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August 6, 2012 | 1,908 views | 25 comments

By Dr. Paul Kengor

Try to define progressivism. In fact, ask progressives to try to define progressivism. All we really know is that they’re, well, progressing. They and their ideas and their politics are always changing, evolving. This means that what they believe and hold fast and dear today may not be what they believe and hold fast and dear tomorrow, or decades or a century from now.

For instance, when progressive heroine Margaret Sanger started her American Birth Control League a century ago, she was seeking birth control for, among other purposes, what she and fellow progressives termed “race improvement.” She hoped to expunge the gene pool of what she termed “human weeds,” “morons,” and “imbeciles.” She repudiated abortion, calling it “an alternative that I cannot too strongly condemn ... the practice of it merely for limitation of offspring is dangerous and vicious.” She clarified in no uncertain terms: “some ill-informed persons have the notion that when we speak of birth control we include abortion as a method. We certainly do not.”

Today, Sanger’s American Birth Control League is Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider. Progressives have not only progressed to that level but also to the point where they demand full taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and birth control and abortion drugs. Most amazing, those who disagree are castigated as Neanderthals favoring a “war on women.”

How did we suddenly progress to this latest stage?

That’s a long answer with a lot of factors, but we cannot disregard the huge impact of the latest influence: President Obama. If you would have told me five years ago that the president of the United States, by executive fiat, would force all Americans--including all religious organizations--to fund sterilization services and abortion drugs, I would have at least taken solace in one thing: my liberal friends would surely respect my religious beliefs and insist their president was crossing the line.

Sorry, the opposite is true. With President Obama leading, millions of Democrats have willfully fallen in line. He is not bending, and neither are they. If we disagree with what they’re compelling us to do ... that’s our fault. We have failed to progress to their understanding.

My pro-choice friends always promised they’d never force me to pay for their abortions. With Obama out front, that has changed. They simply hadn’t progressed there yet.

The same is true for gay marriage, where liberals--immediately after Obama’s statement on gay marriage to ABC a few months ago--are suddenly on fire for the cause, from blasting Chick-fil-A to, according to The New York Times, considering the unprecedented step of placing gay marriage in the Democratic Party platform. Consider liberals’ progression on this issue:

A half century ago, the concept of “gay marriage” would have been unthinkable to any Democrat. Currently, I’m being frequently asked about parallels in thinking between Obama and his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. There are striking similarities when it comes to their words on Wall Street, the rich, tax cuts, wealth redistribution, universal healthcare. I’m often asked if Davis’ writings indicated support for gay marriage and abortion. Are you kidding? Anyone who might have voiced public support for those things back then, Democrat or Republican or radical, would have been hauled off to an asylum as a public menace.

Just 20 years ago, the previous Democratic president, Bill Clinton, supported the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.

While support for gay marriage has increased since then, what the progressive movement needed was a front man to light the fuse and take the lead. They got it big-time from President Obama. Just like that, the entire public debate has changed, with gay-marriage advocates on the offensive and opponents on the defensive. Those opposing the unwavering norm since the dawn of humanity, following the billions before us--what Chesterton called the “Democracy of the Dead”--are suddenly framed as extremists who must explain ourselves. And CEOs of companies who voice a mere opinion to the contrary--e.g., Chick-fil-A--are picketed, protested, banned, and attacked by the nation’s mayors for manufacturing everything from “hate thoughts” to “hate chicken.”

Progressivism. No one can see where it will end up, but we can see how it unfolds. In this latest manifestation--call it President Obama’s progress--it compels all of us to acquiesce on gay marriage and abortion. Obama didn’t begin the push, but, in only four years, he has advanced the progressive project by leaps and bounds, a stunning surge that doesn’t happen without him.

In 2008, Barack Obama promised fundamental, transformational change--and now, thanks to the American electorate, we’re getting it.

-- Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century." © 2012 by The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. The views & opinions expressed herein may, but do not necessarily, reflect the views of Grove City College. |

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August 10, 2012 5:18pm
Niger.....NO, but I have seen a warthog (A10) fly... keep care of yourself old man.....LOL

August 10, 2012 1:51pm
Do you see any pigs flying, yet?

August 10, 2012 11:43am
Niger.....still waiting.

August 9, 2012 3:39pm
Niger.....Please advise me of your age. I can then consider how much more weight your opinion should carry in relation to mine. Considering your mature choice of an user name, I think that I may be older.

August 9, 2012 3:15pm
I'm really fed up with apologetic types like you. You and your opinion, and your stupid views are worth a small teasonspoon (not even a tablespoon) of spit (I might have misspelled this word). America is in terrible condition ... More ›

August 9, 2012 1:28pm
Some old man in my very distant past once remarked "Yep, the younger generation is in sad shape, they have been going to the dogs for the last two hundred years."

August 9, 2012 10:53am
Niger.....Use of the word "expecting" instead of "pregnant" stand as one of the great moral victories in our nation's history. LOL It's not the entertainment industry that has caused the moral decay ... More ›

August 9, 2012 9:10am
Values and principals are a base line...and the distance that the current participants deviate from that baseline will indicate how morally disfunctional we are. At this moment in history, America has a really bad moral deficit. ... More ›

August 9, 2012 8:57am
BSP...Well reasoned comments. I share in your hope that kids will remain in childhood longer. By the way, some democrat operatives are claiming that the GOP will take our nation back to the 1950's. Can't wait to enjoy my ... More ›

August 9, 2012 8:05am
PG, I wasn't trying to insult. The point was each generation has it's own principle of values and morals. Whether we blame Obama for progression or the liberal agenda the newer generation will have less thought of what was ... More ›

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