Progressives Downward Slope for America

Progress Down a Slope

For the undecided or confused, the young, or anyone with scant knowledge of the past, it is important, I think, before voting, to see an A:B comparison between America before and after it changed during the past century.  The following “thumbnail review” includes firsthand experience.

Before the social revolution of the 1960s, it was typical and normal for men to respect women.  It was typical and normal not “to go all the way” until marriage.  It was typical and normal for married couples to stick together “for worse,” too.  It was typical and normal for children to grow up in two-parent families with a tradition of honesty and morality, fathers providing support, mothers providing childcare and guidance.  Deliberate abortion, recognized as an act of killing innocent human life, was illegal.  Killing for thrill, kids gunning one another down or murdering their parents, was unheard of.  The list is long of the things that changed after the “liberation politics” of the second half of the 20th century.

Whatever the reader’s take on the “sea change” in America, it is hard to argue that the “liberation politics” of Progressives and “liberals” – AKA the left – has nothing to do with the current mindless violence, vulgarity, and discord in American society.  The difference between before and after is great, by any measure.

Yet our “liberal” leaders continue to insist that we must never go back to the “oppressive” 1940s and 1950s, adding the digressive cliché that “you can’t turn back the clock,” while ignoring the evidence that Americans were freer and better off then than they are today.

As a teenager of the 1940s, I can report firsthand that these were years of respect for women, sexual restraint, optimism (in spite of war), and – for a  Brooklyn kid, me – such other “oppressive” things as a pipe organ in the high school auditorium and a well loved strict principal who began assembly by reading a psalm.  Our music teacher played the organ and conducted the school orchestra and chorus in challenging music.  Our baseball coach hired Ebbets Field from the Brooklyn Dodgers for the school’s important games.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art sent artworks to the school for temporary exhibit.  The mayor of New York occasionally presented a scholarship award at City Hall to an outstanding high school student.  The student population of 1940s Bushwick High School consisted of ethnically diverse low- to middle-income boys and girls.  Attendance and graduation exceeded 90%.  It was acknowledged by everyone that sin, not skin, was the cause of racial injustice, to which religious leaders were dedicated, and it was understood that self-improvement was the key to success to which public education was committed.

Rev forward.  In 2004, attendance at Bushwick High School was 56% and the graduation rate 23%.  Some graduates complained of teachers who didn’t care and that there was no discipline.  Praise for some teachers and programs was offset by expressions of disgust for the physical and social conditions that prevailed.  One graduate said she considered Bushwick High School unsuitable for any member of her family.  The vibrant school I attended in the 1940s was a shambles before the turn of the century, and it was permanently shut down in 2006.

Now, is all the foregoing just interesting (amusing?) anecdotal history – or is it a peek at a healthier America?

It is clear to me that American society was not “liberated from oppression,” but debased by progressives to a level unprecedented in history.  The “new social order” we see around us today is in fact the accomplishment of anti-American change agents who aggressively continue to abuse this country’s freedoms and opportunities in order to wreck it.

I have to believe that most Americans are still able to think and apply common sense to what they see and hear before they vote.

Here are some questions for America’s bashers.  What would happen if, as once common, people could manage with fewer lawyers, advocates, drugs, and therapists?  Could they live with safe schools and neighborhoods, entertainment free of sex and “politically correct” warp?  What would happen if more people worked at useful jobs?  Could there be a problem with schools, churches, and media not pushing Marxist propaganda?  What would Americans do with an America-loving president?  Could they bear up to all such oppression?

The connection between today’s rampant disorder and leftist machinations against American society should be plain to all who really care about America.  Unfortunately, it’s hard for many to see what has been going on without their knowledge; brainwash is difficult to detect.  You could read the papers, watch the news, listen to lectures, sermons, speeches, and not know that you were being brainwashed.  Being “reformed” while being “informed” or “entertained” is, for most, harder to detect than the smell of gas leaking into a room.  It is why so many in the mainstream are clueless about what has happened to them and to our country.  It is why so many continually cast votes that incrementally dismantle their own society while honestly believing they are doing the right thing.

Resistance by principled academics, professionals, and observant laymen has been unequal to the force mounted by moneyed cultural barbarians and the hordes they have won to their side.  The courageous few fighting the bashers of reason, common sense, and decency have been forced to fight an uphill battle, with no support from government or mainstream media.  Opponents of the leftist obsession to erase America as an independent nation continue to be smeared, demonized, intimidated, threatened with violence.  Bludgeoned with “political correctness” – the left’s sacred scripture – stalwarts of true justice continue to lose jobs, careers, and worse.  The entrenched army of “liberators” did their job so well that they were poised to launch their global dystopia, better known as “the new world order”…

…until the truth finally caught up with Hillary, and Trump won the 2016 presidential election.  The rage of the left over this unexpected obstruction to their progress was enough to blow their masks off.  For the first time in everyone’s memory, and for the whole world to see, the enemies of America exposed themselves in public!

By any measure, it is a big mistake to vote a single one of these betrayers of America into office.  Their current reprehensible solidarity forces the voter who cares for America to leave blank every congressional ballot name marked Democrat.

Anthony J. DeBlasi is a war veteran and lifelong d

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Is Self-Government and the American Experiment in Liberty Lost Forever?

From: https://acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-8-number-5/renewing-our-experiment-ordered-liberty quoting Pope John Paul II.

“Self-government did not imply simply freedom to live as one wishes but, rather, the capacity to fulfill one’s duties and responsibilities toward family and toward the common good of the community. The Founding Fathers, he noted, “clearly understood that there could be no true freedom without moral responsibility and accountability, and no happiness without respect and support for the natural units or groupings through which people exist, develop, and seek the higher purposes of life in concert with others.”

The Borg vs. the People

November 23, 2013

The borg vs. the people

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/cherry/131123

An exerpt:

“Government power derives from collectivization of the people’s property. When government – a small group of other people after all – owns or controls vast amounts of the people’s property it is thereby empowered – like the Borg – to employ others to carry out its predictably self-serving desires – where resistance is supposedly futile. Flush with the people’s property, and thereby their power, collectivist government can also redistribute property to a governmentdependentso-called proletariat class in return for votes – while at the same time expropriating property from the laboring middle class – the social engineering of economic class struggle. Total collectivization of property into the hands of a Marxist-type government leads to total government power; thus Karl Marx, in Orwellian fashion, advocated the abolition of private property, not for “social justice,” but as a means to concentrate property, and thereby power, into the hands of a few.”

 

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/cherry/150114

January 14, 2015

Marxism – deconstructed

By Ronald R. Cherry

“In its essence Marxism, the core ideology of modern Socialism, is an irrationalutopian and coercive perversion of human equality. Marxism seeks equality where equality does not exist, demanding legal enforcement of equal social outcomes, including those related to economics, higher education, athletics, religion and human sexuality. This ideology even extends to international relationships whereby no nation is allowed to excessively prosper or achieve greatness, i.e.: all nations must be “equal.” Never mind that when people are free their human nature leads to inequality of outcomes – some are hard-working and some are lazy – some are more intelligent and some are less intelligent – some are stronger and some are weaker – some are tall and some are short. Unequal results occur naturally without force when people possess rightful liberty. Based on their degree of truly Free Enterprise nations similarly divide themselves unequally into various degrees of prosperity or depravity.”

What the Progressives Want

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/what_the_progressives_want.html

Progressives divide the world into victims and exploiters, and see themselves as saviors of the underdogs who are incapable of fending for themselves. And that requires greater government power in their hands, to vanquish the exploiters. This perspective explains much of what President Obama is doing with the vast powers at his disposal.

 

This administration has big business in its sights. While there are a couple of corporations like G.E. who are court favorites because they do the Progressives’ bidding…the current government’s attitude toward commerce is that they exploit the masses as labor or consumer, are run by fat-cats who don’t pay their “fair share”, and should be regulated by the government which is working in “the best interests of the People”.

Only one thing matters to the Progressives-in the Oval Office and in Congress-and that is growing the central government and its power.

Illegal immigration, like abortion is a cause celebre…and Progressives will resist the smallest limitation on the grounds that it might lead to the idea that there are legitimate reasons to control borders.

They use the same “logic” with abortion: Letting live babies die unattended in broom closets after botched abortions must not be outlawed because it might lead to the further limitation of a woman’s right to “choose”.

Progressives offer all sorts of explanations for their bizarre, inefficient, ineffective, illogical, irrational, contradictory, and demonstrably failed theories and policies. But that’s just their puppet show; their circuses for public consumption.

There is one goal, and one goal only for Progressives…Government growth and its intrusion into every aspect of our lives. When you understand that, all their apparently idiotic policies make perfect sense.

During the swine flu scare, the administration did not refuse to close the border because of “commerce”, or because the “horses are already out of the barn” as Obama so creatively suggested. They refused to close the border, regardless of consequences to the citizens and our medical system, because the more illegals in America, the bigger the government required to take care of them. And the higher the likelihood they will re-elect the Progressives who provide them with myriad free government services and promise more, more, more.

That’s the reason for in-state tuition rates, sanctuary cities, social security payments, housing, welfare, food-stamps, and free medical care for illegals. They don’t give a damn about the education, safety, health or financial security of illegal aliens.

Haven’t we all been astonished at the seemingly indulgent care the government shows to illegals but withholds from citizens?

Progressives don’t care about illegals any more than about citizens. They just know their addition to the population and their dependence on government puts a huge sector of the population, immediately and relatively painlessly under their direct control. It would be harder to force tens of millions of relatively self-sustaining and resistant Americans to become dependent on government. Exploiting ignorant peasants is so much faster and easier.

Growing government is the real reason Progressives are pushing socialized medicine. They know perfectly well it doesn’t work. They are neither blind nor stupid. They don’t care about your health, or what healthcare costs you now, or about rationing or low quality care. No arguments about the inadequacy of government-run healthcare will move them. Socialized Medicine grows government, and gives it total power over our bodies. They will literally, with the stroke of a pen, have life and death power over every single person in the country. It doesn’t get more totalitarian than that.

The reason for gun registration is not the safety of citizens, they know perfectly well that most legal gun owners are responsible and, in fact, have fewer accidents with firearms than most police departments. They don’t care if you get shot by a criminal. They don’t care if criminals are the only people with guns. They don’t care if the streets are safe or not. They don’t care if criminals get brazen and bold like they are now in England & Australia where they have confiscated legal guns. What they do care about is that registering guns gives government more power over more people in more ways. And they know guns in the hands of citizens is a direct threat to their power-lust ambitions.

They don’t care about the “Earth”. Controlling energy gives them total control of the means of production. Which translates as total control over food, shelter, goods and services. It’s the perfect, undercover communist/fascist coup…as they wrap themselves in virtue for “saving the planet.” Hitler was an “environmentalist” too.

They don’t care about endangered species. They care about being able to control private property, the single most important bulwark against government tyranny.

Progressives don’t care about children. They care about growing the next generation of zombies believe in, support and trust Big Government. Does anyone aware of the education system in America believe that those who run it care about “the children” when it graduates illiterates, indoctrinates rather than informs, and literally requires that children not think for themselves, that punished “diverse” thought, that discourages excellence and achievement and competition?

Progressives don’t care about women. The only ‘liberation’ they want for mothers, is from husbands who could keep them from being dependent on the state.

They don’t care about blacks. They only want to keep them on the plantation, voting for Progressives en masse while receiving just enough to keep them ignorant, broken, hungry and angry, so they’ll believe they need their masters, the Federal Government, to eat, and despise and fear any path that would make them independent…like God, good marriages, children with fathers, pride of accomplishment, respect for education, or a focus beyond race.

Progressives don’t care about gays. They only want to break marriage, damage the culture, hurt the morals, virtues and culture of a strong and prosperous middle class…which so undermines totalitarianism.

They don’t care about “social justice” or “fairness”. They just want cover to loot and cripple the productive, the independent, the individualists, the entrepreneurs. A strong industrial/businessclass is dangerous to authoritarians. Free-Marketeers are the enemies of tyranny.

The government Progressives’ arguments, excuses, reasons and explanations seem stupid and irrational because they are false. It’s why Obama so often sounds like an idiot, contradicting himself regularly, and why Pelosi keeps getting caught in outright lies.

There is just one goal for Progressives’. No matter what nonsense they spew, bigger government is the real objective.

Every single time.

The Tragic Legacy of Statist Progressivism

3 government “solutions” that have failed miserably (Rita Dunaway)

https://www.conventionofstates.com/3_government_solutions_that_have_failed_miserably

Posted by Rita Dunaway on July 28, 2017

In their passion to achieve a government-crafted utopia, the liberal/progressive movement often does more harm than good. This is because their tool of choice – the government – can only apply superficial solutions that come with harmful side effects.

Efforts to correct “income inequality” and “fight poverty” through government entitlement programs are a prime example. As columnist George Will recently asked and answered, “[W]hat if large causes of poverty are not matters of material distribution but are behavioral – bad choices and the cultures that produce them? If so, policymakers must rethink their confidence in social salvation through economic abundance.”

Exactly. Even if the government could afford to provide for the basic needs of its citizens from a budgetary perspective (it can’t), doing so would not address many of the root causes of poverty: out-of-wedlock childbirth, divorce and unemployment.

Now consider the push to impose an increasing number and variety of legal restrictions and regulations upon gun ownership. While some basic requirements, like background checks, make sense as a way of making it harder for criminals to obtain weapons, many of the left’s proposals for “gun control” do more to burden law-abiding sportsmen and homeowners than to actually keep anyone safe from criminal activity.

Statistics show that the vast majority of crimes committed with firearms are not committed by the legal owner of the firearm, so it makes little sense to make it more difficult for citizens to legally acquire and carry guns; the citizens who jump through these legal hoops are not the problem.

Nevertheless, liberals like writer Warren Blumenfeld advocate onerous government restrictions upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, including limiting the number of firearms a person can own, the number of bullets a firearm clip can hold and “re-thinking” concealed-carry laws.

Right now, conservative watchdog group 2nd Vote, is conducting a scientific experiment to test its theory that in fact, “guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” The group has set up a live “gun cam” to monitor one particular gun for criminal behavior.

It may be a silly stunt, but it makes the point: More rules and regulations aimed at an inanimate object aren’t going to make us safer from criminals intent upon destruction.

Let’s look at one more example: funding for education. We see a continuous push for government to invest more and more money in education. Anyone who opposes it is demonized.

I don’t think anyone would argue about the value of good education and its importance to society, so if increased spending on education translated into better-educated students, then it would make a lot of sense. But a study released by the Heritage Foundation several years ago revealed that the steady increase in funding for education over time has not produced corresponding gains in educational achievement.

What does make a difference? According to another Heritage study, the structure and stability of the child’s family and parental involvement in schoolwork have a huge impact on academic performance.

But, sadly for the government-is-the-answer crowd, these are not factors that can be addressed by budgetary line items.

There is a lot to be admired about the liberal/progressive movement. I believe most of the activists within this camp are truly motivated by a legitimate, noble concern for others. This should be recognized and commended. But there is a gaping hole in their worldview; it’s the vacant place where one looks for a link between the proposed solutions – which invariably involve government – and the problems meant to be solved.

Government is not a tool capable of resolving all human struggles, and in America, that was recognized from the start. As Thomas Paine wrote, in “Common Sense,” “Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively, by uniting our affections; the latter negatively, by restraining our vices.”

The role of government in improving human society is a narrowly limited one: to protect its citizens’ rights, to punish wrongdoing and to point people toward the universal Moral Law through basic legal codes that reinforce its fundamental tenets.

When government goes much beyond this, either by using such a broad brush to eliminate harm that it intrudes upon law-abiding citizens or by seeking to become, itself, a positive doer of good in society, the result will invariably be some combination of the following: a contraction of its citizens’ liberty, an erosion of their charitable instincts and personal responsibility, and a colossal waste of money.