The Left’s Seductive Lies: How Progressives Mean to Win

Decades ago before the dawn of political correctness a philosophy professor of mine asked our class to consider which would be worse. Being raped against your will or being seduced by someone who deceived you, used you, and then left you?  (And, yes. A male professor asking that question today would be in big trouble.) Anyway, his point was that someone who is seduced by lies has only themselves to blame for being deceived. I didn’t agree back then. I thought the deceiver/seducer was also to blame, but if you believe you are responsible for your own fate, then the professor had, and still has, a point.

What we see today is that many Americans have been and are being seduced by progressive lies and promises. This is especially obvious with the millennial generation. We might disparage them as “snowflakes,” but they believe in the progressive promises, hook, line, and sinker. They have let themselves be caught. While I would like to blame progressive leaders for pedaling their falsehoods my old professor had a point. Those snowflakes and other liberal useful idiots have only themselves to blame, because any rational, logical person would realize the obvious. But way too many leftists refuse to listen to the truth. Just try talking to one.

Voters who believe in the progressive ideology are destroying the values that made America great. Americans used to believe in the idea that anyone could succeed with hard work. We believed in the self-made man, in rugged individualism, and American exceptionalism. Traditional Americans saw government as at best a necessary evil. It was considered wrong to depend on charity. Charity was deemed a last resort to be paid back if possible. Consider the true story of James J. Braddock who was made famous by the movie, Cinderella Man.  Braddock, a professional boxer, fell on hard times during the Great Depression. Things were so bad that he was forced received government relief. When he got back on his feet he repaid the government every dimeHe went on to live a very successful life after boxing.

Contrast that with the progressive promise of birth to grave government entitlement without restriction. The, “It takes a village,” mentality is a seductive promise. If you don’t succeed it isn’t your fault. It’s rich people’s fault. If you’re a minority it’s white people’s fault. You shouldn’t have to work hard, make sacrifices, or postpone gratification. You deserve to be as well off as those who chose to work hard, get an education, learn a skill, and stay drug free. It is a lie, but it is a very appealing lie. No responsibility. Unlimited rewards. And it’s all someone else’s fault.

Those seduced into believing this progressive world view are never going to achieve the American Dream. Dr. Ben Carson, whose own personal story is the epitome of that dream, recently came under criticism for saying, “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.” He went on to talk about a mindset that holds people back. That mindset is created by the seductive lies of progressive leaders who, like faithless lovers, promise everything but deliver nothing. 

In 2014 the Heritage Foundation released a report called, The War on Poverty After 50 Years. In that report they pointed out that since President Lyndon Johnson declared “war on poverty in America” in January 1964 the United States has spent $22 trillion dollars on anti-poverty programs yet has little to show for it. Two of the key takeaways of that report were –

1.      The lack of progress in building self-sufficiency since the beginning of the War on Poverty 50 years ago is due in major part to the welfare system itself.

2.      By breaking down the habits and norms that lead to self-reliance, welfare generates a pattern of increasing intergenerational dependence.

The leftist leaders must also realize this, yet they perpetuate the same promises trapping generations in government dependency. By doing this they believe that they will insure their own political security. Those living in inner-city ghettoes and barrios should be able to see this, but don’t. So should Millennials with massive student loan debt and poor job prospects, but they don’t. They have been seduced by honeyed promises in spite of all the evidence available. They have only themselves to blame. So, maybe my old professor was right. Eventually, they will pay the price. The problem is they will drag the nation down with them.

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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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