From Leaves of Gold: “Sow a thought, reap an act, sow an act, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap a character, sew a character, reap a destiny.”

Back in the early part of the twentieth century, we were still a relatively young nation, some living in cities but most living on farms. A country of citizens living their lives enjoying Freedom in this country. But there have always been those who wanted power to rule over others. We were told from the beginning of this nation, Freedom requires eternal viligance. Slack in that vigilance began manifesting itself as a progressive movement of power seekers began their erosion of Individual Freedom.

One of the worst acts ever perpetrated upon personal Freedom, was the passage of the graduated income tax in 1913. An act ramrodded through Congress during Christmas holidays by Colonel House. Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States from 1913 until1921.

While Wilson was president, we entered World War One in 1917. He helped negotiate the Treaty of Versailles, which was the forerunner of the League of Nations, an attempt to form some kind of one world government, and failed.

In the 1920s, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover were all elected to the Presidency. In 1929 the stock market crashed.

Then in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President, a position he held until 1945, when he died in office. A position he held for 12 years. In 1941 he declared war and we entered World War Two.

Personally, I will never forget sitting in my school auditorium and listening to the mesmerizing radio speech by President Roosevelt, announcing this country had been attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor.

Roosevelt was a Columbia Law School graduate and spent his life in politics. He took office as president at the beginning of the Great Depression, and he initiated more socialistic programs with his New Deal Plans than anyone before him. As a result of the implementation of so many government-controlled programs, the depression continued until after WW2 ended in 1945, just after he died.

To understand where we are today, socially, politically and economically, one must go back and study the 12 year reign of Franklin Roosevelt. He took part in many strategy meetings with heads of state from other countries, particularly with Churchill from England and Stalin from Russia.

It was during the 30s and 40s that communism gained a foothold in this country. Back then they were card-carrying communists and they infilterated various departments of government in Washington, as described by Whitaker Chambers, a card-carrying communist, who defected and wrote the book “Witness.” One of the most vivid and graphic accounts of happenings in the Washington seat of government I have ever read.

In Witness, Chambers describes his life before and during his activities in government as a dyed-in-the-wool communist, his defection, his role as editor of Time magazine, and the subsequent trial of Alger Hiss, a communist in the State department. Hiss was indicted, tried and sent to prison.

All of this took place in the latter part of the 40s, when there was an un-American activities committee. Richard Nixon was the prosecuting attorney for the government during the Hiss-Chambers hearings and trial.

In grand jury hearings, Chambers revealed the inner-workings of the Communist party in United States government departments from his direct knowledge of Communist espionage operating within the government departments.

Alger Hiss held positions of power in the government with many connections with others who were of communist leanings. In his book, Chambers states as a witness in the hearings: “It required only that a man testify to every crime, every sin, every evil that he had committed or that had beset his life, without reserve. In terms of the the political issue implicit in the Hiss case, the struggle between communism and this nation, only a witness so un-reserved and absolute could counteract the witness by Hiss for communism. In terms of the moral issue involved, only a witness of that desperate intregrity could counteract the equally desperate witness made by Hiss.”

Keep in mind, Alger Hiss not only held positions of power in the government with access to government documents, he was a right hand man of President Roosevelt, with him at his elbow during the Yalta Conference with Stalin present. Here’s a man working inside the US government, being paid for by American workers and taxpayers, a card-carrying communist, in a position of passing on information to the communist regime of Russia and Stalin, while we were at war, and thousands of young American men dying for this country.





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