Immigration and Irish Home Rule

By Thomas E. Brewton

Historical parallels are never exact, but political events in England 
at the beginning of the 20th century had some remarkable similarities 
to our political turmoil at the beginning of the 21st century.

Republicans are split over the Mexican immigration problem and in 
danger of losing their Congressional majorities.  If the fracture 
continues to widen, the Republican Party may find itself wandering in 
the political desert for a 40-years Exodus, because of its attempts 
at fence-straddling.

Shortly after the Parliamentary elections of 1910, the British 
Liberal Party (laissez-faire, small-government conservatism; the 
opposite of American-style liberal-socialism) was ripped to pieces in 
the heated controversy over granting Irish home rule.  In the 
fallout, the Liberal Party died, its place taken by the socialist 
Labour Party.

The Boer War, England’s bloody 1899 – 1902 slog in South Africa, 
drained public support from the Liberals, just as Vietnam did and 
Iraq is doing today in the United States.

Republican compassionate conservatism is turning out to be big-
government welfare and old-style pork-barreling that is 
indistinguishable from Democratic Party liberalism.

Much the same drift was eroding the moral principles of the English 
Liberal Party after 1910.  David Lloyd George was elevated to the 
Chancellorship of the Exchequer (treasury secretary), where he 
produced a budget that opened the door wide to socialism and eventual 
triumph of the Labour Party.  His rise to prominence had been levered 
by having bitterly opposed the Boer War and being regarded in the 
sanguinary aftermath as a seer, a game that American liberal 
Republicans and Democrats are playing to the hilt today.

Facing a monumental war debt and the need to find the tax revenues to 
fund it, Lloyd George went on a propaganda offensive with his 
“Peoples Budget” that attacked the Conservative party in the Commons 
and essentially the whole of the House of Lords.  He proposed, in 
addition to institution of a welfare system, increases in inheritance 
taxes, a tax on undeveloped land, taxes on coal and mineral 
royalties, and a fee for the termination of leases, along with a 
heavy tax on liquor sales and a super-tax on all incomes over £5,000 
per year.

These affronts galvanized and united the Conservatives, who set out 
to thwart the Liberals at every step of the way, just as Democrats 
here have done in the last few years with Senate filibusters and 
other parliamentary tactics.

Needing increased Parliamentary support to offset the Conservatives, 
the Liberals made an alliance with the Irish members of Parliament.  
Their price was Liberal support for the politically explosive issue 
of home rule for Ireland. This amounted to revocation of the Act of 
Union, which had codified English control of Irish political affairs.

Irish home rule was the same sort of culturally and racially tinged 
issue that immigration of Mexican illegals has become for us today.  
The battle raged into 1914, on the eve of World War I, which was to 
demote London as the world’s financial center and Great Britain as 
the dominant factor in international trade.  In the 1920s, the 
socialist Labour Party became the ruling political party and 
continued so until it had ground England into the economic dust, 
making it the sick man of Europe in the 1950s and 1960s.

After more than 50 years, Great Britain was finally rescued in the 
1970s by the moral fortitude of Margaret Thatcher and her rebuilding 
of the Conservative Party.

If present Republican Party leadership are not more prudent than they 
have been so far, Republicans will follow the path of the British 
laissez-faire Liberal Party and surrender the United States to 
liberal socialism.  That will destroy us, if Al Queda doesn’t do it 
first.  In this round of history there may not be enough time for an 
American Margaret Thatcher to come to the fore and take the reins.

Thomas E. Brewton is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. 
The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of 
writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.

His weblog is THE VIEW FROM 1776

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John Dewey: Dracula Still Undead in Full Sunlight

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Subjecting the doctrines of John Dewey to full disclosure reveals ideas that only liberal-socialists could accept.  Those ideas were to education what bleeding would be as a remedy for anemia.

While the man and his pernicious ideas are open to view, we have yet to put a stake through his heart and inter him forever.

John Dewey was the Dracula of modern education, living on the blood of young students, sucking the life out of American society.

I have written extensively about him.  Read Why Clinton Got a Pass: John Dewey and the Baby-Boomers, as well as The Corruption of Public Education: How It Happened, along with other posts under the Education category.

For the full sunlight treatment, read Bob Cheeks’s review on the Intellectual Conservative website of the book titled “John Dewey and the Decline of American Education.”

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