Liberals are Regressive
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 22
by Taylor Ramsey
This has been bothering me a long time. Considering a liberal person as a progressive thinker is mistaken to me. The word progress means moving forward and if you relate it to the development of our social and political system, it implies “progressives” are moving us toward a higher standard.
In my conservative mind, the term progressive being applied to a person with liberal thinking is a misnomer. I believe the accurate term is “regressive,” which suggests liberals are leading us backward.
Liberals believe government is the cure to social problems and the duty of government is to make everything equal. Conservatives believe it is the individual’s responsibility to improve their condition and the State’s only requirement is to take care of infrastructure, protection from foreign threats, assist those in genuine need and create laws to protect our property and God-given rights.
Some examples of regressive liberal thinking;
Abortion. Having no idea on when a life “really” begins, a liberal person sees no problem in gambling with life. Asking a doctor to use tools to enter a woman’s body (with her permission of course) and obliterate the live cells of a new person is very ancient and primitive to me. A conservative would allow the baby to mature and find other options such as adoption to address the mother’s need to destroy it.
Economy. Liberals are very happy asking the State to use its resources to influence the economy in the way the State sees fit. It is very regressive to believe one small group of delegates have the ability to incorporate our existing resources for the production of products they deem appropriate and then limit its citizens to those products for consumption. Obama Care and the idea of moving car companies to produce electric vehicles are a perfect example of the State demanding manufacturers to produce a specific product and telling its populace what it must purchase. Conservatives and history are strong believers in allowing the marketplace to make those millions of decisions that create a vibrant economy.
Taxes. Last January the President received the tax increases he wished for on the affluent among us in addition to increasing our social security taxes by 2 percent. President Obama will be asking for more taxes very soon during budget discussions and there are many new taxes for all of us associated with the Affordable Care Act. Governor Brown convinced California voters to increase taxes on the so-called rich and persuaded the electorate to increase our sales taxes too. It seems very feudalistic, hence regressive, for the State to take more wealth from the citizenry for the State’s coffers and then distribute their new spoils to those it deems deserving. Conservatives believe that leaving as much wealth as possible in the hands of the commoners will actually increase wealth for all. History supports the conservative thought.
Immigration. The liberal, or progressive, state of California is providing more and more incentives for persons to enter the country illegally. Allowing a city to become a sanctuary city and providing driver’s licenses for persons here illegally has added to the cost of government and stipulated that tax payers need to pony up more money to those who by-pass U.S. border stations. We are regressing when we place the welfare and security of citizens at risk by encouraging unchecked people to enter our country. Conservatives believe our country should protect its sovereignty at our borders and remove incentives for people to enter our country illegally. Conservatives do recognize immigration laws could be improved and want to work to that end, but moving in the wrong direction is hindering our ability to work together.
Education. Demanding that only the State knows what is best for education is regressive. In truth, moving toward competition and a voucher system is progressive and those progressive thoughts belong to conservatives. Allowing a group of people, such as Teacher’s unions, to dominate the State’s preferences and policies does nothing to enhance our system for educating our children. To disallow better schools through competition and make the determination that the State knows better what is good for children is a very strong example of “old thinking.” Liberals who bow to unions and stay the course in education are definitely not progressive thinkers.
Progressive liberal legislators who mean well say one thing, but their actions have created new laws that are very regressive. President Barack Obama once said, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.” With all due respect, Mr. President, your actions speak louder than you’re your words….and it scares me.