The Eleven Commandments of Progressivism

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren, the current liberal media darling, has issued Eleven Commandments of Progressivism that has mindless liberals swarming and singing her praises.  However, as I look at these, I disagree with most of them, strenuously in some cases, and any rational, responsible person ought to do the same.  Besides, these aren’t commandments, these are beliefs.  It says so in every one of them. She obviously doesn’t know the difference.  So here’s a quick look at Warren’s “commandments” and why they’re ridiculous.

“We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

Yes, that’s probably true, but they’re not the only ones.  All of government needs stronger rules and harsher penalties for violating the law and that includes the Federal Government.  The liberals don’t want that, of course, except when the Republicans are in charge, because it gets in the way of the disastrous outcomes of liberal politics.

“We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

Maybe it’s just that I hate the way this is phrased, but nobody ought to “believe” in science.  You don’t “believe” in reality, you accept it for what it is, based on the best evidence that you have at the time.  This is too close to religious adherence for my tastes.  This is also an unsupported leap, a fallacious statement, that because you “believe in science”, that automatically leads to a responsibility to protect the planet.  One does not lead to the other.

“We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

But you don’t really want net neutrality, at least not the way most people mean it.  You just want big business not to be able to stop people from saying what they want and I’ll agree with you as far as that goes.  However, liberals are perfectly happy to have the government telling people what they can and cannot say, and to have other individuals demanding people not toeing the politically correct line have to shut up.  This is exactly where the social justice warrior nonsense, an entirely liberal movement, comes in.  They try to shut up people who wander from the liberal truth constantly.  That’s no more acceptable than big corporations stopping free speech.

“We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

Then those people ought to be responsible and get an education, not have a family until they can afford it, etc. That’s the problem, not the minimum wage.  If people lived responsibly and controlled themselves and only did things that they could afford to do, virtually no one would be in poverty.  Raising the minimum wage won’t make people any more responsible.

“We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

Because it’s easier to carry a sign than it is to get a better job, apparently.  Liberals aren’t for personal or fiscal responsibility, they’re not for improving the American worker, in fact, that’s detrimental to the Democrats winning elections.  This is more liberal handout nonsense, give people more to buy votes, not because they deserve it.

“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

Then maybe these students should get useable degrees instead of underwater basket weaving.  I honestly believe there needs to be more transparency in education, I think every single student, before entering college and declaring a major, should  be required to meet with a counselor who will tell them the employment prospects of the major they are considering.  Be brutal about it.  Tell them that their degree will never get them a job.

Further, we need to stop the government from giving money to every Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along and that includes all private lenders.  Stop private lenders from getting bankruptcy protection usually reserved for the government.  That way, these people will stop making bad loans to people who can’t pay it back and have no prospects in the future.

“We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

There’s that “entitlement” nonsense the liberals are famous for.  Nobody is entitled to anything.  If they work hard and save money, then certainly they ought to be able to retire comfortably.  Dignity has nothing to do with it. Now I’m fine with protecting Social Security, although it’s really a failed system the way it’s set up and the government has stolen the majority of money from the fund and will never pay it back.  What we need to protect Social Security from is the government.  I’d be fine if people got back every penny they put into the system, plus interest, and were not given a single penny more.  That’s an investment fund.  Medicare, I’m fine with that, but it ought to be an insurance policy that cannot be cancelled due to age or infirmity, still paid for largely by the people who use it.  Again, people need to plan for their retirement, not expect the government is going to pay their way.  As for pensions, that’s a private thing between employees and employers, the government has no say in it.

“We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

And that’s great, so long as it is actually equal work.  But as we see, it often is not, women, statistically, take more time off work to deal with children and to deal with biological problems.  If a man and a woman do exactly the same amount of work at exactly the same level, they should get exactly the same pay.  Liberals tend not to look at the real picture though.

“We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

Which is great and I support it, but let’s be honest, the liberals don’t really buy that because minorities and gays and other pet projects, they view as superior to white, straight males.  Everyone is equal, but some people are more equal than others in the liberal mind.  Equality is only equal when it’s equal in everything.  That means no affirmative action.  That means equal access for everyone.  That means no race or gender or orientation-based employment, education, legal treatment, etc.  No one gets special treatment, no one gets lesser treatment.  Liberals would never go for that.

“We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

No, *LEGAL* immigration has made this country strong.  People who came to this country legally to become citizens because they believed this was the greatest country on the planet with the best opportunities for success if they worked hard, those are the people who made this country vibrant.  That’s not what the liberals mean. “Illegal” isn’t in their vocabulary.  Reform doesn’t mean stemming the tide of illegals flooding across the border, it means rewarding people for breaking our most basic laws, usually in exchange for votes.

“And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

This is the only one I really agree with, although even here there are problems.  I vehemently disagree with what the Supreme Court has ruled recently, mostly because I think the Supreme Court has violated their Constitutional mandate.  They can rule only on what the Constitution has to say in a particular case and if the Constitution doesn’t say anything, they cannot rule.  However, there is so much hypocrisy here because clearly the liberals don’t believe that everyone has the same rights, only their pet projects, but what can we expect from liberals?

Elizabeth Warren is a good example of everything that is wrong on the liberal side of the table.  She operates on talking points, like most politicians, but the verbal vomit she delivers doesn’t make a lick of sense to rational, intellectual people.  It’s just short, easily repeatable sound bites for the dim-witted and she doesn’t really get into any of the specifics because first, that will confuse her constituents, but secondly, it would show just how weak and absurd her positions really are.  She’s just spouting populist nonsense.  It’s all that politics in America has become these days.

8 thoughts on “The Eleven Commandments of Progressivism”

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  1. "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”"

    THEN WHY DID MOSTLY DUM-O-CRATS, UNDER CLINTON, GUT TUE RULES CONTROLLING WALL STREET WHICH CAUSED THE PROBLEM??

    AND WHY DID THE DUM-O-CRATS BARNEY FRANK AND ODUMA STOP BUSH 17 TIMES AND MCCAIN 2 TIMES FROM GETTING CONGRESS TO STOP THE TERRIBLE LENDING PRACTICES WHICH LED TO THE FANNIE MAY FREDDIE MAC HOUSING FAILURE?

  2. "If people lived responsibly and controlled themselves and only did things that they could afford to do, virtually no one would be in poverty."

    You clearly do not understand the nature of poverty.

  3. "Then maybe these students should get useable degrees instead of underwater basket weaving."

    Just how would getting a useable degree decrease the debt that students must incur to get the degree, no matter what the degree is in? Getting a degree in a field in which there are good paying jobs available would probably make it easier for students to repay the debt they must incur to get the degree. But I fail to see how this would lower the actual amount of debt they run up in earning the degree. The statement which you were criticizing is a statement about the high cost of a college education. Your criticisms in response to this commandment have nothing to do with the point of the commandment.

  4. Just exactly how is Social Security a failed system? Where did you get the idea that the government has "stolen the majority of money from the fund." ? I don't think you have done your homework here.

  5. "… and any rational, responsible person ought to do the same."

    "… but the verbal vomit she delivers doesn’t make a lick of sense to rational, intellectual people."

    What a load of crap. You are, despite your pathetically arrogant assumption, no more rational nor intellectual than I and most other liberals whom I know. You certainly have an unjustified high opinion of your rational and intellectual skills.

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