America has faced three life-or-death crises: The Revolution, slavery and the “Civil War”, and progressivism/liberalism. We emerged victorious from the first two. I think we’ll lose the third.
In 1913 with our first progressive prexy (Woodrow Wilson), a Democrat-controlled House and a Democrat-controlled Senate we amended Constitution to obliterate the concept of subsidiarity by no longer having states choose their two representatives to the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, the Senate. This dumbed-down the Senate, thus benefiting Democrats.
1960s instituted The Great Society including its War on Poverty which bought gobs of votes for Democrats from people who now vote for a living rather than work for a living.
1980s-present encouraged the immigration of uneducated-unskilled Latinos and Hispanics while discouraging, indeed banning, immigration by hard-working self-sufficient educated-skilled Asian scientists and engineers, thus benefiting Democrats.
2014 the New York State Assembly and Senate voted for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would select New York’s 29 electors to the Electoral College based on the national popular vote. If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, that would make 160 of the 270 necessary to implement the change. Today the biggest impediment to voter fraud in presidential elections is that serious monitoring need only be done in battleground states where outcomes might be close. NPV would explode the opportunities for voter fraud, thus benefiting Democrats.
Also 2014 — note that the pace has quickened to warp-speed — Attorney General Eric Holder in another move to have the “federal” government plunder subsidiarity with a top-down move is seeking to overrule states’ disallowing convicted felons from voting in federal elections. Why, you ask? Researchers have discovered that three-fourths of America’s convicted murderers, rapists and thieves are Democrats.
The latest progressive/liberal gambit moving toward the 2014 midterm elections is pot. Among young voters who skew Democrat they are much more likely to go to the polls if either legalizing medical or recreational marijuana or both is on the ballot. Democrats are moving to do just that in many states. In addition to getting more Democrats elected, they salivate at the thought of more tax revenues so bigger government.
In a mere 225 years America has gone from a fiercely-independent people to one where a substantial majority want a big national government in control. When asked whether they’d rather make their own decisions about investing in their retirement or have the U.S. Government do that for them, a substantial majority of Americans chose the latter. We the People have plummeted from “Give me liberty or give me death” to, if McDonald’s runs out of fries, We call 9-1-1.