It’s time to take a close look at progressives, religion and our constitution
What is the relationship between political progressives and religion? And what does it have to do with our constitution? It occurred to me that progressives would like to have the government, as long as they are in charge of the government, promulgate rules and regulations which would control all facets of the citizen’s life from birth to death. Of course this is for the citizen’s own good for they, the progressives in charge, know what is the best way for all of us to control our lives.
While contemplating this I came to the realization that religion is merely the same concept, but, touting the idea that God or Allah or Buddha or Vishnu or some other nonterrestrial form has laid down the rules already and if we but follow those rules all will be well.
What are the rules and where did they come from? Well, with that we have a tremendous argument.
The Muslim says the Quran and all the great imam’s teachings, which explain it and create Sharia law. The Jew says the Torah and all the rabbi’s teachings in the Mishnah and the Talmud. The Christian says the Bible and all the great theologian’s teachings from pope to preacher. The Buddhist and the Hindu and the Confucian say similar things. The progressives don’t have that “out-of-this-world” backing.
So we can then conclude that the political progressive movement is merely another religion, but without a God, which attempts to show us how to live the righteous life and be controlled by the interpretation of some man, of the writings of another man, who became inspired by logic or God to write his thoughts about how society should be arranged.
By this train of thought I have come to believe that the progressives are merely another group who would have dictatorial powers over my and your life should they have their will with our political system. The words to describe their political system go through all the descriptors used in the last 150 years, i.e., Marxist, Leninist, communist, socialist, fascist, National Socialist, Falangist, People’s Party, Peronista. In other words any method of dictatorship.
However, I believe that the United States of America was formed by the thought of some men of the 18th century who for various reasons and motivations came together and wrote down a distillation of a more perfect political system of governance than had before or since been intellectualized. This system understood the venality of the human and attempted to mitigate its more vile appearances. It allowed for some things to exist in it that would need exorcising and many of those things have been excised. That it is not perfect is true and understood by all, but, that it is the best societal guide for a disparate group of humans has been proved by its existence over 200 years later.
We are on the cusp of an attempt to change our constitutional system to one of fiat by an oligarchy of political progressives. The law is relative. One thing leads to another. There is no immutable truth.
That there are good people who have not seen through the salami technique of gradual change to our system is sad but true. We must insist on adherence to our constitution. The words written in 1789 are still operative today in the control of human affairs.
The human does not change its motivations because it is now a so-called modern people. We still operate on the same limbic system and the jealousies and loves of our existence have not changed since storytelling began. The stories are to illustrate the foibles and weakness of the human.
If one must have a document that controls our lives, let us use the Constitution of the United States with its amendments and not allow the various religions, secular or unearthly, to be the foundation of our society.
James M. Blass, Mechanicsville