Today is the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. This brilliant document which safeguards the freedoms of American citizens is responsible for a form of government that allowed for America to become the greatest nation in the history of the world. It is a shame that most citizens are highly ignorant of this important document. A public opinion poll once found that over half of the people thought the phrase "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" was in the Constitution. It is not. This is a quote from Karl Marx, the founder of modern communism.
It is a sad fact that modern liberals don't trace the origin of their philosophy to the Constitution. They share much more with Marx than they would like to admit.
But communism is not the only philosophy that promote liberal desires.
Consider the following beliefs:
- The first obligation of every citizen must be to work both spiritually and physically. The activity of individuals is not to counteract the interest of the universality, but must have its result within the framework of the whole for the benefit of all. Consequently we demand:
- Abolition of unearned incomes . . .
- . . . we demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
- We demand the nationalization of all associated industries.
- We demand a division of profits of heavy industries.
- We demand an expansion on a large scale of old age welfare.
- The state is to be responsible for a fundamental reconstruction of our whole national education program . . . The plans of instruction of all educational institutions are to conform with the experiences of practical life. The comprehension of the concept of the State must be striven for by the school as early as the beginning of understanding.
All these points share a philosophy of the benefits of big government, dear to liberals. None of these are in any way associated with the U.S. Constitution. Yet how many liberals would like to see all these things happen?
So what is the source of these progressive demands?
It's the Nazi Party Platform, adopted on February 24, 1920.