Here is Jeffrey Lord writing at the American Spectator:
GOP Obamacare struggle shows tyranny of progressivism infects party.
The headlines are almost daily now. Here are a few:
From Politico: “Boehner: Republicans won’t repeal and replace Obamacare”
From CNN: “Why Senate Republicans can’t agree to repeal Obamacare, in charts”
From the Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Why can’t House repeal Obamacare? Because a lot of Republicans don’t want to”
From the New York Times: “Why Republicans Are Battling Republicans on Obamacare Repeal”
And so on and so on and so on.
Mark Levin’s new bestseller is Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism. And what does his latest book have to do with those headlines above? Everything.
Writes Mark in a chapter on “The Progressive Masterminds”:
The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise of a movement thoroughly hostile to the underlying principles of the nation’s founding — the “Progressive Movement.…
Progressivism was imported from Europe and would result in a radical break from America’s heritage. In fact it is best described as an elitist-driven counterrevolution to the American Revolution, in which the sovereignty of the individual, natural law, natural rights, and the civil society — built on a foundation of thousands of years of enlightened thinking and human experience — would be drastically altered and even abandoned for an ideological agenda broadly characterized as “historical progress.”
Progressivism is the idea of the inevitability of historical progress and the perfectibility of man — and his self-realization — through the national community or collective… progressivism’s emphasis on material egalitarianism and societal engineering, and its insistence on concentrated, centralized administrative rule, lead inescapably to varying degrees of autocratic governance.
This is, of course, exactly the thinking behind Obamacare. What’s worse is that this thinking has thoroughly infected the Republican Party as all those headlines above illustrate vividly. While the Charlie Gard episode is unfolding, not in America, but in England nonetheless, the spectacle of a government telling parents they have no right to decide the fate of their own child and that the government will in fact act as a “death panel” — with a “conservative” prime minister going along with it — speaks volumes on the dangers that surround the progressive agenda.
Read more: American Spectator