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Letters: Progressives' priorities aren't that different

5:43 PM, Jul. 5, 2013  |  Comments
Woman holding Democratic elephant and Republican donkey symbols
Woman holding Democratic elephant and Republican donkey symbols

Recently, there were two commentaries demonstrating both Democrats and Republicans are progressives. Political progressives use their ability to twist history or words to promote their position rather than rely on truth and accuracy.

The Democrat stated, "Make no mistake, we must do whatever it takes to defend America and keep hostilities from our shores." That clearly communicates a contrarian view to the Declaration of Independence. In that declaration, it clearly stated the king of Great Britain, "He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power."

In essence, this Democrat was stating the National Security Agency (a form of military and governmental power within America) has the right to be independent of and superior to civil power and/or rights just like the king of Great Britain just before the American Revolution.

The Republican stated, "Interestingly, national defense and the protection of life itself are noted before liberty in both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." So he agreed with the Democrat, although national defense is not noted in the Declaration of Independence and life, but not the "protection of life," is.

By implying the order of the rights dictates the priority of those same rights is a truly progressive twisting of the truth and accuracy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Does this mean the Constitution's Article 1 has more priority than Articles 2 through 7? Does this mean each article has more priority than an amendment? Does this mean the First Amendment has more priority than the 10th or 27th?

Only when it is convenient for a progressive will that be true. If you ask either of them what is their favorite sandwich and one responds peanut butter and jelly, but the other responds jelly and peanut butter, clearly they disagree.

Brendon Ribble,

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