Mark Caserta: Progressives gain momentum in U.S.
The November election was arguably one of the most important victories for the progressive movement in U.S. history.
Driven by an ambition of "curing" the many ills American society had developed during the Industrial Revolution, the progressive movement first began to flourish during the latter part of the 19th Century.
Supporters of the movement could be found in both political parties and many of the progressive causes were instrumental in our nation's essential evolution on issues such as women's right to vote, prohibition, racial discrimination and child labor laws.
But as progressivism broadened in scope, it began advancing the ideology that man shouldn't be subject to boundaries established in God's Word.
Known better today as liberals, progressives began to reject the idea of absolute truth and began to acquiesce toward a level of ambiguity where morality was concerned.
Man began to question his relationship with God.
Pragmatic thinking overcame the need for having "faith" in an omnipotent God and advanced the belief that the validity of an idea lies in practical, scientifically measurable consequences. "Intellectual thinkers" began subscribing to the theory of Darwinism as the origin of life. This evolution precept was no doubt instrumental in the practice of eugenics, or essentially playing "god" in the selection and manual evolution of the human population.
Man was distancing himself from God.
Once motivated by the desire to achieve God's will in moving our nation forward, the progressive movement has become the tactical liberal weapon for "disarming" America by removing all evidence of God from our society and, in my opinion, clearing a pathway to destruction.
Study of the stages of the progressive movement leads me to believe we should now prepare to witness a new era of bold progressive change.
Man ultimately rejects God.
Progressives were very proactive in understanding that liberal indoctrination of children in our schools at an early age would be an investment toward growing a progressive machine for the future. This not only included enabling a child with a functioning mindset outside of God's truths but eliminating God's influence altogether!
Seizing the appropriate moment in time, Democrat Party leadership now call themselves the "party of inclusion," openly dismissing the need for values or any preconceived notions of morality as prerequisite for acceptance into their party.
Just bring your vote.
The 2012 Democrat National Convention saw liberals blatantly attempt to remove any reference to God from their platform. The "progressive" influence of Democrats fully embracing gay marriage has led to nine states recognizing same-sex marriage.
And opposing abortion is now considered by many to be political suicide.
Christians believe "our weapons are not carnal, but they are mighty through God," referencing our Godly faith in action. And liberals clearly understand that removing God from our society is, indeed, "disarming America."
Liberals definitely have the momentum for their progressive movement.
If the progressive ideology is to be thwarted, and I believe our survival as a "nation under God" depends on it, it will literally require Divine intervention -- and Christians willing to get engaged.
Mark Caserta is a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.