Today, the Social Security Administration itself holds up Henry Rogers Seager, who was an economist at Columbia University, as the intellectual founding father of the Social Security system.
In 1913, in an essay advocating a minimum wage law, Seager called for sterilizing Americans he deemed "defective."
"If we are to maintain a race that is to be made up of capable, efficient and independent individuals and family groups, we must courageously cut off lines of heredity that have been proved to be undesirable by isolation or sterilization of the congenitally defective," wrote Seager in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
When President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress in 1934 to create the Social Security program Seager had envisioned, Roosevelt expressly argued that the time had come for Americans to depend on government instead of families and local communities.
"So, also, security was attained in the earlier days through the interdependence of members of families upon each other and of the families within a community upon each other," Roosevelt said. "The complexities of great communities and of organized industry make less real these simple means of security. Therefore, we are compelled to employ the active interest of the nation as a whole through government in order to encourage a greater security for each individual who composes it."
Ironically, Social Security from the outset was itself dependent on taxing away and redistributing revenue produced by the industrious activities of whatever children future American families would have.
Following Social Security, later presidents and Congresses created disability insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and a prescription drug benefit all based on the same ironic cultural and fiscal rationale: Families could no longer take care of their own, but the federal government could tax future generations to fund government benefits for that purpose.
The Obamacare mandates were the capstone of the welfare state: Everyone must purchase a government-approved health care plan, all those making over 400 percent of poverty must subsidize all those making less, most plans will cover surgical abortions and virtually all plans will cover the complete costs for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.
America's birth rate hit an all-time low in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and 40.7 percent of the babies born were illegitimate. America's potential for economic growth, the Congressional Budget Office argues, has declined in part because relatively fewer young people are coming of age than in the past.
Those who do enter the private-sector labor force now face the brutal demographics of the welfare state: In 2011, 70.4 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and 94.75 million worked full-time in the private sector. That means there were fewer than 1.4 full-time private-sector workers for each Medicaid enrollee.
A young man and woman who marry, have children and both work to support their family must also work to support at least one other person on Medicaid.
America is not headed toward another Civil War. But we are headed toward a great fiscal and cultural crisis. Whether that crisis results in America descending deeper into socialism and moral decay or a rebirth of traditional morality and limited government will depend greatly on whether there now emerge national leaders who understand what has happened to us and have the moral courage to speak it plainly.