Eugenics: the word conjures up the macabre image of medical experiments in Nazi Germany to bring about a pure and unsullied "master race." But Hitler's ideas were preceded much earlier by activities in the United States. One of the earliest eugenics laws was passed in 1909 in Califoria. It resulted in the sterilization of over 16,000 "hereditarily diseased offspring."
The radical ideas of liberal eugenicists began in the U.S. They preceded and undergirded the evil philosophy of the Third Reich which murdered not only six million Jews in the death camps but millions of political and religious opponents. The January 1934 Nazi "Law Concerning the Reconstruction of the Reich" (Gesetz über den Neuaufbau des Reiches)was based on a "purified democracy" grounded in "racial foundations." It marked the eugenic foundation of the horrors to come. The far-reaching law referenced the Human Betterment Foundation and the California sterilization program. The Human Betterment Foundation, chartered in 1928, aimed to achieve the "advancement and betterment of human life, character, and citizenship, particularly in the United States of America." (Better for All the World by Harry Bruinius)These ideas fertilized the Nazi eugenicists and helped bring about the holocaust. (The Human Betterment Foundation was dismantled in 1945 and its papers turned over to Cal Tech, but its ideas live on.)
Before Adolf Hitler ever addressed the "Jewish problem" to eliminate the "defective race" he targeted defective Aryans in the population: the retarded, those with physical defects like cleft palate, the mentally ill, etc. Margaret Sanger targeted many of these same "defectives" as well as blacks, Irish-Catholic immigrants, and the poor.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is currently celebrating American women with a federally-funded exhibit including racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, our own Adolf Hitler. Sanger believed the purpose of birth control was to breed a master race. She defined those she considered unfit as "human weeds" who "clog up the path." The liberal elitist described charity as "cruel" because it perpetuated the unfit and wanted to create camps to isolate the weeds from the flowers in the human garden. To celebrate this woman's life is like putting up a shrine to Hitler and the Third Reich in the Capitol Rotunda.
American Life League has developed a seven-minute video outing Margaret Sanger as the racist she was and calling for the National Portrait Gallery to remove her from the exhibit. One quote alone is sufficient to justify her removal. In 1932 Sanger Called for a population conference to outline her plan for peace. The primary objective of the conference would be "to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted, to give certain disgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization and to apportion farmlands and homelands for these segregated persons where they would be taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives."
Is Margaret Sanger with her racist and fascist ideals really a woman to celebrate in the "land of the free and the home of the brave." Watch the ALL video and contact the Smithsonian (www.npg.si.edu) to demand removal of Sanger from the exhibit.