Eighty-one years, nine months and a dozens days ago Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his inaugural address following his election to the presidency.
The fourth sentence of the speech has lived down through the decades as a beacon of hope and courage. It was spoken then to a nation driven to her knees, head bowed under the burden of consummate despair. President Roosevelt had campaigned to the American spirit of fortitude and was entrusted by the country with leadership.
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
He set about instituting a government solution to a set of social problems.
Since those days, regardless of his intents, a pattern of government remediation has ensued. The pattern broadened the programs and policies which Roosevelt pushed for far beyond his wildest dreams or nightmares. That pattern, since Roosevelt, has instituted even more and broader cronied programs for special interests. Now at length, also in that speech by the thirty-second president we hear these insightful words “These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow-men.”
Yet, despite all the lofty accolades, encouragements, and pontifications of the Democrat Roosevelt, we should have learned another lesson. On July 9, 1896 William Jennings Bryan thundered to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois these words:
“You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”
What has transpired in the past 81 years, yeah, even the past 118 years is a fate far worse than a “cross of gold.”
That fate is a Cross Of Fear.
The lofty rhetoric of Bryan and Roosevelt has come full circle. The bellicose bravado has fallen silent in the works of those which succeeded those men of inspiration. Congress and presidents alike have driven the people to sniveling fears.
A man or woman working their job to provide for family now, and, security in the future, fear the federal Internal Revenue Service may at any hour plunder their goods and ransack their lives. That government which once proclaimed we had cause to fear only fear, now generates fear.
A mother and father birth, raise, and teach foundations of faith to their children now fear any longer entrusting them to a public school mastered by a national department of education that any longer exists solely to perpetuate itself.
A husband and wife fear that the sanctity of their wedding vows will be trampled by the courts, in the eyes of the children, to accommodate the special interests of a minor special interest.
Budding entrepreneurs are faced with being driven out of business by national regulations and wage controls. Their fear is not simply that they will only lose their life’s work, but that they will also be forced to uproot, undermine and decimate the lives of their employees.
The aged are burden daily with the prospect of being striped of a meager retirement which they worked a lifetime to acquire. They fear the constant threat of insecurity during the years they envisioned would be filled with security.
The young long ago stopped believing that the road ahead will be smoothed by experience and education. They have been trained by an overzealous bureaucracy and a running wild set of elected elitists in Washington DC to fear hoping for a prosperous tomorrow.
The whole of the people have been taught that they should fear the fearfulness of an intrusive government. National polls suggest that the people have little confidence in either congress or the presidency. The word in the surveys is confidence, but the sentiment is fear.
When ratified by the colonies over two hundred and twenty years ago a great portion of the states and the people supported the US Constitution. Yet, they expressed a desire for, and directed that their respective elected representatives to use all diligence in amending the Constitution.
The substance of those amendments were not simply to preserve certain unalienable rights. Those expressions were demands that the national government exercise no power that would dash the people’s courage and supplant it with fear.
All around us when people speak of the government they shake their heads in disgust. Yet, what is at the heart of the ever-present dismay is actually fear. As one elderly man said recently, “”It can’t possibly get any worse in Washington…But they will find a way!”
The thing we have learned to fear is that on our present course we in deed shall be crucified upon a cross of fear.
Roosevelt said “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror” that drives us back should move us forward. The performance of the current federal government efforts to drive every special interest forward, has generated nameable, reasoned, justified terror.
That Is The Way I See It.