Give Us A Marxist King: FDR

Posted: Dec 09, 2019 11:17 AM
Give Us A Marxist King: FDR

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Similar to the ancient Israelites in the Book of 1 Samuel, people often not just ask, but demand a king.  This is what happened with President Roosevelt as he was re-elected for an unprecedented four terms in the 1930s and 40s.  This phenomenon has exacerbated throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, foolish and immature Americans giving up their liberty for security; demanding support from the president instead of self-reliance.   “[N]ow appoint for us a king to govern us like all the nations.”

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Harken to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.  According to the deeds which they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you.  Now then, hearken to their voice; only, you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.[1]

The result is ultimately the same as was suffered by the Israelites in 1 Samuel.   Collectivism has set its target on its victim.

Adam Smith, in his 1759 seminal writing on morality, nearly prophesized about FDR and the shift of America in the 20th century.  “In many governments the candidates for the highest stations are above the law,” forewarns Smith, “and, if they can attain the object of their ambition, they have no fear of being called to account for the means by which they acquired it.”  Smith continues:

They often endeavor, therefore, not only by fraud and falsehood, the ordinary and vulgar arts of intrigue and cabal; but sometimes by the perpetration of the most enormous crimes, by murder and assassination, by rebellion and civil war, to supplant and destroy those who oppose or stand in the way of their greatness.[2]

Adam Smith’s comments are utterly real for the United States over the decades when the progressives arose as a result of the Great Depression.

In Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union Address to Congress, his disturbing rhetoric continued which echoed tenets of a totalitarian, Marxist regime.   Roosevelt presented and urged Congress to pass his Second Bill of Rights, which he called “inalienable political rights,” and fallaciously tied these “political” rights to the founding of the country.  Roosevelt urgently proposed:

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, 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 to 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 education.

All these rights spell security.[3]

Roosevelt riddled his address to Congress with malevolent twists and deception by smashing the standard set by the Founding Fathers and replacing the founding principles with a control plan which would make Karl Marx proud by insisting that people could not thrive without the government intervening on their behalf.  FDR deceptively promoted that Americans “cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people…[are] ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure” and that the rights defined in the Bill of Rights, “proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness…[and] 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.”[4]

The ancient Israelites demanded a king much to their demise; and so did American in the 1930s and 40s, only to create a long term linger of economic depression followed by war.

[1] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), Revised Standard, 1 Samuel 8:5-9, p. 713.

[2] Adam Smith, 2014 (originally published in 1759), The Theory of Moral Sentiments, (Lexington, KY: Economic Classics), p. 52.

[3] Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 11, 1944, State of the Union Address: FDR's Second Bill of Rights or Economic Bill of Rights Speech, (Hyde Park, New York: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum), [].  Many of the “rights” spelled out by FDR’s Second Bill of Rights are the same rights promoted by Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto.

[4] Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 11, 1944, State of the Union Address: FDR's Second Bill of Rights or Economic Bill of Rights Speech, (Hyde Park, New York: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum), [].