The single most significant era of violating the spirit of the U.S. Constitution was the “New Deal” during the reign of the most destructive president in this country’s history. FDR, an indisputable socialist, did more to alter the course of America than any other president before or since. His major coup was irreparably damaging the U.S. Constitution, followed closely by his dispicable selling out of eastern europe's 100 million people in to Soviet slavery in Yalta.
FDR’s nearly Marxist philosophy became clear as early as March 3, 1912 when he gave a speech in which he laid out his philosophy - he placed the "liberty of the community" over "the liberty of the individual." He said competition was bad but cooperation was good. The speech was a concerted assault on the idea of private property. He imposed no limits on the power of the state. And remember, this was almost two decades before the Great Depression and the New Deal!
Charles Beard, the doyen of American socialists and creator of the ideas for FDR's NRA and AAA said "FDR accepts the inexorable collectivism of the American economy...national planning in industry, business, agriculture and government." "Individual economic activities and individual property rights will be altered and changed." FDR was bringing us to a 'collectivist democracy' and "worker's republic."
Earl Browder, the General Secretary of the Communist Party USA, admitted "If the New Deal could be established, it should be possible to proceed from this, step by step, without violent overturning, to socialism." George Bernard Shaw said FDR "is a communist but does not know it." He was wrong; FDR knew it, it the American public who did not!
All of his actions were bent in the same direction - dead left. He unceasingly promoted Communism at home and abroad to the full extent and possibility of his office. In his first inaugural he proposed 3 planks of the Communist Manifesto. More specifically, he proposed national land redistribution! Karl Marx explained his plan to destroy all constitutional government: "The surest way to overturn the social order is to debauch the currency." FDR carried that out with a vengeance by taking the US off the gold standard and confiscating all gold.
Even more light is shed on just how radical FDR was by revelations of his labor secretary, Frances Perkins – an indisputable communist sympathizer of her day. In a speech to the employees of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, on October 23, 1962, Frances Perkins explained how the Social Security Act was used to subvert the Constitution:
“Before I was appointed, I had a little conversation with Roosevelt in which I said perhaps he didn't want me to be the Secretary of Labor because if I were, I should want to do this, and this, and this. Among the things I wanted to do was find a way of getting unemployment insurance, old-age insurance and health insurance. I remember he looked so startled, and he said, `Well, do you think it can be done?' I said, `I don't know.' He said, ``Well, there are Constitutional problems aren't there?'
`Yes, very severe Constitutional problems,' I said. `But what have we been elected for except to solve the Constitutional problems?'
`Well,' he said, `Do you think you could do it?' `I don't know,' I said, but I wanted to try. ``I want to know if I have your authorization. I won't ask you to promise anything.'
`He looked at me and nodded wisely. `All right,' he said. `I will authorize you to try, and if you succeed, that's fine.' ''
FDR knew that the Federal Government did not have Constitutional authority to interfere in social welfare problems and said so quite effectively before becoming President of the United States. The Founders clearly did not intend to grant such authority to the Federal Government, as shown in the Federalist papers and other writings. But that did not matter whatsoever since FDR was effectively even more radical than our current President as evidenced by his actions as well as many statements purporting limits on wages (on April 7th, 1942) and countless others indicating clear socialist ideology.
Even many Democrats of the era turned against him. Al Smith, a four-term governor of N.Y. and his party’s presidential candidate against Hoover in 1928, was practically declared a traitor by FDR and the Democrat Party whose infiltration by the socialists can be traced back to the mid 1930s. Smith, a man from very modest background, was a staunch defender of worker rights, minorities, and other progressive policies; yet by 1936, he was in complete panic because his party and country were becoming unrecognizable to him in his words. He famously gave a very sobering January 1936 radio address titled “Betrayal of the Democratic Party” where he asked his fellow Democrats to list his party’s and Socialist party’s platforms side by side and pick the one that came closest to matching the achievements of the first four years of FDR Administration. The answer was clear that the Socialist Party platform was being successfully implemented just as socialist candidate Norman Thomas would reiterate later, during the 1948 presidential campaign. Smith added:
"Congress has overstepped its bounds. It went beyond that Constitutional limitation, and it has enacted laws that . . . violate the home rule and the State's right principle."
"It is all right with me if they want to disguise themselves as Norman Thomas or Karl Marx, or Lenin, or any of the rest of that bunch, but what I won't stand for is to let them march under the banner of Jefferson, Jackson, or Cleveland." Smith concluded his address by saying that there could be only one victor: "If the Constitution wins, we win. But if the Constitution - stop. Stop there. The Constitution can't lose! The fact is, it has already won, but the news has not reached certain ears."
Boy, was he ever wrong on that one or what?!
In accordance with his collectivist ideology, using the crisis of the Great Depression as his enabler, FDR stacked the SCOTUS and went to work sowing the seeds of the dismantling of the American way of life.