We have long argued that the word "Progressive" as used by liberals to describe themselves is quite the misnomer; indeed, if the left had a shred of honesty about itself it would call themselves "Regressive", for surely that is where their policies lead.
Create the threat of "global warming" to force Americans to limit their use of electricity, only the most time-saving invention in history.
Shriek for higher gasoline taxes, to immobilize the population as if it were two hundred years prior.
Scream for carbon taxes, that will leave citizens freezing in their homes, unable to afford both food and heat. Demand that automobile companies cease production of SUV's, leaving us helpless in the face of intemperate weather, much like our horse-riding ancestors.
And civil rights? Let's revert back to pre-consitiutional days where badmouthing certain religions was an imprisonable offense. And that pesky 2nd Amendment? Begone! Wait for the government to protect you - after its lawyers have cleared the authorities to act, of course.
Is there any wonder than in this reeling trend of reverse-evolution, pirates arise to sail the high seas like in pre-civilized days of old? Of course not, says Mark Steyn:
As it happens, Somali piracy is not a distraction, but a glimpse of the world the day after tomorrow...
Once upon a time we killed and captured pirates. Today, it’s all more complicated. The attorney general, Eric Holder, has declined to say whether the kidnappers of the American captain will be “brought to justice” by the U.S. “I’m not sure exactly what would happen next,” declares the chief law-enforcement official of the world’s superpower.
Meanwhile, the Royal Navy, which over the centuries did more than anyone to rid the civilized world of the menace of piracy, now declines even to risk capturing their Somali successors, having been advised by Her Majesty’s Government that, under the European Human Rights Act, any pirate taken into custody would be entitled to claim refugee status in the United Kingdom and live on welfare for the rest of his life.
How can modern 21st-century man move forward under these types of "progressive" rules and restrictions? They can't, as Steyn channels Andrew McCarthy:
“Civilization is not an evolution of mankind but the imposition of human good on human evil. It is not a historical inevitability. It is a battle that has to be fought every day, because evil doesn’t recede willingly before the wheels of progress.”
Barack Obama and his liberal minions don't believe that. They are convinced the power of their own inherent "goodness", along with just the right amount of apologies (along with some scraping and bowing, of course) will make even the toughest enemy recede from our flag. If not, as a last resort, their is always Obama's beautific smile....
Well, for better or worse, we'll see if they're right. If they're wrong, of course, we are doomed to a hungry, cold, tepid future full of fear and despair.
Right where the "progressives" want us, ironically...