Originally posted by KazetNagorra
For whodey, "progressives" are the all-encompassing, amorphous (and non-existent) enemy set out to get him. Even though whodey has never managed to formulate a coherent picture of what he would want for America, these "progressives" are out to thwart his plans. Sometimes he uses the apparently equivalent terms "statists," "socialists," "Marxists," or "Muslims."
Progressives are just collectivists. Through out history they are a dime a dozen, Hitler, Stalin Mao, Chavez, etc. They seek to centralize power and obtain as much power as possible. Their goals are to point out the never ending problems within society and seek the said centralized government to "fix" them. Of course, this leads to never ending power given to that centralized government. And as we all know, power corrupts. The more power given to a person or group of people, the more corrupt they become.
I've touted my solution time and again but am ignored. The US needs to return to a balanced government. State governments need to rise up and amend the Constitution via Article V under the Constitution and begin to reclaim power that has been stripped from them. The federal government needs to be restrained. The first amendments should be for term limits and for some sort of balanced budget amendment. Hell, I would just crack a smile if they actually passed a budget. But instead, they would rather sit around and talk about gay sex. Why any government is so preoccupied with peoples sex lives is beyond me and how they use it to divide and conquer the populace is disgusting. In fact, why are they even involved in marriage at all? But this is what happens with a collectivist government. They have their fingers in everything and have all inclusive one size fits all solutions for everything.
In short, their ideas are wonderful they become compulsory for everyone. I just fail to believe that there are such all inclusive solutions for everyone, let alone anyone with the wisdom to come up with them.
I always live by the motto that none of us are as smart as all of us. That was the attempt at the founding of the US government, but sadly we now have one man calling all the shots in the Oval Office. Why that one man decides everything from what doctor I see to how my child is being educated in kindergarten is beyond me. If he is going to continue, he will need another thousand or so czars to try and hold it all together.
Those who purport to love democracy should embrace this. After all, the US federal Congress only has a 10% approval rating, and the President typically has an approval rating of under 50%, yet they persist.
Additionally, about 80% of the population thinks that federal politicians should all have term limits and that there should be some sort of balanced budget amendment.
Of course, we all know that collectivists could care less about democracy, which is why they feel the need to continuously lie to voters. After all, who would vote for Obama or those in Congress if they knew what they would do some day?