Monday, March 25, 2013

And You Thought She Was "Progressive"....

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren became an overnight darling of the progressive Left for her statement insinuating that "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody."

She explained:
"You built a factory out there? Good for you," she says. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."

She continues: "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
Never mind that the money used to build and fund roads, schools, police, etc. was taken from the productive, wealthy part of society in the first place - or that the public has no choice in the matter at all - Warren became a major voice for the Democratic Party and American progressive movement (even President Obama jumped on her bandwagon).

But oh, how things can change! Now Warren is in the news again for some seemingly very non-progressive positions.

First, Warren attacked her Republican Senate rival Dan Winslow last week for being soft on pot, saying "he's for the legalization of marijuana." Oh no! He supports not throwing people in jail for getting high? How dangerous!

This week Warren startled many Lefties with a hawkish view on Iran:
"Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons" and "Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable because a nuclear Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies, the region, and the world."
The statement continues, "The United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I support strong sanctions against Iran and believe that the United States must also continue to take a leadership role in pushing other countries to implement strong sanctions as well. Iran must not have an escape hatch."

But wait! Defense Secretary Leon Panetta already let it slip that "The intelligence does not show that [Iran officials] have made the decision to proceed with developing a nuclear weapon." The United States and its allies do not even know if Tehran is pursuing a weapon at all these days.

I am sure there are a lot of confused people out there: the socialists and progressives do not regulate personal habits or advocate international conflict; they are supposed to be the pro-choice, peace-loving, flower-waving hippies, right? Think again. Interventions in a socialist society are limitless. No rock is left unturned: your business, your food, your currency, your education and, yes, even your personal habits are all regulated by the government with an ever-disappearing list of exceptions (unless you work for the State of course). Socialism destroys indirectly but also directly: history's most famous progressive socialists - from Stalin to Mao to Che Guevara - were mass murderers.

When politicians are allowed to intervene in one place, they intervene everywhere. Democrat voters: Politicians are not your friends. Some Democrats will talk about legalizing pot but, as Elizabeth Warren proves, others demand continued control over your personal lives. Some Democrats likewise will also speak to the idea of engaging in friendly discourse with other nations but, as Elizabeth Warren proves, others think the rest of the world is under the jurisdiction of the United States and must be policed. Do not think you can trust politicians either, Republicans: remember that six year period where Republicans had control of the Senate, House and Presidency in which government grew by leaps and bounds?

The Left is more often associated with what people think of "progressive" policies. However, perhaps this old way of thinking that people's personal habits need to be regulated and nations need to be on the brink of war with each other for world-wide political posturing is not so "progressive" after all. Perhaps nowadays "progressive" should be associated with getting government out of people's lives, allowing individuals to make decisions for themselves and taking responsibility for their own actions, and with making peace with other nations.

Naturally, Warren showed her true socialist colors when she gave credit to the thieving State for allowing people to become successful - she continued by attempting to strip away dissent in the Senate chamber. Now Warren continues to show her great disregard for liberty and the individual by slamming those who advocate the legalization of some people's victimless recreational drug and by banging the war drum against a nation that has not threatened the United States.

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