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The Progressive Matrix

In 1999 the movie “The Matrix” was released and became a huge box office hit.  The story takes place in some distant future where the reality perceived by humanity is actually a virtual reality created by machines to control and use humans as an energy source.  An appealing world to the human mind was crafted by some entity to enslave  and use them to serve its purpose.  It sounds pretty farfetched or does it?

Last night I was discussing with RHM how progressive policies have created an environment in America that punishes success and rewards failure.  Policies that have made it harder for the average person to break free from their current income class and achieve the American Dream.  From the progressive tax code to job killing environmental regulations their liberty crushing policies over the last 80 years have had a negative impact on property rights and the free market.  The American Dream is being assaulted on every front and many Americans aren’t even aware of it.  We are living in the progressive matrix; one that was carefully crafted through regulations and policies to water down our once powerful free market system and cap success through a progressive tax code.

Many of us were born into this matrix; it has been the only system we have known.  We have been told that our constitution is outdated and our republic is a democracy.  We have been taught that capitalism has failed us and the rich are evil.  It has become harder and harder for us to achieve success because we are punished by draconian codes when we reach a certain income bracket.  Our money is confiscated from us and redistributed within the system to reinforce it.  The policies implemented promote social, environmental, and economic justice and siphon billions of dollars from our economy.  We feel like we’re drowning is a sea of debt and the more we struggle to reach the surface the deeper we sink.  This is the reality we live in created by progressive policies and regulations.  There are still those amongst us who remember a time before the matrix; a time when property rights were respected and liberty was cherished.

These people are our grandparents and in some case our parents.  They remember a time when success was rewarded and a free ride was frowned upon in America.  The sky was the limit because the progressive policies that regulate every aspect of our lives were not in place.  They embraced the concept of saving money and understood the dangers of too much debt.  They lived within their means and built great things.  They were able to achieve their dreams because government at one time understood its role in a free society.  They were a free and liberty loving people who helped propel our nation into an economic powerhouse.  We need their wisdom now.

We need to hear the stories of life before the progressive matrix so that we may use these stories to guide us back to a time when our government was limited and regulations were few.  We must understand that the only way the left can only use the tactic of class warfare is if the current conditions imposed by this matrix remain in place.  We need to change the conditions and unleash our free market system again.  We need to not envy those who are successful, but aspire to achieve such successes based on our own abilities.  And finally we need to elect people who will abolish the progressive tax code; a code that punishes success and rewards failure.  It is through the confiscation of our income that every aspect of our lives is regulated.  It’s the cornerstone of the progressive matrix.

In the movie the main character is offered a choice;  “You take the blue pill, the story ends; you wake up in your bed, and believe what ever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember, all I’m offering you is the truth, nothing more.”

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Steve Dennis April 27, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    Great post John, I haven’t seen the movie but now I just might have to check it out.
    It is amazing to me that we have let this happen, I suppose that it has been so gradual that we missed it somewhere along the way. The left is patient, they will pass their agenda piece by piece over the years until it is fully implemented and they are just about there. They have replaced personal responsibility with nanny state policies and they have made desire to succeed a bad thing, replacing it with indifference by punishing those who do succeed while keeping those who do not succeed down so that they can control them.
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    • John Carey April 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      Thanks Steve. This has happened slowly over a period of 80 years. It was easy to miss, but now that we can see it in all its glory, we can clearly see just how far we have drifted from the constitution and liberty.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta April 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    I sometimes wonder. I think most Americans would rather take the red pill.
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    • John Carey April 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Some would Manhattan, because it’s the easy path to follow. In order to restore the republic it will take work and unfortunately too many people think it’s just easier to join the free ride crowd.
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  • Colin April 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I think the most interesting aspect of our “times” is how the left are stuck defending the status-quo. If anything can be more telling of how far our country has moved to the left, it is this.

    • John Carey April 27, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      I agree Colin. They’re defend the matrix which means we’re exactly where they want us to be. That’s very telling.
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  • Jim at Conservatives On Fire April 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Very well said, John. It is time we took the cloves off and start calling them out on every program from the past and every new program they are trying to shove down our throats. It is time to turn up the anti-Marxist heat.
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    • John Carey April 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      It’s long overdue Jim. We should have started this about 20 years ago bit we were too busy paying attention to the things that really didn’t matter. We were asleep.
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  • Matt April 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Great comparison John. Too many are unaware that their existence is based on a house of cards. Even worse, more refuse to even look to see if what they are told is true. It’s a challenge to pierce that with reality, no matter how strong the evidence.
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    • John Carey April 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      Thanks Matt. I agree it is indeed a challenge, but challenges are opportunities for success. Time to see it for what it is. The sooner the better.