I am a progressive. Immediately this word can spark flags on both sides. On one side people might peg me a liberal with no regard for traditional – “conservative” – values, and on the other side that because I don’t agree with certain liberal agendas that I’m not really a “progressive.”
When I say progressive, I mean, I believe in the furthering development of new technologies, better more efficient energy, prosperity for businesses, increasing employment, thriving social services, equal rights for all races, gender, sexual orientations, and religious affiliation…BUT…doing all of this with little governmental involvement. It seems Democrats are disgusted by the greed of the rich, and republicans are disgusted with the greed of the poor. Greed is a reality of humanity as it always has been and always will be, there is no hope of that not being in the equation. But we have to figure out what ACTUALLY works to thrive mankind.
A society thrives best where they are free. Free to choose, free to dream, free to live, free to succeed, free to fail, and free to get back up again. BUT people are only as free as they allow themselves to be. A government who can give everything to their people, can also take everything away. People receiving “free” money, services, and programs from the government are not free, they have made themselves dependent slaves to the government, and for many Uncle Sam has become their baby daddy. I’ve heard the argument for democratic ideals “Do you not like your roads? Do you not like public education? Do you not like special programs/facilities? Do you not like…_fill in the blank_ ?” The question is not “do I like them?” the question is “who is going to pay for them?” How much? Are we borrowing it? Are we raising it? Is there a better way to get it? If America goes bankrupt, we will lose them and if we are dependent upon them, we’re sunk.
“Democrats” presently like to accuse Republicans of being “Traditionalist, conservatives, holding America back from progress, from moving forward, and holding people back from true freedom”…however, historically and in the present reality this is not the case. During the time of slavery, democrats made up a large majority of slave owners in the South, were at the forefront of opposition to the rights of women to vote, Civil Rights, and Equality in the 1950’s and 60’s. Then and now they desire to hinder economic growth by putting penalties on the successes of businesses, taxing them until the only choice left IS to take their business overseas in order to not go bankrupt. This does not sound like the “liberal progressive” movement that we are told about today. Something is oddly distorted. Liberals are saying Republicans are traditional and conservative, yet they are the ones historically who have desired to remain more traditional and “do things the way we’ve always done them.” But this is not who American Republicans are. Historically, we have been progressive, fighting for REAL social justice, equality in the work place, and freedom for the American people to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, by restricting the TRUE enemy to freedom…government.
In a new statement, Obama boasted “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” insinuating that no business made itself, successful, but that it was the government who made them successful by their programs, roads, etc. This type of logic would be like Fed Ex or UPS taking responsibility for the success of the iPhone. Sorry US Government you’re not that special. If you didn’t regulate the building of these roads a more efficient private company could probably do it quicker, cheaper, and with more advanced technology.
So why say “I am a progressive”? Because I believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, for ALL people, even if I don’t agree with the way they choose to pursue these things in lifestyles I do not agree with nor approve of; however, I believe you ought to be free to do so as an American.”
Theologically, as Christians, we must consider our lives and our government theologically. A government who says “let’s take care of all of the poor people” sounds loving and may even sound like “Jesus,” but do not be deceived, no government can replace the church and charity organizations who work to devote their lives and businesses for the good of the poor, homeless, and destitute. Christian, it is not the government’s job to do YOUR job! Love radically, don’t rely on government programs like Ebeneezer Scrooge, “I help to support the establishments (poor houses, government subsidized “care” facilities); those who are badly off must go there…If they’d rather die, then they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.” This inevitably becomes the reality of socialistic ideals (the direction democrats desire America to go) lived out. An extreme view of socialism is when a human being becomes a “leech” upon society, they are no longer a viable source for the social good, they are no longer looked at with compassion, but as a virus. This is why European socialism is trying to irradiate people with disabilities at birth. If a baby has signs of mental or physical disability, they will simply abort it to not create a human who will only be a “taker” and not a “contributor” to social life. The hyper-dramatic view of this is fascism, deciding on who is good enough to be the “survival of the fittest” by weighing them against opinion of what a human should be based upon genetics.
Republicans want true freedom. Freedom to work, freedom to live, freedom FROM government, freedom to worship, freedom for Americans who love humanity to care for humanity, freedom for there to be competition, so there will always be technological advancements and real societal progress.
*UPDATE (March 2017): I do not believe this about our current republican branch of American government. I believe the only party that truly had a balanced political platform is the majority of Libertarians. Small government involvement, free markets, and more freedom for the everyday American.
Democratic policy is oppressive to freedom, even though they promise the moon, remember, the moon is a large mass of material floating in outer space…democrats can’t give you the moon, it’s impossible to lasso and give it to you (no matter what you see in the movies)…so before someone promises you the moon, do your research. Do not reap belief in false promises and sow destruction for our nation.