Progressive doesn’t mean improvement although it sounds like it does.
Progressivism is the label for the liberal American version of the old Marxist, Leninist, Maoist communism. It would take power and property from those who have earned it through personal achievement or inherited it from those who have earned it. Earning through personal advancement is now described as theft from those who have not advanced themselves through personal effort.
We have gone from “We the People” to the illusion of “Power to the People”. However, the power goes to the elite, while the people actually share in a smaller pot and become more powerless.
What is the end result of a progressive victory over conservatism and over rights of private property ownership? One only need look at communist Soviet Union, China, Venezuela, and Cuba. China’s sudden economic rise comes on the backs of low labor costs which displaced American worker’s once high pay and standard of living. The Soviet Union’s worker’s paradise was anything but. Venezuela’s nationalizing private enterprise has led to poverty and deprivation for the masses. The same is true for China. Is current Russia’s desire to conquer former republics going to lead to prosperity for those who once lived in a free and democratic Ukraine? Without the rights of private property, where is the incentive to improve and to get ahead of those not able or willing or of the mindset to work harder? The mindset of equal pay always leads to lesser productivity and in turn, reducing production and in turn reducing available goods and services, and less food and less energy. And why are people being indoctrinated to turn against private property, capitalism, God, and morals? The answer is power. Through manipulation of education and information and through demonizing what earlier generations believed in and worked for those who are leading the progressive movement are shifting the balance of power to themselves. If the progressives win out, in the end all, except for the progressive elites, regardless of race, sex, age or political persuasion will suffer. All will also be vulnerable to other powers, foreign and domestic, who will exploit and capitalize on American’s weakness. Under the guise of redistribution of wealth, of ending man made global climate change, of becoming more fair in minority affairs including opening our borders the progressive leaders are increasing their grip on power. Money eventually comes to those in power. For the rest, they will have to accept that less is more and that black can sometimes be white.
How have the progressives succeeded in coming to power? Progressives like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were both devotees of Saul Alinsky and practiced his formula for their personal ascension to power. Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals laid out the blueprint for the successful methods to redirect public opinion of capitalism, corporatism, the role of religion in traditional values regarding family, sexuality, charity, and personal obligation to family, self and neighbor. Accusations of racism were used indiscriminately not to end racism but to discredit opposing thought to progressive agenda and methods. Envy, instead of having been regarded as a vice is now the righteous justification of entitlement. Social Justice is the new justification for envy. Morals are now taught as intolerance. Private property is portrayed as stolen goods. Lying and cheating is greeted with indifference. Theft is accepted as long as its victim is a perceived wealthy person, corporation, or government entity. Accusations are accepted without proof or question.
In the end I believe we could all live without further improvements to medicine, phones, and entertainment devices. We could accept a much diminished standard of living. However, being directed by government entities on how and where I can work and live, what I can keep for myself,prevention of the ability to protect myself and family from neighbor and government is not progress for America. The failed policies of Marx, Lenin, Mao, Chavez, Castro, even though re-invented and re-branded as Progressivism can never lead to a utopian civilization. In discarding the Declaration of Independence, need we also throw out the right of the people to be happy? Under communism the people are far from happy although over the years they accept what they have. Is this what the people want for themselves and their children?
To prevent Progressive theft of our future take an active role in learning about the founding of America. Become knowledgeable about politicians who promote the progressive agenda with more government control over you. These politicians can be Republicans or more usually Democrats. Look to men and women who cherish what has made this country great rather than trying to remake it into something that has been shown over again to lead unhappiness for the masses. Just because it is new or labeled Progressive does not make it an improvement. Take the best of what has been done before in making our country exceptional from all other forms of government and adapt it to make it better. Keep in mind the words, all men (and women, of course) are created equal does not mean we all have equal talents, desires and ability. It certainly does not mean that government should ensure we all wind up with equal things.
Communism led to war and revolution, to starvation, to deprivation, to theft, to displacement, to envy and hatred, to corruption and to mass murder and executions. New versions such as progressivism despite an improved public relations spin do not hold promise for a better tomorrow. Inequality corrected leads to less for all. That does not equal any improvement or progress, only something different and bad.