History of the Democratic Party: Part III

The Democratic Party has indeed been the party of diversity. It has persecuted Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and German Americans alike. They love to hear from people with all kinds of views and backgrounds --- as long as they're in lockstep with the prevailing elites of the party. After all, they are Democrats.

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The roots of the Democratic Party, which had sprung from the ashes of the Democratic Republican Party in 1830, were deeply and unquestionably racist.

I know this is quite a statement to make, but Democrats repeatedly lied to, broke treaties with, and slaughtered Indians.  They supported slavery, fractured the nation with secession of the South, and in large measure, were responsible for thrusting America into the Civil War, which cost over 600,000 lives.

The political ideology of the Democrats, however, hadn't been so radical or so destructive, as their racist tendencies.  At least, not until Woodrow Wilson.

Wilson coupled the party's racism with radical progressivism.  That's why the election of 1912 was a critical turning point in the history of the party and the United States.

VOICE:  The incumbent was Republican William Howard Taft.  The Democratic challenger, tall and dignified, Woodrow Wilson.  And taking them both on was the most formidable third party candidate in history, former Republican president Theodore Roosevelt.

Disappointed that his handpicked successor Taft had abandoned many of his policies, Roosevelt had actually tried to rest the Republican nomination away from him.  He failed.  And at that point could have chosen to bow out gratefully, but this was Teddy Roosevelt

VOICE:  He said, I stand in Armageddon to do battle for the Lord.

VOICE:  Running under the banner of the new progressive party, the popular Roosevelt capsized Taft's reelection bid.  But TR's candidacy had an unintended consequence:  By splitting the Republican vote, he allowed the Democrat, Wilson, to win the White House.

GLENN:  While it was a former Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, who started and ran under the progressive party banner, it was Democrat Woodrow Wilson who was even more progressive than Roosevelt.  A note here:  Progressivism is Marxism that is accomplished without revolution, more slowly and under a different name.  The principles are essentially the same.

It was under Wilson's leadership that the Democratic Party took a huge left turn.  It had been a party that had been leery of centralized government, while Wilson pushed for and succeeded in greatly enlarging the size of the federal government, the one they were all so afraid of.

He also adopted the policy of an early Democratic progressive, William Jennings Bryant, in pushing for and this time succeeding in bringing about a progressive national income tax.  Seems we always forget the progressive part of tax.

Now, up until his presidency, the United States had been free of the burden of a permanent national income tax.  It was almost universally believed to be unconstitutional.

Yet, Wilson took office March 4th of 1913.  And by October of that year, the United States had been fundamentally transformed and altered, with a new progressive income tax.

With it came the IRS and the Federal Reserve.  And America would never be the same again.

Wilson had also changed the American power structure.  Before his administration, the executive branch was at best, simply equal to Congress.  But he made the presidency superior to Congress.  Wilson also worked really hard to fundamentally transform the United States.  Of America's original founding document, Wilson said...

VOICE:  Some citizens of this country have never gotten beyond the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day.  It is of no consequence to us.

GLENN:  Americans were never meant to get beyond the Declaration of Independence.  It is inextricably linked to the Constitution and to every principle of governance that we hold dear.  It is the idea of America, while the Constitution is the framework to make that idea work.

Wilson's thoughts, however, on the Constitution were similar to his thoughts on the declaration.

VOICE:  All the 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.  All they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.

GLENN:  In other words, all he desired was the ability to interpret the Constitution in whatever way he might deem appropriate.

In Woodrow Wilson's mind, the Constitution was ever changing, ever evolving, rather than a set of rights that were eternal.

With that in mind, Wilson set out his agenda.  One of his worst acts was sponsoring the Espionage and Sedition Acts.  The Sedition Act prohibited criticism of the government, armed forces, or the war effort.  This, after Wilson had promised and been reelected for keeping the United States out of World War I.

If the citizens dare violate the act and actually said, "Wait a minute.  What did you just say?"  They were imprisoned or fined.  Some 1500 people were arrested under this law, including socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs.  As of all of that were not enough un-American activity for one president, Wilson went so far as to have thousands of German Americans forced into one of two internment camps that he had set up in the United States.  One of the camps was in Utah.  And the other one was in Georgia.

Remember, this isn't the Japanese internment.  This was two decades before.  Just a few of the notable German interns were geneticist Richard Goldschmidt, as well as 29 of the very scary and dangerous members of the Boston symphony orchestra.  The orchestra's musical conductor, Carl Muck, spent more than a year at the camp in Georgia, as did Ernst Kunwald, the musical director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

What are we afraid of?  Oh, are they ninjas with the batons?  How, you might be asking, in a nation with a revered Constitution, such as America, which prohibits all of these actions, can all of this take place?  Author of Theodore and Woodrow, Judge Napolitano sums up exactly how it happened.

VOICE:  Roosevelt -- and I speak of Theodore, of course -- and Wilson openly boasted that they were not obliged to follow the words of the Constitution, that as president they could make changes on their own.  So you have two presidents who believe -- this is a radical difference from all of their predecessors, even Lincoln, that they can from the White House order and direct changes which will affect the lives of every American.

GLENN:  Coupled with the inaction of separate, but equal branches of government, Congress and the judicial branch and the nation was thrust into a constitutional crisis that virtually nobody even noticed.

As I said earlier, the American people had been very vocal about staying out of the war in Europe.  And Wilson had been reelected in large part because he had kept America out of World War I.

Nearly as soon as he was reelected, however, Wilson wasted absolutely no time in using the sinking of the British passenger ship, the Lusitania, to plunge the United States into the worst war in world history up until that time.  Wilson claimed...

VOICE:  I am an advocate of peace, but there are some splendid things that come to a nation through the discipline of war.

GLENN:  The Alien and Sedition Act was one of those splendid things he had accomplished.  He was also interning American citizens behind barbed wire.  He also splendidly raised the top income tax rate from 15 to 77 percent.  And along the way, he resegregated the civil service and US military.  But other than that, he was a constitutional dream.

Considering all of this, it is inconceivable to hear modern day Democrats sing Wilson's praises or seek to even be associated with him, as Hillary Clinton did several years ago.

HILLARY:  I prefer the word "progressive," which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive area at the beginning of the 20th century.  I consider myself a modern progressive, someone who believes strongly in individual rights and freedoms, who believes that we are better as a society, when we're working together.  And when we find ways to help those who may not have all the advantages in life get the tools they need to lead a more productive life for themselves and their families.

GLENN:  Sure.  I mean, who wouldn't be inspired by an early 20th century American progressive?  And comments like this one from Woodrow Wilson.

VOICE:  The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation, until the last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.

GLENN:  The believer he was in the KKK, he actually premiered the movie that glorified the Klan, called Birth of a Nation at the White House -- it was the first movie ever to be screened at the White House.

So given the despicable legacy of the party, it's difficult to understand the arrogance of many of today's Democratic elites, such as Hillary Clinton, who stated...

HILLARY:  Now, as Democrats, we have diverse views and backgrounds.  We are Democrats after all.

GLENN:  Wow, indeed, it has been a diverse party, willing to persecute citizens of Native American, African-American, Asian-American, and German American descent.  Oh, yes, and they love to hear from people of all kinds of views and background, just as long as you're in lockstep with the prevailing elites of the party.  After all, they're Democrats.

After the war, Woodrow Wilson became obsessed with entangling the United States in international laws and regulations by joining his brainchild The League of Nations.  However, the people of the United States didn't want anything to do with it.  They instead wanted to maintain American constitutional sovereignty, and they rejected the league.

The problem is, Woodrow Wilson wasn't a guy who was going to take no for an answer.  He ignored the Senate.  He ignored the veto.  He began a rigorous nationwide campaign to try to sell to the American people, The League of Nations.  He had a whirlwind tour that turned out to be too strenuous for him, and on October 2nd, 1919, Wilson suffered a massive stroke, which left him virtually incapacitated for the rest of his presidency.

I don't like to wish ill on anybody, but thank goodness that stroke happened.  But to make a bad presidency worse, his unelected wife essentially secretly ran the executive office from then on.  She was actually our first female president, and she kept the severity of his illness under wraps until the election of President Harding in 1920.

Next time, the Democratic Party of today.

VOICE:  Tomorrow, on the Glenn Beck Program, in chapter four of the history of the Democratic Party, you'll learn how the party continues to cover up its racist past.  Listen live or online at GlennBeck.com/serials.

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It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.