By Ken Frederic | Jul 05, 2018

I proudly identify as white, male, Christian, capitalist, Republican and conservative-libertarian. That white male part is a fact of biology. The rest are my convictions about how life should be lived, economies should operate, and the values and principles that should inform personal and public decisions. I know what conservative Republicans stand for and I agree with that vision.

I do not understand what it means to be a socialist, a liberal, a progressive or a Democrat, or even whether these are meaningful or distinct designations. So, I went to The Vermont Progressive Party Statement of Principles. There are 21 bullet points, but they are highly redundant and two suffice:

1. (Vermont) Progressives seek to impose economic, social and environmental "justice" and "sustainability" through "political and other" activity by becoming the "dominant" political force. Only when decisions are made by all members of the collective, which decision-making government must affirmatively manage, can the "highest" social and economic aspirations be reached.

2. America is pervasively racist and sexist and discriminates against the poor, the elderly and cultural and religious minorities. Government must "affirmatively assure" that white privilege, whether "overt or subtle," is abolished wherever it is found; that everyone is provided a "decent" job and living wage, housing, health care, education and energy while protecting "everyone" from economic deprivation or social isolation. Wealth should result only from individual labor and neither wealth nor power should derive from ownership or position. Wealth must not be allowed to accumulate among "the few" and taxation according to wealth must ensure this.

To me, that vision is a Stephen King nightmare reminiscent of fanged unicorns chasing children through fields of toxic lollipops. What Vermont Progressives stand for is no clearer after than before reading their "principles," but It is clear what they stand against: Folks like me. It’s also clear that they anoint themselves fit to judge and "affirmatively assure" by "political and other" means what is just or sustainable.

For me, Martin Niemöller (“First they came for the Jews…”) echoes across the decades. It is time for Republicans, Christians, capitalists, and Caucasians affirmatively to dismiss and repudiate judgments from people who eat Tide Pods for social status and, according to Forbes, doubt the earth is round. Lies do not become truths by repeating them ever louder in a rhyming chant with someone else’s burning property as a backdrop. Hate speech does not become righteous by feigned support for imaginary victims.

Folks like me:

1. Hold that being born white is not something to apologize for or be ashamed of. It does not mean we owe anyone anything. Neither is living as a Christian something to apologize for, be ashamed of, or hide.

2. Understand that America is a democratic republic: It is not a democracy. We hold it self-evident that all people are created equal and that they deserve equal treatment under the law. We categorically reject assertions based, "overtly or subtly" on the notion that equality of outcomes is even desirable, much less to be "affirmatively assured" by government.

3. Respect individual achievement, require individual responsibility and demand individual accountability. We reject assertions based, "overtly or subtly" on a notion that past injustices are inherited and so permit the government to "overtly or subtly" discriminate among its citizens.

4. Hold that every healthy individual should be responsible for providing their own needs, the needs of their family, and the needs of those dependent in their community. We believe that income is not a right: It is the value others place on the physical or intellectual work you do for them.

I hope that the Vermont Progressives’ vision is a nightmare to the overwhelming majority. Folks like me stand for ensuring that none of these principles are ever imposed on the American people by their government. We must heed Martin Niemöller, stand united and speak out against Progressive "principles," people, institutions, rhetoric and tactics. Until Progressives fundamentally change their "principles" and their tactics, the rest of us must "affirmatively assure" that none are never elected or appointed to "political or other" positions making or enforcing public policy.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jul 12, 2018 14:09

Not at all sure what you are saying here, or proposing Mr. Frederic. We're all entitled to our beliefs. Are you saying that all others should adopt your beliefs?

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jul 06, 2018 08:36

Oh, Ken.  "Values and principles?"  Again?  Who do you think you're kidding?  And in a time when the best minds of American conservatism are deserting your party, or should I say, when your party is deserting it's "values and principles."  At least the progressives stand for something rather than the "anything trump wants" that is the present agenda of the White Nationalist's Republican party.  Such as:



"Conservative columnist Max Boot, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, says he’s now rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses of Congress in November’s midterm elections.

In a Washington Post column, Boot said the GOP was once a conservative party with a white nationalist fringe.


“Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe,” he wrote.


Boot, who left the Republican Party and became an independent after Trump was elected president, said he is more convinced than ever that he made the right decision.


He wrote:


“The current GOP still has a few resemblances to the party of old — it still cuts taxes and supports conservative judges. But a vote for the GOP in November is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.‘


“That is why I join [George] Will and other principled conservatives, both current and former Republicans, in rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November,” he wrote. “Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.”


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