Why Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants

Why True American Conservatives Cannot Be Extremist and How Progressives are Ultimately Tyrants

 It seems only yesterday, before the soothing elixir of “hope and change” was spoonfed to us by present-President Barack Obama, that Republicans could disagree with Democrats without being branded “teabaggers,” KKK-members, anarchists, Nazis, bomb throwers, arsonists, political terrorists or extremists.

The unspeakable crime of conservatives? Their heartless desire to live their own lives and to be left alone by the bullying U.S. government.

What has been the conservative outcry since disco was still a thing? Follow the Constitution, be fiscally responsible, and restore limited government.

Not to impose their will on anyone; and if anything, simply to work, prosper, express themselves freely and be allowed to watch the new season of 24 in peace.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t jibe with the progressives’ plans for control over Americans’ lives – regarding everything from education to dish detergent. There is no natural barrier to the left’s powerlust: the “progressive” seeks no less than to control the social and physical environment of all mankind.

Their philosophy is the very essence of extremism, and the left’s only response for the question “How much power do you seek?” is more.

Leftists are kind of like drug addicts, and their drug of choice is sending people legalistic form letters along with demands to pay for whatever idea just popped into their heads while doing real drugs. (Kind of kidding on that last part.)

Yet the irony is that the United States was founded in freedom, and there is nothing stopping leftists from attempting to implement their utopian schemes in reality now (the operative term being “attempting”) without forcing the entire nation to participate.

In fact, many utopian societies have been tried and have failed; and those that have had limited success have not been voluntarily copied by many other communities; namely, because the American experiment tends to lead to greater success – including the ability to work a few hours a week and eat cookie dough Oreos while playing PS4 in your mom’s basement.

The point isn’t whether or not societies flourish or fail, but rather that human beings are respected in the process of choosing how they live their own lives. The states were once called the “laboratories of democracy,” but their powers are increasingly ignored by the federal government.

The empire of self government that was to be America is being transfigured into a rather ugly strong-arming of fellow subjects into a mutual suicide pact: when the terms of our associations are formed and proceed along the lines of coercion, rather than voluntarism and individual agreement, then extremism will arise under various guises.

When nations depart from what John Locke formulated as the “consent” of the governed (a term that was incorporated into The Declaration of Independence), that is when extremism tends to arise. Currently fewer than one in five Americans believe the U.S. government has the “consent of the governed.”

Liberty was to be the great solution for national discord and factional strife. At the end of the day, there should only be so much a bunch of partisan lunatics can accomplish through central government – only so much “revenge” that can be carried out, as our current president put it.

When Senators can be implicated in sending virtual armies to harass citizens over infringements of state property; when the tax agency can be so politicized as to be abused as a weapon of suppression against one’s foes; when the head of law enforcement can decide to prosecute or not to prosecute violations of civil liberties on the basis of skin color – one is no longer living under a constitutionally limited government, but in a climate of political extremism.

The American government was originally designed to ensure individual liberty and personal security over the fleeting and illusory form of “social security” that is inevitably promised by a power-hungry government.

The drive for a paternalistic form of security undermines the political and economic order of safe-guarded liberty; the foundation on which only a long-term form of security, from tyranny or from revolutionary tumult, is conceivably possible.

Madison put the reasoning for limited government best in Federalist 51:

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

What makes Constitutional conservatives different from progressives is that they do not desire to rule their political opposition or otherwise impose their will on their fellow citizens.

Instead, most conservatives want to restore the nation to its Constitutional foundations, establish fiscal responsibility in government, reinstate the free market economic principles that allowed the majority of the nation to prosper, and renew the virtue in individuals to see human beings as ends in themselves, and not as means to some political end.

Ultimately, the Constitution, the embodiment of those founding principles that many conservatives cherish most, is specifically designed to protect American citizens from political threats arising from both the right and the left. Leftists, on the other hand, are for complete state control of economy, society, and the government, making them the true extremists.

Liberal Law Professor: Obama ‘The Very Danger The Constitution Was Designed To Avoid’

comments:  As Mr. Franklin once said

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Ryan Gorman

We will take our country and our culture back….one way or another. Americans unlike many in the rest of the world do not sit idly by while our freedoms go down the crapper. Instead we are patient to see if our government officials will get the hint. You can only push us so long before we show you the beast within. As a wise man once said. Beware the wrath of a patient man.

James Allen 

balance in everything you do. being all the way to the left is not a good thing. but neither is being all the way to the right. somewhere in the middle is where we need to get. there are reasons we cannot let the free market be completely free. have people forgotten about 2008 collapse caused by the freedom of the markets and allowing people to almost destroy this nation? then we bail them out with our money without repercussion or punishment. we need things like social security. what we do not need are politicians and rich bastards stealing our social security to help themselves. we don’t need politicians making decisions that will hurt the people in order to try and keep their jobs. we need real change in the government. get all of them out. get rid of parties. get rid of lobbyists. set term limits. set a balanced budget amendment that goes into affect in 10 years so it isn’t as big of a blow. simplify the tax code. there are so many things we can do but not only is nobody talking, nobody has any real ideas to talk about. makes me sick to my stomach knowing the type of nation my kids will inherit.
Christopher Plante · Top Commenter

Truly, the left-right paradigm is ineffective in American politics. It doesn’t work for a nation such as ours. Left and right are only relevant in government controlled societies which, contrary to all current evidences, ours still is not (We still have guns and Article 5). A better illustration of American politics would be, Constitutionalists in the center and all others at varying distances from that center, the outermost being Progressive Utopian Totalitarianism.

As to the 2008 collapse, that was not caused by unregulated free markets. That was caused by government, through Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae, both government subsidized and controlled corporations, guaranteeing loans by the tens of thousands to people who could not qualify in a truly free market. Banks were coerced into accepting these loans by HUD who threatened them with endless legal actions in “Redlining” suits. The banks were not innocent in that, in their attempts to protect their stockholders and bottom lines, they bundled the bad loans in with good loans and sold them to investment banks on Wall St. Google the “Community Reinvestment Act” along with Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams or read Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny” for a more complete explanation of this historical debacle.

Take heart, sir. People are talking and coming up with very, very good ideas. It took awhile to get here and it will take a while to get back. But we will get back.

David Rosier 

Bush like so much of the Republican establishment is not a Conservative. This artical does not speak of Republicans it speaks about Conservatives. The Republican party leadership has for some time now shown itself to be no friend of Conservatives. They have demonstrated that they too want big government. They just want to convince us that they can do it better than the democrats. In order for conservatives to take our country we will either have to take control of the Republican party or bring a third party into power.
Art Dunham · Top Commenter · Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

And so is the Alice in Wonderland of Progressives. Progressives tend to be moral relativists. Moral relativist say there is no REAL ABSOLUTE right and wrong; no Truth either. So, let’s go on a journey here. They want “Progress”. But to have progress, there must be a “bad” and “wrong” you are moving away from; there must be “Truth” you are moving to as you leave that which is false.
But how do you have Progress if there is no “bad or wrong”? How do you have better if you can not call something “bad” you are leaving? So, we end up in Logical Looneyland. The only thing they have to fall back on is “because I said so, that’s why”
So, in the end, power becomes the only game in town.
Linda Arnett 

This nation was built by men in denim, protected by men in uniform, and is being destroyed by men in suits.

 

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About arnash

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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