As a former radical lefty, I know there is one surefire way to stop the incessant march of progressivism.
People always ask me, “How can we take the country back? How can we return to constitutionally limited government? How can we rediscover the concept of self-governance with progressives running all the major cultural institutions and setting the terms of political debate in America?”
There is an answer.
In fact, I know for sure how to stop the progressives cold.
It’s not the best way, but it’s probably the fastest.
I’m not advocating it, but it’s surefire – guaranteed to work if all else fails. But, having said that, it’s not without risk.
I could use many examples to make the point, but I’ll give you just two:
- Obamacare: The progressives got what they wanted. Practically everyone hates it. The vast majority of Americans are now against it. They understand they were hoodwinked and sold a bill of goods. If they had a chance for a do-over, they would take it. Maybe they’ll get that opportunity after the 2014 election – if Republicans don’t cave to cultural pressure and decide to “reform” Obamacare rather than to scrap it and start over.
- Minimum wage: Progressives are pushing hard for a hike in minimum wage at both the national and state levels. In fact, they are doing it even at the city level. In California, there is a push to raise it to $26 an hour. There’s probably no way to stop it in that state, which is in the death throes of progressive domination now – politically and culturally.
So what is my magic formula for ensuring progressives are thwarted?
Sit back and watch them destroy themselves with their own destructive policies.
Again, I’m not advocating it. All I am saying is that it is inevitable that their dreams will cause immense pain for the public. And having experienced the pain, the public will be inclined to reject those policies if they get a second chance.
Think what would happen to California if the minimum wage were raised to $26 an hour. With burger flippers making $54,000 a year, it would destroy the economy in no time. Unemployment would skyrocket. Businesses would leave the state en masse. The productive sector of the economy would look to relocate. It would truly become the late, great state of California.
But a lot of innocent people would be badly hurt.
To be honest with you, I don’t see a lot of hope for California until progressive policies inevitably destroy the once “Golden State.” The same could be true of America.
There is also a risk that disappointment doesn’t lead directly to a political backlash that results in political reforms.
Those aware of the Cloward-Piven strategy understand progressives often promote policies they know are destructive in the hopes they lead to even more radical restructuring of the economy and political system.
There’s always the potential the revolutionaries will win if we just sit back and allow nature to take its course.
The ultimate threat, then, is that the change we get is totalitarianism. That’s not good. But, at least, the social and cultural appeal of progressivism will be over.
I’m probably not telling you anything you didn’t already know. But we are nearing a point in American history where it is increasingly difficult to see how we can reclaim the country’s moral and social fabric – the ethic that made America a shining city on a hill.
We have a chance this year to make a big impact politically, as we did in 2010. The trouble then, as now, is that we have no alternative to relying on Republicans to live up to their rhetoric. I’m the first to admit it hasn’t happened in a long time. But the fight is not over.
If Republicans fail us in 2015, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
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