Hillary still channeling Eleanor Roosevelt
By Thomas E. Brewton
Senator Clinton is in thrall to the malign influence of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1996, when Bob Woodward's The Choice was published, the media had a brief feeding frenzy over his report that Hillary Clinton had held "conversations" with the deceased Eleanor Roosevelt – "channeling," as the media called it – to seek inspiration for her book, It Takes a Village.
The message of It Takes a Village is that individuals and families no longer can cope with the complexities of modern life, that socialized government is the necessary agent for that purpose.
Senator Clinton's modified revival of her earlier National Socialist Health System suggests that she remains in close communication with the Roosevelts.
In the tradition of the New Deal's federalization of states' Constitutional functions and its socialization of agriculture, industry, and labor relations, Senator Clinton proposes to make health insurance mandatory (you can't hold a job if you don't have a National Health card).
Capturing the essence of her plan for socialized medicine, Mark Steyn wrote:
The accuracy of Mr. Steyn's thrust is attested to by no less a personage than President Franklin Roosevelt, who, in his 1944 State of the Union Address to Congress, proclaimed:
President Roosevelt, being a good liberal-Progressive-socialist, naturally omitted the most important of our rights – private property – the impetus for our War of Independence in 1776.
In that "second Bill of Rights," never ratified in accordance with Article V of the Constitution, the President listed "rights" that were to be guaranteed or provided by the Federal government, among them jobs; food, clothing, and recreation; public housing; farm price supports; government price-fixing; Social Security; and free education.
His successor, President Harry Truman, added socialized medicine to the list.
As Aristotle observed around 2,300 years ago, some humans are by nature slaves, that is people who prefer to be taken care of, rather than to take responsibility for themselves.
Updating Aristotle, Hilaire Belloc in The Servile State (1912) described the effects of the British Fabian, gradualist process that was called creeping socialism in the United States. Voters gain more welfare-state benefits, but the cost always is surrender of some degrees of personal freedom.
Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. His weblog is The View From 1776. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.