We can no longer ignore the assaults on our constitutional rights. We cannot dismiss these attacks as trivial in nature from misguided, ill informed activists. They know what they’re doing, simply don’t care if it’s unconstitutional and they will not stop.
Whether it’s the Second Amendment, the 4th amendment, illegal immigration, putting limits on abortion, social media censorship or mainstream media malfeasance, if we the people don’t make a stand, we will lose what’s left of our Republic, if there’s anything left at all.
Just the same, if laws are passed that liberal progressives don’t approve, they turn to activist judges, use executive orders, unleash government agencies, or the establishment conspires behind closed doors, using all available resources, to overturn the will of voters.
Although Progressives differ in their assessment of problems facing society and how to resolve them, what they generally share in common is the view that government, at the very least and every level, must be actively involved in these reforms. That government is the solution.
Progressives believe that the constitutional system is outdated and must be made into a dynamic, evolving instrument of social change, aided by scientific knowledge and the development of an administrative bureaucracy. In other words, a social justice-technocratic-bureaucracy.
The early turn of the 20th century Progressives in government, attacked much of the thinking concerning limited federal powers and the protection of individual rights. Even Progressives on the SCOTUS undermined basic principles of freedom, paving the way for the modern redistributive and regulatory state we have today.
Progressives believed the old system of republican governance was to be made more democratic. It also had to be made to provide for more revenue to government, hence, the Sixteenth Amendment and the progressive income tax.
The truth is that political and economic thought of the Progressive era, the movement that rose to prominence between about 1880 and 1920, used the Supreme Court to transform the Constitution into one that reflected the ideas while undermining America’s founding principles.
Progressivism transformed American politics. What was that transformation? It was a total rejection in theory, and a partial rejection in practice, of the principles upon which America had been founded, and on the basis of which the Civil War, had been fought and won only a few years earlier.
Today, those who speak of the formative influences that made America what it is today, tend to endorse one of three main explanations. Some emphasize material factors such as the closing of the frontier, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of the modern corporation, and accidental emergencies such as wars or the Great Depression, which in turn led to the rise of the modern administrative state.
The reality is that once government gets involved in providing welfare services for the public, opportunistic politicians see that growth in government programs enables them to win elections by promising more. The more government does, the easier it is for them get re-elected while taking money from lobbyists and campaign donors, then turning around and waste the taxpayer money for their own pet projects they build their legacies upon.
Fact, today's liberal progressivism and the policies that it generates, arise from a conscious repudiation of the principles of the American founding. They are an outgrowth of the principles of the Progressive Era. It’s power has been so great that Progressivism, as modified by later developments within contemporary liberalism, has become the predominant view in modern American education, media, popular culture, and politics.
Today, even people who call themselves conservatives, accept much of the Progressive view of the world. Why? Because the organic, original foundation of our Republic isn’t really understood anymore. Why? Because it isn’t taught anymore or worse, misrepresented. And although the conservative rallying cry is to return to those founding principles, none really understand what “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” really means.
We know it is a phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the unalienable rights which the Declaration says have been given to all humans by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect. Instead, we are selfishly committed to a narrow, individualized understanding of localized hedonism.
Our Republic is on the edge of the abyss of extinction. Psychology has highlighted the crucial role of positive institutions such as families and communities of faith.
These must be ready to do the hard work of helping new generations rediscover the truth of our history and restore our Republic, otherwise, we are condemning them to a life of serfdom at the hands of technocrats who have no fear of God and even less respect for human life