By Lynn Wilson
The upcoming presidential and congressional election is the most important election in our country since July 4, 1776.
It is not an election between Democrats and Republicans. It is not an election between liberalism and conservatism. It is an election between progressive ideology and traditional American values and will decide our, our children's, our grand children's, and our great-grand children's futures for decades.
Traditional American values are reflected in the U.S. Constitution which sets up three independent branches of government for checks and balances of power, describes the relationship between federal and state government, and spells out the rights of citizens. Traditional American values are also spelled out in the Declaration of Independence which states the following, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The practical summary of all this is that traditional American values are based upon: the right of all citizens to have the opportunity for individual achievement, freedom, and success; a balance between local, state and federal government; limited laws and controls on society and business based upon common sense values and fairness; low taxation; and the fundamental principle that our country is a republic as opposed to a pure democracy. Being a republic means that individuals are elected to represent the interest of the people. If these elected officials do not represent the people's wishes they are subject to being voted out by the people at the next election and replaced with someone else. Another uniqueness of traditional American values is American exceptionalism where America strives to be the world leader in liberty, democracy, economic success, and military might. In other words America is the freedom supporter, economic driver, and guardian protector for the entire world.
The progressive philosophy is very different. It is based upon collectivism rather than individualism which is a philosophy that the collective good of society is more important and takes precedence over individual rights. In other words, laws, government policies, and government programs are structured to benefit the collective good of everyone. The practical result of this philosophy is: redistribution of wealth from those with higher incomes to those with lower incomes to provide for people financially; a focus on saving people from themselves by developing laws, policies, and programs to compel members of society to conform to established standards as set forth by government (food and energy consumption for example); a stronger focus on and support for those members of society that are deemed to be able to contribute the most to society (age and health differences for instance); a larger federal government with a more dominate role; and higher taxation to support federal programs and infrastructure.
Progressive ideology supports the idea that the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are to a degree outdated and should not necessarily be the supreme law of the land. They believe these documents are subject to interpretation and change through the executive branch of federal government without necessarily the involvement of congress or the judicial branch to make interpretations or changes. In other words, they are fluid documents. They also believe that a preponderance of the laws, policies, and programs effecting society and business should be administered through executive fiat rather than the current system in order to streamline change and decision making.
An additional philosophy of progressives is that all countries in the world should be governed through a "one world order." In other words there should be universal laws and one economic system for all countries and there would be one controlling body for all countries in these matters. It is believed that no country should have any advantage over another and all countries should be equal.
It is obvious that these two philosophies are dramatically different. Neither is more right than the other and which is right for our country depends upon what the majority of society believes and wants. We are at a crossroads in choosing which direction our country will develop in the next several decades. It is the responsibility of every citizen who is eligible to vote to make that decision for themselves. A vote for the country's current direction is a vote for the progressive philosophy. A vote for the opposition is a vote for America's traditional values. If we do not vote and the election results do not reflect our philosophy then we have no one but ourselves to blame for the outcome. Every single vote counts and makes up the whole. I urge every voter to diligently research all the candidates to see which ones best reflect your values and vote. Your and your family's future depends upon it.