If you asked me to create a caricature of the modern day Progressive, I suppose it'd be a toss up between Michael Moore and Al Gore, 2 fat cats who made their fortunes pushing their failure of an ideology on the gullible. Both got rich, and apparently, obese, at the expense of others. In his defense, Moore came by his incredible wealth and position in the top half of one percent somewhat honestly. He's a gifted documentarian, willing to bend the truth to suit his agenda, and he's made millions of dollars. Good for him, I don't begrudge him one cent of it.
Al Gore, a little less so. As Ann Richards (God bless her soul) might say, Al was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has parlayed his incoherent environmental advocacy into a cottage industry that is making him rich - and will make him richer if the climate mullahs win.
I choose Moore as the progressive caricature. First, there's the fat thing. I love that this big giant, obese, lardass is lecturing Americans in the bottom 99.5% about their excesses. Seriously.
Then, there's the several homes that he owns. How many of you guys have 7 homes, and a primary residence worth over $2M? I think it's great that he's a homeowner, but come on, is this the height of liberal hypocrisy?
No, because Moore is also a huge gun control guy. Except, of course, when it comes to him. http://www.examiner.com/article/anti-gun-crusader-michael-moore-s-bodyguard-carries-a-gun
He's entitled to armed security and to even carry himself. He's an American citizen and a target. I recommend to him that he take appropriate measures to protect himself. But, Mikey, STFU telling an inner city single mom, who might be threatened by her ex boyfriend that she can't carry a gun to protect herself because you don't like guns.
These are just a few, I could go on. He's created completely dishonest documentaries on the Iraq War, Cuba, even Roger and Me, that started it all, is patently dishonest. His methods, fine. But let's stipulate that much of what Moore "documents" is fiction.
I do have some caution for any of you who listened to his thanksgiving message. If you believe Progressivism is winning because there's a black president, gay marriage is legal, and marijuana is legal, and according to Moore 81% of the electorate will be women, minorities or people 18-34 (which are incorrect figures, but whatever) you need to look at some more objective data.
How about this:
In the age of Obama, Republicans hold 30 governorships, the majority of statehouses, and have won literally hundreds more down ballot races.
The US house is in a period what will remain dominant republican control for years (sorry, Rachel Maddown fans, it's not gerrymandering, it's the country), and Obama's awesomeness led to an historic wipe out for Dem senators in 2014.
Gay marriage was won because you convinced a single robed idiot that there's some new right of "dignity."
Marijuana legalization has been a libertarian item for longer than Moore has been fat. That bulwark of modern liberalism, National Review was calling for legalization before Bill Buckley could be grossed out by Michael Moore and back when Al Gore's dad was voting against the Civil Rights Act.
You climate change agenda is laughed at. Abortions are actually in decline, and your coalition of interest groups is eating themselves.
Your presumed presidential nominee is a brain damaged, old geezer, drunkard crony capitalist who's husband takes in $500k per speech from whatever Middle Eastern potentate will fork it over for influence peddling.
We may not have beaten Obama in 2008/2012, but our party is the one with a black man, a white woman, two Latino candidates in our presidential pool, and 2 Indian-American Governors, one Latina governor, the single black senator, and we didn't have to buy these people with cash from the federal teat.
Some of my more strident friends may find me a little too establishment, but, I like where the GOP sits. At least there are some principled politicians within it unwilling to sell out their souls to keep their hands in the levers of power.
That, my friends, is what progressives do.