Progressives and The Proper Role of Government – and your subservience to it.

by Skip

Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal sums up these micro-totalitarians, perfect examples of the Progressive  philosophy: “The essence of modern Democratic Progressivism is: You will participate in what we have created for you, and you will comply with the law’s demands.” One used to believe that before pen was set to legislative paper, our elected officials WOULD contemplate “is this Constitutional”?

Self-avowed communist, Van Jones (former inner circle of President Obama’s advisors as the “Green guy” on ABC’s this week trashing Trump over “sabotaging” (THE Democrat word of the week!) Obamacare and attribute malice aforethought:

Listen, I’ve never seen a president of the United States willing to hurt Americans to get his way. Willing to have Americans be sick. Willing to have Americans, you know, possibly lose their lives, watch their children with conditions, because he wants to get his way.

Unfortunately, this is also part of the “stock answers and talking points” that Democrats, Progressive Totalitarians, and Communists use when they don’t like the policies of Republicans (go ahead, guess what that percentage is!) – all that Republican and Conservative want to do is KILL people.  Plain and simple. Yet these are the AWFULS (as opposed to we the Deplorables) that put Obamacare into law and deliberately decided to bring the resulting suffering children to the political gladiator ring as their pawns.  After all, no Republican voted for Obamacare when it passed.

And then, like the guy that murdered his parents and begged for mercy because he’s an orphan, they decry the lack of “civility” in our political discourse.  And then really hit the roof when we all turn around, no longer will take that crap, and fire back.  Sorry, Jones, like the song says, “we aren’t gonna take it. NO! We ain’t gonna take it!  We ain’t gonna take it, anymore”.

And here is how some elected Progressives view Government, to create what they will force you to comply with, plus some unelected and unaccountable  Progressives (re: Bureaucrats) that share the same outlook.  That they matter and you just get in their way of remaking society in their own image:

  • NH State Rep Kris Roberts (D): “Government has to protect us from our own stupidity.”
  • NH State Rep Leigh Webb (D): “The role of government is to legislate behavior“
  • NH State Rep Laura Pantelakos (D): “I don’t care about protecting peoples’ Liberty
  • NH State Rep  John Mann (D): “liberty” is either an ideology or a gross misrepresentation and oversimplification (accidental or otherwise) of what government is for.”
  • NH State Senator Kathy Sgambati (D-Tilton): “Everybody in the chamber respects personal freedoms and individual rights…[BUT] We’re also trying to ensure that all citizens in the state have the protection they need. It’s unclear to me how you can possibly have all the benefits of coverage without everyone being under the tent.
  • NH State Rep Cynthia Chase (D): (concerning the Free State Project having chosen NH as their destination state, even as Chase did the same as a R.I. transplant): “What we can do is make the environment here so unwelcoming that some will choose not to come, and some may actually leave. One way is to pass measures that will restrict freedoms that they think they will find here.”
  • NH State Rep. Debra DeSimone (R): The Constitution is a guideline”
  • NH State Rep. Sandra Keans (R, now D): “I don’t try to justify anything by the Constitution, it’s not my job and I don’t want to do it”.
  • NH State Rep. Suzanne Mercer Vail (D): “One rarely considered consequence of the Free State Project, will be the formation of another form of government. The aim is to overpower the state government. The method is to weaken the laws of New Hampshire, creating more freedom and liberty in a state where that is maxed.”
  • NH State Rep. Susan Almy (D): “Well, you don’t get to decide what is Constitutional and I don’t get to decide what is Constitutional, the judiciary decides what is Constitutional”.
  • NH State Rep. Jan Schmidt:  Yes, that is correct… All murders aren’t the same

    Proud Conservative   8:35 am on Monday, April 15, 2013

    So, according to Jan Schmidt the liberal democrat, there is a huge distinction between the types of murders. A crazed man shooting kids in a school is a horrible tragedy deserving of immediate legislation that restricts lawful gun owners’ rights, while a doctor murdering young, innocent, defenseless babies is such an insignificant event that it doesn’t even warrant news coverage. Way to go Jan!!! Better to kill the kids before they get to school age, eh?

    Jan Schmidt  8:17 pm on Monday, April 15, 2013

    Yes, that is correct… All murders aren’t the same

  •  Kerrie Diers (Exec. Dir. of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Regional Planning Commission) doesn’t care much that your land gets in the way of her planning (for your own good as in “WHY do our perceptions of the needs of the Collective have to give way to what Individuals own?”):
    • “Private Property Rights get in the way of good planning
    • Private Property Rights won’t let us have the discussions
  • Granite State Futures (the US Federal Govt HUD/EPA/DOT “Sustainable Communities Initiative” here in NH):  Identifying and Overcoming Barriers – One of the steps in the visioning and planning process to be used by each region will be to identify existing and potential barriers to ensuring sustainable communities and to articulate the strategies the regions will use to mitigate or overcome each barrier. Anticipated barriers include NH’s strong tradition of individual property rights and resultant resistance to planning and zoning…Tim Carter:  “There is absolutely no uncertainty in those above statements. Translated: Private property rights are under attack by Granite State Future.”
  • NH State Rep. Michael Cahill (D-Newmarket): “Since we are refusing to raise revenues to fund needed programs, to fund services to disabled, for example, have you looked at euthanasia?”
  • Elaine Andrews-Ahearn (former NH State Rep): “I think people are so unbelievably unsophisticated. They do not pay attention to the elections, they do not know who they are voting for and they do not vote. We refer to this problem as ‘low information voters,’ and it’s a huge problem in the state of New Hampshire.”

Non-NH based Progressives:

  • Former US Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton:
    • We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices…Government has to make those choices for people.
    • “The [‘Hillary Care’] plan prescribed some eye-popping maximum fines: $5,000 for refusing to join the government mandated health plan; $5,000 for failing to pay premiums on time; 15 years in prison for doctors who received ‘anything of value’ in exchange for helping patients short circuit bureaucracy; $10,000 a day for faulty physician paperwork; and $50,000 for unauthorized patient treatment. When told the plan could bankrupt small businesses, Mrs. Clinton said, ‘I can’t be responsible for every under-capitalized small business in America’!”Tony Snow reporting on Hillary’s health care plan.
    • There is no such thing as other people’s children (as reported by Newsweek, although I can’t find a URL)
    • “We need to stop  worrying about the rights of the  individual and start worrying about what is best for society!” — Hillary Clinton, 1993
    • “We’re going to take things away from you” – Hillary Clinton, June 2004
    • “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know, that old theory, trickle-down economics, that has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington?’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic.” (October 2014)
    • Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
    • When people diss the government — we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy (But MKH at Hot Air also has the right of it: The 2016 likely nominee for the Democratic Party has given us another creepy, statist attempt to socialize the blame for government’s bumbling, so that all of us are responsible, not any one person actually in the government.)
    • In the United States, I will admit,  there are people who still feel vulnerable or marginalized as a result of their religious beliefs. And we have seen how the incendiary actions of just a very few people, a handful in a country of nearly 300 million, can create wide ripples of intolerance. We also understand that, for 235 years, freedom of expression has been a universal right at the core of our democracy. So we are focused on promoting interfaith education and collaboration, enforcing antidiscrimination laws, protecting the rights of all people to worship as they choose, and to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.
    • I am impatient and I sometimes come across as impatient, which is not always attractive, and I get really frustrated with people who don’t understand what I think it’s going to take to make our country great tomorrow just like we were yesterday.
    • You know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil and the need to deal with global warming and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to God’s creation and just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.
    • “There are things we can do that will relieve the burdens on middle-class families, and the money should come from those who have it,”
    • No. We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices … Government has to make those choices for people.”  Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, then the chairman of the Republicans’ House task force on health care, began meeting with Hillary Clinton in 1993. He tried discussing changes to the healthcare bill such as adding healthcare savings accounts. He concluded that there was no negotiating with Mrs. Clinton.  Hastert recalled:

      I mentioned … to the first lady about medical savings accounts and just right away she said, “We can’t do that.” And I said, “Well, why?” And she said, “Well, there’s two reasons.” And I said, “Well, what are they?”

      [And she said] “The first reason is with the medical savings account, people have to act on their own and make their own decisions about health care. And they have to make sure that they get the inoculations and the preventative care that they need, and we just think that people will skip too much because in a medical savings account if you don’t spend it, you get to keep it or you can … accumulate it in a health care account.

      We just think people will be too focused on saving money and they won’t get the care for their children and themselves that they need.

      We think the government, by saying, ‘You have to make this schedule. You have to have your kids in for inoculations here, you have to do a prescreening here, you have to do this’ — the government will make better decisions than the people will make, and people will be healthier because of it.”

      I said, “Well, part of that’s an education process. People have to understand that [if] they behave in a certain way, they’re going to save money, [with the] preventive medicine issue — you get the prescreenings, if you can inoculate your kids you save money on it. I mean, they’re not sick. You save money.”

      She said, “No. We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices … Government has to make those choices for people.”

    • There is a constitutional right for people to own guns, but there’s also a constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…
  • US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA):   “No, it’s because we have a misallocation of capital, a misallocation of wealth…I just feel very strongly, that it’s not just appropriations that’s causing this problem.  It’s the lack of the revenue that we should be taking in to meet our obligations as a country.”
  • Bernie Sanders (former Socialist Mayor of Burlington, VT, Socialist Congressman and current Senator from Vermont, and current Democrat (Socialist) candidate for President:

For the kickoff of the 40th annual Chittenden County United Way fund-raising drive in Burlington, Vt., the sponsors considered themselves fortunate to have as guests Mayor Bernard Sanders of Burlington and Gov. Richard Snelling of Vermont. . .”I don’t believe in charities,” said Mayor Sanders, bringing a shocked silence to a packed hotel banquet room. The Mayor, who is a Socialist, went on to question the ”fundamental concepts on which charities are based” and contended that government, rather than charity organizations, should take over responsibility for social programs.

    • Enough is enough! […] How many homes can you own?”
  • President Obama (D-Il):
    • I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money…when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
    • …that my individual salvation is not going to come about without a collective salvation for the country. Unfortunately, I think that recognition requires that we make sacrifices and this country has not always been willing to make the sacrifices that are necessary to bring about a new day and a new age.”
    • “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.
    • ” it is time to give America a raise”
    •  “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK…That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen
    • We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK…That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen
    • “The Constitution is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture” (BHO, 9/01)
    • President Barack Hussein Obama: And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues,…
    • In America we have  this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.
    • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and not just because it’s the holiday season, but because it’s also open enrollment season over at”
  • Michelle Obama (First Lady of the US, (D-unelected Progressive  National Nanny):
    • …for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback
    • But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school and when many kids get up to half their daily calories from school meals, its clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well.  We can’t just leave it up to the parents.
    •  And when many kids spend up to half of their waking hours and get up to half their daily calories at school, you know that the food you serve, and more importantly, the lessons you teach, you’re not just shaping their habits and preferences today, you’re affecting the choices they’re going to make the rest of their lives. That’s why we start with kids, right? We can affect who they will be forever.
    • (on the Tonite Show with Jimmy Fallon, talking about Obamacare): “A lot of young people think they’re invincible.  But the truth is, young people are knuckleheads.”
    • Make no mistake about it, this November, when we get to the polls, that is what we are deciding. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. In this election, and every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.  And I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
  • US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: “The “new energy future” will require the federal government to encouragethe right kinds of behavior””
  • US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (w/regards to those fighting the top-down Federal takeover of the US Educational system via Common Core): “…white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.
  • US Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL): “America has topped the world, in many ways, [in] greed and selfish behavior.”
  • US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: The proper role of the government is to encourage not combination, but co-operation.
  • Harvey Weinstein (Hollywood film executive and big Obama donor): “Obama’s not embarrassing — the country’s embarrassing
  • Bill Maher – the problem with Obamacare is not too much socialism but too much capitalism
  • Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry (Ph.D, MSNBC hostess):
    • “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a private notion of children; your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children,”
    • “Yeah, you can’t keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!”
  • Georgia Board of Regents:
    • “I personally feel a great responsibility to protect our students from their own devices,” Regent Philip Wilheit told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
    • “This is about behavior modification,” Regent Larry Ellis told the Athens Banner-Herald. “That’s what we’re all about in higher education.”
  • Marcus Merz (CEO,  insurer PreferredOne): “We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone hasWe’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”
  • Tom Percy (Secretary of Labor): Congrats to @oberlincollege grads today. Remember: Don’t let individualism trump community; move from a selfie culture to an culture.
  • Thomas Russell (Equal Opportunity Officer, Cameron University)  regarding the nation’s Bill of Rights: “I like those amendments to the Constitution. They’re foundations to democracy. But that’s all they are, foundations.”
  • Fmr. Representative Charles Pashayan (R – CA): “All of this has to be understood as part of a process leading ultimately to a treaty that will give an international body power over our domestic laws.” – United Nations Small Arms Conference, 2001
  • Fmr. Chancellor of Boston University John Silber: “I don’t believe anybody has a right to own any kind of a firearm. I believe in order to obtain a permit to own a firearm, that person should undergo an exhaustive criminal background check. In addition, an applicant should give up his right to privacy and submit his medical records for review to see if the person has ever had a problem with alcohol, drugs or mental illness . . . The Constitution doesn’t count!”
  • State Senator Mary Ann Carlson (D-VT): “We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that. If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime.”
  • Representative Jan Schakowski (D – IL): “I believe…..this is my final word……I believe that I’m supporting the Constitution of the United States which does not give the right for any individual to own a handgun….” – Recorded 25 June, 2000 by Matt Beauchamp
  • Former US Senator, former candidate for President, and current Secretary of State John Kerry: I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional (America is).
  • US Congressman André Carson (D-I): “America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Qu’ran.  ‘And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students.”
  • NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D, self-avowed Communist) on granting illegal aliens ID cards: “We don’t want any of our fellow New Yorkers to feel like second-class citizens,” de Blasio was quoted as saying in a National Public Radio website article. “We don’t want them to feel left out.”
  • Naya Rivera (actress, singer) while on “The View”: I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.
  • Geraldo Rivera (“journalist”): “Like I’ve always said, the Second Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid.
  • Dr. Rajenda Pachuria (former UN head of the IPCC): For me, the protection of planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma [the path of righteousness].”
  • Washington Post: We also wondered: Why does it matter to the average taxpayer that the tax code is hard to comprehend?
  • Whitney Dow (Director / Producer): “White supremacy has been the organizing principle of America since it was founded”
  • former MA Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA): “Yes, there is a role for morality in government. Of course there is,” said Frank, during the DOMA debate. “The government has an absolute overriding duty to enforce morality in interpersonal relations.”
  • US Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL): “America has topped the world, in many ways, [in] greed and selfish behavior.”
  • Ottmar Edenhofer is the co-chair of the IPCC Working Group IIINeue Zürcher Zeitung, 14 November 2010:
    • Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer.The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.
    • One has to free oneself  from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole. We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,”.
  • Chris Cuomo (son and brother of two Progressive NY Governors):

  • Nicholas Kristof, liberal columnists: Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.” Kristof writes in admitting liberal privilege and bias and showing how it’s hypocritical.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday that all lawyers should be required to provide pro bono legal services:

“I believe in forced labor” when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute’s annual meeting in Washington. “If I had my way, I would make pro bono service a requirement.”

    • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York): “The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we’ve got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?”
    • Steve Kerr (coach of the Golden State Warriors): “I kind of think that our forefathers would not have ok’d automatic weapons to be sold to everybody if they existed back then. Let’s have some checks. It’s easier to get a gun than it is to get a driver’s license. It’s insane. And as somebody who’s had a family member shot and killed, it devastates me every time I read about this stuff— like what happened in Orlando— and then it’s even more devastating to see the government just cowing to the NRA and going to this totally outdated Bill Of Rights, right to bear arms. If you want to own a musket, fine, you know, but come on. The rest of the world thinks we’re insane. We are insane.”
    • Democratic Commissioner Ann Ravel, Federal Election Commission: My role in the commission is not to apply constitutional principles because I’m not on the Supreme Court. If I were, I’d be happy to do so. We’re a regulatory agency and our role is to follow the law and apply the law.
    • Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they [the protesters, “Social Justice Warrior”, rioters, and paid provocateurs  -Skip] were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.
    • Professor Russell Rickford (Cornell University,  Black Lives Matter Protest, July 8, 2016): “We’ve got to build a grassroots, antiracist movement to defeat capitalism altogether and it’s not going to happen at the ballot box. There can be no human system under capitalism. Capitalism is an anti-human system.”
    • Joy Reid (MSNBC talk show hostess) on Hillary Clinton’s email lies (on Meet The Press): “Can I just say on the E-Mails? I think the blessing and the curse for Hillary Clinton is that the E-Mail story is complicated. So, the curse for her is that trying to explain it, her answers are so detailed and complicated, that when you explain you’re losing…But, it’s also so complicated when you talk to voters they don’t really get it. What they do understand is that they have Gmail, so it doesn’t sound like something criminal. So when Donald Trump goes over the top and tries to say that it’s something criminal, he kind of loses the audience too. It’s a blessing and a curse.”
    • Julie Bindel (contributor to the British Guardian newspaper – quite “Progressive”): All men are rapists and should be put in prison then shot
    • German President Joachim Gauck: “The elites are not the problem, the people are the problem.
    • US Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ): “Any person in this party that does not support Trump at this point is increasing the chances of Hillary Clinton becoming president and destroying the Constitution,” Arizona Rep. Trent Franks told CNN Wednesday. “Therefore they are betraying this party. They are betraying the Constitution.”
    • Leonardo DiCaprio – noted actor, climate Warmist, and high carbon user as he jets around the world and entertains scads of scantily clad women on a bevy of gas guzzling superyachts:  “The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over. If you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or in science or empirical truths and, therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office.
    • Al Sharpton – noted “Reverend”, race-baiter, and famous tax-cheat: “While the rest of the country waves the flag of Americana, we understand we are not part of that. We don’t owe America anything – America owes us.”
    • Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME):“Sometimes, I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we’ve had eight years of a president, he’s an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores Congress and every single day, we’re slipping into anarchy,” LePage said on Maine radio station WVOM…
    • Jerry Nadler (D-NY): 

Setup: former assistant U.S. attorney and self described conservative constitutionalist Andrew McCarthy argued during his testimony:

principal purpose of the Constitution is to limit the power of government to intrude on the liberties and suppress the rights of the American people.”

Jerry Nadler (D-NY):  make that “historical correction” because he hears people saying the contrary and

“it really bothers me. The Constitution was enacted to strengthen government power to enable central government to lay taxes and to function effectively. We put limits on that through the Bill of Rights, but the Constitution was enacted for the opposite purpose,”

  • Lena Durham (self-absorbed Progressive actress): We believed that on November 9, they’d be licking their wounds while we celebrated. It is painful on a cellular level knowing those men got what they wanted, just as it’s painful to know you are hated for daring to ask for what is yours. It’s painful to know that white women, so unable to see the unity of female identity, so unable to look past their violent privilege, and so inoculated with hate for themselves, showed up to the polls for him, too.
  • Symone Sanders (former spox flack for Bernie Sanders) – goes all identity politics and invokes the RACE card – against her own RACIST! Party. To CNN: “In my opinion, we don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now
  • Dr. Larry Summers (Ph.D, former Clinton Treasury Secretary):

    “What I’m worried about is that we’re going to do tax cuts that are going to cripple government for a generation“.

  • Jean-Claude Juncker (democratically UNelected President of the European Commission)

“Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?”

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.)…that Democrats are in fact people of faith and claimed Republicans “prey” on the American people: “I say they pray on church on Sunday and prey on people the rest of the week”
  • Mika Brzezinski, sidekick on the “Morning Joe” to Joe Scarborough said something very revealing about the MSM mindset concerning their job and us:

    Brzezinski said she is concerned about what Trump’s presidency may mean for the media. “Well, and I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he’s trying to undermine the media, trying to make up his own facts,” she said.

    “And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job,” she said.

    Really, to tell us things in such a way to think in the way you want us too?  One more time, this is the Progressive way – we will “take care of you” but you must give 100% assent to our philosophy; no individual thinking on your part.

  • California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown on Meet The Press – did he REALLY say this about the Southern wall to keep out illegal immigrants – or keep us IN????

The wall, to me, is ominous. It reminds me too much of the Berlin Wall. When I see that 30-foot wall, I worry somehow, “Are they trying to keep me in, or keep them out?”

I really think people ought to be careful because there’s a lot of odor here of kind of a strongman, kind of a world where you want the ultimate leader here to be doing all this stuff. And having a wall locking the people in is one of those characteristics. I think Americans ought to be very careful when we make radical changes like a 30-foot wall keeping some in and some out.

  • On Tuesday, the California State Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 497, which would restrict Californians from purchasing or transferring more than one firearm in a 30-day period.

There is no need or reason why a person would need to purchase more than one gun a month,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), said during the floor debate.

Ah yes, the Progressive tell and the typical whiff of the autocratic air: “You don’t need that”.

  • Whereupon another member of the Left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) tells us EXACTLY what so called journalists think of us – CNBC editor Nikhil Deogun: “And I think part of our job is to, again, remind ourselves that our … readers, viewers, users, are not as ignorant, as stupid as we think they are…
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.

I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development. . . .

Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.


And yet, from our Declaration of Independence (in part):

… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness [which originally was “the pursuit of Property  -Skip]That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men…

So what to do when those elected to lead our Government repudiate its foremost responsibilityTo remind you:

Progressivism is nothing more than a euphemism for “Slow Communism” or, if you like, “Incremental Socialism”.  Communism is the result of a quick “BANG!” while incremental Socialism is the proverbial hand torquing up the water temperature under the frog.  All it takes is an uninvolved electorate and people that think like this…

How is that NOT Tyranny? And each and every of these Prime Examples (along with their Republican counterparts) show how little regard they have the for the Individual.  If we cannot choose for ourselves, speak our minds, live our lives the way we wish to but instead, live our lives by how THEY decide for us, are we still the Land of the Free?  In this foreign political philosophy they call Progressivism, Liberty does not exist for the Individual.  Instead, Government is to be a throwback to the time when a select few ruled over the rest.  Then it was the Nobility and Monarchies – exactly what our ancestors fled.  Now, Progressives wish to resurrect that totalitarian milieu with them as rulers – but are openly afraid to admit it.

And then they wonder why the Right is fearful of their government?

State Senator Mary Ann Carlson (D-VT): “We must be able to arrest people before they commit crimes. By registering guns and knowing who has them we can do that. If they have guns they are pretty likely to commit a crime.”

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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  • Don

    They’re like Star Trek’s Borg. You will be assimilated. There is no place for the individual in the Collective. If you do not comply you will be terminated.

  • Radical Moderate

    Accurate, factual and easy to follow for the layman. Bravo Skip! This should be printed en mass and then distributed anywhere that the public can have access to it. If possible it would even be beneficial to run it in the local print media as a paid add in the Sunday editions. This would even be a great mailer for a political candidate.

    • granitegrok

      Thank you!

      You know, it could be very effective. Let’s see if the NH GOP is listening…

      • Baconator

        I’ll be willing to take bets “they” aren’t.


    • susanthe

      I agree. Please ensure that one of your freedumb and libertea candidates uses it!

      • granitegrok

        So that’s what you think about Freedom and Liberty – just a joke. Good to know.

        • Oh, you should just SEE her subsequent “articles” in the paper.

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  • mer

    So if kids are “collective” why not send every single one of them a bill for child support? Seems like something a Ma judge could get behind.

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  • Terry

    One more: BHO saying you didn’t make that. We did.

  • DiverDuck61

    Henniger didn’t completely cover it with his statement that “you will comply with the law’s demands”. A more accurate statement would be… you will comply and you will sign its praises!
    Obama says that at some point people have made enough. Well, I think Obama has made too much already and Congress should vote to take most of it away.

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  • Virgil Hilts

    Welcome to Government by ‘The Borg!’ ” We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile!”
    Are these people ALL really products of the public education? There oughta be a law Forbidding people whose I.Q. is less than the ambient temperature in May…to EVER run for or hold public office….when they should more properly go only as high as school-crossing guards!

  • Steve

    So this isn’t murder-murder, kind of like when Whoopi Golberg said it wasn’t rape-rape?

    • Or Eve Ensler promoted the “It was a GOOD rape…” meme, for HER “side”.
      (Since cut, and banned from repeating by “copyright law”, in The Vagina Monologues”.

  • Radical Moderate

    Perez and his vile wife are the best example of the most extreme Progressives freaks that post 1960’s America has produced. When conservatives are in power again these two should be the first ones that the NDAA should be utilized against. Thank god Obama has shown us that we can use these tools against the enemies of America.

  • balencesto

    An “ussie” culture?!?!? OH, I GET IT! He left off the “w” . . . he meant to tweet, “wussie” culture.

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  • susanthe

    So ONE person emigrating from Rhode Island is exactly the same as 20,000 Free Staters coming to take over the state?

    And not a one of your followers questions that sort of nonsense. Keep those right knees jerking, boys.

    • Don

      No, much worse than that. The Free Stater’s want to come here and leave us alone vs. the Progressives that want to come here and dictate to us how we can or can not live our lives.

      Let that stew in people’s minds just a bit, Progressives are terrified of Free Stater’s because they want us to be free to live our lives as we see best.

      • susanthe

        Oh, horse hockey. The Free Staters don’t have any intention of leaving us alone – if they wanted to leave us alone, they wouldn’t run for office.

        I’m not terrified of Free Staters – but I do find it amusing that you have to try to apply some sort of hyperbolic emotion. Perhaps you’re right. After all, out in Keene you have a Free Stater who feels that there is no need for an age of consent for adults having sex with children, and has said so on his radio show. Then there’s the brutalist house in Keene, home of Chris Cantwell and his acolytes who want to kill cops and anyone else who gets in their way.

        Perhaps for you and your friends here at Grok, these are completely normal beliefs. They’re a little beyond the pale for the average NH resident.

        • Don

          Nice try, you’re party is the one that is always trying to reduce convictions for child rapists. Your President was the one who appointed a NAMBLA member to the Department of Education. Your party is the one that worships the serial molester Bill Clinton. Free Stater’s do want to leave us alone, they want government to leave us to be free…and that terrifies you and your fellow Progressives.

          • susanthe

            So, you agree with Ian Bernard’s position on having sex with children? You agree with Cantwell and the rest of the brutalists who advocate killing cops? You stand with Vin Suprynowiscz – and agree that Carl Drega was a hero?

            Your sad attempt at deflection is quite revealing.

          • Don

            No, I COMPLETELY disagree with YOU and your fellow PROGRESSIVE ilk. I don’t know why you love cop killers and pedophiles but personally I find it totally reprehensible.

          • susanthe

            Speaking of terrified! A timid, wincing, weenie who is too ascared to answer questions, and far too fearful to speak out against the most odious and violent members of his cult.

          • Don

            Lol! I’m sure the NHGOP wishes that were true! You on the other hand regurgitate the Progressive talking points succinctly.

          • susanthe

            Your tacit admission that you stand with Ian Freeload, who supports pedophilia and Chris Cantwell and the other Free Staters who advocate violence is unsurprising.

          • Don

            I made no such statement and if you were sane you would be capable of understanding it. What I did was to point out your hypocrisy and partisanship, nothing more.

          • susanthe

            Oh, Don. What you did was attempt to divert, in the hopes that you could make this be all about me. Refusing to answer is a tacit admission of advocacy on your part. You’ve had plenty of time to say otherwise.

          • Don, Wasting your time “debating” with what can ONLY be Susan The Bruce.

          • Don

            Not only did I make no such admission I condemned all pedophiles not just those not within my party like you. But I don’t imagine that will stop you from continuing to engage in crazy…

          • Don

            It’s as if you are speaking into a mirror.

          • susanthe

            Boy, now there’s a clever riposte! Your sharp wit must be the envy of all your peers.

          • Bruce Currie

            You changed the topic. What does Clinton have to do with Free State libertarians who believe laws regarding age of consent are unnecessary intrusions on one’s “freedom”?

          • Don

            I’m unaware of any who do. If there are any they are certainly not representative of Free Staters in general. That said it’s your Democrats who vote for politicians who are convicted pedophiles and sexual predators not Republicans. Your President who brought in an education Czar who is a member of NAMBLA. Do you see any hypocrisy in that?

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  • mer

    Jan Schmidt, …all murders not the same
    Actually, they’ve already codified that into the law, haven’t they? Look at the penalty phase for murder of a LEO vs murder of a John Doe walking down the street. LEO has possibility of capital punishment, John Doe does not. To me that says murder of a LEO is not the same as murder of a John Doe.

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  • Apparently the Top Down plan doesn’t meet their needs.
    The Top down/Bottom up “nudge” on the middle is the call for the day?
    That interest on the National Debt isn’t going to pay ITSELF you know!

  • ” I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.”

    Racist? Sure, but not in a bigoted way. Stereotypical? Not in the “sphere” where I roll, but stereotypes are based on something.

    But Here you go….

    “I have to say I have a theory about beating children and spouses, [which] is that I think that black people beat their children and spouses a lot more than whites. I feel like beating ones children and spouse more than once a day, or every day, is such a black people thing.”
    Of course, black/white is really a (fill in the blank…) thing, as is showering/beating ones children and spouse.
    This can be a problem when far too many post El-High people are “learning” by listening to
    “lecturers” (credentialed HOW?) read back their own so-called Progressive prewriten “Mad Libs”, fill in the blank thesis to generate “stir”.
    It makes NO difference if those post El-High folks are in an “accredited” lecture hall, or watching a big screen (SEE: Metropolis)
    OBVIOUSLY the solution is “Get to ’em in El-High, even sooner with mandatory Kindergarten and preK, as well as (soon to be mandatory…for the children) “free” remedial Jr./Community college.

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  • sb

    Oh wow, here is one for this list:
    Ana Marie Cox of The Guardian, on MSNBC
    “I do think you’re going to have to force people to do things they don’t want to do.”

  • Former Rep. Vail (who was not re-elected in 2014 though she may very well be back next year, or sometime thereafter) was right. She summed the truth up 100%, Freedom and liberty are already maxed here in New Hampshire: we don’t need a bunch of out of staters moving here to tell us how to be free. We Granite Staters already WERE free.

    The Free State Project is not just an ad-hoc group of likeminded individuals. It is an organization which absolutely does have its own quasi-governmental institutions. And it is trying to take over the government of the state of New Hampshire, with the express aim of imposing a particular concept of “Liberty” on the rest of us, even though the existing government already had a strong bipartisan commitment to personal freedom, going back to the 18th century.

    That said, I will contradict myself a little by acknowledging that the Free Staters in the legislature are a diverse group who take many different approaches to representing their constituents, even those constituents who have been living here all along.

    • sb

      I will challenge your point about freedom and liberty being “maxed”. I think it used to be. Not so much any more and I would blame the relatively recent influx of left-wing nanny-state/gimme-services/community-planning/regulate-and-tax types who not only relocated from other places TO New Hampshire, but also infiltrated government positions with the intent to change New Hampshire to be something it wasn’t. Freedoms and liberty are vanishing by the day. It sure isn’t the same place I remember from 30 years ago, that’s for sure.

    • Ed Naile

      No Free Staters – but out-of-state free riders who vote in Durham are fine.

    • sb

      That is rich, somebody on the left complaining about an ideology being imposed on him.

    • granitegrok

      As SB said, this is rich and quelle droll from someone who writes, sponsors,and votes for legislation that put Government FIRST – continually. And refuses to acknowledge that each time he does so, he lowers the amount of Freedom formerly possessed by the Individual.
      How to YOU define, Timothy, that Freedom and Liberty is MAXES OUT – what is your criteria, even as you chip away at that “max” (and having done exactly that, how come you still claim a “Maxed” out condition unless that is a “feature” of your worldview?
      And why is Freedom something to be regulated in the first place, Timothy? What is it that we should settle for the Freedom that you and Government apportion out? Isn’t that a contradiction of terms – for if Government can set levels of Freedom, are we Individuals then not Free?
      So tell me, Timothy, what does the NH Constitution say about your notion of “Freedom”?

      • Bruce Currie

        “Why is freedom something to be regulated in the first place…?” Because “freedom”–however defined–is not absolute. Because one man’s “freedom” may be another’s tyranny, as our nation’s history with slavery attests. And because, “When men enter into a state of society, they surrender up some of their natural rights to that society, in order to ensure the protection of others….”

        • sb

          There’s that socialistic ideology again. We don’t want to play your game. Here’s the thing: we can do things our way without interfering in your life. It is impossible for you to do things your way without interfering in ours and demanding we participate too.

          • Bruce Currie

            Yes, “socialistic ideology” right smack in the middle of the NH Constitution. Who knew?

    • sb

      Seems your side of the aisle is the group that started taking over in the first place. Anyone trying to wrest control back from the nanny state is just trying to bring it back where it started and rightly belongs: with the individual people.

      Gosh, one could go at this single comment all day and never stop finding things ridiculous or wrong about it.

  • gg

    Someone have a link to this: “Hastert recalled:

    I mentioned … to the first lady about medical savings accounts and just right away she said, “We can’t do that.” And I said, “Well, why?” And she said, “Well, there’s two reasons.” And I said, “Well, what are they?””

    Might be a good article to help educate people who are willing to be educated!


  • Don E

    “You will participate” and “You will comply” but you forgot to include “and you will like it!”

    • Bryan W

      whether you like it or not!


        After all they are the elite, they are smarter than us and know what is best for us.

  • Wow! Has it been that long ?
    The more things change…

  • Guest

    Yawn, fake news.

    • granitegrok

      So, real quotes = fake news, eh? Good to know, good to know.

  • Reddiaperbaby

    You know I hate it when you try and push your pro life ideology on the rest of us with your big government control of my uterus.

    • Liberal Conservative

      I hate it when liberal progressives try to push their ideologies on me and try to get their hands into my wallet and tell me my property is not my own that can’t be used as I see fit.

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