Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Barack Obama - #3658 - Thomas Sowell: The 'Progressive' Legacy, Part 2 & Part 3 - Townhall

Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago.  Many of the trends, problems and disasters of our time are a legacy of that era. We can only imagine how many future generations will be paying the price -- and not just in money -- for the bright ideas and clever rhetoric of our current administration. The two giants of the Progressive era -- Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson -- clashed a century ago, in the three-way election of 1912. With the Republican vote split between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt's newly created Progressive Party, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, so that the Democrats' version of Progressivism became dominant for eight years. What Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had in common, and what attracts some of today's Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who claim to be following in their footsteps, was a vision of an expanded role of the federal government in the economy and a reduced role for the Constitution of the United States.  Read more........  Part 2.......... Part 3........... Steve Peters Commentary: Mark Twain said, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." In these three articles Thomas Sowell(TS) educates us that Obama's Imperial Presidency is just another progressive ground hog day. The failed progressive philosophy is based on holding government above God, instigating class warfare among citizens, promoting the coveting of thy neighbor's belongings, and spreading the created misery equally among it's citizens. "Although Barack Obama is the first black President of the United States, he is by no means unique, except for his complexion. He follows in the footsteps of other presidents"(Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt) "with a similar vision, the vision at the heart of the Progressive movement that flourished a hundred years ago......But Progressives, especially intellectuals, are the least likely to suspect that they are in fact ignorant of the things they are intervening in, whether back in the Progressive era or today." If we work hard informing the American Voter on who Obama is and what he represents, with a little luck it will only be 6 more months of Obama's Imperial Presidency. Let's make the 2012 election the conservative's line in the sand against Obama's progressive transformation of America. One of America's original activists, Thomas Paine said, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

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