Years ago, when it became apparent to me that I genuinely cared about the direction this country was headed, I discovered that terminology had been established, labels if you will, to describe all the various political philosophies, worldviews, and ideologies that exist, or have ever existed. In doing so, I also discovered that the most common label for anyone who thinks like me, was “Conservative;” while those who are the opposite of me are called, “Progressive.” Like most, I accepted the terminology as it was presented to me, without giving any thought to what these words actually mean. Aside from the defining lists of tenets of these opposing ideologies, the general implication is that Conservatives are old-fashioned traditionalists; while Progressives are forward-thinking modernists. With noses held high, Progressives fancy themselves an enlightened bunch, pushing America along to a “better future,” while they drag us Conservatives behind them, like a ball & chain slowing down the “progress.” But is this reality? After researching and reading; and most importantly, thinking, it hit me, that the way the words were being applied, didn’t match the definitions.
The definition of ‘progressive,’ from Webster’s Dictionary is as follows:
a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities
: of, relating to, or characterized by progression
: moving forward or onward : advancing
Now, if we look at the components of the “Progressive” ideology, we’ll see that none of them can be represented by the above definition, and in fact, are representative of the antonym of progressive, which is, regressive. Let’s look at the economical ideology and the two major social issues the left champions, starting with the issue of abortion.
The left will say they have made great “progress” in “civil rights” and “women’s health,” by legalizing the abortion of pregnancies. Never mind the racist history of abortion in America, which is another regressive attribute of “progressivism,” and another article entirely; abortion has been practiced all over the globe, since ancient times. The barbaric practice of ending human life before it leaves the womb, has been performed by uncivilized cultures, with varying degrees of unusual cruelty throughout history, until the United States (being the home of new ideas it was, relative to the times), made the practice illegal. The reasons vary, but Americans have tended to hold human life in high regard. One of the more obvious reasons, is that the United States was founded on moral principles regarding human life. At our beginning, and for the first 100 years or so, we were a truly progressive nation. But like they always do, the baser elements of man took over, and have been leading us down a path of regression, back to past, uncivilized ways. I’ve even heard some leftists speaking about the possibility of giving parents the right to euthanize their children, up to two years old. But to stay on point, there is nothing progressive about abortion. It, and the legalization of it, are both very old-fashioned things.
The other major issue for the “Progressives”, is the issue of homosexuality, or to use their terminology, “gay rights”. Homosexual behavior has been around since the beginning of man. In some ancient cultures, it was not only accepted, but encouraged. Why then, do “Progressives” insist on telling us, that in order to leave the past behind and move into the future, we must accept homosexuality as normal behavior, equal to natural sexuality? We were leaving the past behind, in so many ways. The United States was, at one time, on a true path to progress. Homosexuality was finally in its rightful place as a mental illness for the secular, and as a sin for the religious. Its practice was no longer being glorified as it was in some ancient cultures; and it’s practitioners were being dealt with in civil ways, as opposed to the uncivil dealings in Middle Eastern countries. Now, in 2015, those who partake in homosexual behavior, have been artificially promoted to race status. Despite zero scientific evidence, and nothing but feelings on their side, the useful imbeciles on the left have spit in the face of progress once again. And the saddest part for them, is that their puppet-masters are only using their “plight” as a tool, to bring down the civil society.
We can look back to the beginning of human history and find totalitarian governments. From monarchies, to dictatorships, to empires; an oppressive, tyrannical government that controls its citizens with violence, imprisonment, and taxation is the oldest governing style in the book. It wasn’t until the United States came along, with its Declaration of Independence, and its Constitution, that a people would serve as their own government, and that individual rights were not given by the government, but protected by it. It was a new idea, a forward-thinking idea, a progressive idea. Freedom was the way of the future. Now fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries and the folks who’ve laid claim to the word progressive are doing everything in their power to stop it. For example, I’d bet most Americans have no idea, that before 1913, there was no permanent income tax. The “Progressives” fixed that, by working to enact the 16th amendment to the constitution, which gave the federal government the authority to tax the fruits of our labor. Their answer for everything, is to either tax it or ban it; with the exception of a select few issues they champion. One on hand, they use taxes to punish things they don’t like; and on the other hand, to prop up things they support. It would take to long to digress into explaining every detail, of every dastardly thing they stand for, but that’s not my point here anyway. I’m only outlining why it’s ridiculous for them to call themselves progressive.
So why the misleading terminology? I happen to believe the selection of the word progressive was a calculated move. It sounds good. It sounds positive. Who doesn’t like progress? If you can take away the meanings of words, you can say, or propose anything you want, and very few people will question your intentions. I would love to see a nationwide movement, to begin referring to those on the left as, ‘Secular-Regressives;’ and to rightfully claim progress as a tenet of the right, which it indeed is. Unfortunately, too many on the right have allowed the left to control the language used in sociopolitical discourse, so much so, that even we use their language. We view the word, ‘progress’ in a negative light, because we associate it with the left, and by doing so, have allowed the left to paint us as, “being against progress,” when in reality, we are only against their “progressive” ideas.