There are certainly many reasons why we should never elevate progressive socialists into positions of leadership in America. For starters, their embrace of principles antithetical to our fundamental Constitutional Republic values such as — wealth redistribution, nationalizing of production, creation and expansion of a welfare state, social utopianism/egalitarianism, and secular humanism.
These represent the basis of the ideology and governing philosophy of progressive socialists. These people aren’t liberals, because John Locke defined classical liberalism as the embodiment of natural law resulting in individual rights of life, liberty, and property. The principles and belief system of today’s progressive socialists are far more aligned with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and their writings: class warfare, struggle and the collective.
If there’s ever been a clear delineation between Constitutional Conservatism and progressive socialism as it relates to the concept of liberty, President Abraham Lincoln gave it to us. He said on April 18, 1864:
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name—liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names—liberty and tyranny.
However, there’s something even more egregious about the progressive socialist left that truly endangers the future and existence of our Republic.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at Donald Trump during his Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, by saying no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States. “Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”