Letter: Progressives are really ‘retrogressives’
Ryan Summerlin October 11, 2013
To the Editor:
George Bernard Shaw, talking about the purpose in life, once said: ”This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not deviate itself to making you happy.”
I certainly cannot say what the purpose and meaning of life is. I know that being a ward of the state, a beneficiary of welfare or any such dependency means that you are not even trying to reach any of your potential.
What kind people want this sort of life for someone else? What sort of person encourages someone else to give up their dreams and to let themselves be basically taken care of by of all things, the government? This person is the modern progressive. Why do Democrats hold American citizens in such low regard? For power. They want power. They will do and say anything to achieve control over your life and power over the country. Democrats, or the so-called “progressives,” aren’t for progress at all. Progress was what America’s founders gave the world in the form of self-government and limited government. “Progressives” are really “retrogressives” who want to return to the old system that dominated most of world history in which the state was supreme, not the individual.
Almost all immigrants to this country (including me) came here for the reason that we could work hard and advance ourselves without the government in our lives. Sadly, many citizens born in this country do not understand this concept. The Democratic/progressive agenda has used our schools to teach them that socialism is some sort of utopia. Socialism is evil. As the great Margaret Thatcher used to say ”the only problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. It’s obvious that the Democratic façade is falling apart. Obama’s second term is quickly becoming a complete and total disaster.
The Democrats have been in power for five years and the press and Democratic supporters can only blame Republicans for all the problems. Here is what everyone knows… whenever progressive ideas are implemented, disaster ensues. We don’t need any moderate Republican ideas either. What we need is a freedom-based agenda. Less government. More individual responsibility. More dreams. More fulfillments.