Originally Posted by houghtam
You mean re-redistributing. We just want it back to where it was before Reagan redistributed it. Funny how that word somehow has come to mean only one thing and not both.
True. To the average "conservative", funneling all our wealth into the pockets of the few is just the natural order. That's the problem with so called "conservatives"; Too much respect for the status quo, even if the status quo is feudalism. You've got to admit, though, some form of feudalism has been the normal economic system for the overwhelming majority of civilization's history. Progressivism was a revolutionary concept when TR started implementing it over a hundred years ago. But the "conservatives" could just never get comfortable with the idea and they've been fighting it ever since ( with generous funding from the very wealthy who benefit most from the fight). It's difficult to convince some people that neither they, nor anybody else, should live like serfs.
Of course, TR took his lead from Lincoln:
"I hold that while man exists it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind."
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
Then TR took it to the next step:
"At many stages in the advance of humanity, this conflict between the men who possess more than they have earned and the men who have earned more than they possess is the central condition of progress. In our day it appears as the struggle of freemen to gain and hold the right of self-government as against the special interests, who twist the methods of free government into machinery for defeating the popular will
. At every stage, and under all circumstances, the essence of the struggle is to equalize opportunity, destroy privilege, and give to the life and citizenship of every individual the highest possible value both to himself and to the commonwealth. That is nothing new."
It's sad, in a way, because the so-called conservatives have become the tools of the greedy, fighting for the rights of the already rich and powerful to gain even more wealth and more power, upholding a system of piracy and calling it patriotism. In other words, they're deluded. And even the great stars of the Republican firmament (TR and Lincoln) have told them so. And they still won't believe it.