The following is from an article entitled “Bicentennial Message,” National Program, by Dr. George S. Benson,, appearing in May, 1976, pp.3-4.
“There is no denying the greatness of this nation. From an obscure beginning known as the American Revolutionary War, thirteen struggling colonies won their freedom on the military field. That within itself is not unusual, but the leaders of those colonies had won a more important battle long before the first shot of that war was fired. That battle was over the very nature of man, his origin, his purpose and his future. They fought with their muskets at Concord, Lexington, Valley Forge and Jamestown because they had achieved a high and noble concept of man. That is why their famous Declaration: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…’
“Let’s spell it out so there can be no misunderstanding. The American Revolution was fought and won to establish the fact that MAN is a CREATED being, with the right of LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. So, the American ship of state was launched on the sea of political existence based on an entirely new idea, that man should be free because God, his Creator, made him free in the act of creation. Man should be free because he is a created being, made in the image and likeness of his Creator. That no man has the right to take from another his liberty, and that no government has the authority to grant that which God has given in the act of Creation . . . inalienable rights.
“[In the 30s] this nation was flooded with socialist ideas—the overall plan of utopia, the ‘planned economy.’ Federal agencies controlling the economic life of the nation became so numerous they were designed only by the use of the alphabet. In the midst of what came to be called ‘The Great Depression,’ there was launched in America a most determined effort to change the very basis of our system of government. Taking advantage of the dire circumstances of the depression, a group of ‘social planners’ attached themselves to our national government in Washington and the war to destroy the ‘inalienable rights’ of Americans began making progress for the first time.
“Bureaucrats were empowered to take control over the products of farms. Farmers were paid for not growing crops. Pigs, cattle and sheep were slaughtered to satisfy the planners. All this during a time of ‘bread lines’ and starvation. The slogan, ‘Tax, spend and elect’ was the battle cry of the era to accomplish their socialistic programs.
“The power to tax was the instrument to render dependent those who were not impoverished by the depression. The power to spend was the instrument to render dependent those who were impoverished. The power to tax and spend was a big help to re-elect those in charge of the government at the time. This is clear from the following statement from the book entitled, Taxation For Prosperity, by Randolph E. Paul, Under Secretary of the Treasury at that time: ‘Why do we have a Federal tax system? In answering this question we shall do well to break with tradition and think with open minds. The first item of business is to reject the gospel that taxes are for revenue only . . . We need to look at taxes in a more positive way as an instrument of social and economic control wholly apart, with revenue yield only part of the objective.’ Listen further to this socialistic philosophy… ‘The point is that taxes may be imposed, wholly apart from their revenue-producing qualities, to achieve desired effects on particular occasions… It is the highest function of taxes to accomplish positive social and/or economic objectives, beyond the revenue… On this higher level, taxes may be used to express public policy on the distribution of wealth and income… They may be used to penalize particular industries and economic groups…’ That is not constitutional Americanism. That is socialism.
“I affirm that the Constitution does not grant to Congress or to any bureau the right to penalize, by the taxing power, citizens who have not violated the law. Yet, the objective of the ‘social planners’ both in and out of government at that time was made clear by Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior by this entry in his diary: ‘We are working toward a society of modified Communism’ (The Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1935). Despite the efforts of a few to stop this movement calculated to change the very form of our government, with only a setback here or there to slow the progress, America has continued on a course directly opposite to its charter of 1776.
“Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Any society that takes away from those most capable and gives to those least capable will perish.’ He also stated: ‘Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your doors.’
“Will our Constitution, now hanging by a thread, survive? Cecil B. DeMille, in the language of an inspired patriot, gives the answer. ‘The principle of the separation of church and state has never meant and need never mean the exclusion of moral and religious values from education or the exiling of God from our national life. If you believe that it does mean that, you must cut out of the Declaration of Independence its most potent clause, “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights” and when you cut that out, you have cut out the heart that pumps the life blood of liberty through the nation’s veins. If men will not be ruled by God, they will certainly be ruled by tyrants. But if we believe, as did the founding Fathers, that the law of God is and must always be an American ideal, then it is worth the giving of the last ounce of our strength, the last drop of our blood, the last breath of our lives’ (The Foundation of Freedom, an address by Cecil B. DeMille at Baylor University, October 12, 1957).”
Socialists have been planning the funeral of man’s liberty for a very long time.
~ David Norris