The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has some alarming news. It appears that more the American public finds out about the Tea Party, more they dislike it.
The immediate question that comes to mind is “what is to dislike about smaller, more responsible central government that is guided by our founding principals”? I am afraid the answer to that question is one many of us constitutional conservatives do not want to face.
The only possible reasons for the poll results to show that the prominent movement to re-establish constitutional government is becoming increasingly unpopular are:
1) The poll results are skewed on purpose in an election year attempt by partisan hacks to affect the results in their favor;
2) Reaction to the in-fighting that has taken over the Tea Party movement between factions that want to stay above politics and those who want the movement to be more activist in nature; and
3) Reflection of societal transformation as a result of another three years of policies to promote ever increasing government dependence.
I am afraid the answer may not be as comforting as the first two possibilities.
Benjamin Franklin astutely observed “Once the people find out they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic”. Thus goes the history of the greatest, most successful
the world has witnessed. Constitutional Republic
Actually, Franklin was only off in his prediction by about a century in that we did not start our journey down the slippery slope of socialism until the turn of the 20th century – the period known as the Progressive Era. History of progressive largesse can be traced back to that great Republican – Theodore Roosevelt – who in the grand Northeastern Republican fashion believed in government action to mitigate social ills at any cost as encapsulated in his Square Deal program, and the courts to yield to the executive branch on anti-trust matters.
T.R. was the father of American progressivism but by no means is the only personification of the great progressive tradition that has come to undermine our Constitutional Republic to what now is a perilous point. With the exceptions of Presidents Coolidge and, to a lesser extent, Reagan, all American presidents in the modern era have carried the water of progressivism, with the worst offenders being Wilson, FDR, LBJ, and the current resident of the White House.
Whether it was the New Deal, the War on Poverty, or many other ill-advised pieces of legislation passed by progressives from both parties, the great American experiment in self governance may have finally bore its bitter fruit in conformance with human nature which seeks security at any cost. The ultimate cost of dependence on the state, in terms of losing one’s liberties, is lost on all but the few who have had the benefit of developing critical thinking skills, which our educational system has purposefully neglected thanks to the systematic implementation of cultural Marxism in schools since the 1950s. Progressive politicians realize and capitalize on this fact with policies that increase dependency on the state, thus robbing any trace of individuality left in an ever increasing segment of the society. All the while, progressives elsewhere – most notably in education, culture, and courts – have been steadily eroding the traditional value system of the society which must be gradually replaced with a modern, utilitarian progressive outlook if the transformation to utopian collectivism is to be successfully implemented.
This utopian collectivist vision of what America should look like is all but reality in the eyes of the fifth column. The question is, have we really reached that critical tipping point where welfare mentality is more prevalent than rugged individualism? Maybe, maybe not. One thing is for sure though. Constitutional conservatives have to come to the sobering realization that reversing this destructive trend toward the ever present state in our lives will take great dedication and patience; the type progressives have shown for over a century now. If not to Franklin and our other founding fathers, we certainly owe it to our children.