Required reading: Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism

Posted by DarthDilbert at 1/21/2010 07:26:00 PM

Glenn Beck had mentioned this on his radio and TV programs several times, and I finally have been able to read this fantastic book by Ronald J. Pestritto.

I had read years ago that Wilson was a racist, but never knew the extent of his hatred towards other races until now. This hatred continues today through liberals and progressives today in their policies concerning welfare and abortion. On 22 February 1881 Wilson wrote that through government education, the black race could be "reclaimed from ignorance and indolence". In 1908, he wrote "Constitutional Government of the United States" (CGOTUS) where in Chapter One he dismisses the precept that "all men are equal" by asserting this is false. He wrote that a necessary condition for lasting democracy was the "homogeneity of race and community of thought and purpose among the people."

Time after time he writes about this overwhelming hatred for our founding documents. In CGOTUS he describes the inalienable rights that all Americans enjoy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as "nonsense". This explains why the left is in favor of abortion, opposed to the Tea Party movement, and why they want to dictate and regulate how you live every nanosecond of your life. Pestritto writes that "In explicit opposition to the Declaration's natural law foundation for liberty, Wilson responded that 'liberty fixed in unalterable law would be no liberty at all'." This is found in Chapter One of CGOTUS.

In an essay he wrote on 5 December 1891, entitled "Democracy" he wrote that liberty isn't found in freedom from the state but in one's obedience to the laws of the state. In an address to the Jefferson Club of Los Angeles on 12 May 1911, Wilson said that "if you want to understand the Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface". It was when I read this that I began to have a more clearer understanding of the thought process of liberals and progressives. Why does he command that the preface be omitted? It's because it addresses how our rights emanate from God and not man.

On 22 August 1887 he wrote in "Socialism and Democracy" that "socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members." He then laid forth the principle that exists today among the left in the rights of the group over the rights of the individual when he says that "Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals. Limits of wisdom and convenience to the public control there may be: limits of principle there are, upon strict analysis, none." On 23 September 1912, Wilson remarked how Thomas Jefferson "said that the best government is that which does as little governing as possible. But that time has passed. America is not now and cannot in the future be a place for unrestricted individual enterprise."

Wilson hated the fact that each state had their own legislature describing this as a "serious" threat to the power that exists in Washington, and even went on to describe the then forty-eight governmental bodies as "evil". He encouraged all "grave, thoughtful and perspicacious men all around us" to "agree in deriding those 'Fourth of July' sentiments". Is anyone this beginning to sound familiar. It is the left who repeatedly denigrates those proudly displaying the flag and taking pride in our nation. Conversely, those on the right not only display the flag and take pride in our nation, but encourage all Americans to follow in their example.

The wish of liberals and progressives for the fall of our republic and Constitution isn't a new phenomenon. On 19 June 1876 Wilson wrote "The American Republic will in my opinion never celebrate another Centennial. At least under the present Constitution and laws." He was also quite prophetic when on 16 June 1876, he wrote that "The democRATs will be very likely to abuse power if they get it."

What liberals and progressives fail to understand is that liberty is a gift from God and not government or man. Conservatives not only understand this basic tenant of our founding documents, but we not only preach this fundamental truth, but live it as well. Liberals on the other hand, attempt to not only eliminate God and religion as a whole in our day to day lives, but to replace it with an alternate deity -- be it Al Gore and the hoax of global warming, the environmental whackos who want us to worship the earth, or the current occupant of the Oval Office who the lamestream media led by PMSNBC demand that we worship.

Finally, one thing Wilson said should have served as a warning for the democRATs this past Tuesday, and as a future warning for this falls elections. On 5 January 1911, at a lecture in Jersey City, New Jersey, he said that the democRAT party was an instrument to "serve the people, or take the consequences."

I encourage you to purchase this from or request it from your local library today.


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