Michele Spencer’s response to my article, “Enough of Progressive Ideology” characterized it as “mean-spirited distortions and misrepresentations.”
I wish to respond to the points made in her piece.
I begin with what she characterizes as my greatest distortion regarding Obama’s statement, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Ms. Spencer parenthetically states, “(if he in fact said it).”
Obama made this pronouncement in a campaign speech on Oct. 30, 2008. If the adoring press had properly vetted Obama, he probably would not have been elected.
Those of us who understood his meaning were aware he was mentored by a card-carrying communist Frank Marshall Davis. Obama also had early associations with Bill Ayers, who co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described communist revolutionary group.
We were also aware that Obama for 20 years sat in the pews of the church of the Rev, Jeremiah Wright of “God damn America” fame. We understood he wanted to take us further down the redistributive road and tighten the yoke of the public good around our recalcitrant necks.
We were correct about our understanding of his mindset. He went on the appoint Van Jones, who has described himself as a revolutionary and “a communist” in the 1990s, as special advisor on green jobs.
Also, Anita Dun, White House communications director, who at a high school graduation at the Washington National Cathedral, praised Mao Tse-Tung as one of her favorite political philosophers, whose rule is estimated to have contributed to the deaths of some 70 million people through starvation, forced labor and executions.
Let’s not forget Ron Bloom, Obama’s Manufacturing Czar who stated, “We know that the free market is nonsense … We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.”
The progressives see the Constitution “as a guide and inspiration”? If Ms. Spencer were to take the time to review the history of the movement’s intellectual leaders, she would see how this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Professor Jonathan Turley, a nationally recognized legal scholar, and who voted for Obama stated, “There is a radical change occurring in our system, and we may be at a critical constitutional tipping point in the establishment of an imperial presidency in the coming years. … his (Obama’s) unilateral actions are redrawing the lines of separation in our system in a way that I believe could prove destabilizing and even dangerous in the future.”
The Obama administration is not inspired by the Constitution, and is certainly not looking to it as a guide.
Ms. Spencer states, in reference to academia and the news media, “these are important venues for learning, discussion and debate necessary to a democracy.” Not one conservative commencement speaker at universities across the nation this year.
Conservative speakers invited to give a talk are often bullied away from attending, shouted down, and have had crème pies thrown in their face. I did not accuse academia as being in a conspiracy, only that they are mesmerized with the siren song of progressive ideology.
Also, ours is not a democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. It denies the two lions outvoting the one antelope on what to have for dinner; our founders had it right.
As for the news media, I suggest Ms. Spencer read Bernie Goldberg’s, former CBS reporter, ”Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News,” and/or Sharyl Attkisson’s, another former CBS reports, forth coming book on “Journalism’s Very Dangerous Trend.”
Ms. Spencer cites the eight million having signed up for Obamacare (ACA), forgetting almost six million had their policies canceled because of noncompliance with ACA mandated coverage. Wait until the employer mandate kicks in, and millions more are canceled from their plans. Ms. Spencer goes on to state “the destruction of the middle class during the conservative revolution of the past 30 years.” If we had constitutionally principled conservative administrations during this period, we would be in much better shape today.
Unfortunately, many of the Republican administrations were progressive ideologues as well; a rose by any other name. Their adherence to constitutional principles was only skin deep, it must be felt in the heart.
Progressive’s utopian sand castles have been washed away by the tides of history, and yet they persist in modeling others. We see this more clearly now, and understand the extent of government intrusion in our lives. Only a government based on political and economic freedom has moral legitimacy. We must restore the America of our founders.
Manny Montes lives in Lake of the Pines.
Progressive’s utopian sand castles have been washed away by the tides of history, and yet they persist in modeling others. We see this more clearly now, and understand the extent of government intrusion in our lives.