Progressivism is a political term that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th century. The root word, progress, is defined as moving or “progressing” past historical documents such as the Declration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Progressives see these documents as outdated and therefore no longer have relevant meaning in the way our government works today. They believe in the “collective rights” instead of the “individual rights” that our founders held so dear.
Made popular in the early 1900′s, the Progressive Movement was spearheaded by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt (Theodore’s 5th cousin). The Progressive Movement (or Era) is responsible for giving us such atrocities as the Federal Income Tax (aka. Progressive Income Tax), the Federal Reserve ( which has destroyed the value of the U.S. Dollar), Social Security, and Medicare among countless other government programs.
I know I know. You’re saying Social Security and Medicare are bad? The fact of the matter is these programs (along with welfare) were created to do only one thing, take money away from the people who have it, and give it to the people who don’t. Not to mention the fact that both of these programs are bankrupting this nation. (see Read more »