Dictatorship!  Is that what the United States is becoming, a dictatorship?

FBI using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for domestic surveillance; the IRS targeting Tea Party organizations; data mining, Edward Snowden, and the National Security Agency (NSA); Verizon, Microsoft, Google, AT&T, etc., giving the government access to their customers’ private digital communications; surveillance cameras everywhere; the list goes on…

Should we be surprised that the United States Federal Government is spying on its own citizens?

Consider what has been happening in the United States for the last one hundred years.

On February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment gave Congress the power to impose a Federal income tax on the American people.  Later that year, on December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act.

The Federal income tax gave Congress the power to re-distribute the wealth of working Americans.  The Federal Reserve Act handed over control of our economy to the elite bosses of the Federal Reserve Banks.

Both, a graduated income tax and a central bank, appear in The Communist Manifesto on Karl Marx’s list of ten things that need to happen in order to take over a country.

Twenty years after the creation of the Fed and the IRS, in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt began his reign.  During his 13 years as President, he trashed most of the Constitution and gave the Federal Government powers dreamed of by only the most enthusiastic and radical of socialists.  The Democratic Presidents that followed FDR worked hard to expand FDR’s policies.  Today, there are few thinking people who would deny that the Democratic Party is the party of Socialism.

Tragically, today, the Republican Party is also the party of Socialism.  It was not always so.

The “old” Republican Party took to heart the words of George Washington: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force!  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  That is why the Republicans once stood for strictly limiting the powers of the federal government to those enumerated in the United States Constitution.

Republicans once stood for the Free Enterprise system.  They supported Thomas Jefferson’s belief that, “The government that governs least, governs best.”

Concerning domestic policy, old school Republicans were anti-socialist; concerning international affairs, they were anti-communist.

It is worth noting that there was once a time when many Democrats believed in these principles, also.  (The Democratic Populist Caucus still does.)  These are not Democrat or Republican principles; they are the principles of Americanism.

The betrayal of Americanist principles began at the highest levels of the Republican Party, not with the big government, big spending George H. W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush.  The end of the old Republican Party began with the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower!

Before and during World War II, Eisenhower was a self-promoting, ladder-climbing desk jockey, who spent most of the war in comfortable offices, well out of harm’s way.

As president, Eisenhower, the “Modern Republican”, in his 1957-58 budget, proposed a 14.7 million dollar increase for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  This was after he had publicly called the TVA an excellent example of creeping socialism.

It was under Eisenhower that the Agriculture Department’s Soviet style Soil Bank scheme was enacted into law, in 1956.  It was an effort on the part of the Federal Government to unconstitutionally control the production of food.  Farmers were often paid by the Soil Bank not to grow crops.  Some of these same farmers would then turn around and collect money from the government, claiming crop failure.

President Eisenhower proposed a two billion dollar Federal School Aid program to the Eighty-fourth Congress.  Earlier in his career, Eisenhower had stated, “I would flatly oppose any grant by the Federal Government…for educational purposes.”  (Congressional Record, 1949, Page A-3690.)

On March 29, 1957, the Wall Street Journal said “…only in the past two years has there been serious consideration of using federal funds for general aid to public schools.”  Up until that time, most Americans preferred to fund their public schools with local funds, thus keeping local control over the schools.  The use of federal funds for public schools is part of point ten on Karl Marx’s list of ten things that need to happen in order to take over a country.

There were 1,863 federal agencies, employing 1,961,029 employees, in 1950.  Under Eisenhower, these numbers grew to 2,135 agencies, employing 2,362,142 civilians.

During each of his eight years in office, Eisenhower ran high budget deficits, resulting in a twenty-seven billion dollar increase in the national debt.

Eisenhower’s actions often contradicted his carefully crafted conservative image.  Norman Thomas, who ran for President of the United States six times as the Socialist Party’s candidate, saw through the image.  Thomas happily stated, in April, 1957, “…the United States is making greater strides toward socialism under Eisenhower than even under Roosevelt.”  (Harvard Times-Republican, April 18, 1957)

The litany above can be repeated for each Republican President who held office after Eisenhower.

President Richard Nixon opened trade with Communist China, giving us today’s dangerously large trade deficit with that nation; he gave us wage and price controls; in 1971, he took the U.S. dollar off of the gold standard, simultaneously giving the world fiat money (money created out of thin air); he gave us the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), via executive order.  The EPA has done more to destroy American business than any of the other Federal Government’s alphabet agencies.  In December of 1970, Nixon signed into effect the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which allowed the creation of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).  OSHA is another unconstitutional, business destroying, alphabet agency of the Federal Government.

Well known liberal commentator James Reston, in his internationally syndicated column of February 3, 1971, said of Nixon, “The Nixon budget is more planned, has more welfare in it, and has a bigger predicted deficit than any other budget in this century.”

The very liberal John Kenneth Galbraith was favorably surprised with Nixon.  In 1970, in New York magazine, Galbraith wrote, “Certainly the least predicted development under the Nixon administration was this great new thrust to socialism.”

Just as in the cases of Eisenhower and Nixon, in order to understand Ronald Reagan’s “conservative” presidency, we must look at what he did, not at what his speech writers told him to say.

Reagan’s own budget proposals, since 1983, all contained estimated deficits in the range of $100-200 billion.  His predecessor, Jimmy Carter, ran deficits ranging from a mere $40.2 billion to $78.9 billion.  Reagan racked up more government debt than all the Presidents before him combined.

When campaigning, and even after being elected, Reagan often gave eloquent speeches calling for tax cuts.  While Reaganites are quick to tout Reagan’s cutting of tax rates in 1981, they conveniently forget that he was also responsible for the largest single tax increase in our nation’s history, in August, 1982.  It was $227 billion over five years.  Their amnesia continues regarding Reagan’s increasing of gasoline taxes by $5.5 billion on January 5, 1983.  Reaganites also neglect to mention that in 1983, Reagan was responsible for raising the Social Security rate from 10.8 percent to 12.4 percent – a 14.81 percent increase.  This was a double whammy, since the increase had to be paid by both employer and employee.  That same year, the taxing of Social Security benefits began.  This meant that many retirees, despite Reagan’s lower tax rates, paid more income tax, because now Social Security benefits were considered income.

When in office, rather than abolish the Department of Education, as he had promised on the campaign trail, Reagan doubled its budget.  He also promised to abolish the Department of Energy; a promise he did not keep.

In 1981, Federal entitlements cost $197.1 billion.  Under Reagan, this grew to $477 billion by 1987.

The price of federal farm programs increased by 140%, rising from $21.4 billion in 1981 to $51.4 billion in 1987.

Reagan the speech reader always talked about the need for Federal Government budget cuts.  After being elected President, any budget cuts proposed by Reagan were actually cuts in projected spending, not absolute cuts in current spending levels.  The President admitted: “It’s important to note that we’re only reducing the rate of increase in taxing and spending. We’re not attempting to cut either spending or taxing levels below that which we presently have.” (Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery, on February 18, 1981.)

From 1980 to 1987, Reagan added 230,000 more civilian government workers to the Federal Government’s payroll, bringing the total to almost three million.

In 1983, Walter Heller wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Mr. Reagan Is a Keynesian Now.”

Economist Lester Thurow said in Newsweek magazine, in 1983, “President Reagan has become the ultimate Keynesian… Not only is the Reagan Administration rehabilitating exactly the economic policies it pledged to bury when entering office, it is applying them more vigorously than any Keynesian would have dared.  Imagine what conservatives would be saying if a liberal Keynesian Democratic president had dared to run a $200 billion deficit.” (Emphasis added.)

Liberalism, Keynesianism, Democracy, Democratic Socialism, Christian Socialism, Modern Republicanism, Neo-conservatism, Compassionate Conservatism, “compromise, for the sake of getting things done”…  They all lead to the same end: Socialism.  And, it is impossible to have just a little bit of socialism.

Domestically, the Republicrats (a term used by Governor George Wallace) have been gradually increasing the size of the Federal Government.  While opposing each other on peripheral issues, the Democrats and Republicans have worked together to give the Federal Government ever increasing power, heading us towards full blown Socialism.  The pace quickened over the last fifty years, and today, the pedal is to the metal.

Internationally, since 1917, the Republicrats deceitfully betrayed every anti-communist leader that looked to the United States for help.  Our State Department, our Presidents, and in many cases, our Congress, each enabled and supported the growth of Communism around the world.

Without the support of the United States, the government of the Soviet Union would not have survived much beyond 1933.  Eastern Europe, China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, etc., never would have fallen into the bloody hands of the communists, had it not been for the perfidious policies of our government.

The book, Masters of Deception, by G. Vance Smith and Tom Gow, is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting documented evidence and in depth revelations concerning our government’s treacherous behavior in international affairs.  This book can be purchased at the Freedom First Society  website’s Tools and Products page.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) purchased nearly two billion rounds of ammunition. Also, it has placed an emergency order for riot gear.  And, it has been reported that DHS ordered 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks.  This military hardware is not for use in a foreign war.  The key word in DHS is Homeland!

Furthermore, there are reports that DHS has asked Vladimir Putin to send 15,000 Russian troops to the United States.  These troops will have received training in “crowd functions”, (meaning riot control).  They will help our government respond to “unspecified upcoming” events, here in the U.S.

Putin’s troops will have been trained in Russia, by Soviet military experts, using Soviet rules of engagement.  Without hesitation, these soldiers will obey the command to kill civilians.

In 1999, President Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin oversaw the invasion of Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.  The invading Russian troops smashed the city to bits and murdered tens of thousands of civilians in the process.

Socialist governments are totalitarian governments.  The individual has no rights.  The individual is a servant of the state.  The state requires unanimity of thought among the servants.  The servants who do not think as they should must be made to submit.  Those who do not submit must be purged.  Socialist governments must spy on their citizens.  They must always be ready to squelch organized resistance.  The servants must be kept in line.  Anything that is a threat to the government’s control over the citizenry must be eliminated.  Any and all threats to the government’s power must be eradicated.

The ultimate purpose of our government’s surveillance projects and weapons purchases is not to protect the American citizens from terrorism; it is to protect the burgeoning police state from the American citizens.  The U.S. government is working overtime to put measures in place that will suppress wide scale, effective opposition.  The time is not far off when those Americans who dare to take a stand against tyranny will find themselves staring down the barrel of a loaded rifle, held by a Russian foot soldier, who awaits the command to open fire.

So, again we ask:  Dictatorship?!  Is that what the United States is becoming, a dictatorship?  And, should we be surprised?

By now, our answer should be clear.  You may call it what you like.  We will call it what it is: The United States of America is in the final stages of a century-long revolution that has been gradually transforming it from a Constitutional Republic into a socialist dictatorship; or, more explicitly: a Communist Dictatorship.

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For more about government spying on Americans, please read:  “The Surveillance State: Knowing Every Bit About You”, from The New American magazine, May 21, 2012.  Click here to access the article.

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The Insiders, Architects of the New World Order; by John F. McManus; Appleton, Wisconsin; 2004.

Masters of Deception; by G. Vance Smith and Tom Gow; Freedom First Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado; 2012.

The Shadows of Power; by James Perloff; Western Islands Publishers, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1988.

The Communist Manifesto; by Karl Marx; American Opinion Book Services, PO Box 8040, Appleton Wisconsin 54913-8040.

www.lewrockwell.com

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