Why progressivism is bunk

I have commented on Elizabeth Warren’s delusional thinking before, but her recent speech: “Eleven Commandments of Progressivism” made me laugh and cry at her tragicomic grasp of reality. So here are her eleven commandments — apparently she need more commandment than God, make of that what you will — along with a dose of real-world analysis and rebuttal.

“We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

Sounds good, but how do you legally define “Honesty”? And what happens when the cost of regulation gets so onerous that Wall Street decides to move to another state, or — God forbid — another country?

That aside, I don’t believe that Wall Street is the source of my problems — but K-street might well be. No matter which way you slice it, the lobbying business is essentially legalized corruption. And while we’re on the subject, how much money have you, Senator Warren, taken from the lobbyists? How much have the universities, the law firms and “Women’s Issues” organization paid you to legislate for them and champion their causes?

Personally, I have never had a problem that Washington DC has solved, though I can think of a fair few that they have created.

“We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

This is what is known as a Non Sequitur; the two clauses have nothing to do with each other. It certainly sound warm and fuzzy, but it makes no sense at all. Reminds me of the joke “Close the door! It’s cold outside!” “So if I close the door it will be warm outside?

Does everyone who believes in science really have a responsibility to protect the earth? Scientists, after all, invented nuclear weapons, biological warfare, and genetically modified crops. And if you don’t “believe” in science, does it then follow that you don’t have a responsibility to protect this Earth? The American Indians lived in harmony with nature for millennia before we got here, and they were hardly “scientists”.

And by the way, real scientists do not “believe” in science — they do it. Once you start “believing” in science, are you not in danger of turning it into a religion? There certainly seems to be enough cult thinking among scientists for me not to trust them with the future of the planet — this is one of the reasons that I don’t buy into the eco-terrorism that is being passed around as science these days. The global warming fanatics have the same batting average as the Apocalypse Apologists, and yet we somehow give the former credibility while dismissing the latter as kooks. These good, well-meaning folks can’t even predict the stock market, or even next week’s weather — and they expect us to believe them when they say they know what will happen eons hence. They have been so spectacularly unsuccessful with their predictions that in my lifetime the problem has gone from “Global Cooling” to “Global Warming“, then on to “Climate Change” (translation: “we don’t know, but it’s gonna be bad, so everybody do as we say…”).

“We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

Net Neutrality is a laudable goal, and one which I support. But like Capitalism, pure, undiluted, unbridled Net Neutrality can be a bad thing. And it contains one major flaw that I dealt with here.

“We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

Another couplet of unrelated factoids. The assumption here is that the minimum wage is the best and only solution to poverty. Typical socialist delusional thinking. You want to see the way out of poverty? Ask up-by-their-bootstraps folks like Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice… but you won’t, cos they know something that you refuse to admit; that success takes guts and perseverance, and people of that caliber are rare. And it doesn’t exactly help that they are Conservatives…

“We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

I believe that people get paid either for what they do, what they know, what they are owed, or what they own. Since fast food workers are paid for what they do, they are expendable and replaceable. Any such job will have low wages, and the best way out of that trap is to make yourself more useful to society. So quit wasting your free time watching reality TV and game shows. Get some skills/give up your vices//start your own business. That is the American way, but it is apparently not the “progressive” way. Thanks for clearing that up.

“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

Consider the source: Warren is the product of the government-funded and government-backed education system, and has been heavily financed by the education “industry”. She is not likely to be particularly inclined to “fix” the system that got her where she is today, though I am pretty sure that she will support any measure that will “solve the problem” by throwing more of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars at it.

Education is a good thing, but it is NOT a human right. Students are not “entitled” to anything, least of all an overpriced and probably useless degree at somebody else’s expense. The fact is that tuition costs are spiraling out of control, but I suspect that has more to do with easily-available government-backed money than anything else.

“We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

Consider the source: As a Senator, Warren is not going to be getting Social Security, she will be getting a Government pension. But rest assured, she’ll fight for you… just like all the other politicians who promised to “fix” the system.

Fun Fact: Retirement is actually a modern Western invention that is less than a century old. The norm throughout history and geography is to work until you die, you can’t work any more, or you can live off your savings or your kids.

Ever wondered why we retire at 65? Because Social Security said so. But when Social Security was invented only one in fourteen people lived to 65… which means that Social Security was a scam on day one. Medicare is a promise that the government knows it cannot keep, as the currently-shifting goalposts mutely testify. One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was “Don’t assume that the government will have any money for you when you retire“. That was way back in 1989.

Bottom line, if you want to retire comfortably, live within your means, spend less and save 15% of your income. the government will also take 15% — half from you and half from your employer. We’ll see which plan pays off.

“We believe-I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014-we believe in equal pay for equal work.

Consider the source: There is no evidence that Ms Warren, has ever worked a real job in her life. She’s an academic, with all of the ivory-tower philosophy that goes with it.

Like so many things politicians say, this sounds good in theory, but the word “equal” means different things to different people. Is a kindergarten teacher (usually female) “equal” to an Oil Rig Worker (usually male)? Is a receptionist (usually a woman) “equal” to a roofer (usually male)? Which is more dangerous? Don’t you think that greater risk should carry greater reward?

According to Department of Labor statistics, there are now more women in the workplace than men. There are more women getting degrees than men (though not in the hard STEM subjects, where men still heavily outnumber the women). And yet, salaried men work longer hours than women in the same job, for the same money — and in some cities, women get paid *more* than men for the same or less work. How much more “equality” do you want?

“We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

More equality talk. Lovely. Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

Men are more likely than women to be arrested, die violently, commit crimes, be victims of crimes, go to jail, and be addicted. They also die more often on the  job, have more heart attacks, commit suicide in greater numbers, and live shorter lives than women” (David Murrow).

Men can also be drafted and are expected to bear arms for their country if needed. They work all the dirty/difficult/dangerous jobs (when is the last time you saw a woman plumber/construction worker/roofer?). Does that sound “equal” to you?

Fun Fact: Women have more “equality” then they have ever had. and they are less happy than they have ever been. The inescapable conclusion: “equality” is over-rated.

When I got married, the expectation was that I would work, and she would look after house and, when they came along, do most of the child-rearing. Yeah, I’m old-fashioned that way, and so is she. I would help around the house (fixing things and doing “man stuff”), and she would feed me good, healthy, home-cooked meals and do her part to make me the best man I can be. A quarter-century later I have the best marriage a man could with for. The idea alone is enough to make some women’s heads explode, while others silently wonder “why can’t I have that?”. The reason you can’t is that thanks to feminism and changing cultural norms, women have changed, as has the institution of marriage: these days, it is a rigged game, where the deck is heavily stacked against men. Women can (and do) blow up a marriage at any time and for any reason (three-quarters of divorces are filed by women), and female-friendly courts have an overwhelming tendency to give the wife everything. These days, a woman can throw her husband out of his house and into a prison cell by merely accusing him of divorce. So who has the real power?

But change is a-comin’. Men are finally waking up to this fact, and are beginning to realize that those same changes mean that they can have all of the perks of marriage while freeing them from the obligation of having to buy a ring and sign on the dotted line — and are turning away from marriage. Ladies, you have won. Enjoy your victory.

“We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

No it doesn’t you twit; that means looking to the principles laid out in the constitution and defending our borders. What is is with all of these non-sequiturs?

Here’s a nice little definition for you. An immigrant is someone who has been through the legal process of immigration. I know whereof I speak — I was one. Someone who sneaks across the border in the dead of night is not an immigrant, they are an illegal alien. In large enough numbers, this may be considered an invasion. If they do so with the backing of a foreign government, it is, in effect, an act of war. Mexico secures their southern border; we should too.

I love immigration. If folks want to come here, pay taxes, take part in the great American Experiment and pay their way in life, Good for them: let them do it legally like I did. But I did not come to America to learn Spanish and live in a Barrio.

Of course this has nothing to do with the fact that should these invaders get citizenship they would overwhelmingly vote Democrat — that would not be at at all… or would it?

“And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

Typical progressive yowling: Three clauses that have nothing to do with one another. Let’s break it down:

“And we believe that corporations are not people…”

They aren’t and shouldn’t be. But Hobby Lobby is effectively a family-run business that has made it clear that they will run their company their way or go out of business. You have your principles, however misguided they may be — let them have theirs.

“…that women have a right to their bodies…”

Ah, yes, that old chestnut. So why is it that prostitution is illegal and and partial-birth abortion (a revolting practice that involves sucking out their brains of your unborn child) isn’t? Because one is “exploitation” and the other is “a choice”. Is this what you call “empowerment”?

“…We will overturn Hobby Lobby.”

Uh.. Sorry Ms Warren, but Congress does not get to “overturn” Supreme Court cases — they get to create laws. But if you want a law that destroys a business and puts thousands of people out of work, knock yourself out.

Fun Fact: Hobby Lobby did not infringe anyone’s rights, and it hasn’t deprived anyone of anything — just the right for women to get four abortifactants (in their opinion) at someone else’s expense. This case turned on four out of the twenty birth control mechanisms — you still get the other sixteen for “free”. You want one of those those “banned” medications? They’re not really banned – you can pay for them like everyone else. They’re not expensive – If you can afford a cellphone, you can afford the meds. Can’t afford both? Choose.

According to Warren, “Getting free stuff because you are a woman” (presumably paid for by men) is yet another definition of “equality”.

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

And the main tenet of Socialists/Feminist/Progressives’ philosophy, according to Wizard Prang? “Give us enough money and power, and we, the government, will solve all problems, make everything fair for everyone and create utopia

Socialism explained

Good luck with that

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