We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Polls and recent election results tell us that racial minorities and the so-called "educated class" -- the people who expect their kind will administer centralized institutions -- still take the side of the Progressives. Most Americans, however, are rejecting the path of dependence and are intent on declaring their independence once again.
It's a good straight-forward piece on the history of the well-intentioned but obsolete and antiquated American Progressive movement. It's not 1900 anymore.
As we say here ad nauseum, freedom, unlike wealth, is a zero-sum game. I will prefer freedom with poverty and insecurity any time over the alternative. Patrick Henry was my ancestor. Been there, done that. Governments underestimate The People, for their own insane and selfish reasons. We are not children, although government has the power and the guns and the courts which we gave them to make us medieval serfs again if they wish to do so. For the Greater Good, naturally - and for the wittle bitty chirren.
oh, IF it were only as the progressives frame it --a simple trade-off between freedom and security.
If you wonder --when you wonder --why they try to float such a lie, it's because they think they can get away with it. Why do they think this? Because the press --by ridicule and induced ignorance fights desperately to obscure from the people the Progressive's iron link chain tie to USSR, Cuber, Cambodian genocide, Boat People, Katyn Forest, Holodomor, Mao's murderous Famines, the Cyborg Stasi of East Germany, Hugo and the slowly-being-street-crime-victimized-to-death Venezuelan bourgeoisie, et cetera etcetera ad nauseum ad infinitum.
Local Control is a growing issue among urban blacks. They're not going to be Tea Partiers anytime soon, because of the effective well-poisoning by MSM and the Democrats (but I repeat myself). Alliances, coalitions, and common cause along these lines may be possible, however, especially around single issues - schools, for example - in defined locations.
For cultural reasons - which I confess I only partly understand - African-Americans tend to make political alliances in chunks rather than in ones and twos. Whole neighborhoods are more likely to adopt a position on an issue than a few each from many neighborhoods. (Rural NewEnglanders are likely on the opposite end of that scale.) So don't be discouraged about convincing them over the long haul just because the short-term response hasn't been encouraging. The AA community learned to stick together because they believed they were otherwise powerless and without influence. That some black people had some clout struck them as a better deal than none of them having any. As they do not have significant power among progressive elites, however much that fact is papered over, that alliance is unstable.
Assistant Village Idiot