I have spent most of my time hammering Capitalism as purely Corporatism, no difference. Well, I was wrong. Whether I should consider that a good thing
or bad thing is still up for debate inside my own mind, I do believe that our current capitalism is not working the way it should.
the greatest country in the world for decades, we might not have been as vast as the British Empire but we were a place where
entrepreneurship, small business and freedom thrived and was nurtured. We were all told that the only way to live a decent and honest life was to work
hard and we shall achieve the American dream. Now, the American dream is virtually gone for everyone outside the top 2%.
Our economy, our culture and our nation has been pillaged, raped and destroyed since 1896 by some of the most unpatriotic, un-American and heartless
people in the world. A complete disregard for our Natural rights
and the meaning of America, our constitution, our laws and our government.
Little do people know but the Progressive Era(Fourth Party System) began in 1896, the very same year that corporations were allowed to enter the
campaign game. Of course they were already involved earlier, but 1896 was the first time they made a real campaign for president.
Corporate control 1896
In 1896, a wealthy Ohio industrialist, shipping magnate and political operative, Mark Hanna became Chairman of the Republican National
Committee. Hanna directly contributed $100,000 to the nomination campaign of fellow Ohioan William McKinley, but recognized that more would be needed
to fund the general election campaign. Hanna systemized fund-raising from the business community. He assessed banks 0.25% of their capital, and
corporations were assessed in relation to their profitability and perceived stake in the prosperity of the country. McKinley's run became the
prototype of the modern commercial advertising campaign, putting the President-to-be's image on buttons, billboards, posters, etc. Business
supporters, determined to defeat the Democratic-populist William Jennings Bryan, were more than happy to give, and Hanna actually refunded or turned
down what he considered to be "excessive" contributions that exceeded a business's "assessment.
The Progressive era is more like the Big Business era, it ushered in a massive change in American business, culture and politics. The Progressive Era
lasted from 1896 to 1932/1934, in this period we saw Prohibition, Income Tax, Federal Reserve, World War 1 and the Great Depression to end it. That is
just some of the affects of the Progressive Era, when both parties worked directly in favor of Big Business. The Democrats did to a lesser degree as
they tried to keep a Populist and rural attitude until Woodrow Wilson in 1912. The Republican Party was split among what it wanted to do, either
continue in bed with big business or reform it.
So in 1901 the Republican Party had a new president, Theodore Roosevelt. He felt that big business was becoming more of a monopoly and was harming our
nations business and government, so he set out on what is infamously known as 'Trust Busting'. This philosophy of his is what he used as president
and was the foundation for the future Bull-Moose Party of Progressive Party which he would use to run for president in 1912 against; Democrat -
Woodrow Wilson, Republican - William Howard Taft, Socialist - Eugene V. Debbs.
The central issue he argued was human welfare versus property rights. He insisted that only a powerful federal government could regulate the
economy and guarantee social justice. Roosevelt believed that the concentration in industry was not necessarily bad, if the industry behaved
responsibly. He wanted executive agencies (not the courts) to regulate business. The federal government should be used to protect the laboring men,
women and children from what he believed to be exploitation. In terms of policy, the New Nationalism supported child labor laws and minimum wage laws
for women. Roosevelt supported graduated income and inheritance taxes, workers' compensation for industrial accidents, regulation of the labor of
women and children, tariff revision, and firmer regulation of corporations.
These reforms he put in place were attacked from all corners but were widely supported by the public, thus giving his Progressive Party 27% of the
vote in the 1912 Presidential Election.
His goal was massive reform of our government and our big business along the lines of consumer protection and social justice.
In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president with his own philosophy and political package known as the
. These set of reforms were put in place and most have remained in place until this day. One
of the most famous and consumer protection oriented was Glass-Steagall, perhaps the most sweeping financial reform laws in American history. They were
stripped away in 1980's by Ronald Reagan and finally removed by Bill Clinton in 1999(?).
I believe since Richard Nixon we have entered a new 'Progressive Era', except under this one we haven't had any Theodore Roosevelt's who have
reformed the system in the favor of the public instead of Big Business.
Since the collapse of the Breton Woods system in the '70s due to the oil crisis which was caused by our unwavering support for Israel. Since then our
economy one downhill with the wages for the middle class stagnating, a new depression, massive lobbying and electoral corruption, and on and on.
So who is offering us these desperately needed reforms? Is it the establishment Democratic Party? NO! Is it the establishment Republican Party? NO! So
who have many people turned to? The Tea Party. They have turned to them for the reforms they are seeking, they see government as nothing more than a
massive bureaucratic statist state which operates for the corporations. And what is there answer for reform? Cut taxes, balanced budget amendment, cut
welfare, expand free trade and slash regulations. Hmmmm..... Isn't it exactly that mindset that has gotten us here in the first place?
All of those answers are the answers Big Business loves to hear, now owning the Tea Party establishment by Freedom Works and other corporations and
the elite. Using the Tea Partiers who are only seeking change for their own special interests, manipulating them by using FOX and politicians and
celebrities such as Hannity, Beck, Palin, Gingrich, O'Reilly and Limbaugh.
Now we are seeing a Right-wing Populist surge, I am sorry to tell you Tea Partiers, your ideas of reforms will never truly happen because it will
always be corrupted by big business. Any dream of a Libertarian society is IMPOSSIBLE, they see your movement as the easiest to manipulate for their
own interests because in the process of reform they can take over the politicians who will be needed for the reform to occur.
So what does this leave us with? Well... true Progressivism. Not the phony 'Progressive Era' bull crap of tax - spend - expand, but rather reform -
redistribute - regulate. True Progressives such as Dean, Kucinich and Sanders are looking for just that. The Progressive movement which is being
constantly attacked by this administration as Left-Wing lunatics.
Why do they keeping attacking the Progressives? Because they know we were right in the first place, they know that for real 'Change' to occur they
would have to break the chains of big business, and they just weren't interested in that. But they keep wondering why their base isn't motivated!
Look we need true change and this true change will either take one form or another, the Tea Party Movement or the Progressive Movement. Right now it
looks like the Tea Party will have their day in November, but what will happen to them when they figure out that their so called 'Tea Party
Candidates' are just as corrupted as the rest of the Washington crowed?
We need real answers and real arguments, and this argument is not about more government or less government, it's about smart government or corrupt
government. We can have a government Of the people, by the people and for the people
or we can have a government Of the corporations, by the
corporations and for the corporations
We need so many reforms it is scary. If Democratic Party wanted to prove it is the party of the people then they must prove it, because right now they
look just as bad as the Republicans.
First: Obama must disband all those morons he surrounds himself with, reshuffle his cabinet and replace them with less government and big business
officials and more small business and consumer advocate type of people.
Senate: Harry Reid should step down and be replaced with someone more populist such as Sherrod Brown or Debbie Stabenow.
House: Nancy Pelosi should step down and be replaced with someone more in touch with the ordinary American such as Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich or
We have a serious crisis in America that needs to be addressed immediately. It is called the FED by Libertarians, it is called corporations by
Progressives, it is called the government by Centrists. And all of these things lead back to one problem, the corruption of Big Business in
This must end, we must reform or we will die.
Enough with these wars that will bankrupt us, bring our troops home from all foreign military bases. Phase out all foreign military spending, stop
supporting Israel, stop fighting others battles, focus on America and Americans first. Stop worrying about globalization and how anything mirroring
protectionism will be called out as dangerous. Ignore that it is America and Americans first, above everyone and everything else.