Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 3 (A)
Is the ‘New Deal’ Better than the ‘Old Deal’?
What does structure mean?
Structure is a word for ‘constitution’ and other words are formation, organization, or composition.
“America was in dire straits three years after the crash of 1929. The New York Stock Exchange had lost nearly 90 percent of its value. Thirteen million people were out of work, and an estimated 34 million Americans had no income whatsoever. People in Iowa and Minnesota armed themselves to prevent banks from foreclosing on their farms. And by the summer of 1932, some 25,000 World War I vets had descended on Washington, camping out near the steps of Congress and asking for money. When they were forced out of the city at bayonet point, revolution seemed very much in the air. No wonder Americans wanted a reshuffling of the cards they'd been dealt.”
United States presidential election of 1932, American presidential election held on Nov. 8, 1932, in which Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Republican Pres. Herbert Hoover. The 1932 election was the first held during the Great Depression, and it represented a dramatic shift in the political alignment of the country. Republicans dominated the presidency for almost the entire period from 1860, save two terms each won by Grover Cleveland and by Woodrow Wilson (who benefited from a split in the Republican Party in 1912). And even in 1928 Hoover had crushed Democrat Alfred E. Smith, winning 444 electoral votes to Smith’s 87. Roosevelt’s victory would be the first of five successive Democratic presidential wins.
Inauguration day—March 4, 1933—many bank had shut down, and one of his first decisions was almost immediately declaring a ‘ bank holiday’ one of the steps taken in “The Hundred Days” (March 9–June 16, 1933) and additional in that time the First ‘New Deal’ legislation was enacted and began implementation immediately.
“This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and prosper,” he asserted, adding, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” (Written by the Editors of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica) Reference during one of his ‘Fireside Chats’, radio broadcasts intended to encourage and inform the public during a time of great crisis.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal (1933–39) aimed to provide immediate economic relief and to bring about reforms to stabilize the economy. For the entire content visit https://www.britannica.com/event/New-Deal.
The New Deal policies of the Roosevelt administration brought immediate economic relief as well as reforms in industry, agriculture, finance, and labor, vastly increasing the scope of the federal government’s activities.
But the New Deal's eventual impact went beyond staving off social upheaval, re-establishing trust in the currency, and putting people back to work. "It was the first time that Americans thought of their government as a solution to the problems that individuals and society at large were experiencing," says Jean Edward Smith, a political science professor at Marshall University and author of FDR. Roosevelt stopped pushing New Deal legislation by 1938, after the courts ruled some programs unconstitutional. The effect of the programs was mixed, with most economists agreeing that what really got the country moving was the military buildup of World War II. (Alex Kingsbury, US News & World Report, January 17, 2008).
My opining: While Franklin D Roosevelt’s ‘New Deals’ were proposed and enacted, the country was in a major crisis that required some ‘out of the box’ thinking, strategic planning, and rapid deployment of programs, services and creative funding, to stabilize all of its residents.
At the same time, it was meant to be a ‘short-term’ government ‘control , funding and assistance’ until the public could return to many of its community, local and state leadership to manage resources as previously done (successfully). Including the Constitutional structure already in place, as needed and necessary for the long-term well-being and resiliency of the country, by its citizens.
Inclusive of the impact the New Deals had in radically changing the roles of faith-based organizations, especially the mainline churches, who previously as their community services provisions for not only their congregations orphans and widows, poor, seniors, food, housing, and ‘worship buildings for their congregations.’
President Roosevelt himself ‘stopped pushing’ New Deals by 1938, but somehow, as noted above, it appears that Americans and government have continued to expand and rely on government, instead of working together to support the Constitution’s basic principles ‘People First, Government Second’.
As follows, my study syllabus:
Structure: 1) Areas of Change, 2) Basis, 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
Social & Religion
Ethical Moral Code
• Freedom Legal Rights
• Shared Values Integrity
Faith Moral Code
• God/Higher Power Providence
• Freedom Protectors of Rights
• Core Values ‘Supreme Judge’
Method of Change:
• Behavior Issues turn into Social vs Religion & become Political Issues
• Ten Commandments removed from public (Behavior Rules)
• Prayer banned from schools but no ‘Moral Code’ commandments either
• Faith History and Cultural heritage are ‘wrong’ as well as historical artifacts
• Restrictions on Faith-based organizations and Non-Profit organization funds, sources of funds and expenditures based on political ‘Freedom of Speech’ limitations
• A Few ‘Non-believers’ Enforce Restricted Freedom of Religion or Majority Ethical Moral Code creating ‘Division’
• Church vs State over-rides the legal obligations to uphold ‘Freedom of Religion’, causes alienation, limits social services, outreach to the impoverished, previously performed by these groups cooperatively
• Welfare Systems Support become a Government Agency with Less Individual Responsibility
• Separation of Societal Responsibility
Now, it is time to decide for your answers to these questions:
What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
Is it time for another ‘New Deal’? Is it time for a simple change, a return
to basics? Because “it doesn’t have to be this way”…..