1. Post-1960s Progressivism is an incoherent blend of the earlier Progressive emphasis on material and spiritual uplift coupled with a new, adamantly relativistic orientation. This altered Progressivism champions an understanding of freedom as “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the meaning of human life.” Policies that attack the traditional family through the promotion of sexual liberation, the redefinition of racial equality in terms of atonement for alleged historical victimization, and a preference for the preservation of the environment over human flourishing—demonstrate that post-1960s Progressivism not only rejects the ethical ideal of earlier Progressivism; it also denies the Founders’ conception of equality and rights as grounded in “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
2. Constituent services, and not creating laws, has become the primary function of the Legislative branch of government because of the Progressives vision of having an untouchable administrative/policy creating state.
3. Why have we bought into the Progressive vision of the role of POTUS? Why do we judge presidents as a Legislators? We rank them on the successes they have in getting their legislative agenda passed. When will we restore the Office of President to being the executor of the laws passed by Congress?
4. The Progressive Government agenda results in substantive policy decisions, rules that affect your life every day, that governs how you do business, how you manage your property and your household, how you interact, whom you hire, whom you don’t hire, what conditions you hire them under. These are made by people who are beyond the control of the public. These bureaucrats that make these policy and rules are not accountable to those of us that are forced to live under these policy and rules. The Administrative State, where the real policy decisions are made, where the rules for society are formulated and implemented, is as far removed from the people as possible.Consent of the governed be damned.
5. With progressivism, the government does its job by creating programs that basically give you what you want or need, and then change you and your nature. You would rely on the government to give you the resources you need, so that the government can fix you. The government can then “direct” (John Deweys word) you and make you into the kind of person that Progressives are sure they know you need to be.
6. Progressivism represents a radical departure from the Founders’ understanding of the purpose and ends of government. Comparing and contrasting the arguments of the Founders and of the Progressives regarding six key principles of government—the meaning of freedom; the purpose of government arising from the meaning of freedom; the elements of domestic policy; the extent of foreign policy; the centrality of the consent of the governed; and the size and scope of government—shows decisively that Progressivism is not a logical outcome of the Founders’ principles, but rather a conscious rejection of them.
7. The institutional design of our Constitution, allows our citizens to rule themselves according to their right reason and not by their passions
8. Progressives believe in the Darwinism of government. They believe government should “evolve” or grow. Constitutionalist believe in the static meaning, or Newtonism, of our constitution and the principle of a limited government
9. Progressives believe that America needs to move beyond the principles of the Founding. Woodrow Wilson—who served as president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and as America’s 28th president—was one of the earliest Progressive thinkers. His critique of the Founding—namely, his rejection of the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution’s system of the separation of powers—is one of the most articulate expressions of the Progressive movement’s core beliefs.
10. To Progressive thought is dominated nowdays by the age in which they live and no longer by the Laws of Nature and of Natures God
11. The 3 essential principles in our Constitution are that the American government is a LIMITED government, that our American government is a representative government, and that there is a defined separation of powers within our American government. Progressives want to instill all 3 principles in one branch of government.