Friday, December 16, 2011

Who are these Secular Progressives?

Often when the term Secular Progressives is used the left jumps up and asked, okay who are these secular progressives? Give ma an example of a person or organization. Secular Progressiveism has a two prong definition. First you have the Secular part; secular menas being separated from religion. Secular Progressives do not believe in the "inalienable rights" discussed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, or that God or a creator has any influence on the rights of mankind. SP believe that the rights of man are determined by government, to be given or taken away. Because of this SP believe government is the highest institution known to man.When Elena Kagan was being questioned prior to her appoint as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, she was asked this very question, if there are inalienable rights, not discussed in the Constitution, but endowed by a power greater than man and she said no. Elena Kagan is a SP, certainly Bill Maher is; as far as groups there is the ACLU.

The second part is Progressive; progressive means proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments. Progressives believe that the US Constitution is conceptually flawed, because it does not give the government the responsibility to redistribute wealth and thereby fund the mandate that all citizens will at least have an acceptable minimum standard of living; in other wards it is not a socialist document (Progressives have been incrementally introducing this and other socialists concepts since the time of FDR) .

The best example of SP in government is Cass Sunstein, President Obama's Czar of White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. As a scholar, Sunstien is known for believing that “people” (not him of course) as a rule make bad decisions, so they need government to “nudge” them in the right direction, this includes all areas of their lives, such as“ education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, (and) happiness..”; yes happiness, government knows better than you, what direction you need to be nudged to be happy. Sunstien also believes there are problems with the concept of freedom of speech. Sunstien believes that citizens with mutual interests, should not exchange ideas as “like-minded people speak or listen mostly to one another.” Sunstien basically believes that the government needs to control the information you hear and that he “doubt(s) whether, as interpreted, the constitutional guarantee of free speech is adequately serving democratic goals”.

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