“Machiavelli compares serious political diseases to the Aetolian fevers — easy to treat early on while they are difficult to discern, but virtually untreatable by the time they become obvious.” – Angelo Codevilla
The American Spectator just published an article by Angela Codevilla, which can be found here. It is a spectacular piece and worth a read … but it is also quite long for people on a tight schedule. Still, I heartily recommend it.
The basics of the article are this. There is a “Ruling Class” in America, made primarily of progressives in the Democratic political machine with a few Republicans thrown in. The conflict between this “Ruling Class” and, what the author calls the “Country Class” (the rest of us) is growing ever more intense. The Country Class longs for freedom, equality, self-governance, and justice. The Ruling Class (read progressives) lays claim to intellectual superiority and seeks to bring progress to all mankind through benevolent dictates made for our own good.
The bad news: they currently control the power structures. The good news: we have a 2-to-1 numerical advantage.
To my mind, Codevilla pegs the progressives spot on. Some points to consider:
(i) They never take responsibility for clear failures of policy: “The Progressives, for their part, found it fulfilling to attribute the failure of their schemes to the American people’s backwardness, to something deeply wrong with America.”
(ii) Americans by-and-large reject progressivism, regardless of which political party it calls home. “When pollsters ask the American people whether they are likely to vote Republican or Democrat in the next presidential election, Republicans win growing pluralities. But whenever pollsters add the preferences ‘undecided,’ ‘none of the above,’ or ‘tea party,’ these win handily, the Democrats come in second, and the Republicans trail far behind.” Freedom-minded America is fed up with the Republican party and despises the Democratic party. Perhaps now is the time for the Tea Party to eradicate progressive Republicans, or to overwhelm the party ranks and assume the name.
(iii) They’re all the same: “Differences between Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas are of degree, not kind.” I absolutely agree. If I were to rank the politicians in question, I’d put it GW Bush, Bill Clinton, GHW Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama (the guy really is awful). That said, it was George W Bush who gave us TARP. $787 Billion plus a pledge of untold $trillions to bail out the most wealthy bankers. Whose side was he on?
(iv) Progressives look down on us all. “As the 19th century ended, the educated class’s religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers.” (A Christian ought have no part with such an ideology.)
(v) These people hate the Constitution. “In Congressional Government (1885) Woodrow Wilson left no doubt: the U.S. Constitution prevents government from meeting the country’s needs by enumerating rights that the government may not infringe.”
(vi) These people hate popular government. “By the 1990s the federal courts were invalidating amendments to state constitutions passed by referenda to secure the ‘positive rights’ they invent, because these expressions of popular will were inconsistent with the constitution they themselves were constructing.”
The article goes on and on with an excellent expose on the nature of the Ruling Class and progressivism. I found the discussion of progressive hatred for Christianity and the family quite interesting. As a homeschooler, I’m not unfamiliar with their attempts to remove parental rights and enforce statist rights over the children. Thank God that those attempts have been held at bay. May the Lord continue to hold them at bay (Isaiah 59:19).