Progressivism v America

[fusion_builder_container backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” padding_left=”0px”padding_right==”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_youtube id=”w3Sb4RtFkmo” width=”600″ height=”350″ autoplay=”no” api_params=”&rel=0″ class=””/][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]The Role of Government[/fusion_title][fusion_text]What is the proper role of government? Hear what one American president had to say about it, and then decide for yourself.[/fusion_text][fusion_testimonials design=”” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_testimonial name=”President Ronald Reagan” avatar=”image” image=”https://thoughtbuzz.rootshq.net/files/2014/12/ronald-reagan-40px.jpg” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=””]”We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”[/fusion_testimonial][/fusion_testimonials][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_separator style_type=”double solid” top_margin=”40″ bottom_margin=”40″ sep_color=”#cccccc” icon=”fa-lightbulb-o” width=”” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container][fusion_builder_container backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]

The Issue and Its Facts

The Real America is Liberty and Opportunity and Responsibility.

The New America is Progressivism and Dependence on our governments.

“Progressivism and America are mortal and everlasting enemies.”

We cannot have it both ways… to the extent that we strengthen one, we weaken the other.

Like it or not, We the People … are in the process of turning the America we love into the America we hate.

America is on a 100 year drift from Liberty and Free Markets to Progressivism.
And, few have noticed.

China is in a 30 year gallop from Progressivism to Liberty and Free Markets.
And, many have noticed.

Liberty means personal and community freedom and responsibility. Leave us alone; we can take care of ourselves. Yes we have our elderly and our impaired, but that’s our problem; we are our brothers’ keepers; we do not need government’s help.

We form governments, larger-and-larger governments, primarily for security reasons – security of life, liberty and property.

In military affairs (security), there is truly strength-in-numbers. Most else is in government is often futile (consider the War on Poverty; consider public education). The larger the government, the broader its authority, the less effective it becomes.

Liberty and responsibility create incentives for the human spirit to flourish, to produce, to build, to be creative. And, free markets are the natural extension of liberty and responsibility. No power on earth has done more to lift people from poverty than freedom and free markets.

The Fundamental Realities of Progressivism are it:

  • Makes its citizens dependent upon the state
  • Slowly confiscates private property (except for minor personal items)
  • Redistributes wealth. As Marx wrote: “From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.”
  • Gradually stagnates economic growth for the lack of basic incentives
  • Eschews responsibility and obfuscates failure
  • Thwarts productivity and efficiency through endless regulations
  • Requires a large regulatory state for central planning and control
  • Reeks of power and control over its citizens
  • Discourage free choice (one size fits all: e.g. schools, health care…)
  • Legality defines morality not vice-versa
  • Passions triumphs over reason, it feels good
  • Is the lipstick on the pig of bondage (progressivism is bondage to the state)
  • Is the anti-thesis of liberty and opportunity and responsibility

The Fundamental Realities of the Real America are:

  • Liberty and opportunity and responsibility
  • Security and justice are the primary roles of government
  • Public Works for the common good are important too (The Constitution, The Common Good)
  • Freedom and free markets (much less taxation and regulation)
  • Lifts the most people out of poverty (600 million in 30 years across India, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Eastern Europe)
  • Requires limited government
  • The citizens are responsible for themselves and their community
  • The elderly and impaired are the responsibility of their community
  • Love your neighbors as yourself is the expected norm
  • Citizens own what they grow, build, acquire, or author (private property)
  • Most regulation is discouraged as counter-productive and flawed
  • Workers are paid what the free market offers them
  • Government is a necessary overhead function and cost of society
  • The government that governs least, governs best
  • It maximizes humans flourishing

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Which America do you want for your children?

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Key Statistics

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