It is often said that history repeats itself...
This column is about the dastardly Alan Grayson, but before we step into the abyss of trying to comprehend what this man represents, we must first look to the past.
One of the greatest misconceptions today is that the Progressive Left is, well, progressive - indicating forward looking change or improvement. In reality, the progressive movement has been around for well over 100 years ago and really came into form in America in the early 20th century.
"Republican" Teddy Roosevelt, perhaps the first official RINO in American history, founded the Progressive Party, also known as the Bull Moose Party, as a political party in 1912.
However, it's Woodrow Wilson who's often seen as the father of the progressive movement. He was the man who ushered in the modern view of the constitution being a “living document” which enabled activist judges to re-write the Constitution according to the progressive notions of the day.
He believed the checks and balances incorporated into the Constitution to check governmental power were “inefficient” and needed to be eliminated. Does that remind you of anyone currently advocating going around Congress? Picking and choosing which laws to enforce?
Wilson also introduced the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve to America and along with fellow Progressive Franklin D. Roosevelt, ushered in the 'modern' form of government that we suffer from today.
To fully introduce you to the mindset of one Woodrow Wilson, from his 1890 essay, "Leaders of Men";
”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”.
Wilson recruited journalist George Creel to become a propaganda minister as head of the newly formed Committee on Public Information (CPI) and they were so successful that Hitler's Master of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels studied the American Progressive Left. Goebbels being infamous for saying;
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
During WWI, under the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918,Wilson shut down newspapers at an astounding pace. Indeed, any criticism of the government, even in your own home, could earn you a prison sentence. All in all it is estimated that about 175,000 Americans were arrested during this time.
It was Jonah Goldberg who said "if you get rid of the labels and you look at what the progressives actually believed and what fascists actually believed, they are pretty much the same thing." And that is totalitarianism.
Woodrow Wilson also had a one world order view, advocated for the predecessor of the United Nations, the League of Nations, and even won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. Remind you of anyone?
Coming full circle and tying all this together, the modern day Progressive Left has a much more socialist element to it. Yet, upon close examination, there's not much difference between socialism and fascism.
As promised, the topic du jour is the dastardly Alan Grayson. Mr. Progressive himself is running for Congress. Again.
And Grayson wears that title as a badge of honor, touting it in a series of fund raising emails sent out this past week with comments from some of his progressive "friends".
A few examples;
"He’s someone whom we miss desperately here in Congress" - Congressman Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of the House Progressive Caucus.
"He is an excellent partner, and a proud, fearless progressive" - Congressman Keith Ellison, Co-Chair of the House Progressive Caucus.
"I believe that Alan Grayson belongs in Congress" - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
"Alan Grayson will fight against any rollback of the gains that The People have fought for..." - Ralph Nader
In addition to the email, Grayson will be at a fundraiser on Nov. 12 at the home of Jerry and Jan Manpearl, with actor and comedian Rick Overton moderating. Those on the list of supporters include Ed Asner, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Norman Lear, Elliott Gould, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell, Peter Coyote and Lila Garrett.
And an "exclusive sit down dinner" with Grayson and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is available at a price starting at $1,000.
So let's review Grayson's supporters; Rep. Grijalva has extensive ties to the Communist Party, Rep. Ellison, the first Muslim American elected to Congress and apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood, Trumpka, who's well known for both his thuggery and Communist leanings, Ralph Nader, who wants a primary challenger for Obama because he is not progressive enough, proud self proclaimed socialist Ed Asner and a who's who of far left Hollywood loons.
Nothing new here to anyone paying attention, I know. What is noteworthy is that an individual running for Congress in the United States of America would not only openly publicize such radical connections, but would be comfortable enough to use them as an impetus to advance his candidacy.
Is this who we are as Americans?
The really troubling aspect of all this is that thousands of citizens will enthusiastically vote for this man, indicating just how far removed we have become as a nation from the principles that made this country the greatest in the all the history of the world.
And this brings us back to the very beginning, of history repeating itself. So what happened to the progressive movement that was so relevant in America in the early 20th century?
As mentioned above, truth is the enemy of the progressive agenda and propaganda the weapon of choice. Just as Alan Grayson will advocate for wealth redistribution and many other tenets of socialism, he just can't quite work up the courage to call himself a socialist.
Yet, as the early progressives gained confidence in themselves, they began to remove the cloak (as Grayson is inadvertently doing).
And as Americans came to see the progressive ideology manifest itself in their daily lives, they rejected the philosophy outright. So much so that 'progressive' came to be a dirty word and the Progressive Left were forced to re-brand themselves as 'liberals' throughout much of the rest of the 20th century.
And, thus, where we find ourselves today, personified in all it's glory by one Alan Grayson.