“I’m thinking of an American president who demonized ethnic groups as enemies of the state, censored the press, imprisoned dissidents, bullied political opponents, spewed propaganda, often expressed contempt for the Constitution, approved warrantless searches and eavesdropping, and pursued his policies with a blind, religious certainty.”
Do those words remind you of anyone? They should, but they are not addressing anyone in modern politics. But we’ll get to that in a moment. Yesterday, I covered the foolishness of believing that gun collection and mass murder of civilians by American troops could never happen in America – because it already has. Today, I want to end the foolishness of believing that the President wouldn’t or couldn’t collect and jail political prisoners in this nation because – again – it has already happened.
Voters should remember what happened under Woodrow Wilson.
The opening quote of this post comes from the article in this link, as does the following:
That’s a shame, because Wilson’s two terms in office provide the clearest historical window into the soul of progressivism. Wilson’s racism, his ideological rigidity, and his antipathy toward the Constitution were all products of the progressive worldview. And since “progressivism” is suddenly in vogue – today’s leading Democrats proudly wear the label – it’s worth actually reviewing what progressivism was and what actually happened under the last full-throated progressive president.
The record should give sober pause to anyone who’s mesmerized by the progressive promise.
(You should read the rest of this article)
In his book, Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg argues that Woodrow Wilson was the world’s first fascist dictator – yes, dictator. And when you read his argument and consider it next to the evidence, it is difficult to refute his argument. Here is an excerpt from Free Republic:
In his 1890 essay, “Leaders of Men,” Wilson explained that a “true leader” uses the masses like “tools.” He must inflame their passions with little heed for the facts. “Men are as clay in the hands of the consummate leader.”
“No doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle,” wrote Wilson, attacking the very individual rights that have made America great.
He rejected the principles of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” that are the foundation of American government: “Government does now whatever experience permits or the times demand….” wrote Wilson in The State.
And this — this mentality — is what defines the mentality of the Progressive — both then and now.
Wilson sought out and employed the man who invented modern propaganda, Edward Bernays. His work in this field was later praised by Josef Goebbels and the NAZI Party leadership. Wilson also collected and jailed thousands of political prisoners – many for doing little more than expressing their opposition to Wilson’s policies concerning WW I. Many of these prisoners were jailed and held without trial or access to the courts. Wilson even had his own private police force and programs which turned friend and family against each other by encouraging people to report “seditious behavior” to the government. Yes, Wilson pioneered the model that would later be perfected in the form of the Gestapo and KGB. You can read about some of these individual cases in the scholarly book, American Political Prisoners, by Steyephen M. Kohn.
Which brings us to this:
Understand, the people this informant was talking about are now in the White House and at the highest levels of our government – and they have explicitly said that, not only do they not disavow their beliefs then; they wish they had done more to affect change. This means they are now more of a threat than they have ever been. And should anyone doubt that the mentality of Wilson and the Weather Underground is not inside the current Administration, should you doubt that the Progressive ideology is no longer dominating the Leftist political agenda, I leave you with the proof that you are wrong – dead wrong!