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"We The Progressives"

We The Progressives, in Order to form a more utopian Union, establish social justice, insure domestic Equality, provide for the collective needs, promote the Welfare State, secure the wealth of others for ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish these principles for the progressive movement of America.
If you are offended by me making a mockery of the preamble of our Constitution by substituting these empty words in place of the truly inspirational words crafted by our Framers, then perhaps there is still hope for this great nation.  The sad fact is many won’t be offended or even angered by my actions.  Some might view it as funny while others will say it was done in poor taste then quietly move on.  I did this drive a point home.  You see the progressive movement in this country is alive and well.  What they embrace is not far from the words I substituted in the preamble. 
They believe in political reform, transformation, the spreading of wealth, theft of property through taxes, social and economic justice and the collective.  Their weapons to reach the above goals are emotionally charged words, tyranny cloaked in compassion, and a negative disposition towards the wealthy.  They blame capitalism and the rich for most of our woes and always point the finger at big business and profits.  They believe in class warfare and cap success at every turn through a progressive tax system.  And worst of all they exist in both political parties.
So what do we really know about the progressive movement?  Well we can trace its beginnings back to the 1880s.  The movement was in response to the industrial growth in the United States in the last quarter of the 19th century.  There was a general feeling that even though big business was finding success during this period, there were still a great number of people not sharing in that same success or wealth.  This set the stage for the “Progressive Era” a period that lasted roughly from 1880 to 1920.  The progressives did not believe the church should be the driving force for social change.  Instead they embraced three main goals.  The first was to remove corrupt and undue influences from government.  Second they believed political organization by the people was essential for change to occur in the political process.  I’m sure this sounds very familiar to all of you as many of you seen this with ACORN activities today.  And finally the progressives believed government should play a larger role in solving society’s social problems and establish methods to promote economic fairness.  This was the first instance where the concept of spreading the wealth was established.

These goals could be achieved through more government regulation of business and an income tax designed to confiscate the property of one to redistribute to another.  The two major progressive political figures from the period were Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.  Both sympathized with the progressive movement and believed in reformation on a national level.  From 1913 to 1920 four major amendments to our Constitution were passed and were highly influenced by the progressive cause; amendments 16, 17, 18, and 19.  These new amendments established an income tax (16), popular vote for senators (17), prohibition of alcohol (18), and women’s suffrage (19).

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree with all the things that progressive believed in.  As a matter of fact I would have been first in line to support a woman’s right to vote.  However the other three amendments passed were a direct attack on the principles that our Founding Fathers embraced.  To confiscate the property of one and redistribute to another in the form of a social program was an attack on liberty and freedom.  The popular vote for senators’ diminished the power of the state by creating an environment where senators were no longer representatives of the state, but of the masses.  This is why we have a House of Representatives that represents the people directly.  And lastly the prohibition of alcohol was an attempt by the progressive to enforce their will of “we know what’s best for you” on the people.

Many of the regulatory agencies we recognize today were created between 1900 and 1920.  These included the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.  However all good things must come to an end and the progressive movement lost its momentum after the 1920s.  It eventually faded away; however it left a scar on our Constitution in the form of the 16th and 17th amendments.

Today we see that progressivism is alive and well and once again we have forces trying to promote economic justice, social justice, environmental justice, wealth redistribution, class warfare, and the theft of property.  They are the ones that we hear chanting “Change we can believe in” or “Yes we can.”  They have embedded their goals in legislative packages called Health care reform, Immigration reform, Cap and Trade, and Card Check.  They are using taxpayer dollars and Federal institutions to ram their agenda down our throats.  They are strong supporters of interventionist economics and progressive taxation and tend to align themselves with Democratic Party or Green Party U.S..  They even created the Congressional Progressive Caucus in 1991.  As of today there are 83 members of the Caucus in our Congress.  These powerful forces are trying control the free market system through overreaching regulations.  Now if this doesn’t wake you up then I’m not sure anything will push you out of bed.

You see folks; while we were asleep these forces came to power and now want to fundamentally change the very fabric of our culture and nation.  They don’t believe in the individual, they belief in the collective.  They don’t believe you know what is best for you; they know what is best for you.  They do not view liberty as a blessing but more as an obstacle in the way of achieving their goals.  And finally they feel that capitalism and the free market system is an oppressive beast that hordes the wealth, so they must regulate, take from it, and spread the wealth.

I know, maybe some of you think that my opinion is a bit over the top and that this could never happen in the United States.  Have you been watching the news lately?  It is happening before our very eyes.  We are witnessing the dismantling of the most powerful economy this world has ever known and we’re watching it all play out on the news.  I have never seen such a demonization of the wealthy and capitalism.  I mean this is the kind of stuff that happens in third world countries.  Not the United States.  How have we as a people let it go on this long.  When are we going to stand up and scream ENOUGH!  Capitalism has created our standard of living, and even the the lower class standard of living in this country is higher than the majority of other nations in the world.  So when are we going to say we have had enough of these progressives, enough of this anti-capitalist thought and implement the free market principles our Founding Fathers set in motion for us?

The time is now.  Call, write, email your representative, your senator, you local official, your friends, and tell them you have had enough of this progressive agenda and you want our Constitution enforced.  You want the free market principles released from the progressive choke hold and you want your country back. 

We can get out of this mess we’re in if we just go back to the beginning…”We the People.”



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