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A Contract with the People - Progressive Party platform of 1912

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posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:09 PM
In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt ran for president of the United States and created the Bull-Moose Party (Progressive Party) of 1912. His promise to the people was known as the "New Deal".

Platform summed up

The main work of the convention was the platform, which set forth the new party's appeal to the voters. It included a broad range of social and political reforms advocated by progressives.[4]

In the social sphere the platform called for

A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.
Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled.
Limited injunctions in strikes.
Farm relief.
Workers' compensation for work-related injuries.
An inheritance tax.
A Constitutional amendment to allow a Federal income tax.
The political reforms proposed included

Women's suffrage.
Direct election of Senators.
Primary elections for state and federal nominations.
The platform also urged states to adopt measures for "direct democracy", including:

The recall election (citizens may remove an elected official before the end of his term).
The referendum (citizens may decide on a law by popular vote).
The initiative (citizens may propose a law by petition and enact it by popular vote).
Judicial recall (when a court declares a law unconstitutional, the citizens may override that ruling by popular vote).
However, the main theme of the platform was an attack on the domination of politics by business interests, which allegedly controlled both established parties. The platform asserted that

To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.[5]
To that end, the platform called for

Strict limits and disclosure requirements on political campaign contributions.
Registration of lobbyists.
Recording and publication of Congressional committee proceedings.

Full Platform

The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, has called into being a new party, born of the nation�s sense of justice. We of the Progressive party here dedicate ourselves to the fulfillment of the duty laid upon us by our fathers to maintain the government of the people, by the people and for the people whose foundations they laid.

We hold with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln that the people are the masters of their Constitution, to fulfill its purposes and to safeguard it from those who, by perversion of its intent, would convert it into an instrument of injustice. In accordance with the needs of each generation the people must use their sovereign powers to establish and maintain equal opportunity and industrial justice, to secure which this Government was founded and without which no republic can endure.

This country belongs to the people who inhabit it. Its resources, its business, its institutions and its laws should be utilized, maintained or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest.

It is time to set the public welfare in the first place.

The Progressives need to create a new "Contract with the People" and include all that was in this contract. As for what has already been passed the promise should be to make it perfect. We should promise that all Americans will recieve what the Progressives of one century ago promised. Equality for all, Security for all and Progress for this nation.

And this rings true even to this day:

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people.

From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

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posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 09:45 PM
No replies?

No Conservatives calling this Communism?
No Libertarians calling this Tyranny?
No Progressives praising this?

No nothing? Come on people! What do I have to do to get you to reply? Do I have to make the title, "Progressives slam lousy Conservatives, HAHAHA"?

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posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 10:42 PM
Give it time. The TPM republicans will be here soon enough with their Limbaugh talkin point papers and their Beck books in hand to trash anything and everything that even smacks of progressive/socialist/commie pinko/hippie ideology.

Conservatives with all the "smaller govt" "lower taxes" "individual freedom" mantra sounds pretty lame as they cave into the corporate system just like every contemporary politician has done since JFK. Nothing is going to change except for newer and more high tech wars.

And sorry the progressives are to chicken**** to even confront the real problems we all know needs to be addressed. No one wants to take on wall street for fear of losing those lucrative jobs after "public service"

Were toast!

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posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 11:51 PM
reply to post by Misoir

My recollection is the Dems attempted to do create a counter version to Nute Gingrich's Contract With America about 2004 and gave up because no sense urgency by the leadership which included Hilllary. Come November, they may get the same thrashing they gave Republicans a few years ago. Why is an off-year election result needed to create urgency?
Your idea is too logical to work in modern politics probably...
Thanks for the OP and history lesson!

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 01:39 AM
reply to post by Granite

We don't need 5,000 pages of legal babble to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the entire original US Constitution on one piece of paper. Today we spend thousands of pages on legal crap that hides all of the bull# deep within to keep people from reading it. We could write a good health care bill with just 50 pages of paper.

And yes it is too common sense for today, everyone wants to make things far more complicated than they really are. I am too young now, but when I turn 25 I will be running for US Congress or at least some level of state or federal government, only 7 more years!
It's about time people start standing up against these idiots.

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 01:40 AM
Interesting post. I still have to look into it though, but this is a good find.

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 11:21 AM
reply to post by whaaa

This thread died pretty quickly, I thought it was very important and quite interesting.

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 03:04 PM
Sounds like my kind of country, really. Give it time and you might see it actually implemented.

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 03:09 PM
reply to post by Misoir


The "New Deal" was Franklin Delano's baby, NOT Theodore's...

The New Deal was a series of economic programs passed by the U.S. Congress during the first term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1938. The programs were responses to the Great Depression, and focused on what historians call the "3 Rs": relief, recovery and reform. That is, relief for the unemployed and poor; recovery of the economy to normal levels; and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

Franklin and Teddy were pretty much at opposite ends of the political spectrum...

Did you make an honest mistake? Are you playing a game here?

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posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 03:13 PM
reply to post by soficrow

Ooops. It is a link to New Nationalism which was Theodore Roosevelt's baby. It's too late for me to change it.

posted on Sep, 16 2010 @ 07:53 PM
reply to post by Misoir

Thanks for clarifying.

Maybe it's not too late? ...The text does look like Franklin's New Deal - maybe shift gears here? Or start a new thread?

...this IS important stuff.

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