It’s time to take a close look at pro­gres­sives, re­li­gion and our con­sti­tu­tion

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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

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