Commentary on Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism
It appears the decision has been made to back away from the stumbling pre-campaign almost launched by Hillary Clinton and begin testing the waters for an Elizabeth Warren bid. They say she ‘energizes’ the base. That description may have to be dropped with the news Bill’s most recent mistress is nicknamed ‘The Energizer.’
In any case, Warren recently issued her 11 Commandments. Obviously, this is meant to refocus the faithful, and perhaps help recruit moderates, independents, and disillusioned Obamatrons.
Here are the 11 commandments with brief replies some may find useful:
1) We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.
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Perhaps Warren has forgotten the 2,300 pages of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act. This monstrosity provided corporations with unlimited bailout opportunities via the federal government. How’s that for reform? Nothing like taking complete control of private enterprise even as you strangle it with regulation. Obama and the Democrats idea of reform can be lethal as we’ve seen in other areas, such as healthcare. So if you like Obama, you’ll love Elizabeth Warren. More monstrous details here.
Dodd-Frank gives the feds unlimited bailout authority. Thus, it sets up a very cozy relationship between government and big business, the very definition of fascism.
Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That bureau is empowered to do what it likes, including the power to simply destroy any business it chooses, any time, for any reason.
Elizabeth Warren is one of the biggest boosters of Dodd-Frank and the CFPB, and thus she promotes centralized power and the establishment of fascism, cloaked in the rhetoric of hating banks, reining in Wall Street, and looking out for the little guy.
2) We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.
Warren seems to believe only Progressives believe in science, but only that ‘science’ that ‘proves’ man-made global warming is destroying Earth, only that ‘science’ which provides Progressives with the justification to centralize more power, tax people and businesses, and transfer wealth to the third world via the U.N. If tyranny and fraud are the foundations of Progressivism, then this is the kind of science best suited to the task.
3) We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.
Progressives hate big business and business in general, unless they are subsidizing cool industries like alternative energy, computers, hacky sack makers, and tie-dye shirt manufacturers. Net neutrality means taking the internet away from private providers and handing it over to the FCC. Imagine the internet being run by the VA, and you get the idea. One speed, one price, rotten service, continuous propaganda, and censorship. Centralize power, tell people what to think, and call it free speech at 5 mps: very progressive.
4) We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.
I may believe I deserve a brand new BMW every year just because I work full time, but my belief does not fashion reality. Whenever the government dictates wages, prices, cost of goods, and so on, the economy tanks. Reliable studies prove over and over that artificially inflating the minimum wage actually aggravates unemployment because labor gets priced out of the market. Once again, centralized government power running a ‘planned’ economy (communism) fails, but never let those serial failures inform policy. After all, ideology is king.
5) We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.
And after walking the picket line let’s all stop by the burger stand and share a $20 hamburger with a $10 bag of fries and a $15 soft drink, that is, if the Michelle lifts the ban on fast food, temporarily.
6) We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.
The federal government subsidizes colleges. Subsidies encourage colleges to raise tuition. This symbiotic relationship has been going on for years. Tuition constantly increases. The federal government runs the student loan program, and it is bankrupt, like many other federal programs. The solution?! More of the same! That’s Progressive!
7) We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.
Public employee unions are bankrupting government at all levels even as they pillage taxpayers. Social Security and Medicare are bankrupt. Give us more of this kind of protection and you can forget about retiring at all. Never mind dignity.
8) We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.
Everybody believes in equal pay for equal work. While Elizabeth condemns predatory lending and rapacious banks, she wasn’t shy in the past about flipping foreclosures to make big gains in real estate.
9) We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.
Warren believes in same-sex “marriage”. She believes in equality everywhere, always. So sooner or later, she will have to believe the man-boy relationship must be equal, and other forms of “marriage” must be sanctioned. She also believes all outcomes must be equal, and the only way to guarantee all people experience equal outcomes? Government mandates of course! Equal outcomes at bargain prices: the forfeiture of liberty.
10) We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.
Legal immigration is wonderful. Warren’s blanket amnesty notions are being shown catastrophic in the present day. She fails to understand our country became strong thanks to liberty established by the Constitution, free enterprise, and hard work. Those elements created opportunity, unmatched in history, the reason immigrants desire America in the first place. She would destroy the very opportunity attracting immigrants and promote illegality in the process to accelerate that destruction.
11) And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!
This is perhaps the most idiotic of her commandments. The Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby did not prevent women from doing anything. It only protected a private business’s right to run its business according to the conscience of the owners, people who claim it is wrong allowing government to force businesses to pay for abortion medication. The Court agreed. Warren and ‘Progressives’ would destroy the liberty of some to promote the licentiousness of others, destroying religious freedom and constitutional guarantees in the process. The Warren vision of ‘Progressivism’ is in reality a vision of conformity through dictatorship. It has nothing to do with the tolerance, diversity or the preservation of “liberty and justice for all.”
In conclusion: leave it to a Progressive to assume god-like status and start ordering people to obey a personal list of commandments, even if it means destroying liberty and prosperity. Obviously if you like Barack Obama, you will love Elizabeth Warren. Her resume’ is just as thin, and her ideas are equally destructive.
She is the patron saint of the low information voter, the savior of seething masses yearning to live free of responsibility.
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