Although Oscar Underwood was opposed to the Klan, there are many things this man understood. The federal government was a millstone around the white man’s neck even in his day.
Excerpt from Personal Liberty
In 1927 Underwood penned an opinion piece for The New York Times that offered a summary of his political philosophy. Titled The Vanishing Republic of Our Fathers, Underwood’s op-ed cautioned the American public that American imperialism and executive overreach were destroying the Constitution. This piece could have been written in 2016.
He began by recounting his early years in government as a Cleveland Democrat:
So far as our people at home were concerned they possessed real States’ rights. The affairs of government that most nearly entered into the homes of American citizenship were controlled and dominated by the force and impact of the State Governments and not by national control. It is true that in some places the border line had been crossed, but except in the realm of taxation and in the violation of revenue laws the citizen hardly realized that the Federal Government affected his life or his business affairs in time of peace.
Underwood contended the turning point was the Spanish American War of 1898. As in our day, foreign policy and war had a dramatic effect on the powers of the central government. This was truly a Jeffersonian position, one born in the notion that the United States should avoid what Jefferson called entangling alliances and foster peace with all nations. War always strengthened the powers of the executive branch and by default those of the central authority. This strain of thought dominated American foreign policy until the late nineteenth century. It was only then that the United States was conquered by Spain, as the famed libertarian sociologist William Graham Sumner sarcastically wrote.
Underwood said it just as well: “The door of the Republic we had inherited from our fathers was closed and the gateway to international ambitions and centralized government at Washington had been opened. It was just the beginning.”
Underwood was a dinosaur in his own time, a relic of an age when statesmen led and understood the principles of American government and when the South had a prominent role in the direction of public policy. Perhaps if Underwood wrote this piece today he would cite these lines from Jefferson:
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance… In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people….
To quote Underwood, “From here where do we go?”
Where we go is into the alt-right, working diligently to change the culture that the (((Jew))) has imposed on us. With our culture cleaned up and our families restored and with our (((power elites))) expelled, much of the rest will take care of itself.