“Obama’s a progressive.” “That policy is Marxist.” “That new law is socialist.” “What they’re doing sounds like communism.”
To anyone watching the political scene in the past few years, these statements will sound familiar. They’re all correct. And they’re all wrong at the same time.
Many people have heard Glenn Beck and other conservatives talk about Progressives and Progressivism. We have even delved into investigating Progressivism on a few occasions. As time went on, and we did more research, we discovered that there was more to it than just Progressivism… we began calling it “The Religion“, but what we didn’t know is that it already had a name: Communitarianism.
We discovered Communitarianism while doing some research on something else entirely: the Fabian Society. (More on them and their vast tentacles in future posts.) Communitarianism is the name given to proponents of the Fabian ideology of the Third Way.
In Part I of this series, we discussed how the plan of those running the country was to devalue the retirement investments of the Baby Boomers, and position the Government as their only hope at protecting their retirements.
We are now noting evidence that these pieces are indeed falling into place. Key to achieving their goal is not just devaluing the 401ks and IRAs of the Baby Boomers (the largest voting block in the country right now), but to position the government in a way that they appear the best way to protect your retirement assets. “Turn your IRAs and 401ks over to us! We’ll guarantee them!” they’ll shout. And faced with massive losses to their retirement nest eggs, many people will run willingly into their arms. And their shackles.
Let’s examine the evidence:
- The US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration held a joint hearing with the Department of Treasury on September 14-15. The hearing agenda is about “lifetime income options for retirement plans.”
- Congressmen Weiner & Waxman are holding a hearing regarding the regulation of gold sales.
- Obama’s “science czar” John Holdren stated that he wants to use the free market system to “de-develop the United States“. Recall that in both Part I and Part II we told you that these people know that the free market system does work, and they know how it works, and that they are using free market principles to destroy the free market system.
Some digging of ours shows that according to Investment Company Institute research, at the end of 2009 there was a combined total of $16 trillion dollars in private retirement accounts. That’s a giant piggy bank the federal government would love to get their hands on. The most frightening thing about their plan is that when you die, there is no inheritance to pass along to your spouse or kids or grandkids. Zip. Zero. None. If you scrimped and saved, and worked hard to put away $700,000 in retirement savings, retire, but only draw $50,000 of it before you are killed in a freak snowplow accident while on vacation in Hawaii… the government would keep the remaining $650,000. Your family would get nothing. Couple that with Obamacare and bureaucrats making healthcare decisions (a.k.a. “death panels”) and you can see why the Government wants to add your nest egg to their communitarian omelet.
It’s become tradition in this nation to look forward to July 4th, but it seems that in great part the true meaning of the day has to some degree lost its meaning. Oh sure, we have taken to heart John Adams’ desire that we mark the event with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations.” We wear our red white and blue, maybe play some patriotic songs on the stereo, then fire up the grill and pop open a beer. We have all too easily forgotten that in his letter to Abigail Adams, before speaking of the “pomp and parade”, John Adams said that July 4th “ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
This nation was founded by men who believed that their rights — and the rights of all — come to us from God, not from man. These feelings were universal among the Founders, and captured so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. God gives us the right to life. God gives us the right to liberty. God gives us the right to pursue happiness, the right to earn and own private property, the right to freely speak our minds, the right to freely worship Him, and the right to defend ourselves and our rights. They understood that Rights are given to us by God the Almighty, and that Man cannot give Rights to another, as Man can only grant privileges.
They understood the truth that these God-given rights, these natural rights, are blessings bestowed upon all of us, and the Founders understood that the rights given by God should not be stripped away by Man without just cause. As such, they believed that the role of Government was to help secure those blessings for all, and for that reason — and for that reason alone — Man forms Government: to protect the individual blessings of Liberty.