Progressivism is a zero sum game. The zero sum game means for every winner there must a loser. It does not allow that we can all win, although the flowery language they employ tries to create that impression. That means, in the nomenclature of Black Liberation Theology, since whites used to be the winners and black folks were the losers, to even the playing field, now blacks must win, and in the zero sum game, whites must lose to make it all well and good.
For the record, progressivism, despite it’s inclusive language, supports continued Affirmative Action policies, and if that isn’t the zero sum game I don’t know what is! The “compensation” mentality is clearly one of “you used to be on top, so to make it all even, now it’s my turn.” Indeed in the slavery and Jim Crow eras blacks were treated horribly. But those days are long gone, and I owe no one a damned thing, so good luck trying to take from me to enrich yourself in this zero sum game effort to make it all equal in the end. What malarkey!
As a sidebar of history, do readers know that the zero sum efforts of Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations are directly what was responsible for the rise and entrenchment of Nazism. Look it up – it’s in all the history books. The effort of the failed League of Nations to extract a pound of German flesh is the leading cause of WWII. Look it up!
Lemme ask, how long do we hold the current German people responsible for Nazism? How do we hold anyone born after May 8, 1945, the surrender of the Third Reich to the Allies, responsible for acts taken before they were born? In the zero sum game, since German Nazi’s did so much evil, only an equal visitation upon them can make it all equal. So, which 6 million current day Germans do we gas?
In the “eye for an eye” mentality of zero sum politics, an equal pound of flesh must be culled from the backside of the ones who were first guilty of wrong. And since Germans are responsible for the deaths of 20 million Soviets, add in the Jews and let’s gas 25 million current Germans, ya know – zero sum outcomes and all.
But wait…there’s more! Pounds of flesh need to be trimmed from Europeans for attempting genocide against some of my native Indian ancestors. And the French and the Brits need to wipe each other out to make up for all the past wrongs they visited upon each other. The Indian nation needs to extract their retribution from them damned Englishmen too, so…. And lest we forget them evil Crusaders. And before them, the valiant Muslims who invaded Europe in their jihad to wipe out Infidels, have some flesh to donate. And the Mongols owe those poor, poor Europeans.
We can go back further if one would like. Hey, I think homo sapiens owe the Neandertals too for killing and breeding them out of existence. And the lions and hippos in Africa have some getting even to do for those formerly arboreal primates daring to leave the trees and banding together using sticks and rocks to kill animals. Hell, I think Abel’s kids need to kill Cain’s kids for what Cain did to Abel. If you’re a Scientologist, I think we humans owe them Thetans a lick or two as well. Need I go on?
Progressivism is all about “righting the wrongs” and their chosen method is to redistribute all of it, and that is a zero sum effort. That since the haves have been on top so to speak, the former and current haves need to be knocked down a few pegs so the have nots can be given a chance. That IS NOT how this nation was Founded.
To translate this all in to current progressive thought, progressive initiatives are all about equal outcome regardless of contribution. Ya know – Marx and all the “from those with the ability, to those with the need.” (paraphrased) That IS NOT America. That IS NOT in any way a principle upon which we were Founded or constituted to be. To tie this all into a neat little box, progressives wish to bring to this nation a new reality. One they desire.
Progressivism is about zero sums. They claim we can all share equally, but that is Marxist. So if Joe Blow does not work, I am obliged to see to it he and his live exactly the same as I do? Well, try that in your own personal dealings and get back to me. If the Smith’s live in the biggest house on the block, take your stuff and go squat in their house – after all, equality, right? Mine is your, yours is mine and all that crap?
So if you, Mr. or Mrs. Progressive, believe that, give up what you have to others who are less well off. Does Jesse Jackson live in a row house? Does Al Sharpton live in a Harlem tenement? Did Barack Obama’s Chitown home look like all other Chicago homes? Does John Kerry live in an 1800 square foot house in the ‘burbs? Does he? Barney Frank? Maxine Waters? Nancy Pelosi?
Did y’all know that Alan Grayson, that nutball Florida Democrat who hates anyone who does not agree with him (“Republicans’ health plan is for you to DIE!”) is the beneficiary of a trust fund worth like $30 million dollars? Know that did ya? Bet he doesn’t live in an average sized home and live on an average sized income, does he? So, is he living like he tells us evil conservatives we must? Obama lives in a $1.6 million dollar home in Chicago. Is your house worth $1.6 million? Is Obama going to downsize for equal outcome? Is Pelosi? Chris Dodd? Hello?
Zero sum games do not work in politics. The only way a zero sum outcome will be achieved is for those that feel they are owed to come and take it from those they feel aggrieved them. That ain’t happening, so what is all the rest about then? Like I said, when Obama, Pelosi, Bill Ayers, and all those forwarding progressive nonsense cough up all their goodies and give their wealth to the not so wealthy, I’ll be on their side. Any chance they’ll put their money where their mouths are?
Don’t no one hold their breath waiting on that to happen – well, unless one is a progressive, in which case I suggest they throw a tantrum to make us play their zero sum game, and hold their breaths until we do as they demand. This will be fun, no?