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  • March 23, 1775 is the day Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. Listen to the speech and how it pertains to the health care bill that was ironically signed on the same day 230 years later.
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It is important to understand the American Progressive Movement as it explains why no matter who gets elected things always stay the same in Washington. Progressives have embedded themselves in both parties and at this point have taken over the Democratic party. There is no place anymore for people of conservative convictions within the Democratic party. We have also seen for years Republicans get elected by running as a conservative only to join the progressives once they are elected. So what exactly does it mean to be a progressive and why is it that most people have never heard much about this idealogy.

Progressive is just another word for socialist, communist or Marxist. Americans reject socialism, communism and Marxism but if framed nicely are very supportive of "Progress". What you have to ask your self is what are we progressing from and what are we progressing to? The simple answer is we are progressing from the United States Constitution to something like Socialist Soviet Constitution. That's crazy right. That can't be true.

Let's examine the two constitutions, the US vs the former USSR:

The US constitution recognizes your inaliable rights to Life, Liberty and Property(pursuit of happiness). It establishes a bill of rights that says what the federal government cannot do to you. It sets up a Republic of independent states and recognizes that all powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and finally the people.

The Soviet constitution on the other hand enumerates what the government must do for you. 1. The right to a job.
2. The right to a home.
3. The right to healthcare.
4. The right to food.

These rights were linked to the individuals worth as determined by their ability to contribute to society. As long as you produce more than you consume you are of value to the society. Those who cannot produce would do well to die to benefit society.

Progressives differ from past socialist takeovers only in their implementation, evolution versus revolution. Progressives have put in place a system to evolve America through a series of small changes. When progressives tried to directly implement a second bill of rights, to rapidly transform America they were soundly rejected by the American people. They learned their lesson and have embarked on a long slow transformation of society through the courts, education and legislation. Now with their goal in site and the leaders in place they are rapidly undertaking the final transformation of America Obama promised during his campaign.

Early History

The beginning of the 20th century American progressive movement can be traced back to President Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, a democrat served from 1913 to 1921. If your interested in some in depth analysis of Wilson's policies the following articles have a lot of information.

You want a more 'progressive' America? Careful what you wish for.

When Bigots Become Reformers - The Progressive Era's shameful record on race.

The early progressive movement actually resulted in some very successful and much needed changes. Unfortunately for all the good that was done and equal number of drastic changes for the worse were put in place.

The GoodThe Bad
  • Women's Suffrage
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Eight Hour Work Day
  • Direct Election of Senators
  • Income Tax
  • Federal Reserve
  • Federal Trade Commision
  • United Nations
  • Prohibition
  • Entitlements >>

    From The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling
    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return.