From the robber barons, through the early industrial giants, to the big corporation bosses [Ford, DuPont, etc.] who helped Hilter rise to power in Germany, to those who fought every social program of FDR, to the McCarthyites and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, to Goldwater, and especially to Ronald Reagan and the Bushes, there has been an attempt to fight every humane piece of legislation offered in the House and Senate. While the U.S. came close to setting up a fascist state with the attempt to violently overthrow FDR [see General Smedley Butler, twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and asked by DuPont to head this scheme], we have only had bouts with the power of the extreme right, not very far from fascism. McCarthy made a Commie suspect out of everybody. The fight between fascism and communism was fought through the latter two-thirds of the 20th century, and in the minds of the right-wing, that fight is not over until a fascist or fascist-like state is created in the U.S. If you are not a right-winger, you are labeled a communist or socialist.
George W. Bush inherited a budget surplus from Bill Clinton. By the end of two terms of the Bush administration, trillions of dollars have been added to the national debt. What do you think the deficit is? It is an astronomical new tax. It has to be paid. And as the cowardly Bush administration often did, it ran away from its responsibility and dumped it on the next president: Barack Obama. And to add to the gutless actions, now the Republicans are screaming, "No new taxes!" It was a Republican administration that ran up the biggest debt and thus the biggest tax burden in U.S. history.
Especially since the reactionary presidency of Ronald Reagan, America has been hell-bent on "lock 'em up and throw away the key." With the introduction of drugs into American culture during the horrid Vietnam War, breaking the law to get a fix permeated all of society in the U.S. Ironically, the very conservatives who wanted to lock up all drug offenders, had supported the Vietnam War and the Contras in Nicaragua, both wars greatly causing the rise in illegal drug use here. The path of drugs to America can be laid largely at the feet of conservatives. History has a strange way of showing us the truth.
As President Barack Obama proposes a program to get the U.S. out of the deep, deep hole the Bush administration put us into, the Republicans scream strange comments about "family values." Family values have been under attack since Ronald Reagan took the presidency and suddenly found Jesus. Reagan, who had a reputation in Hollywood for womanizing, and who had been a labor union advocate and Democrat, found that he could garner far more political capital by being a far right conservative. The right-wing hounds hovered around him eagerly because he could be manipulated by big money and big business. He was led like a puppet to put forth the greed-capitalist agenda. And he "succeeded." The immoral-but-moralizing right-wing was in its glory. And it went out to destroy everything that might get in its way. Labor unions, blacks, and liberals were favorite targets of the right-wing.
Watching President Barack Obama addressing Congress clearly indicated to me how long it has been since we had a president adequately equipped to handle the office. The current debacle in the U.S. developed over several previous administrations. It did not happen overnight. And with each man addressing the nation, Congress, or a large gathering, I have always been amazed how limited and sometimes outright inadequate have been our presidents.