Despite polls showing that America has more conservatives than liberals, it is an undisputed fact that our nation is becoming more and more progressive. If you doubt this, you have only to look at the change in our national values since the 1950s. We’ve had a shift to the left in religious values, family values, sexual values, moral values, ethical values, political values, educational values and just about any other value you’d care to name.
“[S]elf-described conservatives outnumber liberals two-to-one in America,” notes Tim Daughtry in his excellent column “How the liberal minority rules America,” “and yet public policy somehow ratchets only to the left. Conservative victories are measured in terms of how much the growth of government power is slowed, never by how much liberty has advanced.”
For purposes of definition, let me make one thing very clear: Republicans are not necessarily conservative. Far too many Republicans are just the flip side of Democrats and are quite content to march toward the same anti-constitutional socialist agenda as progressives, just at a slower pace or with different goals.
True conservatives can be defined as those who seek a return to governmental restraints as outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights; who demand the fiscal responsibility inherent in those documents; and who embrace traditional family values.
The progressive-ization of our nation can be summed up very simply: TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK. The net result of this equation, of course, is an ever-relentless step forward. Forward. Forward. America is being dragged, often against her will, toward the ultimate progressive goal of socialism.
“A fundamental principle in politics,” says Daughtry, “is that a small number of people willing to push their agenda will always dominate a large number of people who just want to live in peace and mind their own business.”
As a group, progressives loath the minimal-government foundations upon which our nation was built. These people hate the idea of limited government interference and increased personal responsibility and are hoping to change all that. (Hope and change.)
Unlike conservatives (who are too busy making a living and raising their families to spend their lives in political activism), liberal stooges are often supported by government largesse, which allows them the leisure to work tirelessly toward advancing every progressive notion into law, every accusation of intolerance into an agenda, and creating new “rights” out of thin air.
In other nations where the (cough) “utopia” of socialism came to full fruition (such as the Soviet Union), the change agents started by fomenting class warfare and demonizing capitalism. This meant that folks with lower incomes and lower educational levels could conveniently blame the evil awful rich capitalists for their woes.
But that wasn’t as easy to do in post-World War II America because too many people were solidly middle class. Hmmm … then how, the progressives wondered, could divisions be formed in the United States? Hey, here’s an idea – guilt! Let’s make everyone feel guilty for having too much money. If you’re successful, you’re guilty. More than guilty: you’re intolerant. And, um, an extremist. Oh, and a racist as well.
Suddenly huge swaths of ordinary hardworking middle-class folks were being accused of the vilest of qualities for no other reason except they were middle-class. In an effort to show they weren’t intolerant, extremist or (horrors!) racist, their newly discovered guilt led them straight into the arms of the Progressives. “Not desiring to be branded as insensitive or evil,” notes Steve McCann in The American Thinker, “many simply acquiesced to this not-so-subtle extortion. … These dupes were funding a political party whose end-game was to destroy the system that made them successful in the first place. All the while the money being siphoned out of the economy by the government in order to establish a so-called ‘safety net’ was being used to create an ever-expanding dependent class who would vote to keep the left in power.”
Meanwhile, of course, the Progressives were also busy whipping up those with lower incomes and lower educational levels, making sure they placed blame for their condition on the evil awful rich capitalists. The Progressive tool was the “safety nets” mentioned above: welfare, food stamps, government housing and other freebies that led inexorably toward a dependent class. According to Frank Salvato in his article “The dominoes of Cloward-Piven,” this is a classic strategy: “[T]o so overload the entitlement system – to add so many to the entitlement rolls, that the country’s economic system collapses, unleashing chaos and violence in the streets, thus affecting radical Leftist political change in government.”
This has set the stage to turn America away from her free, independent and capitalist roots into a giant socialist/Marxist “utopia.” The progressives have been slowly grooming our society toward their ultimate agenda, Marxism, and doing a good job of it.
While conservatives live their daily lives – making a living, raising their children, paying their mortgage, minding their business – they’re blissfully unaware that subversive forces are working to chip away the granite constitutional foundations beneath us, moving us onto a foundation of sand.
Progressives do this by proposing wild and unconstitutional legislation … juuuust wild and crazy enough to get conservatives boiling mad. But the progressives’ legislation is not quite crazy enough that conservatives are marching in the street. Instead, the conservatives – in their boiling anger – scream and holler and demand the legislation be changed … which it is. It’s adjusted downward juuuust enough to make the conservatives grumpily give in (or at least not fight so hard). This, then, becomes the “new normal.” And since “normal” is defined by the press as the status quo and ultimately the conservative position, future changes must be a “compromise” to the left.
Two steps forward, one step back. Net result: one step forward.
Then, once the dust settles and the anger is forgotten – and crucially, when all the conservatives have returned to their primary focus of work and family – the patient progressives start again. They propose more wild and crazily unconstitutional legislation … and the whole process repeats itself until another step forward has been achieved. It all works, slowly and inexorably, toward the ultimate liberal anti-constitutional agenda.
Stayed tuned for next week’s column in which I’ll cover the progressive tools of their trade and what we must do to stop them and reverse the damage they’re wreaked on our once-mighty nation.