Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I will love him and squeeze him and call him "Progressive Liberalism".

 “They think they have a better idea for what you need, as far as health insurance, than you do. That’s the root of it, this is Progressive Liberalism.” –Dana Perino

That’s true. And here’s the reason. Progressives look to those who are downtrodden as their army. They see them as those they can rally to their cause. Progressives tell them that THEY are their cause, but that is not true. Socialism’s rallying cry of “Power to the people” is alluring, but historically speaking- the first thing that is discarded once Socialism is implemented is “Power to the people”. Progressives (socialists, communists) don’t want people to have the power. They want to hand out power as they see fit. They want to hand out resources as they see fit. Prosperity as they see fit. Life as they see fit.
Progressives see themselves as the intellectual elite. No one is smarter than them. They can’t be wrong. It’s inconceivable to consider error associated with their ideology. So they deflect logic with cognitive dissonance (See MSNBC). Cognitive Dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. Perhaps you’d like an example? Sure… happy to help. The left is anti-Israel/pro-Palestine. They are also pro-gay. Palestine ain’t pro-gay. They string them up from cranes. Get it? “tonight on the TSA channel- 2 policies enter the death cage and only one will emerge victorious… Foreign V. Domestic!”
Now… don’t call progressives on this. #1 – they aren’t wrong. And #2 – you’re a racist.
Can you hear me now?
Don’t  take my word for it. You can ask my friend. He knows all about this stuff. He’s called History.
I hated history in school. Now I love it. Not because history agrees with my world view- on the contrary it shapes it. No I love history because I can learn lessons from it without having to go through the same trials other have gone through to learn. There have been many test beds for Socialism and Communism. If you THINK you are a socialist because its NEW and HIP, think again. Socialism is old news. It's as old as the Pharoahs. But time and time again it's implemented-- "this time it will be different"!  It is always an abject failure. They try to dress it up… but in the end, reality kicks you in the teeth.
            Russians thought they were seeing Potemkin villages—the term derives from Prince Gregory Potemkin, said to have built model villages to impress Catherine the Great on tours of her overextended domain—because that is how they prepared to receive important visitors in their own country: Clean up everything, put undesirable elements out of sight, show the best, and persuade visitors that what they were seeing was typical. Such suspicions reached to the highest levels of the Soviet government. When Soviet president Nikolai Podgorny visited Austria in 1966 and saw the bounty of Viennese markets, he remarked, "Look how well they set things up for my visit."
            Boris Yeltsin reacted somewhat differently to a Houston supermarket in 1989. He expressed astonishment at the abundance and variety of the products he saw, but in his autobiography Against the Grain he describes the experience as "shattering": "When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons, and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people. That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it."

            After Yeltsin visited that Houston supermarket, says Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "he became a reformer." Bill Keller, a former New York Times Moscow correspondent and now the Times's executive editor, sees Yeltsin's visit to the United States in even broader perspective: "The prosperity, the rule of law, the freedom and efficiency [Yeltsin] witnessed in America, catalyzed his notions about the fraud of communism."
Communism, Socialism, Progressivism. They are all frauds. They never lead to prosperity. Except for the elites.
Capitalism has the power to raise people above their station to greater prosperity.
Don’t take my word for it. Ask my friend.

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