The problem that Progressivism was supposed to fix is now embedded in their Government

by Skip

“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.”

“Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

- President Obama, Inauguration (2009)

Bob Schieffer of CBS on this Inauguration Day said this that caught my eye (emphasis mine):

The fight over the fiscal cliff was so distasteful and ridiculous, it left me wondering not so much about the possibilities of the next four years, but whether our political system is so broken and our politicians so inept, that they — WE, actually — are no longer capable of solving our problems.

that they… are no longer capable of solving our problems“.  Schieffer comes right up the point of an epiphany – and then backs down.  As with all Big Government hangers-on and media, he believes that solutions can only come from Government – thus, the conflation of “they” (meaning the politicians) and “WE” (the people) – and continues the lie that we cannot take care of ourselves (like, what goes Government have that we don’t?  Oh yeah, our money).

Historically, WE confronted the problems and WE solved them. Not politicians – us, the individuals that make up this nation. It is only since the time of Wilson, accelerated by FDR, and now launched over the cliff by Obama, that people first look to Government.  Instead, we need to look to ourselves and those around us.    It is time to take back the responsibility from a Government that isn’t working – we have overloaded it (well, Progressives have overloaded it for us) in trying to get it to do stuff that is now too complex for it to do.  Yes, such irony, isn’t it?

The Progressive model was formed on the premise that life has become too difficult and too complex for mere mortals (er, that would be us peons) to navigate and make the correct decisions FOR SOCIETY’S benefit (not ours, mind you, but that’s what they tell us).  I wryly note that Schieffer is identifying THE problem for Progressives – that they have created a Government too complex to navigate and is now unable to make correct decisions.  Now what, Progressives, that you have recreated in government that state of being which you condemned in us in the first place?

Gee, doesn’t that now leave us our only true solution – de-complexify (I love making up new words) and simplify Government and let us make our own decisions again?  After all Obama said “programs will end“.   Do you have the conviction of his Obamessiah-ship’ss own words?  Or is that just yet another glitter-bomb?

Government has become what the Progressives said of Individuals – it can no longer handle the absolute complexity of what 320 million people actually want and need.  Are Progressives even ABLE to see that – and admit failure?  After all, if Government cannot make the correct decisions for itself, how can it be expected to do so for an entire nation?  I differ with Sheiffer in many ways – I do trust that individual people CAN make the right decisions for themselves and their families – if only Government (and the hard-headed and hard-hearted Progressives now driving it) would retreat to being a “floor” instead of the “Overlord” it has become and the soft despotism of De Tocquville it has brought.  Sure, it would be chaotic and mishmashed and tangents-to-the-wind and the not “scientifically managed society” Utopia that is their end goal.

But are they seeing that their Utopia, after 120 years of trying – is now falling apart, that the Blue Social Model of top-down, command-and-control (which Van Jones has tried to disguise as bottom-up and middle-outward, knowing who was pulling the strings from the Progressive top)?

No, they don’t – but will they have created enough damage such that even the enervated “gimme s***” welfare class and Socialist Class will need to look into their rear-view mirrors, even as they scream “FORWARD!” and see that the road is rolling up behind them faster than their electric batteries can move?

(H/T: Hot Air)

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  • C. dog e. doG

    Kinda reminds me of another Super Gov that ran into some problems a while back trying to plan worker-bee activities for the grand beneficence of a Grate Society. Seems like a state or two – or a dozen – are better off for having separated from the Mother ship to ply their own course.
    – C. dog

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