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A ‘progressive’ distraction

In media, politics on February 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Glenn Beck and FOX News have a new left wing enemy — the progressives. Much of the rhetoric that was aimed toward Democrats in previous years is now being used against the supposedly sinister grandchild of the Bull Moose Party.

Most historians trace the beginnings of the progressive movement to Teddy Roosevelt’s resignation from Republican ranks and formation of his own Bull Moose Party. A party which advocated things such as minimum wage laws and prohibition.

Beck and FOX are correct that the Progressive Party and modern progressives are in favor of  increasing the scope of the national government — but all for the “common good.” Basically, a progressive sees things that are wrong within a society and attempts to make them right through the force of government.

While I don’t agree with much of the progressive platform, I do admire its concern and commitment to the downtrodden. The modern progressive movement is not some left wing, God-hating crusade that wishes to steal your children from you and place them in fascist indoctrination institutions. On the contrary, the progressives gave us things like child labor laws and women’s suffrage.

Perhaps what disturbs me most about (mainly) Beck’s anti-progressive banter, is that it distracts Americans from the real issue. How often do we hear Beck and other conservative media pundits claiming that it’s not about left versus right, Democrat versus Republican? And yet, they continually play the fear card, saturating their viewers with an us-versus-them mindset.

The progressives are not “evil” as some would have you believe. They are not what threatens America or the world. But neither is the Tea Party movement, moral majority, conservatism, communism or socialism. As long as Americans of all political ideologies are fed and accept the divisive rhetoric that causes them to see a targeted group as the “enemy” we will never be free.


‘Freedom Watch’ gives independent candidate national spotlight

In politics on November 19, 2009 at 1:20 am

“We do not have a two-party system in this country. We have one party, the big government party It has a Republican wing that likes war and deficits and assaults our civil liberties and a Democratic wing that likes taxes and wealth transfer and assaults our commercial liberties.” — Judge Napolitano

The Democrats and Republicans have a monopoly on the political system. It would seem almost impossible for a person to get elected to office without first receiving one of the parties’ stamp of approval. But 30 year-old Jake Towne of Pennsylvania is attempting to do just that.

Towne is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 with no political party affiliation. He is truly an independent.

Last week, he received national exposure as a guest on Judge Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch” on FOX News. In the interview, Towne explained the myth that America has a two-party system.

“What I call this system is actually a one party, two-headed system and there’s very little competition between the Democrats on the left and the Republicans on the right. And a lot of people still believe we’re in a left-right spectrum.”

Towne goes on to describe what he believes is the actual spectrum with tyranny at one end and liberty at the other. He makes the argument that there is no real change from one administration to the next.

“Monetary policy doesn’t change, foreign policy doesn’t change, domestic policy doesn’t change,” he said.

Not only is Towne rejecting party affiliation, he’s also rejecting any political labels. The purpose of these labels, he believes, is to separate the electorate and create false conflict.

“The very terms ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ are just forms of verbal warfare meant to divide us,” he explains on his Web site,

It’s encouraging to see Towne featured on Napolitano’s show. The question is, will the rest of the mainstream media give him the national attention needed to get his message out?