CREEPING PROGRESSIVISM HAS BEEN ERODING OUR LIBERTIES
by David F. LaRocque
(Sept. 26, 2010) — For almost two years, millions of Americans who have been watching Glenn Beck’s late afternoon TV program every day have been receiving a valuable education on the one hundred-year-old agenda of the progressive movement in America to subvert the United States Constitution and to create a Socialist state in our country.
This has been a most enlightening experience for most of us. We have learned how the facts of our nation’s history in the 20th century have been systematically concealed, distorted, and falsified in order to deny the truth to the American people, and to advance the progressive agenda by stealth. We have also been treated to a detailed and thoroughly-documented explanation of the manner in which the United States government has been taken over by a massive conspiracy of radical leftists, terrorists, and Communists, while brazenly implementing policies which are clearly contrary to the principles of liberty enshrined in America’s founding documents.
Reading just one of the numerous books recommended by Glenn Beck can be an eye-opening experience. If one had already been through one of the early reading recommendations from Mr. Beck, such as Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, one would be prepared to be shocked by the glaring deficiencies in the education of the American people on the horrors of collectivism in all of its forms – Progressivism, Socialism, National Socialism (as manifested in the Nazi Party of Germany), Fascism, and Communism.
We must wonder how many of these deficiencies in our education were orchestrated by the educational establishment itself, as it was steadily infiltrated and dominated by the progressive movement in accordance with the published agenda of the Communist Party of the USA. (Item 17 on the 1963 agenda of the CPUSA states: “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.”)
Professor Michael Yahuda of the London School of Economics described Jung Chang’s work as a “magnificent book” and “a stupendous work” which cast “new and revealing light on nearly every episode in Mao’s tumultuous life.” In the opening paragraph of his review, Professor Yahuda states that “Mao now stands revealed as one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century, alongside Hitler and Stalin. Indeed, in terms of sheer numbers of deaths for which he responsible, Mao, with some 70 million, exceeded both.”
Yet, as we know from our education by Mr. Beck, Mao is one of two political philosophers “most admired” by former White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn, as she publicly stated in a well-known presentation at a high school graduation.
We also know that the writings of Mao were the inspiration for the horrifying manifesto of the Weather Underground Organization titled “Prairie Fire – The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism”, the authors of which were avowed terrorists, self-admitted bombers of the Pentagon and the Capitol Building, (and probable participants in a bombing in San Francisco which caused the death of a police officer) Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and Celia Sojourn.
Who are these people? Well – they are close friends of none other than Barack Obama. Bill Ayers was perhaps Obama’s closest friend, adviser, and sponsor following Obama’s arrival in Chicago to commence his career as a “community organizer.” Ayers has also been identified as the probable true author of the “autobiography” “Dreams from My Father” for which Barack Obama claims authorship.
Bill Ayers is married to Bernardine Dohrn, and their home in Chicago served as Obama’s base of operations as he began his career in Illinois politics. Bill Ayers closed his speech before the World Education Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in November 2006 with the rousing cheer “Viva Presidente Chavez!”
Jeff Jones is not only a co-founder of the Weathermen, he is also a founder of the infamous and corrupt ACORN election fraud organization, and a member of the Apollo Alliance funded by George Soros to orchestrate the take-over of the U.S. government. Jeff Jones has been identified as being involved in the authorship of Obama’s stimulus, and health care bills, as well as the proposed “cap and tax” bill which Obama-Pelosi-Reid hope to ram down our throats, just as they did with the abominable health care legislation.
The statements to be found in “Prairie Fire” are truly frightening and shocking. Here are a few choice examples from the mind of Bill Ayers and his colleagues in the WUO: “We are a guerrilla organization. We are communist women and men … deeply affected by the historic events of our time in the struggle against U.S. imperialism…Our intention is to disrupt the empire, to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks, to make it hard to carry out its bloody functioning against the people of the world, to join the world struggle, to attack from the inside… Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit.”
The other half of what Newsweek magazine called “Washington’s new power couple” is, of course, Anita Dunn’s husband and White House Counsel Robert Bauer. And we know Robert Bauer as counsel to the Obama campaign during the 2008 presidential election, and the probable mastermind of the organized campaign of resistance against all efforts to uncover the truth of the origins and background of Barack Obama. In fact, it is strongly suspected that Robert Bauer was directly involved in the surprise decision on October 29, 2009 by Judge David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to grant Obama’s motion to dismiss the case Barnett et al v. Obama challenging the constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama to serve in the office of president. This is but one example of the numerous amazing coincidences that occur over and over as one looks into to the machinery of usurpation that put Barack Obama into the White House.
Another reading recommendation from Glenn Beck is a true gem, a fascinating book titled “The Road to Serfdom” (University of Chicago Press, 2007 ), written over sixty years ago in the U.K. by a professor of Austrian origin at the London School of Economics whose name was Friederich A. Hayek. Hayek was co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991. He was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth century, according to the information on the book jacket.
His book, originally published in 1944, was extremely popular in America as well as in the U.K. and became the subject of great controversy and debate between the major intellectual figures of the left and the right in the Western world. Hayek’s argument is that socialism has a simplistic appeal to many intelligent people who consider themselves “progressives”, but that it inevitably requires more and more government control until, if it is not stopped, personal liberty has been extinguished, economic activity crippled, and democracy replaced by tyranny.
Hayek coined the term “totalitarianism” to describe the various manifestations of collectivism: “The various kinds of collectivism – communism, fascism, etc., differ among themselves in the nature of the goal toward which they want to direct the efforts of society. But they all differ from (classical) liberalism and individualism in wanting to organize the whole of society and all its resources for this unitary end, and in refusing to recognize autonomous spheres in which the ends of the individuals are supreme. In short they are totalitarian in the true sense of this new word which we have adopted to describe the unexpected but nevertheless inseparable manifestations of what in theory we call collectivism.” (Hayek p. 100)
Here are two additional quotes from Hayek’s book which reveal the true nature of socialism in alarming fashion:
“That socialism has displaced liberalism as the doctrine held by the great majority of progressives does not simply mean that people had forgotten the warnings of the great (classical) liberal thinkers of the past about the consequences of collectivism. It has happened because they were persuaded of the very opposite of what these men had predicted. The extraordinary thing is that the same socialism that was not only early recognized as the gravest threat to freedom, but quite openly began as a reaction against the liberalism of the French Revolution, gained general acceptance under the flag of liberty.
It is rarely remembered now that socialism in its beginnings was frankly authoritarian. The French writers who laid the foundations of modern socialism had no doubt that their ideas could be put into practice only by a strong dictatorial government. To them socialism meant an attempt to ‘terminate the revolution’ by a deliberate reorganization of society on hierarchical lines and by the imposition of a coercive ‘spiritual power.’
Where freedom was concerned, the founders of socialism made no bones about their intentions. Freedom of thought they regarded as the root-evil of nineteenth-century society, and the first of modern planners, Saint-Simon, even predicted that those who did not obey his proposed planning boards would be ‘treated as cattle’.” (Hayek p. 76)
“Before we can progress with our main problem, an obstacle has yet to be surmounted. A confusion largely responsible for the way in which we are drifting into things which nobody wants must be cleared up. This confusion concerns nothing less than the concept of socialism itself. It may mean, and is often used to describe, merely the ideals of social justice, greater equality, and security, which are the ultimate aims of socialism. But it means also the particular method by which most socialists hope to attain these ends and which many competent people regard as the only methods by which they can be fully and quickly attained.
In this sense socialism means the abolition of private enterprise, of private ownership of the means of production, and the creation of a system of ‘planned economy’ in which the entrepreneur working for profit is replaced by a central planning body…It must also not be forgotten that socialism is not only by far the most important species of collectivism or ‘planning’, but that it is socialism which has persuaded liberal-minded people to submit once more to that regimentation of economic life which they had overthrown because in the words of Adam Smith, it puts government in a position where ‘to support themselves they are obliged to be oppressive and tyrannical’.” (Hayek, p. 83-84)
Did you learn any of these things in school? Did you even hear of F.A. Hayek in your college economics courses? Were you taught about the dangers and false promises of socialism in your college economics courses? Were you taught in school about the horrible consequences of socialist experiments in every nation in the world in which it has been tried? This writer was certainly not taught these things in the main educational curricula at the universities he attended.
I do not remember even seeing or hearing the name F. A. Hayek in school, although I definitely remember studying the intricacies of Keynesian economics. I attended several of the leading universities in the nation, and took advanced economics courses from well known professors in the course of studying for an MBA degree, but the principles of economic liberty and their inextricable connections to personal liberty were not properly taught.
Where I learned the truth about threats to our liberty was in my senior Naval ROTC classes at Purdue University, in which we undertook an in-depth study of the principles and concepts of socialism and Marxism, a course which continued over two full semesters. I am most grateful to the United States Navy for insuring that I understood the nature of the enemy before I was sent out to defend my country.
While many of us are grateful to Glenn Beck for the fine work he has done in educating his audience in his uniquely engaging way, we have also been waiting patiently for Glenn Beck to acknowledge an issue which many believe is at the core of the problems facing our nation, and which Glenn Beck has carefully avoided.
That issue is, of course, the issue of the apparent ineligibility of Barack Obama to serve in the office of president in accordance with the requirements of Article II of the U.S. Constitution. At one point Glenn even seemed to ridicule those with unanswered questions regarding Obama’s eligibility, referring to them as “birthers.”
The eligibility issue is truly the “elephant in the room” in the national uproar over the shocking direction in which Obama has taken this country, as the American people wake up to what Obama meant when he promised a “fundamental transformation” of our nation if he were elected. What we are now seeing is the rapid installation of a socialist regime in America; and history, together with the writings of F.A. Hayek, teach us that we have only seen the beginning of the destruction of liberty which the progressives have in store for us.
It is now clear that the mainstream media have imposed a comprehensive blackout on all discussion of eligibility-related issues, notwithstanding that the evidence grows daily that an incredible hoax has been perpetrated on the American people, putting an ineligible presidential candidate (and possibly an illegal alien) into the White House by means of a massive election fraud and a broad conspiracy of lies, perjury, false certifications, forged documents, dereliction of duty, and manipulation of the judiciary – necessarily involving individuals occupying some of the highest offices in the land.
While it is not yet clear how this could have been done in a free society existing within a constitutional republic, the undeniable fact is that this is exactly what has happened, and even the improper court-martial of an honorable, highly respected, and decorated Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army has not been able to break the conspiracy of silence regarding the hidden past of Barack Obama (AKA Barry Soetoro).
Those of us who have been following this American tragedy have become increasingly concerned and frustrated. This writer even submitted an editorial for publication on The Post and Email web site titled “An Open Letter to Glenn Beck” which was published on August 17, 2010, and concluded with the question “Where do you stand, Glenn Beck?”
Right up to the present time, when the constitutional crisis arising from this untenable situation in the White House seems to have reached the breaking point, even the outspoken news anchors and commentators at Fox News, America’s only hope for a free broadcast media, have not breached the eligibility gag order under which they are obviously operating, including Glenn Beck (except accidentally, when they quickly correct themselves or their guest). That is – until this week.
On Wednesday September 22, two members of the Fox News team made comments that seemed to go considerably beyond their previous statements in connection with the eligibility controversy.
First, there was Sarah Palin:
Speaking on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show on Wednesday night, the always-fun Sarah Palin referred to President Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama” while expressing concern that the press had failed to uncover key details about Obama’s early life. Some are wondering whether this brief appearance is an appeal to birtherism, a fringe theory suggesting that Obama is not a U.S.-born citizen. Here’s the video, a transcript of Palin’s statement, and the reaction:
I think [Republican Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell] absolutely can win. She needs to stay on message, talking about reining in the federal government, and really connecting with her Delaware voters, and ignoring what the lamestream media is trying to do her with all the distractions. Funny, Greta, though, that we are learning more about Christine O’Donnell and her college years and her teenage years and her financial dealings than anybody ever even bothered to ask about Barack Hussein Obama as a candidate and now as our president.’ (Sarah Palin)
“Birther Talking Points” – Conservative blogger Pajama Pundit sighs, “Look, the way that I see it, she is clearly pandering to the Orly Taitz crowd on this one folks. Palin uses the President’s middle name — as many did during the 2008 campaign — to remind the Fox viewers that he is ‘not one of us’. Then, as I watched with my mouth agape, she continues by pointing out that Christine O’Donnell is going through a much tougher vetting process (i.e. learning about her background, schooling, upbringing, etc.) than the President did. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a Birther talking point?”
What Palin Means With Hussein – Outside the Beltway’s James Joyner writes of using Obama’s middle name, “Whether it’s to pander to the birthers or just to suggest ever-so-subtly that the President is not a ‘real American,’ the motivation is just as sinister. And, no, I don’t believe the ‘it’s just his middle name’ defense works here. You didn’t hear people referring to ‘Ronald Wilson Reagan’ on a regular basis, or ‘George Walker Bush,’ or, for that matter ‘Sarah Louise Palin.’ No, there’s a reason that people like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and now Sarah Palin, use the President’s middle name, and it isn’t over a concern with correct nomenclature.”
Palin Crosses a New Line – Talking Points Memo’s Christina Bellantoni writes, “It’s certainly not the first time Palin has cracked about Obama’s past, but we couldn’t find any references to her using his middle name. Who can forget that Palin was the candidate to insist that Obama doesn’t see America in the same way as she and Sen. John McCain?”
Then there was Glenn Beck
“Believe it or not America – you’re being manipulated every single day. That is what progressives do. They believe that you are stupid.”
Below is a transcript of Glenn Beck’s remarks at minute: 47 of his one hour program on September 22 in connection with a monologue on the subject of government-sponsored propaganda as first implemented in the United States almost one hundred years ago by the Wilson administration, under the direction of Wilson’s three masters of propaganda – Walter Lippman, Colonel House, and Edward Bernays.
These individuals literally created the modern technology of government propaganda. The book written by Edward Bernays (“the Cass Sunstein of his time”) titled “Propaganda” was his most important book. In it he advanced a concept of manipulation of the people based on “making people do what he wanted them to do by making them think that it is their idea”.
Bernays was dubbed the “Father of Spin” by one writer. His writings, including a second book titled “Crystallizing Public Opinion” were reportedly used by Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels as a basis for his destructive campaign against the Jews of Germany.
Here are Glenn Beck’s remarks:
When America became aware of how they were being manipulated (during the Wilson administration), they regretted it and they got away from it as fast as they could.
Manipulation is what is happening again today, and they are counting on you not seeing it. All they need is time to get the framework into place.
Now – there is an established trick that they use…the trick is – when the progressive agenda is exposed, they immediately call it a ‘conspiracy theory’ and no one believes them (those who exposed the progressive agenda).
Do you know where the Kenyan conspiracy theory came from – do you know that he was born in Kenya? Hillary Clinton’s camp! (long pause) Hmm
So when something comes out – anything – you immediately label it a conspiracy theory…That is a conspiracy theory – he was born in the United States, clear and simple.
Now, Cass Sunstein wrote a paper on conspiracy theories (called) “Causes and Cures” (in connection with a Symposium on Conspiracy Theories)…he wrote:
‘The price of credibility is that the government cannot be seen to control the independent experts. Although the government can supply these independent experts with information, and perhaps prod them into action from behind the scenes, too close a connection will prove self-defeating if it is exposed.
Of course, some conspiracy theories have turned out to be true, and under our definition they do not cease to be conspiracy theories for that reason.’
In other words – even if they are true, they are still conspiracy theories!
What does that mean? Well – you have to discredit people by calling them “conspiracy theorists”, and I think they are growing some (conspiracies)!
Have you noticed how differently ‘birthers’ are treated by this government? I mean – I have never seen a president’s passport before, but why did they release that? Why is it the president and the White House are always bringing up the ‘birther’ thing? I don’t hear that in everyday talk.
They are feeding the conspiracy theory of the crazies by mixing truth with lies, because if they can get that conspiracy theory (accepted), then they can put everything else under that umbrella.
For instance, Robert Gibbs did this just last week, when responding to claims by Newt Gingrich that President Obama is defined by a Kenyan anti-colonial world view…well-documented idea…legitimate political theory…but what did Gibbs do?
Watch (video clip of Gibbs): ‘He’s trying to appeal to the fringe of people who don’t believe the president was born in this country. You would normally expect better from somebody who had held the position of Speaker of the House.’
The anti-colonialism article that Gibbs was talking about had nothing to do with where the president was born – NOTHING! Gingrich never said anything about that!
It had everything to do with what he (Obama) heard and learned growing up in Hawaii, which is America, and Indonesia.
You see – they are masters of this form of misdirection and deception. All they want to do is buy time, and they learned from the very best – the monsters of the American past.
So, according to Cass Sunstein (“most dangerous man in America” according to Glenn Beck)– the Obama regime believes that even if the claim of the “birthers” that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen pursuant to the requirements of Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 the United States Constitution is true, it is still a conspiracy theory!
All I can say is WOW! That is truly scary.
Does anything in Glenn Beck’s remarks sound familiar?
Do the names “Fight the Smears” and “FactCheck.org” and “Snopes” come to mind?
Do you remember Glenn Beck ever discussing the eligibility issue so directly, and in such explicit language? I sure do not.
Do you believe that this is Glenn Beck’s response to my open letter to him? I believe it is.
If this is as far as Glenn Beck can go right now (including covering himself with appropriate disclaimers) then this may well be a signal that Glenn Beck is with us. And the fact that it came out on the same day that Sarah Palin seemed to go beyond her previous statements on the eligibility issue is certainly intriguing.
What do you think?
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.