Does the following fit the left or the right?
- That every citizen willing to work and capable of working shall receive a just and living annual wage which will enable him to maintain and educate his family...
- I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals.
- I believe in upholding the need of private property yet of controlling it for the public good.
- I believe not only in the right of the laboring man to organize in unions but also in the duty of the Government which that laboring man supports to protect these organizations against the vested interests of wealth of of intellect.I believe in the event of a war and for the defense of our nation and its liberties, if there be a conscription of men let there be a conscription of wealth.
- I believe in preferring the sanctity of human rights to the sanctity of property rights. I believe that the chief concern of government shall be for the poor, because, as is witnessed, the rich have ample means of their own to care for themselves.
Does this sound left-wing today's progressive (i.e. democrat) or does that sound right-wing?
You'd be surprised to know that the person called a right-winger by today's liberals is Father Coughlin, with his upstart political party, and everything he said was on the left, he was an avid supporter of FDR and his New Deal. They're denying their own history. I am reading a book about the history of progressivism in the US.
In the liberal telling of America's story, there are only two perpetrators of official misdeeds: conservatives and "America" writ large. Progressives, or modern liberals, are never bigots or tyrants, but conservatives often are. For example, one will virtually never hear that the Palmer Raids, Prohibition, or American eugenics were thoroughly progressive phenomenon... Meanwhile, real or alleged "conservative" misdeeds - say McCarthyism - are always the exclusive fault of conservatives and a sign of the policies they would repeat if given power. The only culpable mistakes that liberals make is failing to "fight hard enough" for their principles., Liberals are never responsible for historic misdeeeds, because they feel no compulsion to defend the inherent goodness of America. Conservatives, meanwhile, not only take the blame for events not of their own making that they often worked the most assiduously against, but find themselves defending liberal misdeeds in order to defend America itself.
Quoted from Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism.. which has a smiley face with a little mustache scribbled on it. I highly recommend this book, which can be found at Amazon.
Today's liberals are only the progressives of the Wilson and Roosevelt era, under the Democrat title. Look up the history of these guys, with their politics.
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