Authored by William Robert Barber
Liberal progressives do heartedly believe that the ideals of progressivism can render solutions for real world quandaries. However, real-live experience evidences otherwise: Cities such as Detroit, Baltimore, New York, and Harrisburg exemplify progressive ideals applied. In addition, there is ObamaCare, the Dodd-Frank legislation, and the governing incompetence coupled with the politicalize IRS, ICE, and the DOJ. The results of liberal progressive theorems employed as a solution to a real world quandaries are in the least problematical to measure — and at the most an utter failure.
Progressivism originated (in part) on a Marxian principle of equalitarianism, the presumptive thought being that the upper class of society in collusion with “the powerful,” (as a natural consequence of being “the powerful”) will protect their economic viability. Therefore, to counterpoise “the powerful”, the common, disenfranchised, and poor have politically confederated. The Democrat Party is and has been the recipient of such a confederation of interest.
Certainly, over the last six years of President Obama’s governess the Democrats have deeply invested in progressive ideology; such governess is exampled by their demonstrable actions. The pertinent question is: aside from beautiful words construed into promises of bountiful economic appreciation, have those within the confederation of interest realized any measurable gain?
Progressives may define an issue of concern, but defining is not confronting. Inclusively, observing, perceiving, remarking, and specifically discussing the rudiment of the issue is not a solution. Artfully orchestrated words do not translate into a prosaic descriptive nor aggregate into a resultant resolution.
The challenge for liberal progressives is to deductively overcome their beholden to the irrational presumptive of their ideological principals and the fanciful assumptions of human nature. They are intellectually inclined to favor a contrariwise response to any conservative interpretive. Progressives are practitioners of contrarianism. They have a singular methodology of and to problem solving: Form a committee, hire attorneys, and spend more of the taxpayers’ money.
As an example, Hillary most recently, as part of her economic agenda, gave a speech in New York City. The all but in fact Democratic nominee for president (Mrs. Clinton) noted that within the world of moneymaking but more specifically, “big business.” There is an intrinsic scheme of unfairness. And because of such corporate DNA of unfairness the hard working middle class is not receiving their fair share of wage benefit. Deducing that such unfairness is the result of corporations not sharing more of their enormous profits, she offered the remedy of “internal redistribution” of corporate profits.
Interestingly, Hillary did not discuss the ‘how’ part of the “internal redistribution” of corporate profits nor did she address the reality that a deduction of corporate profits by the corporation issuing more cash from its profits would obviously mean less tax revenue to the federal government. Nonetheless, Mrs. Clinton’s “Fairness Crusade” speech was nothing less than a purposeful contrarian response. The fact that a progressive (in place for 6 years) government has not appreciated middle class wages is not addressed. Instead of facts aggregating, evolving, and settling into a solution, Mrs. Clinton offers misdirection and misstatements.
As evidenced by the workings of President Obama and Secretary Kerry, progressives because of their philosophical ethos and surreal interpretation of international cause and effect cannot competently negotiate. The perfect illustrations are the Obama/Kerry dealings with Iran and Russia. Progressive ideology infected with politics prohibits the entrance of empirical evidence if such evidence is counter to establish doctrine.
The idea, the concept of creating a moral and economic liberal progressive utopia, governed by a “standard of equalitarian principles,” is the first academic step into a governess wherein individual freedom and liberty are forsaken and replaced by a brand of socio-economic collectivism managed by elites armed with the corporeal power of government.