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Manny Montes: The Pauls outnumber the Peters

Progressive intellectuals and pundits recognize the need for a dependent constituency as the basis for their power.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul becomes easy when the community of Pauls outnumber the community of Peters.

But how do the progressives create the necessary circumstances to grow this dependent class of Pauls? The answer to this question could be a master’s thesis or even a book.

There are two major components to the answer, education and economics.

It is no mistake that students lack the basic understanding and appreciation for the ideals of our nation’s founding.

What side of the political spectrum would you think someone would fall into if he/she had a respectful admiration for the founding principles of our nation?

Who embraced the concept of individualism on which our country was created? Considered with deserved reverence our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution?

Correct, on the conservative side of the spectrum. Acknowledging this removes the mystery as to why our public education system deliberately teaches our nation’s history contrary to these ideas, if it teaches our history at all.

Students lack the most basic understanding of American history.

Some can’t name our first president, don’t know with whom our war of independence was fought, don’t know the significance of our July 4th celebration.

Instead our nation’s high schools and colleges require reading of Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States.”

Zinn is the most influential left-wing progressive in American history. Zinn’s contempt for America is unbounded.

It is no mistake that students lack the basic understanding and appreciation for the ideals of our nation’s founding.

This understanding and appreciation is what is needed to preserve the nation of our founding, and the progressives comprehend this.

Our nation’s founding was a complete departure from what had existed in all of mankind’s history. A philosophy of individual liberty converted into a governing creed is a seminal point in the history of man. Why is this not the central theme in teaching our nation’s history?

The answer is crystal clear. Just as the progenitor of our progressive public education system, John Dewey pronounced, in regards to teaching children the facts of history, science, literature, “The mere absorbing of facts and truths is so exclusively individual an affair that it tends very naturally to pass into selfishness. There is no obvious social motive for the acquirement of mere learning, there is no clear social gain in success thereat.”

That is to say, there is much to lose in the teaching of our history to instill pride.

Our government schools are focused on teaching the cultural values of the left, i.e., environmentalism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, feminism, social justice, etc.

The unholy quid pro quo alliance between the NEA, Teachers Union, and the Democrats have a strangle hold on the system so fundamental to the preservation of our nation.

The unmitigated failure of our public education system is, from the progressive’s perspective, a complete success.

Regulatory headwinds have turned into gale force winds in Obama’s administration.

By the end of 2014, the Obama administration has imposed new mandates and restrictions costing the economy an estimate of $80 billion annually.

These are agency estimates, known for understating costs, and are associated with only major rules and regulations, each estimated to cost $100 million or more each year. Sad to say, but there are many more in the pipeline.

A recent survey cites 74 percent of small businesses intend to reduce hours, fire people or not hire as a result of Obamacare.

Taking into account the Labor Participation Rate, the real unemployment rate is 15.8 percent.

Real median household income in 2014 was 6.5 percent lower than in 2007. In the three years between 2010 and 2013, during the so-called economic (tepid) recovery, annual income of a typical household actually fell by 5 percent.

More than 14 percent of the entire population are on food stamps, a 44 percent increase since Obama took office.

The constituency of Pauls continues to grow for the progressive.

Author Edward Hudgins offers an insightful metaphor: the government “is like a quack doctor who breaks a patient’s leg in order to have patients, doesn’t fix the leg, and charges a hefty price for aspirin to reduce the pain.”

Progressives deny the common sense initiatives for reviving the economy, reduce regulations and taxes.

To create the business climate that creators of Subway, Home Depot, and Federal Express flourished in, but say, they could not repeat their success in our current regulatory red tape state.

It seems so simple, but then again, what would progressives have without their community of Pauls?

Manny Montes lives in Lake of the Pines.

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