Once I Built a Railroad

“Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother, can you spare a dime”

–Popular song during The Great Depression

The song was written in 1930, a year after the stock market crashed and ushered in the depression.

The stock market crashed is an oversimplified explanation of  the cause of the Great Depression. It’s not like a train crash. Instead, it was the result of progressive government overreach that started with President Herbert Hoover, whose claim to fame is the Hooverville developments – shanty towns built by homeless people, most of whom were out of work because of wrong headed government policy.

President FDR, who lied about reversing Hoover’s policies, became more of a progressive than Hoover. He was Hoover on steroids! Enter President Harry Truman, who took more of a free market approach than did Hoover or Roosevelt, and our country prospered.

During the depression, there was great immorality and hate. We became a police state, not a whole lot different than Nazi Germany and The Soviet Union, but on a smaller scale. For example, a business owner was arrested for charging customers 35 cents for an item instead of the government mandated 40 cents. Government storm troopers regularly went into businesses to keep them in line with the government.

As a result of government policies, “normal” people became hobos, today called homeless. They hopped freight trains and camped out. Railroad cops went after them, much like the authorities go after today’s homeless. The cops sometimes beat the hobos, who had become poor because Uncle Sam confiscated a lot of money, which was used to build the railroad.

What created the monster that wreaked havoc on our nation back then? This is not a rhetorical question. The monster was a product of an immoral, godless nation. This was also the case in Germany at the time.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, a toxic movement known as modernism crept into our society. Modernism rejects God and moral absolutes. Modernism also rejects realism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism

Transforming society, from commerce to philosophy was the goal of modernism. It was reflected in literature. Take Virginia Woolf. Please! She was one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, an upper class elitist whose first novel was published in 1915. In college, I was required to read her To the Lighthouse, published in 1927. It is an incoherent rant, mainly against men. The novel spewed out a nihilistic view of life.

Modernism started polluting the church.  In 1929 Princeton Theological Seminary, after years of sound, Biblical teaching,  “was reorganized under modernist influences.” http://www.wts.edu/about/history.html

Almost immediately after the seminary went the way of the modernist world, Westminster Theological Seminary was established in Philadelphia, PA (actually right outside the Philly border), whose goal is to adhere to the fidelity of scripture.

In time, our nation was blessed with more of a true, Christian influence. The Great Depression was officially over in 1941, and gradually life in our country got better. It was a more peaceful time. Families stayed and prayed together. As was the case in the 19th century, most churches taught the truth of God. People went to these churches and read the Bible and Christian authors such as C.S. Lewis.

Christianity had the upper hand on our society by the 1950s. But, alas, the Blue Meanies don’t completely go away. Between 1955-1956, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg wrote his nihilistic poem Howl, which is essentially an extremely long run on sentence. Howl became the hippies national anthem.

I, like Allen Ginsberg, have seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.

Although the counter culture pointed out some valid problems, its remedy is worse than the disease.

Today, the counter culture has permeated our country. In fact, now it is run by 60’s radicals, one who is the president and one who is running for president, to name two. I heard at least one praising FDR and wanting to be just like him.

We need to take our country back! No matter what your present state, even if you are homeless, find a Bible preaching church, and check what is preached by studying the Bible yourself. Go to Bible studies. Pray. If we all did this, we’d have a better society!

“Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.”

-Proverbs 13:21