The old adage remains true: Keep something long enough and it will be back in style.
Eugenics is more American than apple pie.
Europe colonized North America with its undesirables. Its exiled social undesirables who were poor, indebted, unemployed, or criminal to the swampland it called the New World. If they couldn't survive on their own, they had only themselves to blame. Their betters had magnanimously given them a second chance. What mattered was that the best of the human race remain in Europe while the trash of humanity be expediently disposed.
It took Europe a century to notice what had been going on all along right underneath its upturned noble nose: The inferiors competently managed their own affairs. The colonials established towns, built and maintained their own infrastructure. They were even capable of maintaining law and order through their own self-governing bodies. By 1776, it was too late for Europe to assert dominance over its possessions. A breed of nation, democracy, revived in America.
Like their European forbearers, American founding fathers favored selective breeding to produce the best breed of citizen just as they used it to produce the best breed of livestock. Homesteading, forty acres and a mule induced social undesirables who were poor, indebted, unemployed, or criminal to make a new start far away from established eastern cities by migrating to the western frontier. "Go west, young man" was the proverbial situation of sink or swim all over again.
With the migration from the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, America found it had run out of frontiers in new worlds to dump trash population. The science of eugenics provided the solution through social engineering.
Entitlement programs stepped in to feed, clothe, and shelter the unemployed. Welfare provided income for the chronic unemployed. Food stamps fed them. Section 8 benefits kept a roof over the heads of the homeless. Entitlement programs reinforced their self-worth. A dumbed-down education
system protected and validated their self-esteem. Within a few generations, the stigma of being trash had been bred out. Everyone is entitled to everything.
There is no shame today in not being self-reliant or being ethics-challenged. Anyone, regardless of race, creed, national origin, or sexual preference is free of the burden of self-reliance and ethics. An impoverished homeless addict living on government subsidies is the equal of an affluent incompetent corporate executive accepting a federal bailout. The executive can indulge a government-funded extravagant lifestyle; the addict can likewise indulge an addiction. Relief from the angst of not having an entitlement fulfilled is just a prescription filling or bankruptcy filing away.
Eugenics has bred trash that now feels good about themselves regardless of their position in America's all-inclusive society.