My @Quora answer to How has progressivism taken such root in the US? http://qr.ae/Kksgu
OMG!… Dude?!… Seriously?!
Of course progressivism took hold, that’s precisely what was supposed to happen!
Historically the US Constitution and the documents surrounding it were, and are, the most radically Progressive, and radically Humanist documents to ever have been used to form, and STRICTLY, limit a government.
As to your “assertion” that *spit splutter* gawd damned progressives *spit splutter* want “big government”… Well, it’s like this:
Fact: Under every republican administration in recent memory the budget has INCREASED relative to prior years.
Fact: Under every democrat administration in recent memory the budget has DECREASED relative to prior years.
Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It’s Barack Obama?
From Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/
See that little note at the bottom?: “2009 (Bush) stimulus re-assigned to Obama”… WOW! How “convenient” is that?!
You do the math, but here’s what I find “interesting” and extremely inconvenient for any republican claims of “wanting smaller government”… The deficit almost EXACTLY TRACKS defense spending, regardless of what the other current budget reductions are.
In other words, all these cuts on social programs we’ve had rammed down our throats in recent decades haven’t even touched the deficit… BECAUSE the defense spending is so huge that it completely dwarfs everything else, and because “conservatives” use deficit spending to finance their war debt (and the resultant corporate profits of their bribers) and then (cynically and conveniently) shove the “blame” for the huge deficit onto the next administration… ESPECIALLY if the next administration is progressive. I never heard one single word about “unsustainable deficits” during ANY of the Bush and Shrub years unless they were attempting to cut “entitlements” (which are things that We the People have ALREADY PAID FOR, and thus the government is obligated to provide) in order to pay for their wars and for the war profits of their bribers!
We, progressives, and our founding fathers recognize that corporations are, by their very design, inherently, anti-moral in nature.
From Thomas Jefferson: “I hope we shall crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
From Abraham Lincoln: “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” Prophetic words when you consider the consolidation of the media via corporate ownership. That Media is supposed to be our “canary in the coal mine” of Liberty, yet how do you as a reporter speak out when your bosses’ Big Boss is the guy whose actions are the entire problem?!
We assert that the entire Purpose for having corporations, including the corporation of government is to Serve the Citizens. That purpose was insured by placing strict (draconian even) limitations upon our government; which limits were practically unheard of when the Constitution was passed and ratified.
Here are some of those many and varied limitations:
Government shall not ever use law to Speak about religion.
Government shall not ever restrict the Citizens freedom of speech or peaceful assembly.
Government shall not ever Restrict the Right of Citizens to own and bear arms (weapons of all sorts… not just guns).
Government shall not ever Put soldiers in the homes of Citizens in peacetime without the consent of the Citizen.
Government shall not ever search Citizens, their homes, papers, or property (computers and phones) without a Warrant issued by a Judge.
Government shall not ever hold a Person to answer for a serious crime without an indictment from a Grand Jury composed of Citizens.
Government shall not ever hold a person to trial more than once for the same offense.
Government shall not ever compel a person to testify against themselves.
Government shall not ever take private property be taken for public use without due (fair) compensation.
Government shall not ever use excessive bail or cruel and unusual punishments.
Government shall not ever assert that the listing of Rights here is a complete list.
Government shall not ever tax the Citizens without using apportionment to the States. (note that it most carefully says NOTHING about not taxing Corporations…)
You get the idea.
My gentle suggestion is that you read the Declaration of Independence as a guide to the intent behind the Constitution, and then re-read the Constitution.
It might also serve you to turn off the TV “news” (ALL of it) which is ++85% owned by multinational corporations and has become a de facto propaganda arm advocating for their unfettered profits.
MAA Communication & Media Studies. http://maacomm.blogspot.com/2012/03/who-owns-media.html?m=1
See, this is what you’re missing:
When ANY corporate media outlet talks about “too much government” its CODE (remember the Dick Tracy decoder ring?… It’s like that) for “Quit regulating us, and taxing us, to pay for the Nations’ infrastructure which we use/d to become wealthy, so that we can gouge the Citizens as much as we want, and whenever we want.”
THAT is what the assertion that “We have too damned much *spit splutter* Government !” actually means when any corporation or their lackey (lookin’ at YOU, Congress) uses those words.