The Far Left On the Cusp of Total Success
Academia in the United States has long been dominated by the left, creating "free speech codes" on campuses that only protect the kind of speech with which they agree.
They control the clear majority of news outlets in this country -- a situation that began during the Vietnam War. They own the environmental movement, set the curriculum in public education, and have successfully fought to alienate "certain inalienable rights" enumerated by our Founding Fathers.
And if all this isn't enough, they currently control the House, the Senate, and the White House, which means they're positioned to use the government's leverage to raise new taxes, nationalize our health care system, and dismantle our military. Yes, much to the chagrin of conservatives, President Obama is leading a Democrat Party that is reaping the benefits from a series of successful, measured assaults against this country and the rights of its citizens.
While much of what passes as "hope" or "change" today is rooted in the nearly half-century old counterculture movement of the 1960s, some of it actually goes back as far as the Progressive Era of 1900 to 1920 -- the era that intimated that man was intrinsically good and would, if properly educated (and subsidized), find practices like war and crime abominable. Although a small number of American Europhiles had already bought into the "enlightened" choice of humanism over Christianity during the latter part of the 1800s, the progressives broadened its appeal and widened its acceptance. In short, reason was king.
Then came Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, who believed the U.S. Constitution was "deeply flawed" and required ongoing modifications to keep up with the times. During his two terms in office alone, 1912 to 1920, the United States adopted a federal income tax and changed the Constitution to allow the direct election of senators. This meant the citizenry could directly elect those with the newly found power to use taxation to transfer money from the rich to the not so rich. Thereafter, the groundwork was in place for a move from our Founders' Republic to our masters' democracy.
As government expanded further under Wilson, the reach of Washington, D.C., extended into places where it had not gone before. In a precursor to the current smoking and trans-fat bans sweeping through our nation, Prohibition was passed, outlawing the manufacture and sale of all alcohol. The government that could limit income through taxation was proving it could also limit beverage choices -- for the good of the public, of course.