American Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA
When FDR Put the Nation to Work
This book tells a tiny portion of the lasting good that was created by the Federal Works Project Program, a "Stimulus Tool" to battle the Great Depression. As a kid I took it for granted that every park should have a huge community center, built like an huge log cabin, complete with industrial kitchen, huge stone fire place big enough to step into. In the cool Atlanta weather I remember events in those great buildings at English, Brownwood, Underwood and Candler parks. I was awesome to see not firewood but huge logs turning to glowing coals. It was a natural conclusion that this was some wealth all parks had in common, because most parks I saw had such. And the same basic structure was the anchor of many State Parks as well, up in the mountains, down on the southern flats. Each one had a huge front porch, the structures built with massive timbers and stone. However, these represented nothing compared to the major projects, the major dams, and other infrastructure; grand viaducts and bridges, roads, and power plants and lines.
The fact is that without the infrastructure created during the Great Depression we would not have been nearly as able and ready to face the challenges of World War Two. I know having studied the burden on the Railroads of the war period, the WPA placed us in a position to execute the war and we used it all to the margins of capacity.
Comparing how that period and the product of that national investment compares to this period and this unprecedented spending, it is accurately described as Stimulus v Stunted. The WPA had lasting worth. Many of the projects have been used every day since to this very day as the book describes. Last I knew most of those old log cabin/stone structure in Atlanta were still in use, as are many, many more structure scattered all across the Appalachian Mountains in city, state and federal parks from Alabama (a tower on the highest point in Alabama) to the Foothills in Maine. On the other hand here is the challenge and I issue it to any Obama supporter: Who can name an infrastructure project or for that matter ANY kind of Obama project that will have a lasting result that is good for our nation and communities, something that will continue year after year to enrich our lives and the lives of our great-great-grand children?
If any one knows of a single project and real benefit, I would really like to hear about it.
When I think of what the Obama Administration has "given us" meaning "that for which they have mortgaged our future and the future of our children, grand children and great-grand children" I see only two phrasing that come to mind:
(1) Technological Apartheid: which is the final reality of Obamacare, and the oppressive actions of the various agencies, departments and bureaus. One set of rules for the crony capitalists and the power elite and another set for the average folks. This, along with a dual set of "borrowing rules" for crony capitalism and real capitalism.
(2) Restriction of Infrastructure Development: With the expenditure and the workforce available we as a nation could have accomplished so much for our nation, for our future, for our children and grand children's future, but instead trillions went to WHAT? Billions have gone to the squashing growth, and develop by the privates sector. The "Stunting" of all forward progress.
The philosophical basis upon which an action is taken MATTERS:
I learned this from my father who was born in 1900. We only shared a decade in the middle of the twentieth century, but he was an extremely wise man and I was intelligent and listened. My father detested the WPA, even after seeing some close to him who truly benefitted from it and see the lasting benefit of the work product to the nation, he still hated it. Tell me, does that seem reasonable? Doesn't it sound rather like some dangerous, heatless prejudice? That's what you've been conditioned to think.
He hated it on "principle" - which today by the Scientistic Elite's skewing of our language on principle is something only a grumpy old man might say, so a disagreement on principle is ignorant speech to the young people whose education amounts to behavioral conditioning, instead of the tools to reason. Principle, is another way to say, "philosophy," and it MATTERS. He expressed rightly that money placed in the hands of "officials" who had not earned it was corrupting, or as he said, "an invitation to waste, fraud and every corruption known to the human soul, by which men may be lead astray." He knew the exact dollar figure spent on those WPA cabins. Where I was seeing "something wonderful" as the result, he was seeing the rip-off, the corruption, knowing that the same facilities could have been constructed at a fraction of the actual cost. He wasn't against communities building infrastructure, he was against the corrupting influence of bureaucracies. I heard him say many times speaking of excessive government spending in general, "The longer this is tolerated the more corrupt it will become and the less benefit it will be to the general public, until ultimately it will benefit ONLY the corrupt." Was that ever prophetic! Well not, prophetic actually, more a matter of understanding the common temptations of the human soul, the inventiveness of evil, and applying that knowledge to things as they presently are. That process always points to where things are headed, unless real reform and Godly restraint interrupt Evil's Design.
Ooh, I just said, Evil's Design - as if Evil has a personhood:
I think American Society has been in the state of a certain level of madness for some time now. Despite the graphic reality of WWII with its Jewish, Gypsy, homosexual, and mentally challenged genocide by the Germans in Western Europe, and the systematic starvation of 20 Million Ukrainians and the abuse, forced labor camps, slow cold deaths of privations in Siberia etc, another 70 to 80 million more killed by Stalin and the barbaric slaughter of millions of men, women and children by the Japanese in China, yet by the nineteen fifties, if you talked about the reality of human-destroying-EVIL upon this planet, people looked suddenly suspicious of you. After all, all the Scientistic Experts were telling us that it was all a matter of "economics," the foolishness of nationalism - a primitive holdover of pre-scientific man and the stresses caused by "religions", the confluence of complex sociological currents that all came to a head and caused the War. It wasn't a matter that there is cunning Evil in the World seeking the destruction of the mankind.
By the 1970s people would smile patronizingly at the mention of Evil and smugly dismiss the idea that any such thing really existed. By the 1980s the mention that human destroying evil is present upon the earth would bring open ridicule, even in some Christian and Jewish circles! In the mid-twentieth century when the Roman Catholics actually realized they were dealing with a true case of demonic possession, they discovered that there was only one man in the country capable of facing the challenge. The rest were cowards or merely disbelievers in clericals. In those days Satan was a joke, a cartoon character, and already the Luciferians had possession of the Academy and the media, controlling not only the pop culture but brainwashing school children as to what they should "feel" about it. We were too stupid to know it. Anyone who recognized the reality and spoke openly about it, who understood the struggle, was "un-evolved" "ignorant" and "superstitious."
The question is: Can you be crushed by an elephant you refuse to see in the room? When my niece was a young woman she showed up with a cast on her arm. I asked the natural question, "How did you break it?" It was at the height of the "elephant joke craze." She answered with a deadpan face, "An elephant leaned on it." And indeed it was true. Unknown to me, she was working at a zoo, and for just one moment, a moment of inattention while in the room with the elephant, the elephant leaned the wrong way, penning her between himself and the wall. One little motion, shifted weight, and snap. She was lucky it was just a broken arm and not a crushed rib cage, and punctured lungs, etc.
We share space on this planet with an evil that is a trillion times to the 100th power more dangerous than is an elephant in an enclosed space. He is a malevolent creature with the cunning intelligence of a celestial power, and while we were pretending that we did not share space with him he has raped millions of our children, murdered thirty to sixty-million of them in their mother's womb. He has taken control of Academia, teaching them the Luciferian Culture of Death and Slavery to the Scientistic Dictatorship Elite.
Those same young have turned to serial self-abuse as an answer, self-mutilation, murder and suicide. They have courted death by misadventure, chemical poison and sexually transmitted deadly diseases. And the Luciferian Scientistic Establishment Elite have fought to the death to pave the path to destruction of their souls and bodies, by painting the above as "a good thing" couched in language of self-expression and natural stages of growth. Satan has robbed them of their economic heritage, and enslaved them to debt. He has convinced them that marriage is a passe' institution, that families life is dangerous, that families with a mother and a father are at best "inhibiting and ignorance social structures" or at worse a battleground and abusive. He has made many families fit this definition - that OUR fault. He has convinced them that fathers are stupid, mothers are selfish, promiscuous and untrustworthy . . . He has taken our family structure from our young! While his servants talk about "it taking a village" he has left our children frightened of strangers and of the out of doors . . . unless they are in the company of their sanctioned "pagan tribe" - that would be the peer group that according to the sociologists it the most important structure for the young. A complete list of illusions and delusion to which this culture has learned to subscribe would be pages long; the devolution of the family, the devolution of communities, the devolution of education, the devolution of help profession, the devolution of "family services" and the increase slavery to something foreign to the human in many, many spheres of activity.
The latest thing Lucifer took while we ignored his destructive presence was our government and our freedom. Next come our lives - mark my word. All we have to go on is the path that the breech of principle leads. From the heavily corrupted W.P.A. to the Totally corrupted Obama Administration - no mystery.
Where to go? What to do? There is only one answer and that is taking on the whole armor of the Lord Jesus Christ, FIRST by repentance, and next by doing the work to become the spiritual warrior. "Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil's tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor. Your desire to tell the good news about life, truth, and peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God's saving/healing power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God's word that comes from the Spirit. Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people."
THIS is the only answer . . . the ONLY answer. "I am THE Way, THE Truth and THE LIFE" - Jesus Christ, who came to free us from Satan's Power - We cannot win and gain LIFE, while battling unarmed! And more, we cannot win and gains LIFE, if we are unwilling to acknowledge the nature and reality of The Enemy. Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But you must resist the devil and stay strong in your faith. You know that all over the world the Lord's followers are suffering just as you are. But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That's why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm. God will be in control forever! Amen.