Like many Americans of his era, Dr. William A. Wirt was born and raised on a farm. The self-sufficiency of farm life had a profound impact on his attitudes about every aspect of American society, including politics, helping to form his attitudes about education, as well. He graduated from college with a Master of Arts in Political Science and began teaching in Redkey, Indiana. By 1899, Wirt became Superintendent of Schools in Bluffton, Indiana.
Not surprisingly, Wirt partially based his philosophy about education on a set of values he derived from a rural background. He viewed the self-sufficient family farm as containing all of the characteristics necessary for student development, particularly in vocational training, physical activity, and character development. Wirt was concerned that the rapid pace of urbanization in the early 1900s threatened American society because cities and rapidly growing towns lacked such values as family unity, work, and productivity. He believed that educational programs could help to maintain American traditional values, while ennobling common productivity, to produce quality citizens.
Wirt became the superintendent of schools in Gary, Indiana in 1907. At this post, he began to implement his ideas about educational values. He devised teacher-hiring protocols; he designed buildings to enhance learning, and he established an extended school day that included a work-study-play system. His programs were so successful that in 1914, New York City hired Wirt as a part-time educational consultant. Increasingly, however, New York parents and labor leaders objected to Wirt’s educational programs: they wanted children out of school and working in factories and mines.
In 1927, William Wirt married Mildred Harter, a general supervisor of speech in the Gary School System. During her career, Mildred Harter Wirt developed a philosophy of the role of auditorium training in the school curriculum and wrote several articles on auditorium theory. In addition, she taught summer courses in auditorium subjects at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. In 1948, Mrs. Wirt earned a Ph.D. in education from Jefferson College in Jefferson, Texas, with a thesis entitled, "Educational Philosophy of the Gary Public Schools."
While the 1920s saw the growth and expansion of Wirt’s influence and organization plan in Gary, the 1930s brought economic collapse and controversy. The Depression Era resulted in smaller budgets, program cuts, reductions in teacher salaries, shortened school years, and cancellation of night and summer schools. Most of these programs returned by 1938, but teachers remained discontented over salaries and working hours; the Indiana State Teacher’s Association began doing its vile work and state Democrats stirred up the population by objecting to vocational training for black students.
The demise of William A. Wirt began in 1933 when he openly opposed the New Deal programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wirt charged that the New Deal threatened American individualism by attempting to force government planning of the economy. He wrote pamphlets and articles and gave speeches about the economy, particularly regarding the manipulation of the dollar to solve the economic crisis. He accused the New Deal of being a program infiltrated by communists who were about the collapse of America’s free market system.
By this time, Wirt’s charges gained national attention. The Bulwinkle Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives called Wirt to testify in 1934. After offering testimony and a stern warning about Franklin Roosevelt’s Brain Trust, House Democrats denounced Wirt. They called him a reactionary —a right wing hack, as some today might say— and although the committee rejected his evidence out of hand, Wirt continued to speak and write about the dangers of Roosevelt’s New Deal.
“The fundamental trouble with the Brain Trusters is that they start with a false assumption. They insist that the America of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln must first be destroyed and then on the ruins they will reconstruct an America after their own pattern.” —William A. Wirt
How did the Democratic Party denounce Wirt? Why, they resorted to the same Marxist tactics they employ today: they shouted him down, refused him a platform, ridiculed him publicly, and refused to allow him to bring forth witnesses.
After denouncing William Wirt in the press, Roosevelt Brain Truster Donald Richberg quipped, “Cattle-fish squirt, nobody’s hurt, and that’s the end of old Dr. Wirt.” Franklin Roosevelt joined in. Having just returned from an extended vacation, a large delegation of Democrat politicians, cabinet secretaries, and three thousand adoring fans showed up to welcome home their hero-president. After the Marine Corps band played “Happy Days are Here Again,” Roosevelt chided legislators for, in his absence, having gone “from bad to Wirt.” Few in attendance even understood the president’s meaning.
Dr. Wirt died of a heart attack in 1938; his wife held the Roosevelt mob responsible, but this really does sound like something a grieving widow might say. After all, Dr. Wirt decided to pursue the Roosevelt machine. In this sense, we might argue that Dr. Wirt gave up his life for his country.
It turns out, however, that Dr. Wirt was not a right-wing hack at all—at least, not according to John J. O’Connor (D-NY), who later testified that Dr. Wirt was correct in his assertions. On 10 April 1940, O’Connor admitted to the press that he conspired with other Democrats to discredit Dr. Wirt before the Bulwinkle Committee. In his statement entitled “Confession is good for the soul,” he declared “…the committee met and discussed rules as to how to handle Dr. Wirt and to prevent the minority Republican members from converting the hearing into a real investigation of the truth of Wirt’s charges.”
So there you have it, readers … the true and now historical aim of the Democratic progressive movement: Marxism at any cost. Destroy anyone who gets in the way. Use whatever means is available to achieve the ends —to hell with the United States of America, and the principles upon which it was founded. Should anybody take the time to evaluate the United States today, it is hard to imagine how anyone can think that progressive ideas are working out to the advantage of the American people.
Moreover, in case no one has noticed, this progressive betrayal continues.
Yes, that's written by Mustang,and we should all thank him so much for it, and I am so troubled that, even back then, there were liberals planning the end of the American Dream. Damn.