©2009 drkate(Note: This is part one of a multi-part series on fascism in America.)
(Note 2: See update at end!)
How often have you heard that Hitler’s fascism was an expression of an extreme right-wing phenomenon? Or Mussolini? Would you be surprised to know that fascism originated with the progressive left? The symbol on the right is the symbol of fascism-branches or sticks woven around an axe with the blade sticking out.
On the trail of the undoing of our Constitution, we can begin the study less than 100 years after the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written. The boldness of the Founders’ development of a government by, for, and of the people, was too radical for some who enjoyed power over others’ labor, resources, and wealth.
Enter Woodrow Wilson, born in 1856. According to Jonah Goldman, Wilson was infatuated with political power and grew to like the sound of his own voice. Pursuing first an academic career, Wilson wrote an 800 page volume called The State. Like his counterparts at the time, including Mussolini,
Wilson viewed that every nook and cranny of society should work together in spiritual union toward the same goals overseen by the state.
“Everything in the State, nothing outside the State” is how Mussolini described it. Mussolini was the first to coin the term ‘totalitarian’ to describe not a tyrannical society but a humane one in which everyone is taken care of and contributes equally. This concept of a ‘humane’ society brought the label of ‘progressive’ to these individuals. According to Goldman,
The militarization of society and politics was considered the best available means to this end.
Part of the militarization of society and politics was the institution of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag–written and instituted by socialist Frances Bellamy. The pledge to the flag and the Country at that time was seen in terms of ways to secure allegiance of the people to the government and flag.
Whether you call it fascism, progressivism, communism, or totalitarianism, the first true government of this kind was first established in the United States, and Woodrow Wilson was the twentieth century’s first fascist dictator.
More dissidents were were arrested or jailed in a few years under Wilson than under Mussolini during the entire 1920’s. Wilson also did as much damage if not more violence to civil liberties in his last three years in office than Mussolini ever had.
Wilson’s writings reveal regular themes of advocacy of progressive imperialism in order to subjugate, and thereby elevate, lesser races.
He applauded the annexation of Puerto Rico and the Philippines–“they are children and we are men in these deep matters of government and justice”…and regularly denounced what he called ‘the anti-imperialist weeping and wailings that came out of Boston”.
Wilson was the first President to speak disparagingly of the Constitution. On the Constitution, Wilson favored a ‘Darwinian approach’, arguing that there was no historical basis for anyone to believe in ‘individual rights’. Wilson mocked ‘Fourth of July sentiments’., and believe the ‘antiquated’ system of checks and balances stood in the way of progress. On the campaign trail in 1912, Wilson explained that
living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and practice…society is a living structure and must develop… all that progressives ask or desire is permission–in an era when development, evolution is the scientific word–to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle…
In taking direct aim at the Declaration of Independence, Wilson said:
No doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual and a great deal that was mere vague sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle…
This interpretation–which is very much alive today–leads to a system where the Constitution means whatever the reigning interpreters of ‘evolution’ say it means. This is the essence of ‘the living constitution’.
Jane Addams, a noted progressive social activist and woman’s activist, and the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, reinforced Wilson’s view on individual rights by saying that
we must demand that the individual shall be willing to lose the sense of personal achievement, and shall be content to realize his activity only in connection to the activity of the many…
This is anti-American, and anti-constitutional, replacing ‘god given’ rights with ‘state-given’ rights.
In Wilson’s 1890 essay, Leaders of Men, Wilson explained that the ‘true leader’ uses the masses like tools. He spoke to stir their passions, not their minds, as a way of exerting control over them…a very skilled demagogue.
Do you think these symbols are gone in America? Think again.
The design of the 1942 US dime shown above was done by Adolph Weinman, and was known on as the “Mercury dime”, because on the other side was a winged, helmeted man, representing, according to Weinman freedom of thought. So the two-sided coin reflected exactly what we were struggling with in 1942, or had the foundation already been laid by Wilson, and FDR?