Talk to a person that embraces the progressive ideology and you will think life would be so grand if their initiatives would be implemented. Real grand.
These are they that think healthcare under a single-payer system would magically become a compassionate solvent system that would meet the needs of the people, far better than now. Furthermore, they think government has all of the solutions to anything in the corporate business sector. They cannot stand the notion that someone with some capital would risk that capital and successfully turn into such an evil thing, like profit.
They also think implementing more welfare programs would eliminate poverty and ease suffering. And if we just had the courage to invest large amounts of capital in inner city programs, crime would be severely reduced, and outlawing handguns would effectively cause a marked drop in violent crime.
Many of these people are very noble people. They are honest and hard-working. And one cannot say they are not passionate and sincere about what they believe to be true. But somewhere along the line they have come under the spell that makes a person trust government. They think government is put on this earth to nurture and raise up a crop of dependent children that never leave home to seek their fortunes.
What they do not realize is, government wants them that way.
Government, by generational evolution, has slowly become co-dependent in nature and thrives on this unhealthy dependency. This is because those that serve in government need to be needed. They need to be relevant. It keeps them empowered.
Progressivism did not start out as a strategy for government to have so much influence and control of our lives. It was conceived not as a means to empower, but as a means to equalize things that needed some moderation. It was needed at a time when human suffering was exponentially greater than it is today and those that weren't suffering were very few.
Note-This started as one post, but as I am typing and thinking about it, I realize this cannot be covered in one post (without boring the hell out of people more then they otherwise would be). So, consequently, this is the first part of a series.
Next up: Some history.