1944: A Socialist’s Opinion of the New Deal

Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 – December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

As the Socialist Party candidate for President of the US , Norman Thomas, said this in a 1944 speech:  

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform."

  During the 1930's America witnessed a breakdown of the Democratic and free enterprise way of life. The government saw that the free enterprise system was failing. The New Deal increased the government's regulation and intervention of the economic system, abandoning the many of the principles of capitalism and turning toward socialism.  There is no indication that any of these policies had a positive long term effect on the economy.    

Today's Washington Post has an Op-Ed by Amity Shlaes: FDR Was a Great Leader, But His Economic Plan Isn't One to Follow.  It compares the New Deal policies and programs of FDR to those of BHO.  It closes with this:

So the Depression and the New Deal are both worth going back to, but for different reasons than many suspect. We may rely on the best of the New Deal, the matter-of-fact bravery our parents and grandparents showed then, to help us through today's unexpected challenges. But we don't have to repeat New Deal stimulus experiments, because we know that they didn't work.

With this in mind, we Republicans should heed another quote by Norman Mattoon Thomas:

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of Socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly”

It’s time to put those “reluctant” Republicans on notice.

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