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By Robert T. Smith
web posted March 4, 2013

Our traditions have developed over many tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years, with their basis in experience and logic.  In evolutionary terms, the survival of the fittest ideas have lead to our current social fabric, woven from the wisdom of the ages.  Unfortunately, the progressive illuminati have decided that their lofty ideas should replace the practical experience and reason, the wisdom of certain long-standing traditional practices.

As example of the assault on traditions is the progressive dismantling of the structure of the military, by allowing women into combat.  One need only consider this quote from General Martin Dempsey during the roll-out of this asexually-insane decision to understand the folly of this action.

"If we decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn't make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?"

Clearly, their intent is to reduce the standards to accommodate women, they have predetermined it should be so.  Having women in combat has been sold under the vacuous academic talking point that men and women are equal.  Traditional thinking and common sense tell us that in no context are the genders equal under the physical, aggressive, harsh conditions experienced by combat soldiers.  Size, body morphology differences and strength, aggression and testosterone cannot in most instances be overcome by the high-minded tinkering of the progressives.  It has been so throughout history, traditionally the males fight. 

Does anyone actually believe the social tinkerers will allow the military to not reduce their standards to accommodate women in combat?  The progressive mantra of fairness, equal outcome not equal opportunity will win the day over traditional rational decisions, once the progressives begin comparing the disparity of the numbers of women versus men in combat positions.  To reduce the high standards required to be in a combat unit is a suicide mission, without doubt lives will be lost to achieve this foolish notion.  Beyond the physical aspects, what rational person can deny the differences of men interacting with men, versus men interacting with women, and the chaos this will cause to unit cohesiveness; the basic requirement of a combat unit.

As another example, our country's traditional tax system began by taxing consumption alone, not production or income.  Consumption taxes guard against government excess; as example, everyone will pay the same tax on a loaf of bread, which acts as a regulator on the amount of tax the government can inflict.  The Boston Tea Party is the example of citizen tax-payer's response to an excessive consumption tax.  A consumption tax would ensure that everyone "has skin in the game," as our first idiot savant Vice President is fond of saying. 

The long-standing progressive assault on our country's tradition is the socialist utopia notion that the goods of a society are to be provided from each according to their abilities to each according to their needs.  From the progressive perspective, simply by showing up and having the ability to draw breath entitles an individual to a myriad of goods and services, provided at the expense of their fellow citizen's time and toil.  This is not just a hand up so as not to starve or die from exposure to the elements; this has now been expanded to food stamps for any item from alcohol to prime rib, cellular telephones and even birth control. 

Under a progressive income tax scheme, no longer does tradition stand.  The tax code is now used as a political tool to punish success.  Those who have participated, risked, toiled, and provided have been fleeced by those empowered to vote for the confiscation of whatever they consider their "fair share" of another person's property.  Ensuring the basic survival for those who may need a hand up until they get back on their own feet is only a distant concept in the rearview mirror of our society.  All too often, acquiring "free stuff" at the cost of others, envy and covetous appear as the practices of the day.     

The list of traditions under attack covers an extensive range and is almost endless; from institutionalizing homosexual activity and gay marriage, to the inalienable right of armed self-defense, and even the annual assault on Christmas (or should I say sparkle season or light up night), ad infinitum.  To a striking level of consistency, the assault on traditions comes from the same cloistered pool of academia - a clique of progressive thought that is theoretical and lacks a level of practicality and real world experience, and that holds the unique value of American traditions in great disdain. 

A society without the binding agent of shared traditions will soon devolve into chaos, and require extensive top-down management to retain order and cohesion.  This, then, is the tradition of the socialist/progressive. ESR

Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family.  He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.





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