You’ve no doubt heard of the Ten Commandments, right?
Just checking, because you can’t talk about them in many government schools today – thanks to so-called “progressives.”
So what exactly do “progressives” believe in? What are their rules?
Without a doubt they shift over time – like every 15 minutes.
Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., offered up her version of the 11 commandments for progressives for Netroots Nation, a collection of lefty media wannabees and activists – but I repeat myself.
[Watch Warren's speech:]
For sure Warren doesn't believe in the biblical prohibition against lying, because she's most famous for claiming to be a Native American. She used this fib to wangle an affirmative-action gig as a "minority law professor." It was determined later that one of her Anglo ancestors actually shot a real Native American.
But I digress.
What were the potential Democratic Party presidential contender's 11 commandments for progressives?
"We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."
My comment: Since when? It was a progressive piece of legislation, famously named the Dodd-Frank bill, that granted big financial institutions deemed "too big to fail" the right to tap the Federal Reserve for funding during a crisis. Progressives like to demonize Wall Street publicly, but it serves as their political cash cow in election cycles.
"We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
My comment: What "progressives" really mean when they make statements like this is they believe in myths that lead to the empowerment of their god – government. She was probably thinking about "global warming" or man-made catastrophic climate change. The scientific method requires testing of theories. Fortunately for the "progressive" mythmakers, this one can't be tested. Instead, because of all the evidence to the contrary, it must be accepted on faith.
"We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."
My comment: The biggest corporation in the Internet world is Google – very much a part of the "progressive" world. Google supports net neutrality because it is a legislative action designed to preserve and protect its position in the marketplace.
"We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."
My comment: The minimum wage is a job killer. The higher you raise it, the more jobs you kill. In addition, it is a fundamental barrier to entry into the workplace. Raise it and the unemployment rate for young people skyrockets even higher than today's record-breaking levels.
"We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."
My comment: Truly a visionary idea, huh?
"We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."
My comment: Suffice it to say Warren's salary at Harvard Law School was a whopping $430,000 a year. Could salaries like that possibly be a factor in driving up the cost of education and increasing the debt load of graduates?
"We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare and pensions."
"We believe – I can't believe I have to say this in 2014 – we believe in equal pay for equal work."
"We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."
"We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."
"And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"
This is progress? It sounds a little provincial and faddish to me. It sounds like political correctness – the kind that ignores the realities of the world in which we live. These aren't commandments at all. They are merely trite campaign slogans.
I can't help but note that these "commandments" sound remarkably like beliefs and suggestions rather than laws. That's because "progressives" have one set of standards for themselves and another for their opponents.
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