The American Progressive movement came out of the European Fabian Socialist movement. The ultimate goal is big government in control of virtually everything because you – the people – are too stupid to know what’s best for you. In America today, Progressive = Socialist = Marxist.
Glenn Beck gave a summary of their own stated goals HERE. See this article for the full explanation of each of the following.
No. 1: A strong, centralized government.
No. 2: A powerful executive at the expense of Congress and the judicial.
No. 3: Government controlled banking, credit, and securities exchange.
No. 4: Government control over employment.
No. 5: Unemployment insurance and old age pensions.
No. 6: Universal medical care, food, and universal housing programs.
No. 7: Access to unlimited government borrowing.
No. 8: A managed monetary system.
No. 9: Government control over foreign aid.
No. 10: Government control over all natural energy sources, transportation, and agricultural production.
No. 11: Government regulation of labor.
No. 12: Youth camps devoted to health discipline, community service, and idealogical teaching consistent with those of the authorities. (Think “Common Core” – my added note.)
No. 13: Heavy progressive taxation.
Do these sound familiar?
Here is a bit of history on American Progressives from R. J. Pestritto, Shipley Professor of the American Constitution at Hillsdale College:
“Many on the left today call themselves “progressive,” and they do so not just because it’s a nicer way of saying “liberal,” but also because they very much intend to revive the political principles of America’s original Progressives, from the Progressive Era of the 1880s through World War I. Why would leftist politicians, like Mrs. Clinton, purposely identify themselves with this Progressive movement?
The reason is that America’s original Progressives were also its original, big-government liberals. Most people point to the New Deal era as the source of big government and the welfare state that we have today. While this is perfectly accurate, it is important to understand that the principles of the New Deal did not originate in the New Deal; rather, they came from the Progressives, who had dominated American politics and intellectual cultural a generation prior to the New Deal.
We have no less an authority on this connection than Franklin Roosevelt himself. When FDR campaigned in 1932, he pointed to the Progressives – and in particular to Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson – as the source of his ideas about government.”
Here is a list of the Congressional Democratic Progressive Caucus (Senate and House). For further information and for links to the websites of these misguided Americans, please go to the Progressive Caucus’s website HERE.
Keith Ellison, Raúl Grijalva, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Michael Honda, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Bernie Sanders, Karen Bass, Xavier Becerra, Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Corrine Brown, Michael Capuano, Andre Carson, Matt Cartwright, Donna Christensen, Yvette Clarke, William “Lacy” Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Lois Frankel, Marcia Fudge, Alan Grayson, Luis Gutierrez, Janice Hahn, Rush Holt, Michael Honda, Steven Horsford, Jared Huffman, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, Joe Kennedy III, Ann McLane Kuster, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, David Loebsack, Ben Ray Lujan, Carolyn Maloney, Ed Markey, Jim McDermott, James McGovern, George Miller, Gwen Moore, Jim Moran, Jerrold Nadler, Rick Nolan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frank Pallone, Ed Pastor, Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Charles Rangel, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Jose Serrano, Louise Slaughter, Mark Takano, Bennie Thompson, John Tierney, Nydia Velazquez, Maxine Waters, Mel Watt, and Peter Welch.
Progressives are not your friends. They want to extend the tentacles of big government into every aspect of your life. They want to control what you eat, what you drive, what your kids are taught (remember, the Progressive Socialists don't believe your kids belong to you; they belong to the "collective"), and they want to disarm you so you are easier to "control."
Don't let it happen America....
Charles M. Grist