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Reagan slammed us backwards at 50 mph? Lordy, we could use another shift into reverse. Our border is a shambles, crime rampant, record ODs, debt progessing alarmingly fast, our education system failing our kids or worse, etc

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Proud to be a progressive? Think we need more? Reflect on this history--Woodrow Winston was the progressive who ushered in the great administrative state, better known now as the swamp of people who run Washington and our lives and who can’t be fired. We now have a DOJ directing its attention against American parents, calling them domestic terrorists, and we have people imprisoned since Jan 2020 who haven’t been given a trial. Then we have FDR and LBJ who initiated, and then expanded, the great welfare state. Now we have millions of people who pay no taxes, don’t work, and suck off the taxpayers who do. We have reached a point now where not working is a “right”. We print money to fund this and are trillions of dollars in debt. Progressives have destroyed academia and K-12 education with woke crap and are sexualizing little children. They have taken over media and social media and control what we can know and feed us lies. They are policing us in shocking ways that would make McCarthy smile, so much so that people are invoking “1984”. Is this the direction of history you yearn for? Is this what you call the “right side of history”?

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Ah. The 'progress' of gig work, stagnant wages, and lurid obsessions with melanin and genitalia.

But hey, elites have a little more melanin now. The First X to Do Y!

Wake me up when progress means wages are tied to productivity.

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Jan 2·edited Jan 2

Ah, the incomparable hubris of the left's Great Plan for Humanity. All it requires is that we the people recognize that we are too stupid to run our own lives - but they are not. Smart enough to make the money, since we do all the work - but not smart enough to spend it, since they do all the thinking. The problem is that so far they are batting zero, but of course that is because "real socialism (a.k.a. communism) has never been tried."

I rather like Lincoln's response to the group of clergymen who visited the White House during the War of Yankee Aggression and reassured the president that they had prayed on the matter, and God was on his side.

His response? "I'm not so concerned with whether God is on my side as I am whether I am on God's side."

We, the unwashed masses, may not be that smart, but we know right from wrong. And we know that an ideology which, instead of being adopted voluntarily, must be shoved down the public's throat by force, is wrong. And evil. They are not on God's side.

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Well I guess Bari and the Free Press team gotta find some lefties to write here. However, any writer who can claim that history goes in reverse at 50 miles per hour and then name Putin, Trump, and, for fuck’s sake, Reagan, as examples has no credibility. Reagan? Seriously, he lead from the White House and brought this country out of the depths of economic, social, and political miasma of Prog Hero Jimmy Carter. And a writer who would align and name ANY American President with Putin has serious cognition and and comprehension issues.

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"We revile Andrew Jackson, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, but they applaud them." I've been a conservative for most of my life (I'm 71) and I've never spoken with another conservative who didn't revile Joe McCarthy.

Just a glitch in an otherwise excellent article.

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The one thing progressives will never understand is that human beings cannot be made to embrace the collective. Humans instinctively care about their own, they will happily work and struggle and sacrifice for their own. But not for others, especially others who don’t work and struggle too. This simple fact is why progressive collectivism will always fail. And why capitalism with all its warts is the only system that works.

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“The trouble with the Maples, and they’re quite convinced they’re right; is that the oaks are just too lofty, and they grab up all the light...

Now there’s no more Oak oppression, for they passed a noble law; and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe, and saw”

Rush

The Trees

In 1967, I was five. My parents were pretty much a minority who actually canvassed for Brewer over Wallace, protested Jim Crow and believed they were doing the right “progressive” thing for others.

By the time dad passed away he said he no longer fit into the world, having been labeled a racist by those he once fought to literally free from genuine violent oppression.

So, history has an arc, and so long as race hustles are careers and cowards remain in positions of real responsibility, America will decline.

Now I wonder if much of the south will declare independence, but this time to avoid being on the wrong end of a saw.

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"...history is perfectly capable of slamming into reverse and backing up at 50 miles an hour. It happened with Ronald Reagan."

I mean, really? The president who won 46 states... then did such a miserable job of running the country the for four years that he got re-elected by winning 49?

Could it be that his predecessor's presidency had been a failed experiment that needed to be rejected so that a more effective progress might emerge? That's a plausible explanation, I should think.

In any event, electoral politics is in the eye of each beholder. Let's just call it a day: leave it at that.

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Great article and reminds me of Bob Dylan’s. ‘God on our side,’ song. I think that almost all of us are tribal and most people don’t look deeper than a soundbite into any given situation. There is no black and white, and most things live in the gray area.

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“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Which means that we have the right—the duty—to teach others how to live. How to speak, think, eat, spend, make love, raise their children, vote."

Yes. So much of this. THIS is why I became involved in Moms for Liberty (go ahead and judge me). I have young kids and it's scary to see how so many people and entitites think they somehow earned the right to do this. Because my kids are involved now in this so-called progressivism, I won't accept it. At the heart of the matter: I just want to be involved as a parent. But we're called every name under the sun because maybe, just maybe, I don't agree. It's ridiculous how many school board members, administrators and teachers seem to feel (ironically,) privileged enough that they have earned the right to raise my kids and do it better than me.

(Unrelated side note: who likes Nixon? Poor example earlier on in the article.)

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Jan 2·edited Jan 2

Sorry, but this article is filled with drivel.

I haven't called myself a Republican for over 20 years (Bush's lies cured me of that nonsense), but no one I ever knew applauded Andrew Jackson (the slave-holding founder of the so-called Democratic Party), Joe McCarthy (a man who used fear and demagoguery to maintain power) or Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon.

The real progressive myth is believing that Scandinavian countries are socialist and that "progressives" will magically never run out of other people's money. Also, the idea that Democrats are liberal is a sad joke because the Left is incredibly illiberal.

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One thing is for certain - we are engaged in an existential (the real use of the term not that used by idiots) struggle between the forces of liberty and totalitarianism. Sadly, the progressives are on the side of the latter, the forces of totalitarian darkness. Leading us to a dystopian, 1984-like future. One one side are arrayed the forces of individual freedom and liberty. The forces of small government, no surveillance of citizens. respect for religious freedom and the family. In other words, the forces of light. On the other - the totalitarians, who spy on citizens, brook no dissent, arrange for social credit scores and enforce a brutal, secular dogma of lunacy. Who despise truth and enforce propaganda ministries and suppression of speech and information. The forces of a cold and joyless darkness.

On which path will our country tread? It's up to you. Because if you won't stand against the forces of darkness, the America we know and love will be over. The march of history is determined by the direction chosen by individuals. The path offered by progressives is poison. Reject it.

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I don’t know that I agree that there’s not a “right side” of history but I definitely agree that it’s not always the progressive side. I maintain that history is proving me right in that schools should have reopened fully in fall 2020. Ron DeSantis seems to be have been on the right side of history with covid. IMO.

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Great article. This whole right side of history argument sounds good at a superficial level but looks to remove any nuance from situations and categorise everything as good or bad. It’s also ridiculous to look back (as people are currently doing to “cancel” historical figures) without considering the context at the time and trying to apply todays standards retrospectively.

All this mindless tribalism is exactly how awful decisions are made and manage to avoid scrutiny.

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Spot on.

“The right side of history” is a fictitious concept made by people whose historical knowledge goes back to WW2.

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