Thursday, November 7, 2013

Commies In New York...Whigs In Philly

By, Chris Rossini

EPJ has covered The New York Times endorsed and newly elected Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio. The Mayor that Hillary held a fundraiser for, and who says:
“I believe in an activist role of government. I’ve been exceedingly clear that I borrow from the distant but still very pertinent examples of Franklin Roosevelt and [former mayor] Fiorello LaGuardia. And I think it is time, especially at this moment in history, for activist, progressive government that will address the inequalities we are facing.”
Apparantly, government has been walking on eggshells up to this point. That we've had Theodore & Woodrow "progressivism" jammed down our throats for 100 years is just too hard a truth for anyone to handle. That can't be the cause of the misery. So the Mayor says the "activism" will start now!

While FDR makes a comeback in NYC, another blast from the past has reared its ugly head in Philly: The Whigs!

NationalJournal has the news in big bold letters: The Whigs Are Partying Like It's 1856. For the first time in 157 years, a Philadelphia man won a local election as a Whig.

1856? Uh-oh...that can't be good.

That was right before the South decided to setup a separate government along with a free trade area. The North would turn the South into a flaming fire pit before any type of free trade would be allowed on this continent.

NationalJournal also plasters an image of the most famous Whig of them all: Henry Clay.

Who were the Whigs? And who was Henry Clay?

Well, EPJ readers will remember the most important veto in U.S. history, when Andrew Jackson struck down the Second Bank of The United States, which was the central bank in the U.S. at the time.

The Whigs were a political party formed largely in reaction to Andrew Jackson's veto (or King Andrew I) as they called him. How dare Jackson veto a central bank? The Whigs were bitter, because they fought tooth and nail to keep the bank alive, but lost.

So what did the Whigs stand for?
  • Protectionism
  • Corporate Welfare (euphemistically referred to as “internal improvements”) 
  • Central Banking (to pay for it all)
Henry Clay was the Grand Poobah of the Whigs. He came up with the name for the above policies. Ready for it? He called it "The American System"n

For decades, the Whigs struggled in getting their policies to stick. The federal government resisted, resisted, and resisted again.

That is, until Honest Abe came around.

While campaigning in Illinois in 1859, Lincoln said that he was “an old Henry Clay-Tariff Whig” and that “I made more speeches on that subject [in favor of high protective tariffs] than any other. I have not since changed my views.”

Right before Lincoln became President, the Whigs were able to pass the bone-crushing Morrill Tariff. Lincoln’s economic guru, Henry C. Carey wrote to Congressman Morrill saying,“Nothing less than a dictator is required for making a really good tariff.”

Well, that dictator would enter office shortly after the tariff was passed: 

The Whigs now had "their man".

Revenge against the sound money Jacksonians would take several decades, but it finally came. Lincoln said: “During my whole political life, I have loved and revered [Clay] as a teacher and leader.”

The rest is history (at least the history that's not taught in the government's school books). And a short 50 years later, the aforementioned "progressives" would arrive on the scene to finish off the job.

By the looks of elections in two of America's biggest cities: the dreadful ideas are still with us. However, my opinions have not changed. Liberty has a habit of cropping up when it's least expected, and things are not always as they seem.

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