October 12, 2021
  • October 12, 2021

OVERVIEW | America Has Endured Pain, Politics Much Worse Than That | Subscriber content

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It’s not the end of the world as we know it. In fact, it’s déjà vu, or it would have been if you had been careful in story class.

Our nation has been repeatedly divided by politics, economics, and public health, and it seems like a tall order to become a nation again under God (or your higher being). But we always have and I believe we always will. We are American. This is what we do.

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You could bring up the Civil War, heck, even the Revolutionary War when America took on very different sides.

Our time is not only substantial. I say it all the time, “I pity the school children who have to take a test on this period in American history.

Every semester a student would say, “So this reality TV star said he had a lot of money. … “

Kids today, however, can tell you less about the 1930s. Hoover is a vacuum cleaner, and Black Tuesday, at best, follows Cyber ​​Monday.

Instead, the latter, on October 29, 1929, was the opening bell of the Great Depression, as stock markets imploded, factories closed, and farms grew crops they couldn’t sell until banks don’t call.

During the Roaring Twenties, everyone went public with their savings and borrowed against the good times they expected.

Huey P. Long, the Louisiana populist, declared “Every Man a King” on National Radio in 1934, which sold his book of the same name and sold the American Myth.

The economy had been a speculative house of cards, indeed, but its collapse was fueled by the climate, a ten-year drought.

In southeast Colorado, a total of 126 inches of moisture fell from 1930 to 1939. That’s 205 inches less than the previous decade. A deep drought caused huge dust storms, byproducts of the Dust Bowl. I wonder what they would do with our climate change hysterics today.

Agriculture was the lifeblood of Colorado’s economy then and now, and farming and ranching paid dearly as lenders took over the land and tractors.

When things started to fall apart, like now, people lost faith in institutions, especially banks and government. At the height of the Depression, one in four Americans was without a job or a safety net.

Half of the country’s banks have gone bankrupt, and if your bank closed, your money could go with it.

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In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started the FDIC, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, to insure bank losses and restore confidence in the financial system.

FDR’s massive spending on the New Deal then set the bar very high for Democrats, and President Joe Biden is trying to get over it now.

Colorado has had a makeover. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the Red Rocks Amphitheater, developed Rocky Mountain National Park, and built 111 miles of trails and 160 forest bridges that still serve Colorado’s economy today.

They dug out communities and built dams. In total, about 32,000 men worked in the 172 camps in Colorado.

U.S. Representative Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Lafayette, is somehow hoping to bring the CCC back – as the Civilian Climate Corps, tasked again with toughening the state for the future effects of climate change.

Do you want polarizing political figures? Take a look at Herbert Hoover, the last president before Donald Trump to lose the White House, Senate and House in a single term.

Hoover first made his fortune by developing a gold mine in Australia. He made another fortune in a Burmese silver mine. The 31st president opposed government intervention in the economic crisis.

“Having at least partially taken credit for the economic boom of the twenties when he campaigned for the presidency in 1928, Hoover found it difficult to personally accept the end of the boom or understand how the crash and depression would be. serious, ”wrote Robert S. McElvaine in his 1984 book“ The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941 ”.

Nonetheless, the GOP platform in 1932 said: “We had a leader in the White House – wise, courageous, patient, understanding, resourceful, always present at his workplace, tireless in his efforts and unwaveringly loyal to the American principles and ideals. . “

Hoover received 40% of the vote and provided a grim power transition unprecedented since Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861.

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Hoover accused his enemies in Congress of sabotaging his policies and “unfairly portrayed him as a callous and cruel president,” according to Hoover’s White House biography.

Hoover also nurtured the ambition to be elected again. Instead, his presidency was the basis for 20 years of Democratic control of the White House.

After his presidency, against the wishes of the advisers, Hoover wrote a book called “The Challenge to Liberty”. He predicted an American revolution if the nation followed the FDR course.

“By stifling private enterprise, the field is cultivated for further extension of government enterprise,” Hoover warned. “Complex taxes are interpreted by political bureaucrats who coerce and threaten our business people. Through a politically managed currency, the president seized the power to modify at will all salaries, all prices, all debts, all savings.

” But that’s not the worst. They create personal power over votes. It crushes the first safeguard of freedom.

He closed the article: “We will fight until the soul of America is saved.”

The idea that America is torn apart has merit, but history will have the final say, and history has spoken of these issues before.

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