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Progressives are Regressive: Ken’s Thought of the Week

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By Ken Abramowitz

See the sources for this article and more research in the Additional Reading section.


Progressives claim to represent the forces of change, reform, and social justice. They say they care for the well-being of the voters. They allege that those who believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are cruel and they call them dangerous racists.

Yet they forget some of the most important words in the Declaration of Independence that framed our national mission: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”.

With those words in mind, let’s take a quick look at key progressive policies that actually embody Marxist, socialist, communist, authoritarian, atheist, and anarchist ideas. These are policies which have consistently failed wherever they have been tried. Moreover, in the past 100 years, while the ‘progressives’ have been ruling in the Soviet Union and China, they killed nearly 100 million of their own people in the name of their Communist (progressive) false narrative.

And then, let’s take a look at the reality as it is today:

LIFE

(1). They say: Defunding the police is necessary to protect minority communities from racist policemen.

The reality is: Defunding the police is pure racism, because minorities suffer the most when gangs and drug lords take over.

(2). They say: “Medicare for all” benefits everyone.

The reality is: Medicare is a grossly underfunded entitlement program. Bringing in more beneficiaries will reduce access to service for everyone, and will hasten the bankruptcy of the entire program.

(3) They say: The economy must be shut down until a vaccine is FDA approved. Joe Biden said, “Let me be clear, I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. But I don’t trust Donald Trump, and at this moment, the American people can’t either.” Kamala Harris said, “I would not trust Donald Trump (if a vaccine was approved) and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it.”

The reality is: The FDA would not approve a vaccine that is not safe. Moreover, no major pharmaceutical company would be willing to rush a product to the market if it is not safe, because the liability and negative publicity would be much more costly economically and would severely damage the company’s reputation.


LIBERTY

(1) They say: The majority of the U.S. population is “systemically racist“ and believe in “white privilege”.

The reality is: Though not perfect, America is one of the least racist societies in the entire world.

(2) They say: The U.S. can be dramatically improved with progressive/socialist identity- politics and “social justice”.

The reality is: America is built on the equality of opportunity. Social justice is simply government-imposed equality of misery and poverty for all.

(3) They say: Political correctness protects everyone from offensive language.

The reality is: Political correctness is a violation of freedom of speech, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It is an effort to control the expressions of free thought on the theory that everyone has a non-existent right not to be offended.


PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

(1) They say: White policemen are always guilty, whether or not they injure a black suspect during an arrest.

The reality is: Every one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, including both the suspect and the arresting officer, regardless of the color of their skin.

(2) They say: Huge tax increases on the rich are good for society and satisfy the need for “social justice”.

The reality is: Huge private sector tax increases take resources from the productive private sector, thereby reducing both private innovation and job growth.

(3) They say: Elementary school re-openings must be delayed due to COVID-19.

The reality is: The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death for young students is similar to that of the flu, and kids must maintain their educational pace and be allowed to benefit from socialization. There is some extra risk to the teachers, particularly if elderly, but the extra risk is not high enough to prohibit classroom learning throughout the educational system.

(4) They say: Climate change is an existential threat to all life on our planet, largely due to our indiscriminate use of fossil fuels.

The reality is: No one knows and no one can dictate nature’s behavior. Fossil fuel consumption in the United States is a relatively modest contributing factor (the U.S. produces only 15% of the world’s emissions of CO2), which is moderated by the increasing efficiency of the system. Technology continues to develop newer and better ways to harness energy and use it more efficiently so that it produces less pollution, and American emissions have been dropping. Moreover, the demand for climate and energy control is simply an excuse for canceling the industries (like coal and fracking) that the Progressives don’t like. It’s a way to build up the government’s power.

In reality, the so-called “Progressives“ are nothing but “Regressives”, taking us backwards instead of forward. It is they who present the number one existential threat to our land of opportunity. Our country is based on equal protection under the law, as codified under the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These Regressives want to take us back in time when immoral despots ruled. No way! Let’s move forward, not backward.


Additional Reading

‘Social Justice’ & Democrats: All-Purpose Excuse – National Review

Prof: ‘The Constitution is racist’ – Campus Reform

100 Years of Communism—and 100 Million Dead – by David Satter – Hudson Institute

What Defunding the Police Really Means – Black Lives Matter

Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest – NBC News

Don’t buy the buy-in: Why Medicare coverage for 50 and over will only make things worse – TheHill

Biden Says Americans Can’t Trust Trump on Vaccine – The New York Times

Kamala Harris says she wouldn’t take Trump’s word about a COVID-19 vaccine – New York Post

FDA Commissioner Promises Science, Not Politics, Will Determine Approval Of Coronavirus Vaccine – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Ep. 526 – A Majority Of Americans Say America Is Racist. They’re Wrong – The Daily Wire

5 Arguments Against ‘America Is a Racist Country’ – RealClearPolitics

What Socialist America Will Look Like – Marxist.org

The inequality of the Equality Act – Washington Times

Political Correctness and the Suicide of the Intellect – Heritage.org

Why We Need To Raise Taxes, Not Reduce Them – HuffPost

No, Raising Taxes on the 1% Will Not Lead to “Surprising Amounts” of Revenue – Tax Foundation

Most Educators Want Schools to Stay Closed to Slow Spread of COVID-19 – Education Week

Why shutting down schools to prevent coronavirus spread could make it worse – Los Angeles Times

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