There are many ‘progressive’ ideas I like, especially when it comes to a social welfare safety net. Having lived in the world of being very comfortable, with the employees of my fav LV shop knowing me by name, to sub-poverty level (and am still there), I’m beginning to know what works and what doesn’t work. The problem is that both the hard right and progressives get it wrong. It once again puts me on my mantra of moderation. The right things people should be able to help themselves, and that any help should be from the community level, not national. The idea is for absolute individualism, of which I approve. The far left thinks people are basically incapable of not only helping themselves, but thinking for themselves. They specialize in the herd mentality. While they wallow in the power of the minority, they forget that those minorities are people, and not part of that self-same herd mentality.
People are individuals. According to the Constitution, we are all allegedly equal under the law, regardless of gender, race, creed, or orientation. We are the same. We are to be treated the same, equally. If you follow the logic of that, then no group or minority should be treated special, with preference, because of what happened to members of their gender, race, religion, or orientation – in the past. It is a recipe for cultural and social disaster.
The problem with today’s version of ‘progressive’ is they don’t seem to grasp the concept that everyone is to have the very same rights. Like Judd Gregg said in a commentary, Progressives have a problem. It isn’t their ideology, which is increasingly the liberal version of the tea parties, but their attitude. Like the tea partiers, when they’ve passed go, they don’t grasp they’ve passed go. They can’t see it. All they can now see is their own self-righteous perfection. They are high on their own political narcissism.
Like I was trying to explain to a progressive last night, it happens. It happens to every political party. They become infected by their own wonderfulness. When you refuse to acknowledge that there are other ideas, ideologies, and individuals in the world, you lose perspective. It has destroyed the GOP. Now it is infecting the Dems.
If you do not agree with them, they will destroy you. I do think progressives are worse than the tea partiers in that way. They are vicious, nasty, and mean bullies. Don’t expect them to improve, any time soon. Like the tea partiers before them, they have a strong sense of entitlement. The world owes them.