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Enough of progressive ideology

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Manny Montes

We are in a nonviolent civil war with an adversary that represents a greater danger to our Constitutional republic and the liberties it guarantees than with the Islamic jihadists. This civil war has everything to do with a confluence of forces that are irreconcilable and is manifest in the current impasse in Congress and with the executive branch of our government.

On the one hand, we have adherence to our founding principles of limited government and individualism, i.e., a nation that for the first time in the history of the world translated an ideology of individual liberty into a governing creed. Individualism is the idea that the individual's life belongs to him. He has the inalienable right to live as he sees fit, to act on his own judgment, to keep what he has earned and to pursue the values of his choosing.

This governing creed created the most prosperous and strongest nation the world has ever seen, all in less the 200 years. The Tea Party and like-minded conservatives and independents represent this converging force.

The other converging force is the "leftist progressive." This force holds that the individual's life belongs not to him but to society. Consequently, he has no rights and must sacrifice his values and goals for society's "greater good." The progressives do not accept natural inalienable rights and views the Constitution as an impediment to the implementation of their anointed goals; the word "liberty" out of the mouth of a progressive is like the word "love" out of the mouth of a call girl.

... the word “liberty” out of the mouth of a progressive is like the word “love” out of the mouth of a call girl.

Our founders understood the propensity of human nature to exploit governmental powers and formulated the Constitution with its checks and balances to constrain abuse of power and the Bill of Rights to protect our individual freedoms. Thomas Jefferson stated, "The natural process of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." That it has.

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To the progressive, society has become too complex and can no longer be sustained by the antiquated principles of our founding. Government power must be expanded to address and correct society's injustices. The progressives took up the call and gained significant ground during FDR's New Deal administration. The next big push came with Lyndon Johnson's Great Society welfare programs.

When we heard Obama say, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America," many of us understood what he meant. Would you question the veracity of someone's professed love for his wife if he were to state, "I love my wife, but I want to fundamentally transform her"? I would. Hearing Obama's announcement was a portend of the next great progressive push.

The populist Tea Party uprising understood this, and after G.W. Bush's TARP, No Child Left Behind and prescription drug program, another sweep of government expansion was too much to take. Despite objections of a majority of Americans, not one Republican vote and legislative a sleight of hand, Obamacare was rammed down our throats. The move, taking over one-sixth of the economy, was unprecedented.

The siren song of progressive ideology permeates all sectors of our society and is played most loudly in academia. But most damaging is the hypnotic effect if has had on our news media.

Once the "watch dog" press, the news hounds have morphed into lap dogs and have essentially become the de facto Ministry of Propaganda. Obama is treated as a celebrity, an AP reporter exchanging emails with White House staff discussing how to react to a Benghazi news report on Fox news. Imagine if the cascading scandals of the current administration occurred in a Republican administration. Today's lap dogs would morph into pit bulls, don't you think?

Our progressive-dominated public education system teaches our history to instill guilt, not pride, and has been an abysmal failure in educating our children. They've had their decades long chance. Time to abolish it.

The latest progressive push is the National Popular Vote interstate compact. Eleven states have signed on. Their electoral votes, 165, will go to the presidential candidate that wins the popular vote. A total of 270 is required to win the presidency. If enough progressive-dominated states join to provide the 270 electoral votes, they will have successfully circumvented the original intent of the Constitution. The big progressive metropolitan areas will have the last word. The fly-over states will have no say in who will occupy the oval office. The outcome of all presidential elections will be as assured as two lions and one antelope voting on what to have for dinner.

Manny Montes lives in Lake of the Pines.

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