Lady Liberty stands in New York Harbor proclaiming: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

Lady Liberty: A beacon of freedom the entire world sees.  A symbol of a better way of life anchored in liberty, opportunity and equal protection under the law.

Inspiring yes, but that is not the entire story.

Lady Liberty also stands as a reminder to America that the the American way of life is why people have come to this country for centuries.

What the world is currently witnessing is the collapse of the European socialist economic model; the failure of government dependency. As more people become dependent on government, fewer people are left to pay the cost.

But it goes beyond simply spending other people’s money. The socialist entitlement mentality makes people less productive. As more and more people become less and less productive, an ever-smaller minority of productive people become responsible for shouldering the burdens of a completely lopsided, unfair system. When a tiny number of productive people are required to deprive themselves of the fruits of their own labor in order to finance the lives of the remaining population, where is the incentive for them to produce?

If that is not enough, reliance on a big government nanny state makes people less responsible for themselves; less self-reliant. That is the antithesis of the American way of life.

When European settlers colonized the New World, they left the security of Europe behind in favor of North America’s unknown wilderness. They left homes, family, friends and country in exchange for an opportunity to build better lives for themselves. They were freed from the constraints of Europe’s restrictive class system.  They openly rejected the European way by their leaving.

When the British Monarchy deemed to re-impose that system on Britain’s thirteen North American Colonies, that attempt was adamantly and thoroughly rejected. Hence: the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution and the founding of the United States of America.

When America’s pioneers ventured forth to traverse the Great Plains and cross the Rocky Mountains they were completely self-reliant. They took care of themselves. They did not have, want, or need a big nanny state government to take care of them from cradle to grave.

This is the stuff of which America is made.

Because it gives them control over “the masses”, “progressives” have long sought to fashion America after the European socialist model, to make Americans more government dependent. There was FDR with the New Deal and Social Security. LBJ gave America the Great Society, Welfare Programs and Medicare.  Then, Obama forced upon an unwilling America the crown jewel of European style socialism; government controlled medicine.

Every time “progressives” hold a press conference they sound exactly the way they have always sounded: they inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Their policies are working, but need more time. Congress needs to quit stalling and enact more of their policies. The private sector is doing fine but to grow the economy government needs to spend more money to create more government jobs at the state and local level.

Repeatedly, “progressives” show exactly how out of touch they are with the private sector, how the American economy works, the lessons of American history and the nature of America’s people.

Europe will not work in America. Neither will out of touch narcissists who insist on imposing a long rejected European system upon America.

It is time for Americans to reject the following proposal, long foisted upon America by the self-imagined, self-appointed, “progressive” intellectual elite:

We, the government, are your lords and masters.  You will do as we say, not as we do.  For we are the enlightened "progressives" and you are but melting pot bitter clingers.

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Comment by D.A. on March 16, 2013 at 7:18pm

Excellent post Michael.  You said it perfectly. 

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 16, 2013 at 7:51pm


Comment by Robin on March 17, 2013 at 10:22am

Really good post, Michael. Tweeting it out for you!

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 17, 2013 at 4:52pm

Thank you Robin!

Comment by Jerseygal on March 17, 2013 at 5:17pm

Excellent, Michael! So put into words how so many of us feel, and you are absolutely right about what America has always been!  Let's take her back!

I'm doing a check-out blast for you on this one, and tweeting it!

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 17, 2013 at 5:32pm

Thanks Jerseygal!

Comment by Jodi180 on March 17, 2013 at 8:41pm

Great post, Michael....will pass on.  If we could only 'sell' the 'idea' that self reliance truly means liberty....

This has always been my message for my son.  If someone (something) is providing for your owe them, hence....they own you.

It's so sad that we've lost the independence, resolve and fortitude that those behind us brought 'over' with them.

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 18, 2013 at 12:38pm

Thanks Jodi...we must continue to push back against the "progressive" onslaught.

Comment by Dennis Bartlett on March 18, 2013 at 11:29pm

Michael , Good post . Maybe you can help me out on a question that just occurred to me . Many years ago I think I read something on Progressives , that even before the McCarthy era that the communists changed their name to Progressives .

Another is , and I've heard this often is that the Republican party was founded by two Communists . Got any answers ? In the meantime I'll see what I can find .

Comment by Michael J. Fell on March 19, 2013 at 12:32pm


"progressive" in America appeared during the late 19th century in response to "robber barons" such as Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, and J.P. Morgan.  The first "progressive" president were Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson.

Roosevelt and Taft were both Republicans.  Wilson was a Democrat.

The American "progressive" movement was influenced by the Fabian Socialists in England.  Their "contribution" to the "progressive" movement was the idea that their goals would be achieved more successfully if they worked for "change" gradually by using tactics of harassment and attrition, then striking full force when the moment is at hand, much as the Roman general Fabius Maximus did when fighting against Hannibal and the Carthaginians.

In 1923 the Frankfurt School was formed in Germany.  They fled Germany to escape Hitler and were welcomed into the United States by "progressive" Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

From the Frankfurt school "progressives" got cultural Marxism, critical theory and political correctness.

Cultural Marxism combines the principles of Karl Marx and the modern psychological tools of Sigmund Freud and applies to them culture. Cultural Marxism was the driving force behind the 1960s cultural-revolution in the United States.

Critical Theory is destructive criticism of the main elements of Western culture: Christianity, capitalism, authority, family, patriarchy, hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism.

Political correctness was introduced at about the same time.  The basis of political correctness is: when addressing the general public, they present their beliefs attractively. It’s  a matter of being “sensitive” to other people. They use words such as “tolerance” and “diversity,” asking: “Why can’t we all just get along?”  Political correctness in the USA was championed by Herbert Marcuse. Marcuse became one of the main gurus of the 1960s adolescent sexual rebellion.  He coined the expression “make love, not war.”

The Republican Party was founded in America in 1854.  The Communist Party was founded in Russia in 1917.  How could Russian Communists have founded The Republican Party in the USA 63 years before the Communist Party existed?



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