Having read a few chapters of American Progressivism this weekend, I have been giving a good deal of thought to the concept of “progress” as applied to our political institutions and the role of government of these United States.
As the book points out in the first several chapters, it is important to understand the roots of the progressive movement in order to understand its present incarnation in today’s ultra liberals who now hold influence in almost every aspect of our lives.
In that context, I think it could also be said that to understand our nation as a whole, to understand why we cannot simply “progress” towards a European model of socialism that values the society over the individual, that values the relativistic and changing will of the majority as expressed through the continually updated rule of law over natural rights, we must understand something of our own past. We must be reminded that our very existence, that our very birth, was conceived in rebellion to those beliefs that progressives now claim we must embrace for the good of the society as a whole.
In effect, we must be reminded of the truth of our past in order to be reminded of the lie that is now so repeated in our present.
“[America is] a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.” ~ Theodore Parker