The Progressive Movement embraced nefarious, ideologically driven individuals who supported an agenda which transitioned our nation from a "republic" to a "democracy" and now towards an "oligarchic" form of government. "Democracy" was a convenient vehicle to move to "majority rule" and now what is deemed "politically correctness." Corruption and narcissistic frailties of human virtue and morality has led us to rule by an elitist class and the trampling of the rights and liberties of the minority. Implementation has been slow, calculated and incremental; but was easily facilitated by a distracted, constitutionally illiterate and uniformed electorate.
Promoting "democracy," as a form of government, cultivates a "false sense of entitlement and security," promotes anarchical behavior like "Occupy Wall Street" and empowers other factions, groups or individuals. Use of the term "democracy" asserts democratic rights and principles that end up paralyzing constitutional procedures and processes as well as subversive ideas. Propaganda of fraud, lies and "political correctness" leads to the loss of liberty and surrendering rights guaranteed by our Constitution.
Elitists have become social engineers, changing our society to fit their code of ethics using devious means to sneer at or subvert established moral values and virtues to make their own conduct acceptable government.
Historically, Democrats have dominated Congress and the Presidency and over the past 100 years the Democrats have held power twice as long as Republicans; higher when looking at complete control of both Houses and Presidency. Here is the composition of Congress from 1931 to present (82 years):
Democratic House = 64 years
Republican House: 18 years
Democrats Senate: 62 years
Republican Senate: 20 years
Democratic Presidency: 46 years
Republican Presidency: 36 years
Democrats Total Control of Congress and Presidency: 34 years
Republicans Total Control of Congress and Presidency: 4 years
During this time, entitlement programs, Constitutional reforms, foreign aid and other policies were implemented and have had devastating consequences, created many divisive issues and contributed to the unsustainable path of destruction including movement towards socialism. Treaties signed will also be detrimental to our Constitution, our Sovereignty and our Rule of Law.
The following reflects what progressives/liberals have pursued and/or accomplished article:
- Healthcare – Control healthcare; control the people.
- Poverty – Increase poverty levels; poor easier to control and will vote to retain benefits.
- Debt – Increase national debt to unsustainable levels; increase taxation.
- Gun Control – Dispense with 2nd Amendment and right to rebel against a tyrannical government; a police state.
- Welfare – Control every aspect of our lives – i.e. food, housing, healthcare, income.
- Education – Control media; educational programs to indoctrinate students.
- Religion – Remove God, morality, and virtue from government and schools.
- Class Warfare – Divide people into rich vs. poor creating discontent; redistribute wealth through taxation.
"Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." - Jefferson.
Adding the 16th
and 17th Amendments, respectively, established the income tax that encouraged the growth of government and the direct election of Senators which undermined the authority of state governments and their ability to regulate their respective economies. Biggest problem has been the influence of "outside entities" interfering with state elections.
Woodrow Wilson said:
"I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."
Morris Fiorina faculty and others have argued that once government gets involved in providing public services, politicians see that expanding government programs enables them to win elections, do favors for special interest groups, donors and other campaign financiers.
Article II of the Constitution and the 12th Amendment (1904) references "electors," not an "electoral college." The ratification of the 12th Amendment, the expansion of voting rights, and the use of the popular vote in States has changed the whole process of how our "electors" are selected. In Federalist #10, Madison argued against "an interested and overbearing majority" and the "mischiefs of any faction" in an electoral system."
"Electors" were to give voice to the smallest and least important states, provide balance, reduce the voting power of larger more populated states, prevent a national voter recount should a voting issue arise and reduce the risk of voter fraud thus ensuring that a candidate receiving the majority of votes would be the winner. But, through the years this has changed.
A "National Popular Vote Interstate Compact" (NPVIC) is gaining momentum. Those states who join the "compact" pledge all their "electoral votes" to the presidential winner of the national popular vote; basically, circumventing the "electoral college." To-date, 10 states have joined this "compact" - Maryland 2007; New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii 2008; Washington State 2009; Massachusetts and District of Columbia 2010; Vermont and California 2011; and Rhode Island 2012. That's 136 electoral votes, 134 votes short of the 270 needed for an "electoral college" majority (little over 50% of the 270 needed).
Legislation has passed in both chambers in Colorado and New York. If they join, it narrows the above margin. Eventually, those states with the highest population could easily determine who would be president. Bills to repeal the "compact" in Maryland, Washington and New Jersey have failed. See Trevor Loudon video warning Americans conservative.
Barron Charles de Montesquieu said:
"...once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils, but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil."
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