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The Progressive Takeover of America

I don't know if I've ever told you how I began my journey to believe the things I do. It's funny to be called a conspiracy theorist because I've always made fun of conspiracy people. But there's a point when conspiracy is not a conspiracy; it's just true.

We've been closing the case this week on all of the things we talked about last year, because more and more Americans are finding themselves where I am: They don't want to believe this stuff, but if you want to be honest with yourself and seek the truth — no matter how many times you think about it or what it means to you and your future or the future of your children — if it makes me a pariah, so be it; it is the truth. But everything is in jeopardy and our children's future is at stake.

And, quite honestly, almost every president has said it. Our Founders said it: America is the world's last and greatest hope. You don't really have a choice but to deal with the facts as you find them and if you don't like it, oh well.

My daughter came to me about two years ago. And you know I've always been a "rah-rah USA" kind of guy. And she told me she wanted to take ancient history; she wanted to be Indiana Jones without the scary spiders and whips.

So I said, what about majoring in American history? Well, she looked at me and said, Dad, I don't think you really know American history, because every time I get into it, it seems like a bad guy shows up and he wins.

I was heartbroken. My daughter believed the lies she had been taught.

I told her I was going to prove her wrong, that she had been indoctrinated. A couple years and many books and papers and conversations with professors later, I discovered that she was more right than I cared to believe. The founding of this country was miraculous, the Industrial Age got a little dicey and the progressive era totally changed everything.

What really opened my eyes was this book: "The Roots of Modern Liberalism."

I learned things about our nation and the progressive era that I prayed were not true. The more I read, the more sad I became because I saw their influence and the 100-year time bomb they planted in the early 1900s and only the real elite recognized it.

Now, I showed you earlier this week that the progressives, mainly led by FDR and Woodrow Wilson, learned how to use the media, centers of higher education and law schools to transform America slowly because they tried to do it quickly under Wilson, but that failed.

You see, progressives were very popular under Teddy Roosevelt, until their policies really began to unveil themselves: The Fed, the income tax, the idea that they could decide what was best for you, like Prohibition.

The final straw was when Wilson decided after World War I that war could be ended through a giant global power. He wanted a League of Nations, something that Americans rejected, but only after a lot of debate.

So how did President Wilson add to the debate? Well, he took a train across the county to drum up support. While in Colorado, he collapsed from exhaustion, but he continued his speech. For a long time no one in Congress even saw him because he was so debilitated. His wife would hold the pen while he "signed" bills. Before the stroke, he was on a tirade. He thought the American people were too stupid to understand; he didn't want what he perceived as God's will thwarted, so he pushed against the American will.

He swore in the end that God's will would be done and there would be a League of Nations. The seeds that he planted grew in the '20s and '30s and grew into the New Deal and a huge disconnect from the America that our Founders understood and established.

Finally, after World War II, the United Nations appeared.

What's interesting is that the progressives applied the hard lessons they learned from the League of Nations to their efforts to bring about the United Nations. It was the same group of progressives, but this time there was no debate. That's what they learned: They couldn't win the debate with the American people, so there simply wasn't one.

Instead, they just started a massive PR campaign involving celebrities and politicians. They would indoctrinate or destroy their opponents — anything and everything but debate their opponents.

Does this sound familiar to you? It should.

Let me play what Hillary Clinton said:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HILLARY CLINTON, JULY 23, 2007: I prefer the word progressive, which has a real American meaning, going back to the progressive era at the beginning of the 20th Century. I consider myself a modern progressive.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

There was actually nothing American about progressivism; its roots are from Europe. Which is weird, because Europeans were actually looking to America. The Statute of Liberty was built as a motivation to those in France, not as a tribute to us. And that famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware was painted by an American-born German as an inspiration to encourage Germans to be more like the Americans.

But while that was happening in Europe, the elites in America, the progressives, were studying the European way. And the elites were teaching their philosophies in our universities — the philosophies of Nietzsche and Marx — and the progressives flourished in it.

I get a lot of heat for bringing up fascism but the reason I bring up Hitler is because many of the things that he did had their roots here in America. The biggest example: Eugenics, which led to the extermination camps, was actually a progressive idea. You see, they always thought they were superior and it was the stupid people who were slowing us down.

The progressive tactics haven't changed much since then either: Build a structure; make it so complex that the people don't understand it; avoid debate and most importantly, silence dissent. And, if that doesn't work, bribe them, indoctrinate them. But if that still doesn't work: Destroy them.

We see this at work in the tactics of Saul Alinksy, who said: "The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work."

But you don't have to go all the way back to the sixties. Robert Creamer, a convicted felon who, according to David Axelrod, wrote a blueprint for the health care bill, said this about me: "It is important for the targets of the smear machine to push back and to use whatever kind of means we can to prevent him from continuing these kinds of reckless charges."

They know they can't bribe me, silence me or indoctrinate me, so they know they have to destroy me. You see them doing this in Congress to their own people; what amazes me about health care is that this hasn't been a debate:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS, D-MT., DEC. 24, 2009: We stand here at the finish line, though as we stand here, we're not standing alone. We stand stand with those who blazed a trail ahead of us, tireless champions of health care reform, all the way from President Theodore Roosevelt to our good friend, who is with us in spirit, Ted Kennedy.

This is why we came here. This is why we were hired out for these jobs: To pass something very historic and important like this.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Notice, he wasn't referring to the GOP. They haven't been invited. They can't stop it. The struggle has been within the Democratic Party: The traditional Democrats and the uber-radical progressives.

How did they bring these two factions of Democrats together? Easy: First, there were the bribes:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, DEC. 5, 2009)

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: I don't know what deal has been cut in Senator Reid's office as the deal was cut with the pharmaceutical companies and the deal was cut with the AMA and the deal was cut with the hospital association ...

MCCAIN: I don't know what the deal was, but we'll find out what the deal was just like the deals were cut with all these other organizations ...

(CROSSTALK)

MCCAIN: I can't walk through the hallway here without bumping into one of their lobbyists.

BAUCUS: Does the senator want to hear the deal?

MCCAIN: If the senator keeps interrupting, he is violating the rules of the Senate. I would thought he would have learned them by now.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Then there was the sugar for SEIU, the doctors and the deal Obama made with the supposedly evil pharmaceutical companies.

Then there was the indoctrination — we broke the story about the National Endowment for the Arts. They were called by the White House to use federal dollars through the arts endowment to create art for health care; something they denied — until we played the tape:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, AUGUST 10, 2009)

YOSI SERGANT, NEA: This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand-new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government,. What that looks like legally, we're still trying to figure out the laws of putting government Web sites on Facebook and the use of Twitter. This is all being sorted out. We are participating in history as it's being made. So bear with us we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Then the White house said it was just one guy — until we played the tape:

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, AUGUST 10, 2009)

BUFFY WICKS, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: I'm at the Office of Public Engagement here at the White House. Our office does a lot of outreach to communities all across the country, either by constituency group or by issue. We have about 20 folks and we work under Valerie Jarrett. She's one of our fantastic leaders and Tina Chen. And so we're really here at your disposal and we want to be helpful to you.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

Buffy Wicks works for Valerie Jarret, whom President Obama calls family.

No matter how many times they claim I'm crazy and making things up, it's really hard and you hear the words coming out of their mouths.

They say they're not engaged in indoctrination. Really? From the Huffington Post: "Beck attacked Sergant and the NEA on his Fox News talk show, accusing the agency of propaganda efforts similar to those used by Nazi Germany. And now Sergant has been tossed overboard, making him Beck's second victim in his campaign to rid the administration of perceived radicals, socialists, communists, fascists, anarchists and all other manner of nefarious influences."

They say they haven't done it, but the proof is in the product.

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