The Long History Of Progressivism In America
Many Republicans of today wonder why the Republicans that they voted for who said they were conservatives are not living up to their conservative claims. There is a reasonable explanation for this phenomenon.
Legislators and career politicians like Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, former Ohio Congressman, former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senator John McCain of Arizona, Congressman Peter King of New York and many others too numerous to mention are liberal Progressives. A fairly good litmus test to measure whether a Republican is a progressive is to take a look at their Liberty Score. If the representatives Liberty Score is less than a B letter grade chances are they are a progressive .
This would also explains why Barack Hussein Obama has been given free rein to trample the Constitution and continue his Marxist agenda, his so called “Fundamental Transformation“ of America. It’s all happening because what liberal progressive Republicans want is what Obama wants. They all want the government to be in control of every aspect of our lives. They feel We the People are not smart enough to make decisions on our own so we need to have the government to make them for us.
In short progressive Republicans are Marxists. To quote Andrew Breitbart in his 2011 book “Righteous Indignation”.
To prove the point of how closely related socialism and progressive Republicanism are here is an excerpt from a speech by Theodore Roosevelt entitled “The New Nationalism” from 1910:
We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. This, I know, implies a policy of a far more active governmental interference with social and economic conditions in this country than we have yet had, but I think we have got to face the fact that such an increase in governmental control is now necessary.
Roosevelt intervened in the United Mine Workers strike, ordering the mine owners to agree to arbitration. If they did not agree, he threatened to order the Army to take over and operate the coal mines. When informed that it’s not authorized to do so he said:
To hell with the constitution when the people want coal!
Pretty scary stuff huh? Sounds kind of like the threat of unconstitutional executive orders and distribution of wealth “livestock-produced fertilizer” Obama and the progressive left has been spreading the last eight years. Make no mistake the progressive Republican era did not die and wither away after the presidency of William Howard Taft . It has thrived is the lurking shadows taking every advantage to slowly and methodically destroy the Constitution.
The modern progressive movement began in 1897 with the presidency of William McKinley and is considered one of its founding fathers. And was also highly influenced by Robert M. La Follette. La Follette was a three term congressman from Wisconsin who wrote tariff legislation for William McKinley and later was a driving force in the ultra progressive presidency of democrat Woodrow Wilson, who many consider to have been a fascist.
Progressives enjoyed a long unhindered run of 26 years in the White House and so the birth of big government begins. It began through Tariffs imposed by William McKinley. This was accomplished by crippling regulation of capitalism by anti-Constitutional Theodore Roosevelt. The national income tax was the brainchild of (I’m sorry to say) Republican William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson in 1913. And by the socialistic 1930’s “New Deal” entitlements of Republican Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The deep roots of progressivism may be found in Fabian Socialism. So sadly begins the death of The Party of Lincoln and our Constitution. Almost unbelievably, the last Republican president that stood by the Constitution was Benjamin Harrison in 1889 prior to the presidency of Calvin Coolidge in 1923. During that 34 year span progressivism wrapped its tentacles around our Constitution thus beginning to squeeze the very life from our cherished document … As conservative blogger Mjfellwrites explains the unholy birth of progressivism so well in his blog post entitled “Progressive Origins”
The American “progressive” movement leaned heavily upon and was greatly influenced by the Fabian Socialist Society in England. The Fabian Socialists contribution to the “progressive” movement was the idea that their goals could be achieved most successfully if their society worked to re-mold the world nearer to their heart’s desire gradually, using tactics of harassment and attrition, and striking full force only when their moment was at hand.
This strategy was employed by their namesake, the Roman General Fabius Maximus, who used it in combat against the superior military forces of Hannibal and the Carthaginians. This strategy, also known as gradual inevitability, has been one of the cornerstones of the “progressive” movement in America.
Instead of attempting to over-reach for their long term goal to subjugate the American public in one fell swoop, thereby ensuring that the electorate of a country founded upon the pillars of freedom and liberty would roundly and soundly reject their ideas, they decided to take on a seemingly insurmountable task in small steps that were both more easily hidden and more easily digested by the Republic.
The federal income tax began in 1913, courtesy of “progressives” William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson. Thanks to the unyielding activism of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who browbeat the United States Supreme Court into accepting his legislation against their better judgment, Social Security was launched in 1935. Medicare and Medicaid came into being in the year 1965 courtesy of Lyndon Baines Johnson and his Great Society agenda.
Thanks to the concerted efforts of numerous “progressives” in both houses of Congress, who reached secretive backroom deal in the dead of night, twisted arms and employed the parliamentary procedure known as reconciliation in the Senate, they, along with the Barack Hussein Obama White House were able to pass “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as Obamacare, which was signed into law in 2010.
This is an accurate description of a gradual “progression” toward the inevitable goal of an expanded government taking increasing control over the lives of individuals.
And with few exceptions the progressive juggernaut has slowly and methodically crept into Shining City on the Hill. Those conservative exceptions being Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald W. Reagan. Since 1897 progressives have had many names; The Bull Moose Party, Rockefeller Republicans, Moderates, Blue Dog Democrats, Center Left Republicans, Republicans in name only or RINO’s and Establishment Republicans.
It should be no surprise why the “Fundamental Transformation” has not been totally at the hand Barack Hussein Obama. This transformation has had a huge assistance of liberal progressive Republicans.
You may ask how we can stop this destruction of our constitutional republic. The election of one two term conservative President will help but will not in its self turn back 127 years of destruction. One solution may be The Convention Of States (COS) as laid out in Article 5 of the Constitution. It will not be easy but it is possible. Eight of the 34 states needed to convene a Convention are considering resolutions to send representatives. This movement was brought to light by constitutional conservative author and talk radio show host Mark Levin in his book entitled “The Liberty Amendments”. Levin’s suggested amendments will help break the death grip of big government and help to restore the American Sovereignty the Constitution and the rule of law.
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!!!
By The Hoosier Patriot