Comparing two U.S. Presidents – Reagan vs Obama – can give us a great platform from which to understand the two very different American political philosophies.
Although five minutes is hardly an adequate amount of time to dive deep enough to fully expose the negative impact that progressivism has on society, it is certainly a great start. When we get past the party labels, and the inherent hyper-partisanship that follows from those labels, we can plot an intellectual course to align ourselves with the ideology that comports with our own worldview.
When we examine each party’s presuppositions about human behavior, we cannot deny that – at their philosophical cores – one is optimistic and the other pessimistic; one is spiritual and the other material; one is empowering, and the other enslaving.
Past conservative arguments have focused only on the impact of progressive reforms, such as the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments, but beneath this structural shift is a deeper problem of values. They have overshadowed the true danger posed to Americans from big government; its strong, innate ability to destroy the human connection, which is threatening to “fundamentally transform” American citizens into a people that the Constitution was never designed to govern.