The Great Depression

by on March 16, 2013

in Depression

I asked my father what his parents had told him about their tough times during the Great Depression.

This is what he shared with me:

They lived on the farm during the Great Depression near Palestine Texas. Mom’s teen years occurred during that crisis. Their family was, of course, very poor. They had only one cow and depended upon her to provide milk for the entire family. President Franklin Roosevelt’s “stimulus plan” included sending a team to the family farm to shoot their one cow and burn the meat, so that it could not be eaten.

I suppose it was a well-intentioned plan designed to “stimulate” spending and consumption, to force this little family to go out and purchase milk and meat at the store. In reality, all it stimulated was hunger and a deep resentment of government stupidity and cruelty and of President Roosevelt personally. My mom just plain didn’t like the President and was fond of making sure everyone she knew understood why. Let’s pray all the well intentioned “stimuli” our benevolent government is throwing around today hits the mark a bit better.

Because of her experience as a teen, my grandmother went on to participate in the battle to establish a two-party system in Texas. Up until about the 1960s (I’m estimating here) Texans could only vote for Democrats because only Democrats ran (sound familiar? big grin ).


I am having a very difficult time understanding many of my “fellow Americans”.

I look around me and see the “American Way” quickly becoming something I am less than proud of.   I see that corruption in our federal government has risen to extreme levels that I never thought possible.

Radicals, socialists, communists, crooks, thugs and automatons pervade the highest levels of our government.

I see a huge power shift from the people to our corrupt government.

I see Black Panther bullies given a pass for outlandish intimidation of voters at a polling place.  By the way, my concern has NOTHING to do with race, it has only to do with America and our law.  I wonder how Mr. Holder would have handled guys in white sheets intimidating black voters in Mississippi?  (I would hope he would stow them under the jail as he should have done with the Panthers. Now I have insulted both the panthers and the clan.)

I see a health care law enacted that creates many more problems than it solves and a US Army unit training in Georgia to handle “domestic unrest” with in our own borders.

I see terrorists being called ill instead of hateful and Americans who cherish traditional American values being ridiculed and mocked.

I see presidential promises broken with a wink instead of an apology (and America winks back).

Speaking of apologies, I see POTUS apologizing to the world for everything that is good in America.

I see our government trashing our relationships with our closest allies and sucking up to those who hate us.

I see our economy being trashed and our children’s future being squandered.

I see what has been a worthless media, rising up and becoming a malignant force that seems to be bent on our destruction.

And our congress! when did it become the enemy of America?

I feel like Rip Van Winkle!

It seems that bad has become the new good and good has become outdated, uncool, and stupid. (Props to Isaiah the Hebrew prophet for warning us this would happen)

The point is, I see these things and think: Germany, circa 1936, Argentina, circa 1955 (or North Korea, circa today).  Whereas, millions of my fellow citizens, see a great new hero who is leading America to its glorious destiny.

And, when I try to talk to one of these citizens who refer to themselves by the euphemism “progressives”,  I begin to see how much trouble we are really in.  Trying to talk to these “progressives” about our founders and the constitution or freedom and its price, is worse than trying to talk to a fence post.  At least the fence post can generally be counted upon to be free from body odor and refrain from spitting on you or clubbing you to death with nonsensical sound bites and mantras.

It is more like trying to teach a pig to fly.  It is a complete waste of time and it annoys the pig.

In reading this, you may conclude that I hate Mr. Obama, but that is not the case.  I hate what he is doing to the America i grew up in.  The one that was created and preserved by the blood and sacrifice of my ancestors.  The one that I have served and struggled to pass on to my posterity.

But I do not hate Barack Obama.

I believe he is simply being himself and doing what he sincerely thinks is best for himself and those he cares about.  There are no surprises with Mr. Obama.  He is exactly what he seemed to be before he was elected and he is behaving exactly as he told us he would (for example: why should he prove he is ineligible for this great job when he can get a pass and keep feeding at the trough?).

When he reminded Republican law-makers that “Elections have consequences” shortly after his inauguration, he was simply setting the tone for his presidency.  He brought his friends and associates with him to Washington just as Jimmy Carter (the last president whose stupidity we almost didn’t survive) did.  It just so happens that rather than being a bunch of “crackers” (and I mean that in the kindest possible way.  Some of my best friends are from Georgia) Obama’s cronies are a bunch of thugs, crooks and radicals (ooops, now I have insulted Chicago).

I don’t hate Barak, I just want the USA to survive him and get back on track.

And I should say this:

Our country has been off track since long before Mr. Obama bounded onto our stage.  In fact, we have been the proverbial “frogs in a pot” for decades.

We have been steadily pursuing a slide down the slippery slope we started in 1962 when prayer was first banned in schools.  This slide was certainly accelerated in the decade beginning in 1965 during which we sacrificed 50,000 American lives in a futile war in Vietnam for which we had no clearly defined objective and no commitment to “win” (whatever that meant to the politicians), then again in 1973 when Roe v. Wade paved the way for the legal slaughter of over 50,000,000 unborn babies so far.

I thought the slide was over when Ronald Reagan was Elected in 1980.  Unfortunately, that merely just a pleasant delay, but it made me feel optimistic about our country again after the Carter fiasco…er… administration.

When you think about it, If the Obama regime serves as a wake up call to a sleeping American populace (who have been enjoying the warming water in the pot for at least five decades) before we actually boil to death, Mr. Obama could be the best thing that has happened to America in fifty years!

The Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture. Recorded 11 March 2010 at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Includes an introduction by Joseph T. Salerno. [57:53]

Presented by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. at “The Failure of the Keynesian State,” the Mises Circle in Houston, sponsored by Jeremy S. Davis. Recorded Saturday, 23 January 2010. Includes introductory remarks by Mises Institute president Douglas E. French.

As President Obama joins his family for some quality time together during a week-long vacation at the exclusive Blue Heron Farms, many are suggesting that the $50,000 per week rental (paid for personally by the President) sends the wrong message. Critics contend that with the unemployment rate approaching 10% nationally, such extravagance proves that the President is not able to identify with the “common” man.

Here at Liberty’s Army we feel that such criticism is not only unwarranted, but also unwise. We feel the financial burden of the vacation should be borne entirely by the taxpayer and that, indeed, considering all he’s been through to this point, that the week-long vacation should be extended to last 186.48 weeks!

Do the math:

“. . . an administration official told Reuters the 10-year budget deficit projection will jump by about $2 trillion to roughly $9 trillion from an original forecast of $7.1 trillion.”  Think of that – – – only six months of Mr. Obama’s irresponsible, sophomoric, socialistic, rookie fiscal blunders, costs $9+ trillion!

Cost of 3-year 4-month (balance of the President’s first and only term – 186.48 weeks) rental of Blue Herron Farms: $9+ million.

Benefit to the nation to have him kick back, put his feet up, light up a Camel and enjoy his family, forgetting about Presidential duties: PRICELESS!

So, pu-l-eeeze. Mr. President – – – Relax! This Bud’s on us!!!