Before then, and after the explorers discovered America, people in Europe, particularly England, were enduring hard times. Traveling to the new discovered land offered a chance to escape. They desperately wanted to escape from poverty. At the same time there was a strong movement in search of religious freedom. There was also a need to relieve the burden of England's unreasonable laws. All of these things contributed to the huge and urgent immigration to 'the new world'. The King of England attempted to subjugate these immigrants under the power of the throne. The effort to control and tax the new world immigrants, failed badly. It was the cause of the American revolution of 1776.
The new immigrants won the war and set out to establish a new kind of government in America. It was to be crafted in a way that every citizen could participate by voting for a government divided into three separate and equal divisions. The concept required any two of the divisions to watch over the third. The founders described this in detail in the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other founding documents.
Most importantly, there was to be freedom and opportunity for every new citizen.
The designers of the new federal government (the founders) granted:
- every citizen the right to own property,
- the freedom to observe his or her chosen religion,
- a free market (supply and demand) monetary system, and
- protection of freedoms, rights, and property by the federal government.
While not exactly true, in my mind it was during the time of F.D.R.'s presidency that "progressivism" began to seriously eat away at the American way of life. The delegitimization of biblically based religions started the slow and steady enactment of the "progressive" vision which has been gaining momentum in America for at least a century, perhaps even a century and a half. This has now become a general assault on liberty in the name of an alliance between secularism and statism. If not controlled, it promises a dangerous and unwanted government collapse.
"Progressivism" dominates our media, entertainment industry, universities, metropolitan areas, and the DEMOCRATIC PARTY - which prides itself on devotion to equality which they consider the foremost demand of social justice. This is not correct. The question is not whether equality is good, but which forms of equality are morally relevant and which should the government protect.
In the name of equality, "Progressives" pressure the government to aid the neglected corners of life in America. They want the government to make decisive contributions on behalf of our unfortunate, afflicted, and exploited citizens. They, the "progressives" have become a vocal majority of our citizens. The Constitution obstructs the ability of temporary, sometimes aggressive, majorities to induce their momentary will into the law. This has caused the "Progressives" to consider the founding documents to be relatively useless in a modern society. They want their own socialistic trends to be the law of the land.
In the name of equality, "progressivism" ignores the concept and importance of limited government. It abandons the idea of liberal education. Instead of teaching the basics of the humanities and sciences, and the principles of freedom, and the capacity of students to think for themselves, "progressivism" believes the purpose of education is to mold students who think and act like "progressives'.