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What’s Wrong with the Left? The Danger They Pose to Our Values

Written by Nicholas Wishek

While I still believe that many of the Hillary supporters were simply misinformed “low information” voters or selfish “I want mine” voters, the fact remains that there is a sizable core of committed progressives who want to undermine our traditional American values.

These people are dangerous to our way of life. Like the terminators in the Schwarzenegger movies, they can’t be reasoned with, they don’t feel pity, or remorse, and absolutely will not stop, ever, until they reshape America into their vision of a socialist utopia.

What traditional Americans as well as low information and selfish voters must understand is that the progressive ideology is evil. These aren’t the ‘make love not war’ hippies of the ‘60’s. These are people who are committed to remaking America and don’t have any qualms about doing whatever it takes to do so.

Back in September Hillary Clinton called half of Trump’s supporters “deplorables,” some of whom were “irredeemable.” She tried to step that back when she realized it might hurt her with independent voters, but that sentiment pretty much reflects the attitude of far too many on the left.

Right after she said what she did Judd Legum, Editor-In-Chief of ThinkProgress, wrote a column entitled, “Is Hillary Clinton right about Trump supporters? This is what the polling data says. She has an opinion. These are the facts,” in which he claimed, “The polling data reveals that there is a substantial number of Trump supporters who are bigoted, intolerant, or worse.” He further wondered if that number included half of all Trump suppers and concluded, “But, based on the polling, Clinton appears to be more likely to be downplaying the issue than overstating it.”

Since then nothing much has changed. The anti-Trump demonstrations and attempts to sway the Electoral College to invalidate the election clearly show that the far left isn’t going to accept Trump’s election anytime soon.

For starters, these progressives are enemies of freedom. In their minds the government, run by them, should have the power to control those they feel are too stupid to appreciate their vision. Socialism takes from some to give to others. Government bureaucrats decide who gets and who gives.

The result of this is to punish those who work hard and plan responsibly and reward those who don’t. Since those dependent on government often vote for their immediate self-interests the progressives expand their power base.

As far as freedom of expression goes, the progressive movement is the enemy of freedom of speech and thought. On our college campuses, conservatives are not welcome. Progressive professors indoctrinate rather than teach.

Political correctness permeates campuses and spreads out into the society in general. Illegal aliens became undocumented immigrants. Now they are termed undocumented workers. Progressive are quick to complain that the rich don’t pay their ‘fair share,” but do they ever consider how many of those receiving government assistance receive vastly more than they contribute?

As bad as it is when major media outlets slant the news to help the progressive movement, it is even worse when you consider that progressives have shown that they are willing to advocate violence to advance their political goals.

An undercover video by James O’Keefe shows that the Democrats were paying people to incite violence at Trump rallies.

The Black Lives Matters organization has an even more violent history as demonstrators at one rally shouted, “Pigs in a blanket. Fry ‘em like bacon.” At another rally the chant was, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!”

Couple this with the increased violence toward our police officers. CNN reported that at least 64 police officers have been killed this year as of December 13th, many of whom were deliberately targeted, as in Dallas, solely because they were police. And the police are considered the enemy by progressives.

The progressive movement is more akin to a religion than a political ideology. Those true believers are perfectly fine with all the hypocrisy inherent in their policies. The death penalty is wrong, but late term abortion is fine. Tobacco smoking is so bad that even e-cigs should be banned, but smoking pot is perfectly OK. Christians are judgmental regarding homosexuals, but Muslims are given a pass in spite of even more intolerant beliefs.

Homosexuals have been imprisoned or even killed in Muslim countries, and the Orlando terrorist deliberately targeted a gay nightclub, for interest. The progressives are quick to complain about hate speech even as they compare Trump to Hitler. Progressives condemn Israel, but excuse daily rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza.

The list is endless, but to true believers it doesn’t matter. The progressive movement is the antithesis of all for of which America stands. They are intolerant of any opinion with which they disagree and would, if they could silence opposition. The rest of us must make sure they never can.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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