economic boat, but his was a pittance of malfeasance when compared with the hubris of the self-proclaimed savior, FDR.
FDR never even tried to right our boat. He unwittingly tried to sink it. Seventy years later, he may have yet succeeded.
We find ourselves at the present time concerned about a military war in the Middle East. We are equally concerned about how we should react to a nuclear warhead that Iran is supposedly near to possessing. All the while we have been conditioned to avert our eyes from the more important war. The most serious conflict we are involved in is an economic one, yet we are too inflated with imperial hubris to even notice it.
Our downfall will not be because of our military overstretch, although that will contribute substantially to it. Our downfall will manifest itself by economic cataclysm, yet its harbinger was our loss of self-reliance, unleashed from Pandora's box by Franklin Roosevelt. If we don't right America's boat soon, great will be the sinking thereof.
America can yet be prosperous. But it won't be due to the ghoulish hand of the government dole. If we want to take care of our old aged, our children, and ourselves, government must get out of our way and allow us to remind ourselves of our innate sense as to how this task can be accomplished.
The six horsemen are coming. If you listen carefully, you can hear their hoof beats now.
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