As a movement, progressive education was designed by well-meaning individuals who perceived great problems in the Judeo-Christian/”capitalistic” underpinning of American culture. The architects of this ongoing endeavor sought to raze America’s foundation and to rebuild it upon a secular, collectivist base. – Sam Weaver, writing for RenewAmerica
I read a disturbing article this morning, but I was not surprised by its content. In fact, the author, Doug Hagmann, expressed things that I have thought intuitively for some time. Our country has deviated so far from our founders’ vision of a civil society that we cannot survive as a free nation populated by a free people much longer.
You can read Hagman’s article here.
The incremental erosion of our national identity began early in the last century. Woodrow Wilson started the ball rolling with his vision of the modern progressive movement which was the brain child of John Dewey (1859-1952).
Dewey contributed to and is a signatory of the original Humanist Manifesto. He clearly rejected the notion of a Supreme Creator and Author of Law and heartily embraced the ideas of relativism and global government. He was highly influential in the establishment of the modern National Education Association (NEA), and he all but single-handedly set the ultra-liberal standard to which the NEA adheres to this day.
According to Sam Weaver, the word “progressive” has become little more than a thinly veiled euphemism to disguise and sugarcoat the modern liberal intent to break down America’s original religious, political, economic and scientific institutions and to replace them with Franco-German, secular and collectivist ideology.
FDR took progressivism to the next level with entitlement programs like Social Security. Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty condemned millions of people to perpetual enslavement, exchanging meager handouts from an endlessly growing and intrusive government for their votes.
With the exception of Ronald Reagan, each successive administration added entitlements and regulations that hampered our nation’s ability to grow and prosper. That brings us to the current administration headed by Barack Hussein Obama.
Every administration experiences scandal, but Obama’s are legion. Even more disturbing is the secrecy that shrouds each of his strategies as he moves us closer to his version of Utopia. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS’ dismantling of the 2nd Amendment rights of conservative groups … and now the revelation that our own government is spying on its citizens; a program that began under George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.
Obama, who railed against the Patriot Act, has taken government surveillance to a new level, collecting billion of phone and Email records daily and storing them in a gigantic database for future use.
For what purpose? Obama has declared that the War on Terror is ended. So why collect the data? We’ve all been assured by our elected officials that there are protections in place to prevent abuse of the data being collected. Really?
One only has to have a heartbeat to realize that personal information is continuously being leaked by the very agencies that are supposed to be keeping our private business private.
Progressives want Utopia. But if you read anything that has been written about the perfect society where everyone is “equal” you will realize that to accomplish that you need a despotic ruler or a powerful ruling committee to assure compliance. In other words, Utopia can only be implemented with a powerful police state to keep the people in line.
How long before National Security Agency agents begin knocking on citizens’ doors because of some innocuous posting they put on Facebook, or an innocent phone call made to a “person of interest”.
Then, how long before someone produces a weapon and “defends” his right to privacy with gunfire? Who will carry that person’s banner and begin the armed revolt that will bloody our streets?
I shudder when I think about our future.