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March 28, 2015

Fundamental Concepts - Why the Left Hates Families [Weirddave]

I know that many Progs will contest this. "We don't hate families! Why I have a mother/father/spouse/child/etc.. who means the world to me! That's crazy wingnut hater talk!". That's probably true, and as individuals I'm winning to concede that they may think families are spiffy. As Progressives, however, they are in service to an ideology whose greatest obstacle is the extended and especially the nuclear family. Not Conservatives, not Christians, not the Koch brothers. The family is the greatest threat to the Progressive worldview.


In order to understand this, we must first identify what the Progressive worldview is. Boiled down to its simplest, it's this: "The government can do it better". Do what? Anything. Individual Progressives might believe that there should be certain limits on what the government should do, but the overall guiding star of the movement is that everything will work better when the government is in charge. It's nothing more than a Utopian vision: Things aren't perfect now, but when WE are in charge of them, then we can make them perfect. The fact that perfection is impossible never enters their minds.*

Don't believe me? Don't listen to me, listen to them. In 2012 the Democrat Party played a film at their convention outlining their values. "Government is just the word for things we do together" was a line prominently featured. Hillary Clinton titled her book "It takes a Village", in other words "All of us"(and what's that word for things we all do together? Hmmm.). When I say that they'll tell you, I mean that they will TELL YOU:

So what's stopping them? Well, the biggest thing that's stopping them is that America, 2015, didn't just spring into existence. We have a preexisting social infrastructure as a nation, and if they mean to replace it with big government, the existing structure must be destroyed. Government must be the only answer to the question "Who takes care of the people?", and everything the Left has been doing for the past century has this at its end. The idea that the people are capable of taking care of themselves is anathema to Progressive dogma, and as such it must be eliminated from the lexicon. Ask a Progressive what the great successes of the past hundred years have been, and I guarantee that however long their list, the following things will be prominently featured: Social Security. Welfare. Unions. Obamacare. National Education Standards. Each of these programs replaces traditional institutions that served the same function.

Social Security - Eliminates the need for extended families
Welfare - Replaces private charity
Unions - Gets rid of the idea of merit in employment
Obamacare - The individual surrenders responsibility for their own wellness to the state
National Education Standards - Indoctrinate the young, and the world will fall into your lap

And so on. They've been remarkably successful in all of these efforts, but the family has remained the hardest nut to crack, and any society that maintains a robust family structure will always be resistant to the siren song of a collectivist Utopia. A person who graduates high school and waits until after marriage to have children has a less that 10% chance of falling into poverty. That's a fact. A population where more than 90% of its members are living above the poverty line doesn't need a welfare state, private charity is more than capable of caring for those that fall through the cracks. A society where families can oversee their child's education on the local level resists ideological indoctrination. A society where parents can chose to work harder and expect to reap the rewards of that hard work and where effort is admired doesn't need unions to prop up the lazy and the corrupt. A society where strong families are able to accumulate resources over their lifetime doesn't need Social Security. In short, a society of strong families doesn't need much government at all, and Progressives know this, which is why the nuclear family must be destroyed as a cohesive social unit.

I could write about a zillion words here outlining how Progressive policies have attacked the family in the last 50 years, but I'm going to assume that most of you reading this are well aware of the statistics, how the welfare state has led to an explosion of single parent families, many of who are utterly dependent on government largess to survive. If not, there are voluminous works available online, just Bing them. I would close with one simple observation: The Progressive elite, the white upper and upper middle class, they don't practice what they preach. By and large, their lives are still structured around the traditional family. They raise their children together (even if divorced), and see that they finish school before marrying, and they make sure that all of the tradition benefits of familiar wealth accumulation, power and connection are bestowed upon their children. Abortion takes care of any nasty premarital "accidents", ensuring that their children aren't "punished with a baby". They know that the family is the key to prosperity, they just want to ensure that these benefits are reserved for those of their class and breeding. Who cares if the hoi polloi are being condemned to a lifetime of toil and misery by excessive government, Progressives have to have someone to rule, don't they?

*I'm taking their stated beliefs at face value, and many of the foot soldiers of the revolution, Lenin's "useful idiots", probably do in fact believe that they are working for a "better world". Most of the leadership behind the Progressive movement is far too smart to believe any such thing. Utopia is just the flashy bling to dazzle the rubes. Their motivations are no different than any other humans. There's an acronym that identify why people become traitors or spies - MICE - which stands for Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego. I don't think it vastly different here, although I'd substitute Power for Coercion in those that seek to be the ruling class.

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