Warning: this is a rant I’ve been building toward for a while now. If you agree to read onward, you will be subjected to relentless ideology and bludgeoned by my personal views. I apologize, but I cannot retract. This is the threat to America and it has been so obfuscated that someone has to pull the sheet off Progressivism. I would be pleased and honored if you would join me in this voyage.
Today I’m going to spill most of the story on modern Progressivism in America and why it is so dangerous to our Constitution and our national fabric. I differentiate modern Progressivism from whatever movements, however historically fascinating they may be, that predate the Chicago Democratic Convention riots of 1968. What we have today in the Nancy Pelosi, Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Boxer Progressive movement may have some slender roots that go back farther, but there’s no meaningful gain to be had in turning this into an archaeological expedition.
I also don’t care about prepared positions and manifestos. Any group can hire any public relations agency to cook up whatever policy statements they want, that suit their needs (and perhaps conceal their true intent). I am only interested in the words that come from the mouths of individual Progressives, the actions of individual Progressives. Pragmatic, practical, “show me”, when I trust what I hear and see in the real world I’m not easily fooled.
First, an analysis of the membership of that sub-demographic who refer to themselves as Progressives. There are three groups. First, the needy, those who feel incompetent to provide for themselves and therefore desire more from the government than they are willing or able to pay into the government. Second group is the smallest of the three, but the most ruthless, and those are the power elites who see the Progressive movement, and pandering to the needs of the needy, and the guilt of the guilt-wracked, as their power base and avenue to that which they cannot otherwise earn: the ability to reshape things for the sake of exercising that raw power. Third is the group I’ve already alluded to: the guilt-wracked. This is perhaps the largest group in the Progressive movement, these folks in normal times would be traditional working class Democrats. But fashion, media, glamorous images (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie), a lingering desire to hang with the cool kids, the smarter and better educated kids, whatever. This group allows themselves to be duped by the Progressive power elites (Ooooh, that Hillary, she is one smart and strong woman! I’m with her!!!). Now we know what we’re talking about.
There is a struggle on the face of the Earth that probably goes back to prehistory, but we can certainly pick up a written record with the Greco-Persian War(s). Progressives understand this, they understand the weak points of the side they are on, so they seek to change the vocabulary and the discussion. This struggle has very, very little to do with religion. It has to do with culture. To the extent that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are involved, it is only peripheral and surface. The struggle between Greece and Persia, continued to this day, vastly predates Christianity and Islam, so thinking this struggle is ‘about’ religion is at best a falsehood that is convenient to the Progressive agenda of redefining our words and derailing the discussion.
Greece and Persian went to war. Greece was the original western society, the original democracy, the original bastion of the individual. Persia was the eastern society, an autocratic and theocratic government, and a collective society where all individuals served the will of the state. This cultural difference defines the struggle between Conservatism and Progressivism.
To make this work, Progressives must deny the proposition this nation is founded upon, which is that our rights come from the Creator. If our rights come from an extra-governmental agent (the Creator), then the theocratic and autocratic authority of government is short circuited, the Progressive can no longer abridge existing right (Second Amendment) or create new rights (health care). So Progressives must figure a way to deny the origin of our rights. So they state that our rights come from the Constitution.
No matter how much Progressives wish this were true, they remain wrong. The Constitution only protects our rights. Over and over again, the Constitution says “the government shall make no law abridging…”.
- The Constitution does not say “the people have the right to freedom of speech.
- The Constitution does say “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech”
This difference may seem small, but it is overwhelmingly important. Without stating where those rights come from, the Constitution protects them. So the question is, where do our individual rights come from? And for that, we must look to the Declaration of Independence, where the Founders (who were way smarter than you, me, or Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Boxeror any other living politician) stated, “All men are endowed by their Creator…”.
Our rights as individuals come from the Creator. Only the Creator can revoke or create human rights. The job of government is to govern with the consent of the governed, and to not infringe on our unalienable rights. So maybe you’re thinking that’s just my opinion. Fair enough. But there’s a great big fly in that particular Progressive ointment.
If, as Progressives argue, our rights come from our laws, and are not unalienable and from our Creator, there’s an inevitable corollary. That is that people in other countries don’t have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, freedom of religion, speech, peaceable assembly, unreasonable search and seizure, etc. They would only have those human rights if their government passed and enforced laws to make it so. That is unconscionable.
Do Progressives support the idea that Ghanian mothers and El Salvadoran children don’t have these rights because they don’t have the good fortune to live under the U.S. Constitution? That’s just a smoldering pile of elitist arrogance. Everyone on Earth, everywhere, has the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, and protected by our Constitution. The issue is whether those other governments respect those natural rights of all people, or whether they choose to persecute and control their people.
So in pursuit of their eastern civilization, auto/theocratic, collectivist goal, the Progressives must repudiate the foundations of this Nation. If the Progressive power elites are to accomplish their objective, they must pander to the needy with promises of miraculous “free stuff”. And they must continue to reinforce the guilt of the guilt-wracked with appeals to racism, bigotry, hatred, and the general social unacceptability of western, democratic, individual cultures.
I mentioned earlier that religion is at best peripheral and surface to this struggle. It is, easily discerned by the fact that the Greeks where not Judeo-Christian and the Persians were not Islamic, yet they had exactly the same relationship that we see between East and West today. But for the Progressive power elite, Islam is a handy foil to be used to keep Conservatives off balance. The Progressive power elites are using Islam to keep Conservatives on the defense, make the outsider appeal to the needy genre of Progressives, and maintain guilt among the guilt-wracked genre of Progressives.
How do I know this? This insider knowledge has come to me by spending time on that refuge of the Progressive hive mind, the Huffington Post. Progressives outnumber normal people there by 10 or 20 to 1. Everything I’ve written here comes from direct observation and interaction with self-proclaimed Progressives in their own element. I’ve added the historic element, I don’t know how many rank-and-file Progressives know that much history. But I couldn’t resist because history provides the answers we just can’t get from today’s media deluge.
There’s more to be said on the errors of Progressivism, but this is the core. Progressives believe in collectivism, that the government has the power and the resources and dispenses rights and benefits to the people as they see fit, and that there is no authority above government (Stalin asked “How many divisions does the Pope have?” – - -‘nuff said). I don’t blame or bear any malice toward the needy and the guilt-wracked Progressive. Their only sin is that of allowing themselves to be used. But the Progressive power elites: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Lynn Woolsey and the rest are a threat to the structure of our Nation. Leaving them in office is like ignoring termites in your house. That is the threat that Progressivism poses to the United States of America.
G’day all, and may God continue to bless America!